Detox That Works: 4 Proven Protocols
Guest Blog by Dave Asprey, Author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet“
Modern consumption of food has had a significant negative impact on human health. The traditional modern diet, one that consists of highly refined processed foods and super-sized portions, contributes to many chronic health problems.
The dramatic change in lifestyle has also contributed to a massive global health issue.
Health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and some kinds of cancer are on the rise. This has put a significant economic burden on healthcare expenditure, lost productivity, and preventable disabilities.
Awareness is now on the rise to address the impact of the modern diet. Education initiatives have emphasized the importance of lifestyle and dietary changes. Emphasis on education and greater awareness has created a greater demand for weight loss and diet products.
This demand has created a multi-billion dollar industry as consumers bounce from one diet product or plan to another in pursuit of health satisfaction. One of the byproducts of this changing climate has been the detox diet.
Detox diets or cleanses are short-term dietary interventions, with several gaining popularity due to their claim of being able to eliminate toxins from the body while purging excess fat and bolstering the body’s immune system.
The dangers of detox diets
Common detoxes provide little benefit to your body. Most involve a total starvation fast or juice or water cleanse to eliminate the toxins from your body. But these types of detoxes are counterproductive.
These short-term dietary interventions that encourage a significant caloric deficit impose severe stress on your body’s digestive system. Your body becomes deprived of essential nutrients and proteins, limiting its ability to function optimally.
Your body’s inability to source essential nutrients and proteins due to a crash detox diet can lead to significant health problems, including cardiac arrest, not to mention, your body already comes with a detoxification process to purge your body of toxins.
Proven detox protocols that work
With that said, there are certain detoxes out there that are scientifically proven to work. These detox protocols work with your body’s detox pathways to effectively clear toxins from your system.
Their natural approach to detoxification will result in significant benefits to your health, including:
- Weight loss
- Better digestion
- Fewer cravings
- Better sleep
- More energy
- Clear skin
- Lower inflammation
Below, we look at some holistic detox protocols you could participate in to help your body naturally lower its internal toxin levels.
1. Practice hydrotherapy
Often used by individuals as part of a rehabilitative treatment plan to alleviate symptoms of certain ailments, hydrotherapy can also be used for detoxification purposes.
You don’t need to participate in water aerobics to stimulate detoxification.
Hydrotherapy through the form of sauna therapy is a great way to flush out heavy toxins from your body. The heat produced by saunas forces your body to sweat, expelling the toxins through your pores.
Significant research has established saunas as a natural detox protocol.
Saunas also come with other health benefits besides effectively treating body toxicity. These include improved cardiovascular health, reduced stress levels, improved joint movement, and relieved pain.
Saunas may also be used to alleviate symptoms related to asthma. The high temperatures experienced in a sauna loosen phlegm, open airways, and improve breathing.
2. Exercise daily
There are many health benefits to regular exercise. The most common benefits of physical activity include:
- Improved mood
- Weight reduction
- Strong muscles and bones
- Increased energy levels
- Increased aerobic capacity
- Reduced risk of chronic disease
- Improved brain function and increased mental clarity
- Better sleep
- Great social setting to connect with family and friends
But for the purpose of this article, we want to focus on the detoxification benefits of exercise. Similar to sauna therapy, exercise is a great way to sweat out toxins. Exercise can liberate your body of toxins while it builds muscle and reduces fat.
In addition, exercising can actually accelerate your body’s natural detoxification process.
When you exercise, increases in heart and breathing rate also increase blood circulation and oxygen intake. The more effective your body is at circulating blood, the easier it is for essential nutrients to reach your body’s organs and muscles.
Frequent exercise forces your body to expel waste and toxins.
Toxins are eliminated through the skin as you sweat. Exercise also encourages the lymph system to circulate in your body, collecting and filtering harmful toxins. This results in your body flushing out more unwanted toxins.
3. Focus on eating more natural foods
Alongside exercise, your body needs the right nutrients to optimize its detoxification system. The major organs responsible for removing toxins from your body can’t properly function without the right nutrients.
As important as it is to exercise and frequent the sauna, it just as important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Below is just a sample of the foods you should include in your healthy diet to ensure your body’s natural detoxification system is running as efficiently as possible:
- Broccoli sprouts
- Fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir)
These foods are detox superstars. They allow your major organs to work optimally to eliminate toxins and give your body a detoxifying boost.
Natural supplements and vitamins should also be considered to enhance your body’s detoxification system. Supplements like activated coconut charcoal pills, glutathione, calcium-d glucarate, magnesium, and zinc help your body release its toxin burden.
4. Drink to detox
No, we don’t mean taking drastic measures and participating in a crash, detox juice cleanse. Rather, start your day by drinking a big glass of lemon water.
Having an 8 oz glass of lemon water before eating or drinking anything else can be a powerful cleanser. The lemon alkalizes the body and the water helps flush out toxins. Apple cider vinegar also works in place of lemon.
To keep your body in an optimal state throughout the day continuously eliminating toxins, consider adding Bulletproof coffee to your morning ritual. Made up of only three ingredients (coffee, butter, and oil), it is the perfect fuel to power your day.
This well-frothed beverage is an efficient and easy way to enjoy a power-packed breakfast on the go. Other benefits of Bulletproof coffee are:
- Improved mood
- Increased energy
- Positive impact on weight loss and metabolism
- Increased mental capacity
- Improved strength
Making Bulletproof coffee is simple and near-effortless. Simply mix all the three components of Bulletproof coffee in a blender for 20-30 seconds and you have a high-performance drink ready for whatever the day brings.
To ensure Bulletproof coffee supports your detox goals, use only certified clean coffee, the highest grade MCT oil like brain octane oil, and organic grass-fed butter.
Detoxing your way to better health
Each of the detox protocols mentioned above is a great way to boost your body’s detoxification system. To generate a greater effect, consider stacking several methods together, or all at once.
Fueling your day with lemon water and Bulletproof coffee ensures that your day starts off on the right foot. As you fuel your body, choose natural foods that provide your body with essential nutrients and vitamins. This will also help with those heart-pounding workouts. Finally, finish the day off with a relaxing sauna session.
The reality is that toxins are an unavoidable fact of life. Toxins and pollutants are everywhere, from the foods we eat to the environment we live in. But, by adopting the protocols mentioned in this article, you give your body a fighting chance to perform its best.
|Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.|