(NaturalNews) The first rule of detoxing is to stop taking in toxins. In these days of living in toxic soup environments, the only thing people can control completely is what is consumed.
The first step is eliminating junk food. Then eliminate processed foods, even from health food stores, unless you get educated enough to cover the ingredient labels with certainty. Baked goods using refined, bleached flour should be eliminated.
Then toss the sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and all artificial sweeteners. Use local, raw unfiltered honey dispensed in bulk containers, ideally. Try to go with fresh organic produce only.
Use organic grains and dry legumes (beans). Health food stores carry them in bulk bins, so you'll save money that way even if they're organic. You'll need to soak dry beans overnight in purified non-fluoridated water, which is available inexpensively from reverse osmosis and charcoal filter machines in many stores.
Use healthy fats, like real butter, coconut oil, cold pressed olive oil, and fish oils. Unhealthy fats include canola oil and any processed oils with the label hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil. That includes the plastic spread known as margarine. Avoid soy unless it's fermented.
If you've been a steady or part-time SAD (standard American diet) consumer, this dietary change alone will start your detoxification. Freed from a steady influx of toxins to handle the body will now be able to work on getting rid of stored toxins.
Foods that boost your body's detox efforts
Cilantro has clinically demonstrated an ability to detox mercury. Mercury is one of the worst toxic heavy metals to endure, and anyone with amalgam fillings has some mercury floating around in their body.
Use organic cilantro often as a garnishment for several dishes. Finely chopped cilantro goes well with grains, potatoes, and beans. It also blends well with soups. If your juicer masticates slowly, you can add cilantro that hasn't been chopped with the other veggies of your choice.
Some may consider this cheating by including a supplement, but chlorella is actually a food. Once considered a solution to world hunger because of its high protein and nutritional value, it's also useful for heavy metal detoxification. Combining cilantro and chlorella is a powerful detox combination.
From this, we go to greens. Health experts of all stripes recommend at least one bountiful serving of greens daily. The darker the greens, the better. Chlorophyl is almost literally sunshine for your cells' energy converting mitochondria, providing lots of nutrients while detoxifying.
Most Natural News readers are aware that garlic has strong, natural antibiotic properties. But the detox secret of garlic is its ability to help detoxify lead. In the 1970s, Robert I. Lin, president of Nutritional International in Irvine, California used garlic to successfully detoxify lead from children.
Apples are useful detox fruits. But they must be organic. Apples are heavily sprayed and at the top of the "Dirty Dozen" list available earlier in this article. Edgar Cayce, the psychic nutritional counselor, often advised three day apple fasts with pure water for detoxing.
Lemons and limes are useful for detoxing, and you can use them in a variety of ways. Use honey for your lemonade instead of sugar. A good way to start each day is by drinking a glass of unsweetened, warm lemon water when you wake up. This helps cleanse the liver.
There is such a thing as a "healing crisis" when you feel worse for a short time as you detox. Drink more pure water, rest, and hang in there.