Detox Your System - A Beginner’s Guide to Vibrant Health

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Detoxification - it happens all the time in our body, no matter if we are going through our day as always or started a juice cleanse a few days ago. It basically means to remove useless or harmful substances from our system to give space for natural healing. In our modern life, our body has to face traffic exhaust, processed foods, toxins in our water, chemicals in our clothes, mental stress and more. Therefore our body can’t keep up with a proper detox of all these influences and gets overburdened.  

Principle of Self-Recovery

At the core of detoxification stands the principle of self-recovery. Our body has the innate ability to heal itself if we provide it with the proper environment. Natural healing pioneer Arnold Ehret put down the following equation:

Vitality = Power - Obstruction 

This means that we simply need to remove any obstacles to naturally increase our vitality. Depending on our current eating habits, avoiding meat can already be a trigger for great detox. It gives the body time and energy to get rid of some of the excessive mucus, stored acids, harmful chemicals and hormones. 

On the other hand, when you are already following a whole food plant-based diet, including more raw fruits and veggies can be the key to increase your vitality even further. If we constantly allow more obstructions into our body through our diet, air, environment, water, thoughts,  we greatly reduce our ability to heal and regenerate. So, how can we tackle any health conditions? Detoxifying our body to eliminate the root causes of our ailments and to make room for natural healing.  

Detox channels in our body

There are many organs involved in detoxification. The most important ones are our digestive tract, liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, respiratory system and the skin. You might have seen some pimples showing up after eating a lot of junk food the other day. This is your body getting rid of excessive mucus by eliminating it through your skin - a classic detoxification process. 

Our lymphatic system is like the sewage system of our body. Its lymph fluid moves toxins as well as metabolic waste out of our body and is vital for keeping us healthy. Different than our heart, our lymph system doesn’t have a muscle as pump to circulate the lymph fluid. The NASA found out that rebounding is the most efficient way of moving our lymph. Nevertheless, we have endless other options like yoga, running, brisk walking and any other physical exercises. In addition, we can support our lymph system with hot-cold showers, dry brushing or with astringent foods like lemons. 

Cleansing and detox with foods

Detox doesn’t have to be complicated and certainly doesn’t have to involve extensive juice cleanses or prolonged fasting. It can be part of our day-to-day life without being too much of a challenge. If you want to go into a deeper detoxification of your organs, take one step at a time. 

The simplest start would be to begin eliminating foods that hinder a proper detoxification or further burden your body. Take a look at the list below by Anthony William (Medical Medium), pick one that still finds its way onto your plate and avoid it for a certain time. As soon as you feel comfortable with that shift, you can pick another one to eliminate and go deeper with every step. 

  • Processed foods
  • Meat, especially pork
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products (cheese, butter, milk,…)
  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Corn (GMO)
  • Canola oil
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee


Instead of those harmful foods, you can then invite more and more fruits and vegetables into your life and embrace the power of such healing foods. And you don’t have to overhaul all your meals right away. Avoiding some dangers from above, having some lemon juice in the morning and increasing your fruit intake can already work wonders. Your first results will then give you the motivation and confidence to move to the next level. Here are some foods that are especially great to enhance your detoxification.

  • Citrus fruits (e.g. lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit)
  • Watermelons
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Berries
  • Celery juice
  • Spinach 
  • Kale

Reducing fat, healing the liver

The liver is one of the major organs taking care of proper detoxification of our systems. Toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, acid-forming foods, alcohol, viruses and harmful bacteria - the liver takes care of such intruders as good as it can. Nevertheless, through today’s lifestyle we often allow much more harmful substances into our body that out liver could handle. And without ever giving it proper rest, it stands no chance to get on top of its tasks. 

Of course, reducing such negative impacts certainly makes a difference, but for sufficient healing our fat intake also plays a major role. Since the liver also takes part in fat metabolism, a diet high in fatty foods overburdens the liver and decreases its functioning. Deep healing can take place if we turn to a high-carb, low fat diet instead and minimise our fat intake. Along with a reduced exposure to toxins, we give it the proper rest it needs to take care of its healing and proper detoxification.  

Quick fixes vs. consistent healthy habits

If we jump too quickly into a more detoxifying diet, our body might not be able to eliminate all the toxins that are released from our tissues. We then might experience symptoms of detoxification that can range from general weakness, digestive issues or nausea to more serious conditions. Therefore it is always a good idea to take it slow and maybe take one step back if you feel too uncomfortable with a certain regime. It is much more powerful if we include small changes throughout the year instead of eating any junk food that lands in front of us and then doing a two-week juice cleanse to counter the impact. No to say, that juice cleanses can not be a great tool for detox, but more consistent healthy habits are necessary for longterm health and vitality.  

Fully hydrating our cells

We consist over 80% of water which is essential for optimal functioning of our body, including proper elimination of waste, toxins and other useless substances. Neverthless, many of us are chronically dehydrated and suffer the effects without knowing its causes. When we look at our diet, animal protein, processed foods, refined sugar and salt, coffee as well as a high amounts of cooked foods lead to dehydration. Consequently, our tissues and organs loose their functionality. Our blood also thickens and puts a strain on our heart that now has to work harder to supply our organs with adequate oxygen. Dive deeper into proper hydration this blog post by Medical Medium.

Nevertheless, you find it difficult to drink enough water throughout the day? No worries, you can support proper hydration with the foods you eat. Boosting your intake of raw fruits and vegetables can greatly improve hydration and help in your body's detox. Enough hydration supports our eliminative system to get rid of all the harmful substances and lets our cells function at their best.  

Sustainable detox lifestyle

Since it is not only our food that introduces harmful substances into our system, we can also take a look at other parts of our life if we want to heal properly. Organic clothing, natural household products, enough exercise, sufficient time in the sun, fresh air, clean water, encouraging thoughts, balanced emotions and more. 

There is much to explore, but don’t get overwhelmed by this. Be good to yourself and see detox more like a longterm adventure instead of a short, exhausting sprint. Nourishing your body to heal can be fun and blissful - one step at a time.The world of detoxification can be very simple, but yet vast. In future blog posts we will go deeper into the different ways of cleansing to set you up for success on your own journey.  


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Thank you for the support! 💫

This is like an ultimate guide for food noobs like me! I have noticed a big change since I stopped drinking alcohol and upped the fruit intake. The next thing I will look to slowly introduce is the lemon juice with water in the morning. I do like lemony water so this will be a good start. Still going to be a while before I can stop with the meat though 😁

Thanks for sharing a very useful article!

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Haha, same here. Slowly transition to a vegan diet. Right now, only the eggs stand in front of that goal.

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Awesome, you go for it! 🙌 One step at a time I am sure you will soon find your way over the eggs. Let me know if you need some inspiration how to substitute them in savoury or sweet meals while keeping a perfect texture. 😁

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Actually just getting over them. The thing is having a temporary source of B12 and Omega 3 while i review the soome vegan supplement alternatives for them.

Which ones would you recommend?

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That depends on where you are currently located.

Internationally the B12 from Vimergy should be a great, high-quality supplement due to recommendations by Medical Medium. We've already tried some other good brands available in Europe.

Same for Omega 3 - really depends on where you are located. In general, algae-based DHA is what you want to look for.

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thanks, i'll give it a try to Ovega-3 and see the B12 you recommended me

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Great, let us know if you need more info. 😉

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I am glad you could get something out of it.

So great to hear that! The small things, practiced on a consistent basis can actually make a huge difference to our health and wellbeing. 😉

I bet reducing and even giving up meat consumption can be a bit challenging at first. Lucky you, that there are so many delicious meat alternatives popping up right now, the growing selection is just amazing. You might enjoy the new movie "Game Changers" available on Netflix. 💪

Whole plant-based food for the win!

No magic smoothies or 7-day treatments.

Just a scientific-based diet.

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YEES! Consistent health habits in the long run - those that are simple to implement and that we can enjoy on a daily basis. 👌

Still, I do love my magic smoothies. 😆

This is indeed a great fruit and medicinal

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Thank you, Jameson! 🙌

I eat terrible fast foods all the time, yet I am constantly thin. Will need to fix my diet, but ultimately the lifestyle will need to change.

I think I need a workbook on how to implement healthier relationships in the family so that everyone can benefit. For years I've noticed I have family members who horde and clutter the kitchen with snacks and processed foods, making it difficult for me to store fresh foods or prepare healthy food options. It often leaves me with no choice but to pick fast food alternatives because I work so often and have less options for healthy food in the home.

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That's not uncommon though. From what I've learned being very thin although eating more than enough calories can be an indication for parasites, malabsorption due to excessive mucus on the intestinal walls or thyroid issues. Luckily, a detoxifying diet including healing herbs can usually help to get back on track.

Junk-food cravings might also be a sign for an unbalanced intestinal flora. Including more fruits and veggies (especially leafy greens) while cutting out more and more of such harmful foods usually starves the harmful bacteria in your gut and decreases cravings. But even if we know what we should do to get healthier, it is true that the implementation can be a big challenge at times.

It is definitely so much easier when you are surrounded by people with the same health goals, I totally get you. The question is, do your family members also have a reason to start a healthier lifestyle? Everyone has their own motivation to change, sometimes we just have to find the right trigger - toned body, improved skin, mental clarity or more balanced emotions. Maybe an open discussion can clear things up and help your family to find their own intrinsic motivation.

Watching some documentaries together like "What the health", "Game Changers", "Forks over Knives" or "Conspiracy" can be a great starting point as well as ongoing inspiration on this journey. 👍

I agree with most things that you said but I can't get over soy. I don't think it should be included in the list of foods to avoid but this is probably for a long discussion as people's opinions are polarized about this legume :)

I've been vegan for 3 years and doing mostly WFPB and I definitely feel when I eat some junk food. It's amazing how quick and strong the reaction of my body is. Then you realize what is good for you and what not :)

Thank you for sharing! It was an interesting read!

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Soy is certainly quite a controversy. We personally avoid it which works really well for us. 😉

Such a beautiful feedback mechanism! We also experienced a growing awareness towards harmful foods - nowadays it is very easy to detect if our body doesn't like a certain food and to adapt our meals accordingly. Keep up the great plant power! 🌿

Best wishes,
Anais

Wonderful post but there is one missing critical point: step ONE for all detoxing first has to be to go fully organic and stop poisoning yourself. It starts there.


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Thank you for this important addition. Conventional vs. organic produce can be such a game changer in our health and wellbeing. Just one of many great sources to explore this further - article by Collective Evolution.

We personally like to take the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen lists as guidelines for our grocery shopping since organic produce is not always available or just a bit too pricy. Therefore we often like to avoid any fruits and veggies that are usually heavily treated with pesticides and only buy any conventional ones that are on the Clean Fifteen list. Future goal is definitely 100% organic, preferable from our own tropical garden oasis. 👌🏼

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Awesome! 🙌🏻

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So much wonderful advice and wisdom shared in this post. It is so important for us all to take back responsibility for our health and to do the research for ourselves. I enjoy a plant based diet, but there were times when I let myself slide and ate processed food and my body did not appreciate that one bit. Thanks so much for sharing all this wonderful knowledge with us, I am sure it will help those who wish to improve their well being.

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Thank you for your encouraging words! So true, we have our health and well-being in our own hands. We also noticed that after we cleaned out our diet more and more, we became much more aware of the harmful effect of other foods whenever we dipped our toes into some less beneficial meals. 🙈😁 Such a feedback mechanism then makes it much easier to stay on track. 😉

This is super informative and have learned a lot of great tips to detox myself. Enough blue and green can work wonders for the human body.
Blue for water and Green for Vegetables 👌