One way or another, our blood ends up becoming a dumping ground for toxic and waste products. These could be natural toxins produced by the body’s own metabolism, or exogenous chemicals from drugs, food items, medicines and even cosmetics. The body, however, has a superb garbage disposal system comprising of the kidneys, liver and intestines (but primarily the kidneys). The secret to cleansing your blood, then, becomes to eat foods that help these organs perform to the max, so they can eliminate blood toxins in the most effective and efficient manner.
Garlic would have to be on top of our list. Garlic is rich in sulfur, and this mineral aids your body in a plethora of ways. To begin with, it excites the liver to release natural detoxifying enzymes that knock deadly chemicals right out of your blood stream. Additionally, the sulfur alone kills a large percentage of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites in your large and small bowels.
Apple is another great way of clearing out the gunk from your blood vessels. Pectin fibers stick to cholesterol molecules and heavy metals and filter them out quickly. They also quicken the production of bile which goes a long way in killing pathogens.
As heavy metals often end up in our blood, apart from the pectin fibers found in apples, another great way to filter them out is by eating Coriander, also known as Cilantro.
Basil is an age-old remedy for toxin accumulation in the kidneys. It also doubles as a diuretic, thereby increasing the rate at which toxins are flushed out of the system in the urine.
Buildup of toxins in the liver can be countered with glutathione, found abundantly in avocadoes.
6. Lemon Water
Glutathione requires vitamin C for its synthesis in your body. That is one of the many reasons you should drink more lemon-water, especially first thing in the morning. Drinking lemon water alkalizes you system enough to convert toxins into water soluble forms that can be easily excreted from your body when you urinate.
7. Dandelion Tea
There’s a reason why dandelion tea is so popular in many parts of the world. It stimulates your pancreas and liver to pull more harmful substances out of your blood. The phytonutrients also go long way in knocking out free radicals and clearing out toxins from the intestines.
Flaxseed is all the rage these days in the health and nutrition arena. As far as blood purification is concerned, it is a generous source of fiber, which can bind to toxins and thereby speed up their excretion, in much the same way that the pectin fiber in apple does.
Turmeric has been used since times immemorial in Ayurvedic medicine to improve liver function. The active player in turmeric is ‘curcumin’, which is known to stimulate the body’s natural detox processes.
We would be remiss without acknowledging broccoli. It is a hefty source of sulfurophane, which is known to get rid of toxins in the blood, but what’s even better is that the broccoli sprouts contain twenty times as much sulfuraphane than the broccoli itself, so if you want the full benefit, don’t toss out the sprouts!
It’s important to realize that drinking adequate water is one of the most important things you can do detox your body. Getting sufficient fluid in go a long way in flushing out unwanted chemicals from your system.
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