Feeling sluggish, grumpy, unhealthy? Blame the toxic waste in your body.

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Another semester has started, and that means that “free time” is a phrase long gone from my vocabulary. I’m struggling to find time for the “health” aspect of my life, and after the third week of this hectic schedule, I’m feeling worn down and worn out.

Then I stumbled on Mark Hyman‘s article, “Is there toxic waste in your body?

Regarding the title, the answer for everyone is yes.

The symptoms of a toxin-filled body are: fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sinus congestion, postnasal drip, excessive sines problems, headaches, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, foul-smelling stools, heartburn, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, food cravings, water retention, trouble losing weight, rashes, skin problems, eczema, psoriasis, canker sores, acne, puffy and dark circles under the eyes, premenstrual syndrome, and bad breath.

The kicker? One of the factors that contributes to an overload of toxic waste is: the standard American diet.

Long story short, I think everyone could really use this detoxification guide so we can get our energy and flow back. I’d guess that if more people had smoothly functioning bodies, life could go on a little easier. Imagine an America with less premenstrual symptoms, happy and speedy service, less food cravings and fewer annoying health ailments.

I like it.

So here’s your guide, straight from Dr. Mark Hyman himself.

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10 Simple Steps to Enhance Detoxification

Proper detoxification is so essential for health that you need to start enhancing your body’s ability to detoxify today. Here is how to do it:

1. Drink Clean — Drink plenty of clean water, at least eight to ten glasses of filtered water a day.

2. Eliminate Properly — Keep your bowels moving, at least once or twice a day. And if you can’t get going, then you need some help. This can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds and taking acidophilus and extra magnesium citrate capsules. If you have any chronic diseases or problems, you have to be careful about taking supplements and should work with your doctor.

3. Eat Clean — You should also eat organic produce and animal products to eliminate the toxins, hormones, and antibiotics in your food.

4. Eat Detoxifying Food — You should eat 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day, particularly family of the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi) and the garlic family (garlic and onions), which help increase sulfur in the body and help detoxification.

5. Minimize Drugs — Avoid stimulants, sedatives, and drugs, such as caffeine and nicotine, and try to reduce alcohol intake.

6. Get Moving — Exercise five days a week with focus on conditioning your cardiovascular system, strengthening exercises, and stretching exercises.

7. Avoid the White Menace — This includes white flour and white sugar.

8. Sweat — Sweat profusely at least three times a week, using a sauna, steam, or a detox bath.

9. Supplement — Take a high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.

10. Relax — Relax deeply every day to get your nervous system in a state of calm, rest, and relaxation.

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  1. Good advice…are you taking it? Should we sign up for another massage session???

    • I try to take the advice, yes. And I’d never say no to another massage. That was great.

  2. While the 10 steps you copied here seem pretty common sense for a healthy lifestyle, some detox advice can be way over the top.

    The following are some excerpts from an article written by gastroenterologist Michael Picco:

    “But there’s no evidence that this is true or that detox diets have any health benefits. Also, in some cases, detox diets can have harmful side effects.”

    “There is no evidence, however, that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool.”

    “The best diet is one based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein and unsaturated fats. Add regular exercise and stress reduction techniques, and you have a solid foundation for good health.”

    Full article by Dr. Michael Picco at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/detox-diets/AN01334

    I would also like to point out that Dr. Hyman runs “The UltraWellness Center” and has probably a lot to gain from promoting the stuff he sells. Shame on the Huffington Post for even publishing that stuff.

  3. Ben,

    You are very right that some of these “detox” plans are outrageous and simple fads/schemes. But Dr. Hyman’s list is just a simple, concise, direct guide to a healthy lifestyle free of extra toxins.

    (Yea, it seems like “common sense” but since when have the common people had any sense?)

    I appreciate your quotes and link from Dr. Michael Picco. I’ll look into that further.

    Thanks for the comment.

    PS-Shame on the Huffington post for publishing a lot of stuff.

    • Yeah, you’re right I think avoiding extra toxins as much as possible is more important than doing any kind of crazy detox diet.

      And you’re also right about the Huffington Post lol

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