Detoxification aids the body in many ways, from boosting energy to aiding in weight loss to strengthening your immune system. And contrary to some belief, not all detox regimens need to be intense or severe – you can incorporate simple foods in your every day to help your body regulate and maintain itself in a healthy way. In many ways, this can be a superior form of “detoxification” as simply fasting or limiting diet can lower the body’s basal metabolic rate, which, when returned to a regular diet, rapidly puts weight back on.
A Common Sense Principle to Start!
First, detoxification begins with common sense steps to remove excessive sources of toxins from your body. It’s suggested you examine your intake of substances, from coffee to alcohol to smoking, and start there. One thing to keep in mind while detoxing is that your body is going through an intense time of transformation, and substances that detract from wellness can hamper your detox and impede progress.
The takeaway: make the point to scrub the sources of toxin while detoxing!
That said, let’s take a look a few powerful herbs that can aid in detoxing:
Number 1. Turmeric
We’ve written about turmeric before. Turmeric has a rich source of the antioxidant Curcumin, a phytochemical that has powerful anti-carcinogen, as well as anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and antimicrobial in nature. Incorporating cumin in your detox regime (or just part of your daily diet) helps maintain a healthy body while improving digestion, which can be especially helpful when “cleaning” your gut.
Number 2. Cayenne Pepper
A staple of the “Master Cleanse” detox regimen, which has been at the center of a detox fight, cayenne pepper is a healthy addition to your diet while dieting, and you don’t need to purely live on it or megadose for it to be successful. Cayenne pepper, due to its capsaicin content, actually helps curb appetite and increase energy expenditure (burning calories). Ayurveda also hails cayenne as a powerful metabolism, circulation, and immune system booster.
Number 3. Milk Thistle and Dandelion
Two for one! Both milk thistle, due to its content of the flavonoid silymarin, and dandelion, due to its diuretic nature, both can help strength and protect the liver, which is the body’s tool for detoxing itself. Silymarin has “antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells.” At the same time, dandelion helps “increase the amount of urine in order to get rid of too much fluid,” which when paired with healthy intakes of water, helps cleanse the system by means of flushing out fluids.
Number 4. Cilantro
Cilantro is widely purported to help the body chelate heavy metals from the body, though its poorly demonstrated modernly. It’s reported to help cleanse the organs, bind to metals, and when paired with something like Chlorella, is able to migrate the metals out of the body. This makes it a unique alternative to synthetic solutions for chelating heavy metals.
In addition to adding more of these herbs to your diet and removing your sources of toxins, it’s critical you maintain proper levels of hydration and fiber intake while dieting. Detoxing simply by means of fasting is often not the safest or most effective means, and it’s suggested you maintain intake of healthy, whole foods that keep your body nourished!