Get ready for the warm, carefree days of summer with a health-boosting cleanse. You’ll feel lighter, have more energy, think clearer, look brighter, digest food better, and enhance your body’s detox pathways — a must in today’s toxic world.
According to many traditional medical systems, spring and early summer are the perfect time of year to start a detox program and bring your body into alignment with nature. Also, a cleanse is easier on your body during this period —your body requires less fuel to stay warm in the summer and naturally craves hydrating, detoxifying foods.
Signs That You Need to Detox
- Achy, painful joints
- Food intolerances and cravings for unhealthy foods
- Skin issues: acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and hives
- Digestion and elimination issues: constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, gas, and bloating
- Frequent infections
- Fatigue (e.g., waking up after a night’s sleep and still feeling exhausted)
- Brain fog
- Blood sugar swings
- Anxiety and depression
During cold weather, metabolic waste and toxins can build up in your joints, organs, and tissues. This buildup comes from a range of sources, from environmental toxins and heavy metals to exposure to viruses and industrial chemicals. It’s time to flush out the toxins and revitalize your body. Here’s how.
4 Ways to Refresh and Detox for Summer
1. Re-energize Your Diet
You don’t need to starve yourself to cleanse your body. The right foods help detoxify, nourish, and heal your body, while the wrong ones cause further damage such as inflammation and gut imbalances.
- Eliminate foods that increase your body’s toxic load. This means no sugar, excess salt, hydrogenated oils, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and dairy. It’s also a good idea to skip animal protein. If that’s not possible, choose a small serving of organic, pasture-raised, and grass-fed meats and poultry, as well as wild-caught fish.
- Fill up on detoxifying, alkalinizing foods, including fresh organic fruits and veggies and plant-based proteins. Organic foods are the only safe option if you want to avoid pesticides and GMOs in your produce. Think organic leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables — both contain detoxifying sulfur compounds and chlorophyll. These are also high in alkalizing minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. An alkalizing diet helps rid the body of toxins and tame inflammation. One of the most alkalinizing foods is umeboshi plum paste, a sour plum commonly used in Japanese cuisine.
- Hydrate often. Stick with filtered water, herbal teas, and low-sodium homemade broth. No carbonated beverages. Boost your intake of high-water foods, including watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, watercress, celery, lettuce, cucumbers, and peaches. Avoid fruit juices, as they can create blood sugar problems.
- Love your liver: Certain foods are naturally healing to the liver. For example, artichokes, which are related to the liver-healing herb milk thistle, contain a compound (cyanarin) that helps boost the body’s detox pathways. Bitter foods, such as dandelion, Belgian endive, escarole, and radicchio also help promote liver function. And grapefruit and beets contain key antioxidants shown to help protect the liver.
2. Support Your Detox With Supplements
With the right supplements,herbs and natural ingredients, you can help enhance your body’s detox pathways and improve your well-being. Here are some of the best detox supplements to add to your routine.
Mycotoxin Rescue Kit: This doctor-formulated, research-backed kit contains two innovative detox supplements that work better together: Pectasol and GlyphoDetox.
Pectasol is designed to safely remove heavy metals, radioactive elements, and biotoxins. It also binds to a protein in the body called Galectin-3—the upstream “alarm protein” responsible for uncontrolled inflammation and organ fibrosis, overactive immune responses, gut dysbiosis, and many other processes that can increase your sensitivity to environmental toxins.1
Formulated by award-winning Integrative Medicine expert and best-selling author, Isaac Eliaz, MD, PectaSol is the leading supplement for enhancing the body’s most essential self-healing mechanics.
GlyphoDetox supports gastrointestinal detox and gut-brain repair. It’s a first-in-class pesticide and biotoxin binding formula featuring 5 natural positive and negatively charged binders to target a wide range of toxins:mold mycotoxins and biotoxins, pesticides including glyphosate, heavy metals, and environmental toxins—allowing them to be tightly bound and safely eliminated.
The first supplement of its kind to actively detox and defend against pesticides, GlyphoDetox promotes gut health and nutrition with powerful antioxidants and essential detox nutrients.
PectaClear: PectaClear includes PectaSol combined with naturally cleansing alginates from kelp and is clinically proven to safely detoxfiy heavy metals and radioactive elements.. It’s a gentle product that helps safely bind and eliminate toxins and heavy metals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and radioactive ions—and it does this without disrupting essential minerals.2
ecoDetox: ecoDetox liver detox supplement promotes in-depth detoxification by enhancing the detox functions of the liver, kidneys, lungs and GI tract. Concentrated extracts, antioxidants and nutrients support comprehensive toxin removal, with benefits for methylation, cellular energy, and oxidative stress defense. Key ingredients include essential vitamins and minerals, liver-supportive herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion, and potent detoxifying botanicals such as cilantro leaf (which binds to heavy metals).
With antioxidants and detox ingredients, this liver supplement promotes healthy liver function, cleanses and optimizes your body's critical detox systems, and helps boost energy needed for detox.
3. Let Your Skin Glow
The skin is the largest organ of detoxification, so it’s not surprising that a cleanse is great for your complexion. There are several ways to assist your body in eliminating toxins through the skin. As you might have already guessed, exercise is one of the best ways. Using an infrared sauna is another powerful way to enhance sweating and toxin removal. To get rid of both toxins and dead skin cells, try dry brushing. Find a long-handled brush made with natural bristles. Brush first thing in the morning — brush your belly and limbs clockwise toward the heart. Repeat on the back. Look for a smaller natural brush designed for the face and neck — brush upward on your face. Make this a part of your daily self-care routine.
4. Detox First, then Diet
When we’re exposed to heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals, one of two things happens: the toxins are processed by the liver for removal or they end up in fat cells. Why? A large number of harmful toxins are fat-soluble, meaning they dissolve in fat or lipids. To be processed by the liver, toxins must become water-soluble. But, if your liver gets backed up due to constant exposure to toxins, then the body will start to store the excess in fat cells, or worse, in organs and tissues, to get them out of the way.
So if you want to shed a few pounds for summer, be sure to detox first. When you lose weight, toxins stored in your body’s fat cells are dumped into the circulation, overloading the liver, kidneys, and GI tract. If you skip this step, you’ll not only be overburdening your body, but you’ll also suffer fatigue, nausea, digestive discomfort, brain fog, and joint pain.
With these researched tips, you’ll be set to refresh and reset your diet and detox pathways and be ready for summer.
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- Eliaz I, Weil E, Schwarzbach J, Wilk B. Modified Citrus Pectin / Alginate Dietary Supplement Increased Fecal Excretion of Uranium: A Family. Altern Ther Health Med. 2019 Jul;25(4):20-24.