It has been proven medically that what you eat directly affects your overall health. In other words, your digestive health is correlated to a number of health issues. A good portion of older adults have high levels of toxins in their system due to their eating habits. Toxicity does not discriminate on age, so here at HarborChase, we have come up with a gentle detox for seniors.
Before you or your loved one attempts to detox, be sure to check with your doctor. It is essential to discuss all detox methods with your primary doctor to ensure it is safe for you individually. If you or your loved one experiences or are diagnosed with any serious medical illness, disease or ailment, detoxing may not be right for you.
How would you know if you or your loved one needs to detox? Some signs that may indicate that your body has a high amount of toxins are if you are experiencing constipation, headaches, muscle aches, and a diet full of processed foods. Detoxing is not necessarily for losing weight, it is to improve your overall health and remove toxins from the body. If your body toxicity is high, it can have an extremely negative impact on seniors who are living their golden years. You or your loved one should be living your best life in your golden years!
The following tips are ways for seniors to detox safely and gently.
Eliminate Certain Foods
The first step in any detox is to eliminate certain foods. These can be foods your body is slightly allergic to or foods that are highly processed. White flour and white sugar are both highly processed, substitute these products with whole wheat or natural options. Other foods that you should eliminate to detox are sugars, salts, and caffeine.
Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is the most natural way to aide your body in detoxification. Your kidneys help to remove waste from your body and water aids in this process as well. Another form of detoxing in water can be with steaming in saunas, hot and cold showers, and bathing.
Increase Certain Foods
If you or your loved one are eliminating processed foods, it only makes sense to increase the number of unprocessed foods you eat. These foods consist of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. Vegetables you want to add specifically are beets, broccoli, carrots, kale, onion, radishes, and Brussel sprouts. Garlic and turmeric also aid in detoxification. Certain fruits, especially organic fruit are a great addition to the diet for seniors to detox also. Organic fruit is free of chemicals and has a high liquid content which helps wash away toxins. Fruits to add specifically are berries, lemons, oranges, grapes, and limes. Adding these fruits to your diet will aid in detox, just be sure you are getting real fruit as juices are not a good substitute due to their high sugar content.
Exercising aids digestion and is a healthy way to detox naturally. This is due to the increase in internal temperature and the amount of blood flow to the organs. These reactions bring nutrients to the organs and cause your body to sweat, releasing toxins through the pores of the skin. Exercising can sound intimidating, but it can be something as simple as walking, riding a bike or swimming. Yoga is another excellent exercise that detoxes the body and can detox the mind from negative thoughts.
Relax and Breathe
You may not think of breathing as a detox, but it is the most natural detoxification process our bodies have. Be sure if you or your loved one needs a detox to be sure they are able to take some time out of their day to relax and breathe. When you focus on breathing it can regulate your heart and help the oxygenation process of the blood. This process then carries essential nutrients into the bloodstream which is critical to your health.
It is also important to avoid alcohol and stimulants, like coffee. If there is a chance you or your loved one could have an allergic reaction to a specific food, such as gluten, you can try eliminating that food from your diet. It is also a great idea to take a multivitamin daily.
Just be sure to discuss any detox programs with your primary care physician before implementing them to be sure it fits well with your lifestyle. With detoxing, you'll have sustained energy, feel happier, less prone to infection, and sleep well.
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