March 27, 2016 by drkristylewis
Patient Q: I have heard of the importance of detox especially in the spring. What are a few things that I could be doing daily to help detoxify my body?
Dr. Lewis A: The body knows how to detox itself but sometimes it can need a little boost. Adding the following 3 suggestions to your daily routine will help boost your body’s natural abilities to cleanse.
1. Lemon Water
Lemon is alkalizing and helps to balance the pH of the body. The concentrated antioxidants in lemons flush out toxins and free radicals, and the vitamin C supports cell regeneration and boosts the immune system.
Start your day with lemon water. Squeeze 1/4 lemon into 250 ml warm water. Drink 15 minutes before breakfast to jump start your metabolism and support liver detoxification.
Variations: You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or half a tsp of apple cider vinegar to your lemon water.
2. Increase green leafy veggies
We all know that green leafy vegetables are healthy. They are a rich source of fiber, sulfur, carotenoids, vitamin B5, and iron. They are also full of chlorophyll, which helps to detoxify and purify the blood, expel toxins and maintains a healthy immune system.
An easy way to get more greens into your diet is by making a green juice or green smoothie. Follow his link for green drink recipes and to discover the difference and benefits between juicing and blending.
3. Contrast showers
Practice contrast showering. Simply switch your water temperature from hot to cold every 10-20 seconds, always ending with cold. This will stimulate metabolism and promote healthy circulation and lymphatic drainage.