When people think about a natural detox, they probably first imagine a special diet. While this is a popular way to conduct a body detox, there is more to cleansing the body that just consuming different foods. Recently, BlissTree published an article explaining not only what people should eat to conduct a natural detox, but also what chemicals they should rid their homes of to potentially improve their own health.
The article was written by Dr. Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author, who offered tips for steps that people can take to detox their life.
Look for toxins in the house
First, Turner suggested that people clean out their bathroom. According to the expert, individuals should look at the cleaning products they use and examine the ingredients.
If they find formaldehyde, imidazolidinyl urea, methylisothiazolinone isopropyl alcohol or sodium lauryl sulphate, they may want to switch products. These chemicals may cause health problems if people are exposed to them on a long-term basis.
"A good detox should start with your environment since that is where your toxins are and the bathroom is the biggest culprit. Think of all the products we put on our skin, and imagine how the daily absorption of these chemicals adds up over a lifetime. This long-term exposure is a [possible] health concern," Turner wrote for the news source.
Remove items from the kitchen
People who are participating in a natural detox should also rid their kitchen of foods that inhibit a detox diet, according to Turner. For example, she recommended removing foods that contain ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup and anything containing partially hydrogenated oils.
According to The Mayo Clinic, partially hydrogenated oils, more commonly known as trans fats, raise "bad" cholesterol levels while simultaneously lowering the "good" cholesterol. Not all foods that say they have no trans fats actually do, and the way to tell is to read the label and see if partially hydrogenated oils are listed. These fats are commonly found in commercial baked goods such as cookies and crackers, and fried foods such as doughnuts and french fries.
Wash toxins away
Finally, Turner said that people who notice that their urine is dark yellow should drink more water, to help their kidneys do their job. Kidneys flush waste from the blood stream and they need sufficient amounts of water to do this.