Detox is a prominent buzzword these days. It typically involves following a special diet or using certain products that claim to flush out toxins from the body and improve your overall health. However, do you know, regular body detox can also promote long-term heart health? In this article, we discuss how to detoxify your body and how it naturally improves your heart health. Keep reading.
Sweating by regular exercising is a natural way to detoxify your body and heart. When you sweat, the toxins that are stored in your body will be eliminated through pores via sweat. Research studies have proven that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart diseases.
According to a research study, adults are encouraged to practice moderate aerobic physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week, or alternatively 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise. The elderly should perform additional balance training and fall prevention exercises more than three times a week. Children and adolescents should perform at least 1 hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.
Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic therapy that features a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga and massages. It ensures the elimination of all the toxins from the body and a complete detox. In addition, the therapy also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Try a Detox Drink
Say no to coffee and tea and substitute them with detox drinks as they help your body to flush out toxins. A detox drink can be easily made by infusing fruits, vegetables and herbs in water. Include fruits such as pomegranate and apple as they improve your heart health by strengthening the arteries and preventing blockages.
Consume Fibre-rich Foods
The gastrointestinal tract is the major route for the elimination of heavy metals and other toxins. If the gastrointestinal tract does not function well, it can be difficult to eliminate these toxins. Therefore, it is necessary to consume a fibre-rich diet that allows a smooth detoxification process. Consuming a fibre-rich diet can also significantly reduce the rates of mortality from cardiovascular disease. It is recommended to include at least 30 grams of fibre in your daily diet from natural sources, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat Foods High in Prebiotics
Good gut health is essential for effective detoxification. Your intestinal cells have a detoxification and excretion system that protects your gut and body from toxins. For good gut health, you require prebiotics, a fibre that feeds the good bacteria in your gut called probiotics. Eating a diet rich in prebiotics keeps your digestive system healthy, which is necessary for smooth detoxification and immune health. A recent study suggests that prebiotics serves as important dietary components in the prevention (especially) and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Few examples of prebiotic-rich food sources are tomatoes, bananas, asparagus, oats, etc.
Include Indian Spices in the Diet
Make sure to include Indian spices such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon in your diet. They are ideal for detoxifying the body and maintaining optimum heart health. These spices are rich in antioxidants, and scientific studies suggest that they are also potent inhibitors of tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar and circulating lipids. You can add these spices to your herbal teas, dishes, and more.
Get Enough Sleep
Having a goodnight’s sleep is the best way to support your body’s natural detoxification system. Sleeping allows your brain to recharge itself, as well as remove toxins that have accumulated throughout the day. Adequate sleep duration is also important for your heart health and keeping cardiovascular diseases at bay.
The Bottom Line
Our body can defend itself against toxins by natural detoxification with the help of the liver, kidneys and lungs. However, apart from these, many toxins are eliminated with a healthy diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, and sound sleep. Make sure to detox your body regularly and gain better heart health naturally.
This article is reviewed by Dr. Ashwini Konnur