HEALTH TIP: The Body’s Detox System

January 3, 2016

Now that the holidays are over and all the houseguests are gone, it is time to start getting back on track. This means getting back to the normal routine—fruits, vegetables and lots of exercise. In other words, it is time to begin a holi-day detox or fast. The practice of detoxifying the body to rid it of unhealthy tox-ins has been around for centuries. Hippocrates recommended fasting to im-prove health, and many religious groups have historically used fasting as a way of purifying the spirit. The Body’s Detox System Oftentimes people do not realize that the body has its own extraordinary inter-nal detoxification system. Here is a brief look at the three critical organs that are involved: 1. Liver: Your first line of defense against toxins is your liver, which acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream. 2. Colon: This organ has bacteria that produces both healthy and un-healthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm. 3. Kidneys: Like clockwork, the kidneys are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine. For a detox diet to truly work, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients. Beets, Greens, (spinach, kale, cucumbers), Celery, Lemons (lemon juice) and Avocados are the top five foods to help keep your Liver, Colon and Kidneys functioning properly.

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