In days past, the word detox only referred to drug or alcohol detoxification. However, in today’s world, to detox means to cleanse and purge your body of stored toxins, including environmental pollutants, chemical and drug residues to help restore the natural balance of your body and bring balance back into your life. Cleansing and detoxing your body by eating a whole foods diet is the simplest and most successful way to not only achieve whole body cleansing, but it’s also a user-friendly method, cost effective method and long-term method for both obtaining and maintaining a cleansed, slim and healthy body.
Whole food fruits and vegetables have multiple properties that make them ideal for cleansing. For instance, high fiber found in many fruits and vegetables helps promote a healthy colon by binding to toxins before they are absorbed and spread throughout your body to all cells and organs. Fiber also helps to cleanse by binding to bile acids in your intestinal tract.
Fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of antioxidants which are great at cleansing the body of highly reactive, cell damaging molecules called free radicals. These unbalanced free radical molecules attempt to stabilize themselves by stealing an electron from another healthy molecule. This is known to damage cells and even causing them to malfunction creating disease or even become malignant causing cancer. Antioxidants, however, are nutritional compounds in whole foods that have extra electrons. When an antioxidant comes in contact with a free radical – the antioxidant donates an electron to the free radical. This way, the free radical doesn’t have to steal an electron from another healthy molecule and the damage normally caused by the free radical can be avoided. The antioxidant nutrients themselves do not become free radicals when they “donate” an electron because they are stable in either form.
Whole food cleansing will not only help you remove harmful and disease causing toxins and restore your body’s natural balance, but it also provides an incredible laundry list of many other powerful benefits. Whole food cleansing can also reduce stress, improve immune function, reduce cravings, increase mental acuity, help clear up your skin, and even help you achieve natural and effortless weight loss.
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Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews