10 Natural Ways to Cleanse & Support Your Body’s Detox Systems

10 Natural Ways to Support Your Body’s Detox Systems
Cleanse Joy Research TeamResearch analysis:
CleanseJoy Editorial Team
Detox supplements reviewed:
Dr. Edward Group, DC, NP
Dr. Emek Blair, Ph.D

Toxins in foods | Toxins in your home | Fiber | Diet | Supplements | Sleep | Stress | Kidneys | Sweat | Intermittent fasting

Everyday new toxins enter our body through the air, our skin, food and water. Our body can naturally detox and filter toxins in the liver and kidneys, and then eliminate them through sweat, urine and stool. But, is it enough?

Never before in the human history we were exposed to so many potential toxins and chemicals from our environment. In fact, the body may not always recognize or know to effectively handle some of the new lab made chemicals. Overtime, toxins continue to accumulate in the body, can damage our cells and impact our overall health and wellness.

In this article, we’ll share 10 natural ways to cleanse and support the body’s detox and filtration systems. In particular, we’ll talk about ways to reduce exposure to common toxins, how to strengthen our main organs of elimination, and the basic detox diet guidelines.

Choosing the best detox plan your body needs

In the world of cleansing and detoxification, you may find yourself lost with endless options to choose from. Should you start with a full body detox, or is it better do do a liver cleanse first?

The first thing you should ask yourself, is what are you optimizing for? What are your goals or concerns? Only then, you can choose the type of cleanse that is the best for you.

So, while there may be a lot of different cleansing protocols and detox plans, they usually fall under one of these options:

Not sure where to start? this guide is exactly for you! Keep reading.

10 natural ways to cleanse & support your body’s filtration systems

1. Remove common toxic foods and drinks

Hands down, the first step to detox your body is to reduce the toxins that go into your system from your diet. This also includes foods that are very hard to digest that can cause digestive distress and impair your detox and elimination pathways.

Many people that go into body cleansing skip this step, as they believe that cleansing alone can mitigate poor eating habits. This, however, couldn’t be further away from the truth. With thousands of studies that identified toxins in certain foods and linked poor diets to disease, it is one of the most important steps anyone can take to improve their health and wellness. It is by far, the most important step.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to stop eating delicious foods. The idea is to eliminate the top “offenders” and replace with healthier alternatives.

The six foods you need to avoid during detox

Foods to avoid during detox

Not only the foods below can impair your body’s detox systems, they are well known to contain plenty of toxins, chemicals and harmful ingredients.

Just like the warning on a pack of cigarettes, each of the following foods should come with similar warnings.

1: Processed or commercial meat

Think about antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals the animals are often given so they grow faster. Even more, these poor animals are often fed with a diet they are not even intended to eat. For example, cheap processed corn and grains. The result is a meat product that is simply not healthy and full of toxins.

If you want to include meat in your diet, look for grass fed beef or free range pastured chicken from a reputable source.

2: Farm raised fish

Similarly to commercial meat, farmed fish are not healthy at all. Fish are not supposed to eat corn, soy or wheat!

In fact, many people are shocked to learn that the pink color of the fish they buy at the store is nothing but paint!
The natural “salmon” pinkish-orange color is obtained as a result of natural diet of the fish.

Are they tricking us to think everything is ok with that painted fish? why the paint in not listed as one of the ingredients? Is it toxic to us? How is this even legal? These are all questions we need to constantly ask.

This is unfortunate since wild fish can offer many health benefits to humans, which many studied were able to support. So, if you decide to eat fish, always look for wild fatty fish such as wild alaskan salmon from a trusted source.
Lastly, due to mercury and other toxins found in the ocean, limit your fish intake to 2-3 times a week.

3: Refined sugars & processed carbs

The average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar in one year.[1]
Can you believe it? That’s 3 pounds of sugar every week. Sodas, sugary beverages, energy bars, cereals, the list goes on and on.

And the problem with these sugars, is that the more you consume them, the more your body wants them. No wonder so many people find it so hard to lose weight. These unnatural substances disrupt so many body systems, it’s a miracle our body can still somewhat function.

So, you want to read the label and check the sugar content. In particular, be aware of the different names of processed sugars hiding on food labels:  high fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, maltodextrin, glucose, fructose and more.

Pro tip: if the list of ingredients look complicated, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

4: Artificial sweeteners

The terms sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners may sound innocent, but at the end of the day, we are talking about lab made chemicals that mimic the effect of sugar in taste.

In other words, these are chemicals that trick your brain to think you are getting sugars, even though you are not.

And according to research, there’s a price for this trickery. Animal studies have convincingly proven that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain, brain tumors, bladder cancer and many other health hazards.[2]

Similarly to sugars, artificial sweeteners often hide in product labels with many creative names such as: saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose. If you want to add some sweetness to your drinks, smoothies or meals, switch to natural alternatives such as pure monk fruit or stevia.

On that note, always be mindful about sweeteners. Long term use can make your brain get used to an extreme level of sweetness whole foods can’t provide.

5: Dairy & gluten

Most people can’t tolerate either dairy, gluten or both, which can cause digestive issues, inflammation and impair your detox systems. Furthermore, dairy often contains toxins or chemicals that pass from the cows to the milk, cheese, yogurt, or other dairy products.

In fact, most people that limit dairy and gluten for a few weeks, report they feel a big difference. In particular, weight loss, better looking skin, and inflammation. Natural nut milk such as unsweetened pure almond milk or hemp milk are great dairy alternatives. (Watch for the added ingredients, though).

6: Dirty dozen

Lastly, and we wish we wouldn’t have to mention this, are toxins and pesticides in produce. Unfortunately, man made chemicals turn even healthy foods such as our precious fruits and vegetables into a toxic mess.

In fact, nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides!

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a list of twelve fruits and vegetables that are exposed to the most pesticides. Also called “dirty dozen”, if you can’t find these organic, it is better to avoid them altogether.

The 2020 Dirty dozen list:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

It is best to educate yourself about these foods, and shop wisely.
See the EWG’s complete report: Dirty dozen list.

2. Limit exposure to common toxins in your home

Limit exposure to common toxins in your home

Once you go down that rabbit hole of toxins, it’s really hard to stop. Toxins are just about everywhere! So now that we addressed the toxins from the diet, it is time to have a look at the toxins in our home.

  • Mold issues in your home.
    Mold toxicity is much more common than many people realize. And the worst part, you can’t always see or smell it. So, if you or your family think you may have a water damage or mold problem in your home, it is always best to have it professionally inspected.
  • Skin care products.
    Anything that you apply on your skin can get into your system. Most skin care products and cosmetics, even “natural” ones are loaded with chemicals.
    Read the label. EWG’s skin care database is a great resource.
  • Household cleaners.
    Aim for “green” safe options. You don’t need to pollute your indoor air with chemicals in order to disinfect and clean your home.
  • Passive smoking.
    Second-hand smoke is one of the most important and most widespread toxic exposures in the indoor environment. Unfortunately, second-hand smoke causes more than 600k deaths per year![3]

3. Eat more fiber

Fiber in Foods

Did you know that fiber can bind to certain toxins in the gut and also supports healthy bowel movements to help the body eliminate these? Simply put, fiber is one of the best natural ingredients you can use to detox your body!

And unless there’s something specifically wrong with your gut, there’s really no need to use fiber supplements. In fact, many fiber supplements such as psyllium husk have side effects and often cause more harm than good. Most people can easily get enough fiber simply by eating whole foods.

While the daily fiber intake can vary from one person to another, 30 grams for men and 25 grams for women is a great place to start.

To easily bring your fiber intake up, eat:

  • Morning: 1 cup of blackberries or raspberries (8 grams of fiber)
  • Between meals or with your greens: one medium avocado (13 grams fiber)
  • Night: 1 oz of chia seeds soaked in water (10 grams fiber)

4. The detox diet: Foods that detox your body

Detox Diet foods list

Certain foods have unique components in them that can support your body’s natural detoxification processes. While there’s no diet that works best for everyone, most people will benefit from eating the top detox foods below.

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are among the best foods that can support detoxification in your body. Sulforaphane, a natural plant compound found in many cruciferous vegetables can induce phase II detoxification in the liver. In phase II detoxification, liver cells add a substance (such as a sulfur molecule) to a toxic chemical, to make it less harmful. Common cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale.[4]

Broccoli sprouts in particular, are exceptional when it comes to detoxification. With 10-100 times the amount of cancer-fighting compounds compared to regular broccoli, you definitely want to add these detox powerhouses into your salads of smoothies.[5] 

Eat the rainbow

Every day, try to eat a high variety of colorful fresh whole fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens. Each color in plants represents a different plant pigment that offers different nutrients and antioxidants. As a good rule of thumb, vegetables and greens should take three quarters of your plate.

A few examples:

  • Antioxidant-rich foods.
    Can help to balance the free radical damage and oxidative stress. Especially dark berries, pomegranate, dark raw chocolate (watch the sugars, no dairy) and green tea.
  • Apples (with the peel).
    Pectin, a naturally occurring fiber found in apples was able to to bind to heavy metals and help promote their detoxification.[6,7]

Liver cleansing fats & oils

Healthy fats, in particular, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, avocado, fresh raw nuts and walnuts can help support healthy liver function.

Cleansing herbs & spices

  • Cilantro.
    Can bind to heavy metals, such as lead, in the digestive tract.[8
  • Raw garlic.
    An effective home remedy for parasites, candida and fungal infections. Can also help to support liver detoxification.[9,10,11,12]
  • Natural spices: such as ginger, turmeric.

5. Take detox supplements

As a reminder, when we consider the best detox supplements, we have to ask ourselves, what are you optimizing for? Even more, when it comes to cleansing, you always need to consider your starting point. Individual factors that are unique to you, such as your toxicity levels, organ function, and how effective your body can detoxify, can make a difference in the benefits and side effects you may experience.

So, start low and slow, and listen to your body. Below are the top 4 supplements that most people can benefit from that naturally support the body’s detox systems.

1. Oxygen colon cleanse

Oxygen colon cleanse

  • Signs you may need it: digestive issues, bloating, excess gas, body odor, occasional constipation.
  • When: weekend cleanse.

Oxy-Powder releases natural oxygen in your colon that dissolves colon waste and toxins build up. The toxic waste is then flushed out through normal bowel movements.

You take 4 capsules before bedtime on an empty stomach. Expect the next day to have 3-5 bowel movements with large amount of waste eliminate. (Thus, the weekend part. You definitely want to stay at home).

People often report flatter stomach, improved digestion, more energy, better brain function and glowing skin.

Pro tip: Removing waste buildup from the colon can help your body eliminate toxins quicker, as you continue with cleansing other organs of  go into cellular detoxification. Thus, colon cleanse is usually the first step in body detox programs.

2. Support your gut with probiotics & prebiotics

Probiotics for gut cleanse

You may have heard that the liver plays an important rôle in protecting us from potentially toxic chemicals.[13] But, did you know that in order to complete the process, the liver dumps these toxins into the gut? So, optimizing your gut and your gut flora is as important.

In fact, the research data suggests that probiotics can help protect the intestinal mucosa from injuries caused by toxins, allergens and pathogens, and help the immune system to fight future infections [14,15].

It is very important that the probiotic supplements you use are free from common allergens, especially soy, dairy, gluten and wheat and have no binders or fillers.

Floratrex is good example of probiotics we use in our different gut cleanse protocols. (When you are lucky enough to get it, as it is often run out of stock). The formula combines the highly studied lactobacillus probiotic strains with inulin prebiotic. Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics, thus can further supports the good bacteria growth in your gut.

Pro tip: 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. So, before you look into exotic supplements to boost your immune system, you probably want to cover the basics and support your gut health with probiotics.

3. Detox your body with algae and chlorophyll

E3Live Chlorophyll Detox superfood

Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants, is well known for its blood detoxification, odor control, wound healing, gut health, and immune system support. In fact, studies found it even has a natural ability to neutralize and bind to mold toxins (mycotoxins).[16

This is quite remarkable, considering that mold toxins are very tricky. They are so tiny, that after the liver dumps them into the gut, they can reabsorb back into the circulation. Chlorophyll was shown to bind to these toxins, so they can’t reabsorbed and are eliminated.

E3Live® is a blue-green algae that has the highest natural chlorophyll content, and the only option in north america that comes fresh. (It is frozen-liquid, not a powder). Even more, due to its superior nutritional profile with unique nutrients we rarely get from the western diet, E3Live® can help support multiple body systems.

So if you are lucky enough to live in a place where you can get E3Live®, all you need is 1-2 tbsp in the morning on an empty stomach.

If its is not available in your area, however, a great alternative is another algae, chlorella, which is also well known for its high chlorophyll content and detoxification abilities. Just make sure it comes from a reputable source.

4. Detox your cells with liposomal glutathione

Detox your cells with liposomal glutathione
Glutathione
is one of the most potent antioxidants and cellular detoxifiers found in every cell in the body. Multiple studies have shown that glutathione can neutralize and bind to water-soluble toxins, so they are then marked or targeted to be removed by the body and in the liver.[17]

Liposomal delivery system offers higher absorption compared to traditional glutathione supplements.[18]

6. Detox your body as you sleep

sleep detox

Every night when you go to sleep, your body actually begins a series of maintenance tasks to heal and repair damaged cells and tissue. As a part of this process, the glymphatic system, the waste clearance pathway of the central nervous system removes toxic waste byproducts.

When you do not get enough sleep, however, your glymphatic system may not have enough time to perform that function. As a result, toxins can build up and affect your cognitive abilities, behavior, and judgment.[19].

Unfortunately, we don’t always give sleep the right priority.

In our fast pace society, we often choose to sleep less in order to achieve more and be more productive. Ironically, lack of sleep can impair our performance and productivity. Even more, multiple studies have shown a link between lack of sleep and many health issues.

So, give sleep the right priority.Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep. Athletes may need more, though.

7. Detox stress

stress detox

Chronic stress has become such a normal part of our life, many people tend to ignore it. But, did you know that stress can impair your body’s ability to detox? Even more, over time, a buildup of toxins can occur and if we aren’t able to de-stress and relax.

How stress affect your body’s detoxification function

When a stressful event occurs, our body triggers the “fight or flight” response. The body then goes into survival mode. Stress hormones rise, our focus increases, blood goes to the muscles, our entire biology is shifted to make sure we can survive an attack or a threat.

On the flip side, while at this state, the body’s ability to heal, detox or digest food is significantly reduced. 

In the past, this mechanism was essential to our survival. Just think about our ancestors running away from a saber-toothed tiger, for example. The stress response was short, then when we found shelter and felt safe again, our body was able to relax, heal, detox and return back to normal function.

Modern life stressors however, have turned the natural “fight or flee” stress response into a prolonged chronic stress that never seem to stop.

In fact, 44 percent of Americans reported that they suffer from moderate to high stress. Concerns about money, work and the economy, fears about job security, top the list of most frequently cited sources of stress.[20]

Just like we need to be mindful about toxins in our food and environment and ways to eliminate them, we need to also consider the damaging effect stress has on our health, and ways to detoxify it as well. 

5 effective strategies to detox stress

  • Schedule a time off.
    Sometimes a relaxing vacation can do you more good than a dozen of body cleansing programs. Just as you remember to set up work calls and meeting in your calendar, make sure to set up some quality time off where you can de-stress.
  • Digital & social media cleanse.
    A big part of the stress problem, is information overload. We are constantly bombarded with more and more information, much of which is not useful to us, and in many cases, stressful.
    Ask yourself: how often do you find yourself opening up your favorite app on your phone and looking up a half hour or even hours later to discover you’ve gotten nothing productive done? if this sounds too familiar, perhaps it’s time for a social media cleanse.
  • Exercise smart.
    Find a physical activity that you love that can help take your mind away from all this stress. The best exercise for stress is the one you love so you keep doing it. Be mindful, however, not to overtrain, as this can increase your stress levels.
  • Meditate.
    You don’t have to be a yogi to enjoy the power of meditation in your life. Sit down quietly for a few minutes every day, breath deeply, and express gratitude. These simple steps can help signal your brain there’s no real danger and that you are safe.
  • Sleep.
    As a reminder, the body detoxify excess stress hormones while you sleep. So, during time of extra stress, you may find that you need to sleep longer.
  • Take Tulsi.
    Tulsi (Holy basil) is one of Ayurvedic medicine most studied herb known for its ability to calm stress, balance mood, and support the adrenal glands.[21]

8. Detox your kidneys

kidneys detox

The main function of the kidneys is to filter waste products and extra fluids and flush them from the body as urine. So, simply by drinking enough water or liquids, you can help support your kidneys as they detox and cleanse toxins.

As a rule of thumb, drink half your body weight in ounces of water. You should drink enough so you have a strong urine flow, with clear urine color.

Also, on that note, it is imperative that you drink high quality water.
Most tap water in the US have been polluted with chemicals such as chlorine, foruide and other contaminants.

9. Sweat out toxins

Sweat out toxins

Another powerful way to detox your body, is to support one of your body’s biggest detox system, the skin. In fact, studies have found toxic materials and heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat. The researchers concluded that sweating may help remove toxic elements from the body.[22]

So, keep moving, have a good sweat, and at the same time, make sure you are well hydrated. A sauna session, yoga or exercise can help you naturally eliminates toxins through sweat along with the many other benefits. Sure, you’ll notice smells come out of your skin. But, do you rather these toxins stay inside your body?

10. Cleanse your body with intermittent fasting

Intermittent Fasting detox

Lastly, we wrap up with the ultimate natural detox tool, fasting!

Everyday, your body cleanses and eliminates toxins, especially during these times when you do not eat. So, just by shortening the time you eat, you can enhance your body’s ability to detox.

In fact, intermittent fasting (also called time restricted eating) has become very popular in the past few years as a weight loss and longevity tool. Studies have found that intermittent fasting can support weight loss, reduce insulin resistance, regulate hormones and turn on Sirtuin longevity genes.[23]

A few examples of popular intermittent fasting protocols include:

  • 16 hours fasting each day, 8 hours eating.
    For example, you skip breakfast, and eat between 12pm-8pm.
  • One meal a day (OMAD).
    While this may sound extreme, this type of eating is getting very popular, especially if you prefer to eat larger meals or tend to prefer higher fats foods.

Pro tip: It is always best to ease yourself into intermittent fasting. Most people start by skipping breakfast for a few days. Additionally, limit processed foods and high carb foods to avoid sugar spikes that will make you crave sugars.

Celery Juice Detox Symptoms: Surprising Side Effects You Should Know

Celery Juice Detox Symptoms
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Overview | Side effects | How to prevent | Detox diet | Constipation | BenefitsReferences

Did you drink celery juice on an empty stomach and think you have celery juice detox symptoms?

Many people are surprised to learn that this trendy cleanse causes a detox reaction. After all, it’s just…celery juice. Healthy, nutritious, with many benefits. What could possibly go wrong? Even more, out of all these testimonials and celebrities, why nobody is talking about all these side effects?

Celery Juice Detox, Is There Anything Wrong With My Body?

No, it’s completely not your fault. It’s just another example of health fads that gain popularity over the internet and spread like wildfire.

The medical medium celery juice book by Anthony William made the celery juice cleanse become viral. Suddenly, everybody was talking about this miracle juice that heals just about everything. But, just like so many things in life, there is another less glamorous side of the story.

So, while celery juice has its benefits, there are also the side effects. The good news, you can prevent the celery juice detox symptoms with a few basic steps which will cover in the review.

Also, it’s time to demystify the detox reaction.

Detox symptoms are not necessary when you detox or cleanse. In fact, they are not signs that whatever you do is working. Simply put, your body releases too much toxins at a pace it can’t safely handle. So, you may feel sick.

The other option, is that you can be sensitive to the ingredients. In our case, the celery. In any case, your goal with any cleanse or juice should be to improve the way you feel, not to make you feel worse.

Common Celery Juice Detox Symptoms May Include

  • Skin rash, acne
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Digestive issues, in particular: gas, diarrhea, and bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms

Drinking Celery Juice Is Not The Same As Eating Celery

Drinking Celery Juice cleanse Is Not The Same As Eating Celery

With the celery juice challenge, you drink 16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach every morning for a week. To make that much juice, you usually need one large bunch celery. In other words, about 1 pound, 8 or 9 medium ribbed celery stalks.

Drinking celery juice is very different from eating celery. There’s a lot of medicinal properties in a quick acting juice form. In fact, this is where the food can very well act as a powerful medicine. After all, not a lot of people can eat 1 pound of celery every day.

What Does the Celery Juice Cleanse Do?

When you make the celery juice, you remove the fiber. So, you end up with a liquid that contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Since the fiber slows down the digestion and the release of nutrients in the body, your body can absorb the nutrients from the juice much quicker.

Now, the question is whether your body needs that much “medicine” so quickly. Some of these medicinal properties can nourish the body. Others, may kill bacteria, parasites, or release toxins. In other words, “cleanse”.
Similarly to other juices such as wheatgrass, this cleansing effect can benefit you in many way, but, can also cause detox symptoms.

Prevent Celery Juice Detox Symptoms (and Boost Your Health)

Here are five ways to help prevent celery juice side effects that can help you get the most out of your cleanse.

1. Clean your diet

The following simple plan below can do more than just preventing a detox reaction. It can change your life. In fact, we guarantee it will do much more to your health than any amount of celery juice.

We wish there would be more challenges that involved this type of simple healthy eating. Unfortunately, it’s not very glamorous, sexy, or viral.

Many people are often surprised to learn how good they feel when they clean their diet. Even more, not only they feel better, very quickly they start to enjoy the taste of real simple whole foods without all these additives.

To summarize this point, the cleaner your diet, the less toxins you will have. Thus, the less chances of a detox reaction. Then take full advantage of the benefits celery juice and other natural remedies may have. Without having to worry about detox symptoms.

More importantly, just like it doesn’t make sense to smoke and take antioxidants, you don’t want to juice and do all these healthy things on one hand, but keep putting junk into your body.

It’s time to take an honest look into the health and wellness of our nation.

Despite all the advances in modern medicine, people are sicker than ever. In fact, almost 50% of the U.S. population use prescription drugs. If you think it’s only elderly people, think again. Almost 20% of children under age 12 years use prescription drugs.[1]

And, a big part of the problem is the standard american diet. So many studies have shown a link between modern diets to chronic disease, health issues, including depression and mental illnesses. All these processed foods, artificial chemicals and other toxins we call “foods” take a toll on our body. It’s a huge burden that our entire system constantly need to process every day. Ironically, processed foods lack essential nutrients are body needs to properly function .

So, as a first step, a week before you start the celery juice detox, remove the top toxins from your diet. In particular:

    • Processed foods & beverages
    • Refined sugars, in particular: high-fructose corn syrup (read the label of your “healthy” energy bars or drinks. The average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar in one year. Can you believe it? This means 3 pounds of sugar every week.
    • Proceed grains, cereals. Again, these are not healthy foods. Just look at the list of the ingredients and see how many of them are actually foods.
    • Fried foods
    • Processed or commercial meat. These poor animals! Not only they are often treated poorly and are kept in horrible conditions, they are also fed with a diet that contains hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals to make them grow quicker. Quicker growth means more money for these industries but, when you eat the meat, you also consume all these toxins.
    • Limit gluten and dairy. Most people can’t tolerate at least one of them. As a result, you may end up with inflammation in the gut and body. And easy way to tell is to limit them for a few weeks. If you have dairy or gluten sensitivity, expect to feel a big difference after you eliminate these.

Eat:

  • Eat from the rainbow. Plenty of colorful fresh whole fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens. Each color in plants represents a different plant pigment that offers different nutrients and antioxidants. As a good rule of thumb, vegetables and greens should take three quarters of your plate.
  • Fiber. Did you know that fiber can bind to certain toxins in the gut and also supports healthy bowel movements? Simply put, fiber is one of the best natural ingredients to detox your body! The fiber intake recommendations range from 19 grams to 38 grams per day.[2] On average, 30 grams for men and 25 grams for women (from whole foods, not supplements) is a great place to start.
    An easy way to boost your fiber intake: eat one medium avocado (13 grams fiber), and 1 oz of chia seeds soaked in water (10 grams fiber) everyday.

2. Eat celery a week before you drink celery juice

Celery juice tastes way better than whole celery, we know. With that said, you want to start and eat celery first, to see if you have a reaction to it. This safe approach can save you a lot of trouble, before you consume the fast acting concentrated juice form.

So, start and eat a few ribbed celery stalks for 2-3 days and see how you feel. Celery stalks with carrots are great healthy snacks. Use humus or salsa as a dip.

3. Address Constipation

The following tip is true for any detox or cleanse, not just the celery juice cleanse. If you experience constipation, it is absolutely essential you regulate your bowels before you start.

If your colon is congested or constipated, toxins my stay in your body longer. Even worse, some of the toxins may re-absorbed back into the circulation.

So easy to prevent. Some useful home remedies for constipation include:

  • Overnight colon cleanse (with apple cider vinegar, lemon, oxygen).
  • Oxy-Powder. Releases natural oxygen in your colon that dissolves colon waste buildup. The waste is then flushed out through normal bowel movements. As a result, your body can eliminate toxins quicker. Thus, minimize or prevent potential celery juice detox symptoms.

4. How much celery juice should you drink a day? go low and slow

There’s no universal serving size of celery juice that works best for everyone. A 120 pounds female may need a different amount than a 250 pounds male. Furthermore, some people have more toxins in their body than others. Genetics can also play a role as it may affect the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

So, play it safe, and go low and slow. To minimize the celery juice detox symptoms, start with a smaller amount and work your way up. For example:

  • Drink 1 oz of celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach. Do you notice any of the celery juice detox symptoms we mentioned? If so, perhaps it’s better to respect your body and listen. Celery juice may not agree with your body right now.
  • If everything goes well, however, increase to 2 oz the next day. Similarly, listen to your body, stop if you experience a detox reaction, or double the amount. So the next day jump from 2 oz to 4 oz.
  • Continue with this protocol and be mindful about how you feel after you drink the celery juice. For example: did you feel more energized from 8 oz compared to 2 oz, or did you feel a little tired and lightheaded?
  • Always first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Stop until you feel that you have had enough juice or reach 16 oz.

5. Use organic celery

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a list of twelve fruits and vegetables that are exposed to the most pesticides. Also called “dirty dozen”, if you can’t find these organic, it is better to avoid them altogether.

As of 2020, celery is on that list. When you make celery juice, you filter the fiber, but do you also remove the pesticides? It is not clear.
So, to minimize side effects due to a reaction to pesticides in the celery, it is much better to use organic celery.

On that note, it is best to educate yourself about pesticides in foods, and shop wisely. See the EWG’s complete report: Dirty dozen list.

Celery Juice Benefits

Below are some of the main benefits of celery according to the medical literature. Keep in mind, the data doesn’t show that celery juice will heal these conditions. The studies simply found that celery has medicinal properties that can play a role.

So, with that said, celery main medicinal properties includes[3]:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory

Celery can prevent or help with[4]:

  • Elevated blood glucose and serum lipid levels
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Jaundice and liver function
  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Gout
  • Rheumatic disease
  • Blood pressure
  • Chronic skin disorders (celery seeds).

Celery main compounds include caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol.

In Conclusion: Should I Do The Celery Juice Cleanse?

Celery juice can be a powerful tool for health and wellness. The juice is shown to have medicinal properties with some impressive potential benefits. But, just like any medicine, it can also cause side effects.

So, use this information and safety guideline, and hopefully, you will experience the benefits. Keep in mind, the idea in any juice or cleanse is to compliment a healthy diet and lifestyle, not replace them.

We hope you find this review helpful, and wish you all the best in your journey to better health.

References

  1. Prescription Drug Use in the United States, 2015–2016
  2. Closing America’s Fiber Intake Gap
  3. Advances in the Research of Celery, an Important Apiaceae Vegetable Crop
  4. A Review of the Antioxidant Activity of Celery (Apium graveolens L).

How to Detox Your Body: 3 Evidence Based Easy Recipes

How to Detox Your Body

Heidi Moretti Author circleHeidi Moretti, MS, RD
Clinical Registered Dietitian
Detoxification Expert

Apple Cider Vinegar |  Lemon |  Moringa |  Kombucha |  Green Powders | Fiber |  Protein

In this post I will share 3 quick, safe and effective, evidence based recipes to naturally help cleanse and detox your body.

Spoiler alert: as in many natural cleansing topics, we will talk about digestion. Yes, we’ll also mention bowel movements.

All the recipes we’ll discuss are:

  • Natural, safe, effective and gentle
  • Take under one minute to make, ideal for busy people or while on the go
  • Doesn’t require any blender or other equipment.

Is Detox Really Needed?

Why and how to Detox Your Body

Never before in the human history we were exposed to so many potential toxins from our environment.

Our body can naturally eliminate toxins, but we live in a modern world where very often our exposure to chemicals and toxins exceeds the body’s ability to effectively detoxify. Overtime, toxins continue to accumulate in the body, can damage our cells and impact our overall health.

You may experience low energy or “brain fog”, mood swings, skin rashes, find it hard to lose weight, or in some cases just “feel off”.  On the other hand, accumulative toxins build up doesn’t always cause symptoms; it may take years for symptoms to be present.

How To Detox Your Body?

The Top 3 Guidelines

Intermittent Fasting: Everyday, your body cleanses and eliminates toxins, especially during these times when you do not eat of consume food. So just by shortening the time you eat, such as practicing intermittent fasting, can enhance your body’s ability to detox.

Detox & Nourish: For optimal health, both detoxification and nourishment are needed. Removing toxins from your body is one side of it, but so does providing the nutrients your body needs to heal and repair.

Go Low and Slow: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Rather than going for the quickest way to detox, look for natural ways you can easily incorporate in your life. These are not only easier to do, but you are less likely to experience a “detox reaction” that can occur when too much toxins are released into the bloodstream.

Find Your Detox Staples

Try the detox recipes below, see our your body responds, and incorporate the ones that agree with you in your daily life, as healthy habits to naturally support and help detox your body.

1: Apple Cider Vinegar – Lemon Detox Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar - Lemon Detox Drink

A gold standard of cleansing drinks and one of the best natural ways to detox your body. Start your day right! Drink this wonderful natural tonic in the morning and during the day (up to three times a day), always on an empty stomach.

What to expect: better digestion, reduced bloating, clearer complexion.

Ingredients

  • ½ lemon:
    Drinking warm water with lemon juice is an ancient Ayurvedic practice known to stimulate digestion and detox the body.
    Multiple studies also shown that citric acid and antioxidants in lemon juice can help prevent kidney stones, regulate liver enzymes, and balance triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver.[1,2,3]
  • 1 teaspoon raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar:
    (ACV) on its raw unfiltered unpasteurized form, is well known for its natural ability to cleanse, detox and flush toxins from the body. The cloudy part you usually see at the bottom of the bottle (“the mother”), has naturally occurring acids and good bacteria that can promote healthy digestion and gut health.
    According to research, apple cider vinegar can also support kidneys and liver health.[4]
  • 16 ounces distilled or spring water:
    Hydration is very important, especially when you detox to support the kidneys.

Instructions

  • Shake the apple cider vinegar bottle to mix the cloudy part at the bottom.(“The mother”).
  • Add 1 teaspoon of organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of distilled or spring water at room temperature.
  • Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon, and add to the drink.
  • Drink in the morning up to three times per day, always on an empty stomach.
  • Since both lemon and ACV are acidic, use a straw to minimize contact with your teeth or gums. Interestingly enough, when consumed, this detox drink actually has an alkaline effect inside the body.

Optional: to sweeten, add a few drops of organic stevia such as vanilla sweetLeaf.

2: Replace Sugary Drinks & Snacks with Green Detox Juices

sugar detox

Sugars are bad news and are linked to many health issues.
When you consume sugars, the pancreas release insulin. High & frequent insulin spikes can cause many of our body’s systems to get out of control including the body’s ability to effectively detox and cleanse.

Sugar Detox: Instead of consuming sugars, harness the power of greens juices. They are light on digestion, low in calories, and can nourish & detox your body.

What to expect: improved energy, concentration, better mood & digestion, weight loss (in some people).

The average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar in one year.
Can you believe it? This means that every week, we are consuming 3 pounds of sugar.

To put things in perspective, two hundred years ago, the average American ate only 2 pounds of sugar a year.[5]

Ok, so we know sugars are bad for us. Stopping to drink sugary beverage or sodas, however, can be challenging to many people.

It is always easier to stop a bad habit, when you have an alternative. Even better, when you have a better alternative you actually like.
When it comes to green detox juices, making green juices or smoothies at home is ideal, but not always doable or realistic.

For example, you are at work, you just had lunch and you are crashing. Normally, you would have a sugary drink, coffee, or an energy bar. What can you drink instead?

To help you get started, below are a few healthy one minute drinks recipes to nourish and detox your body:

Moringa – Kombucha Drink

moringa detox
What to expect: a refreshing fizzy drink that tastes great and can help promote energy, calmness and healthy digestion.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add 1 dropperful (1 ml) to a cup of kombucha and enjoy. You can also add directly to the kombucha bottle if you prefer to drink throughout the day.
  • Drink between meals, up to two dropperful or moringa a day.

Moringa, the Tree of Life

Moringa Detox
This edible tree is known as “the tree of life” or “the miracle tree” for a reason. With over 90 different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, moringa is one of the most nutrient-dense plants in the world.[6]

In addition to its superior nutritional profile, moringa is a potent natural detoxifier. In fact, it is studied for its ability to remove heavy metals from the body, and to reduce oxidative stress.[7]

How to use moringa to detox your body:
Always organic, ideally in a liquid extract such as Dr. Group Moringa extract drops. The liquid makes it easier to use on the go. Just place one dropperful (1 ml) in your mouth or add to water, kombucha or other drinks. Unlike moringa powders which have a bitter unpleasant taste, the drops have a mild gentle flavor.

Kombucha: Gut Health in a Bottle

kombucha detox

Kombucha is a fermented tea originated in Asia for centuries prized for its healing properties. Modern science has shown that this traditional drink is loaded with probiotics that can promote gut health as well as antioxidants that may help support our body’s ability to combat oxidative stress.

But there’s more. The healthy bacteria found in kombucha and other fermented foods can bind to toxic metals in the gut helping the body to eliminate these with the stool.

How to use:  Luckily for us, kombucha is very popular and you can easily find many different types in stores. With that said, always go for organic kombucha from a reputable source. Watch for the added ingredients or added sugars.

Green Detox Powders

green powder detox

Another popular option to detox on the go is green powders.

To clarify a common misconception: green powders do not replace whole fresh fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, what should you do when you are stuck in the office on a typical busy day, or on the go, and don’t have time to eat fresh greens and vegetables?

This is where green powders may help. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants but still low in calories, a high quality green powder can make a difference. Just mix one or more scoops with your water or protein powder, and you get a quick and easy to digest source of nutrients.

Always look for a certified organic green powder from a reputable source, ideally with a combination of low sugar greens and algae.
Watch for the added sugars. There’s should be none.

A good option is the Hawaiian Medicinal Foods Living Greens.
You will get easy to digest fermented greens and algae such as wheatgrass and chlorella that have proven detoxification abilities, probiotics, live enzymes and medicinal herbs such as green tea extract (antioxidants, energy), milk thistle (liver health) and others.

The powder is very low in sugar (1 gram of sugar) and has a mild naturally pleasant flavor.

How to Detox Your Body Green Detox Powder

3: Fiber: A Potent Detoxifier

Only 5% of the population meets the daily recommendation of fiber, which ranges from 19 grams to 38 grams per day, depending on gender and age.[8]

The science clearly supports that fiber is essential to our health, including its ability to detox your body. Fiber can actually bind and absorb certain fat-soluble toxins and promote digestion, so the toxins are eliminated with the stool.

Getting enough fiber is a common challenge with modern diets, so to help you, here’s healthy easy detox recipe that provides you with about 30% of your daily fiber, along with protein, vitamins and minerals.

Chia – Hemp – Green Pudding

Chia - Hemp - Green Pudding

Nutritional Highlights

  • Fiber – 13 grams (33%)
  • Net carbs: Less than 4 grams, sugars: less than 1 grams.
  • Protein – 16 grams
  • Omega 3 – 8 grams
  • Omega 6 – 9 grams
  • Over 65% of: vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the living greens in a bowl with 1 cup of almond milk or water. You can also use a shaker bottle or a wide mouth mason jar.
  • Mix with the chia and hemp seeds.
  • Wait for 5 minutes, and mix again.
  • Let sit for 10 more min. You can also place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Enjoy! If you like the hemp seeds texture, you can also add them right before serving. The soaking is only needed for the chia seeds.

4: Protein, A Forgotten Detox Pillar

protein detox shake

Many people make the mistake of following a juice or vegetable fast for a cleanse for several weeks and as a result, do not eat enough protein.

Your body however, needs enough amino acids to heal and repair. This includes all tissues in the body including your muscles, skin, hair, even your gut.
Specifically to detoxification, certain amino acids such as glutathione play a key role in the body’s ability to detox and cleanse.

Best protein to detox your body while on the go

Finding high quality protein when you eat out or on the go is a common challenge. There are just many important factors, especially with animal proteins. Is the source of the protein free of chemicals, antibiotics or hormones? How fresh is the meat? Does the fish contain mercury? and many more.

Here are a few healthy alternatives:

Protein Green Detox Shake

Mix plant-based protein such as rice protein, pea protein or hemp protein with water or unsweetened nut milk. Add 1 scoop of Hawaiian Medicinal Foods Living Greens.

If you plan to use plant based proteins on an ongoing basis, it is always best to combine a few sources for a more diverse and rich nutritional and amino acids profile. A popular blend is pea, rice and hemp proteins.

Natural Protein Snacks for Detox

Natural Protein Snacks for detox

A discussion about proteins to detox your body will never be complete without mentioning one of the most potent parasite cleansing proteins, pumpkin seeds!

A chinese study used a combination of pumpkin seed and areca nut extract to treat the taeniasis tapeworm infections. The study found that 91 people out of 115 suspected taeniasis cases, were able to release whole tapeworms [9].

Pumpkin seeds are also very nutritious, especially in protein and essential minerals. When you eat just 2 oz of pumpkin seeds, you get your recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of:

  • 17 grams protein.
  • 63% iron.
  • Over 70% of copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
  • 40% zinc.

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