4 Simple Steps to Detoxifying Your Gut (from trueactivist.com)

7 Feb

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Your belly may not just be enlarged because of “fat”, more likely, it has been accumulating toxins for years and years and years. In order to start fresh, you must begin by flushing out leftover food residue (which can lead to fermentation, “bad” bacteria, parasites, yeast, or too much acid). If you want to get really serious about cleaning out your stomach, liver, kidneys, small intestine and colon, doing a full on 30 day juice fast will detox all your organs very well. For those of us who are still transitioning to a healthier lifestyle and aren’t ready for a hectic juice fast, here are 4 tips from TRUEACTIVIST.COM to get you started!

1. Water – First off, get to hydrating. Flushing the remnants of the holiday foods out begins with the most natural consumable substance out there—water. The effectiveness of each of your body’s systems (digestive, circulatory, etc.) depends on proper hydration. And many foods we associate with the holidays can actually dehydrate us. Up your water intake and eat foods with high water contents (fruits and vegetables) to help get your hydration back to proper levels. Of course it is preferable to filter your water through a high quality water filtration system.

2. Garlic – In addition to staying hydrated, you need to rebalance your gut bacteria. There are many foods out there to avoid and consume to promote a healthy gut, but just one of those foods is garlic. Garlic is a powerful food and, when raw, can be extremely effect in solving your health woes. Chewing a piece of raw garlic releases its effective enzymes. Once in the digestive system, these enzymes work to eliminate destructive gut bacteria while keeping the “good bacteria” alive. In some studies, garlic has been found to be even more effective than penicillin, and without annihilating the millions of good bacteria in your gut.

If raw garlic doesn’t sound appetizing, try making it more palatable with honey. Peel and separate garlic cloves. Cover with local, raw honey in a mason jar and allow to sit for a few weeks. The health benefits of honey and garlic are astounding, but this garlic-honey combo is a great cure-all, effective for treating colds, preventing infection, and of course, detoxifying the gut.

3. Apples – Add apples to your diet. Apples contain a flavonoid called Phlorizidin which helps regulate the production of bile in the liver. Bile assists the liver in removing toxins from the body. In addition, apples are an excellent source of fiber which can help flush the intestines.

4. Exercise – Exercise is another important, and often overlooked, aspect of detoxing. In an active body, every internal system works more efficiently. An inactive body is sort of like a car sitting on blocks—the gas doesn’t get used and the parts begin to get rusty and stiff. When the car is maintained and used regularly, it goes through a steady diet of fuel and uses that fuel more efficiently. Also, working up a sweat can help rid the body of toxins through the skin. Try a brisk walk in the sunshine to boost vitamin D production (another important detox component).

http://www.trueactivist.com/4-simple-steps-to-detoxifying-your-gut/

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