Spring Cleaning Your Body: What Supplements Are Good for A Cleanse?
By Scott Black - September 27, 2016
Spring is here, and chances are you’re planning a spring clean around the house. Well, don’t stop there. This is also the perfect time of year to rid your body of toxins.
Toxins from a diet lacking vital nutrients, air and water pollution, and GMO foods collect in the body over time. These toxins weigh you down and they have negative impact on athletic performance. You might not even notice it, but your work-outs may be suffering. Fortunately, eliminating toxins and detoxing doesn’t require extreme dietary changes or multi-day fasts. Instead, a few choice detox supplements can be beneficial in helping you rid your body of these toxins and feel better.
6 Key Supplements for Detoxifying Your Body
One nutrient you need in abundance you have readily available. It’s water. Drinking enough water, especially when training, is critical for detoxification. Water ensures your body eliminates waste efficiently, and it helps to prevent dehydration.
But beyond water, there are six that can help to cleanse the liver, blood and colon – three areas that are especially prone to toxin build-up. They include:
- Probiotic Supplements: Natural bacteria originate in the gut, which can have an impact on our immune system and digestive tract health. Too few bacteria, and we’re more likely to get sick. Probiotic supplements introduce healthy bacteria into the gut and encourage the existing “good” bacteria to grow. Research has shown that probiotics improve GI tract health, boost the immune system and can prevent urinary tract infections.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Like probiotics, apple cider vinegar helps to encourage healthy bacteria growth, as well as cleanse the GI tract. Plus, this supplement has also been shown to boost metabolism, provide a source of Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and restore natural enzymes in the body.
- Psyllium Husk: Psyllium husk is a powerful colon cleansing supplement, that’s commonly used for flushing the intestines of toxin build-up. When taken with a large amount of water, psyllium husk expands in the intestines and forms a mass that scrubs the intestinal walls.
- Sulphur Supplements: Sulphur is one of the most common minerals in the body, but we often do not receive enough from our diets. Supplementing your sulphur intake offers a number of benefits. It helps to regulate insulin production and manage metabolism; it encourages cell production, and it has been shown to help reduce muscle pain and soreness caused by toxins.
- Wild Burdock Root: This herb has a diuretic effect, and it’s been shown to quickly detoxify the blood. Taking wild burdock root can help rid the blood of heavy metals and pesticides, and it’s often used with other herbs like milk thistle extract, a powerful liver-cleansing supplement, which has been shown to repair and improve liver function.
For athletes, spring is the perfect time of year to tone up and get ready for summer. And a spring cleanse is the perfect way to get the body on track. Utilising these six detox supplements can help you feel better and reach peak performance.