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Detoxification - Why Is It Only About Healthy Excretory Organs?

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Dt.Mikita Gandhi 91% (18ratings)
Post Graduation in Clinical Nutrition with Specialization in Diabetes and Cardiac Care
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  10years experience
Detoxification - Why Is It Only About Healthy Excretory Organs?

You may have heard the term detox quite often, but do you know what it actually means? Detoxification is ridding your body off the many germs and poisons that inhibit proper bodily functions. The best way to detoxify your body is to ensure your digestive and excretory systems are functioning well. This way, you will no longer need to set aside a day for detoxification, as your body will naturally detoxify every single day.

In your body, detoxification is carried out by the excretory system – organs that remove unwanted substances from the body. If these organs are not functioning well, then toxins will accumulate in the body.

The excretory system comprises 5 organs – liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, and skin. Here is a look at how each organ contributes in this process and what you can do to keep them healthy.

1. Liver:

This is the most vital organ when it comes to filtering blood and getting rid of all toxic chemicals. Therefore, it is vital to keep your liver healthy if you are trying detoxification. Here are some foods to eat to keep the organ healthy.

• Beets
• Lemon juice

Additionally, bitter foods also help keep your liver healthy. Therefore, bitter gourd and neem leaves can also help you maintain proper liver functionality.

2. Kidneys:

The kidneys perform the critical role of flushing out the waste or toxic ingredients of the blood in the form of urine. Apart from maintaining a healthy diet, drinking large amounts of water helps your kidneys and enhances their performance. Some healthy foods for your kidneys include

• Cilantro
Green tea
• Egg whites
• Blueberry
• Fish containing Omega 3 fatty acids
• Apples

3. Lungs:

Most people think that their stomach and intestines make up the excretory systems. However, lungs are an integral part of your excretory systems as well because these organs are in charge of excreting gaseous wastes from your body. Gaseous toxins include carbon dioxide, allergens, mould and fumes. Here is a look at some foods that help your lungs function better.

• Mustard
• Turnip
• Poultry
• Broccoli

Water is again an essential element in enhancing lung functionality.

4. Colon:

The colon or large intestine is responsible for removing solid wastes from the body after the process of digestion is complete. This region of your body houses beneficial bacteria as well that help in the digestive and excretory process. Here are some healthy foods for your colon.

• Lentils
Chia seeds
• Beets
Sweet potatoes
• Garlic
• Apples

Any fibre containing foods help your colon work better. Furthermore, drinking plenty of water is necessary if you want to avoid constipation.

5. Skin:

The largest organ in the body, the skin is responsible for excreting waste products through sweat. Furthermore, skin also helps the body release heat and regulates the internal temperature. Consume the following foods to keep your skin healthy.

• Blueberries
• Purple cabbage
• Walnuts
• Beets
• Bell pepper

In addition, exercise and meditate on a daily basis. This will keep your body and mind healthy, and make it conducive for the body to detoxify.

Detoxification helps improve your overall metabolism and keeps you healthy. With the foods mentioned above, you can keep your excretory system fit.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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