When creating your personal action plan to recover from depression, I recommend eliminating problem-causing toxins that are affecting health and mood. All the knowledge in the world about ridding your body of debilitating toxins won’t do you a bit of good unless you first begin by taking control of what you put in your body.
Below are five things you can start doing right away to personalize an action plan that supports your health and body.
1) Decrease the amount of pesticides you ingest by buying organic fruits and vegetables or by choosing produce from the “Clean Fifteen.”
Even making the healthy choice to eat more fruits and vegetables can expose us to pesticides and herbicides. The EWG has identified twelve fruits and vegetables that are consistently the most contaminated, as well as fifteen consistently clean fruits and vegetables. Simply choosing fruits and vegetables that test lower in dangerous chemicals can drastically reduce exposure to pesticides.
Here are the “Dirty Dozen” to avoid if you are unable to buy organic (eating nonorganic produce from this list will expose a person to an average of about fifteen pesticides a day): peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, tomatoes, and potatoes.
Here are the Clean Fifteen to enjoy (eating nonorganic produce from this list will expose a person to an average of about two pesticides a day): avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbages, onions, sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplants, honeydew melons, kiwis, cantaloupes, cauliflower, and broccoli.
2) Become a die-hard label reader.
The list of toxic substances in our food is long and growing. Avoid artificial colors, which can be found in juice drinks, cereals, and candy. Be sure to keep away from aspartame, which can be found in foods labeled “sugar free,” including diet soft drinks and chewing gum. Also be on the lookout for high fructose corn syrup, which is in soda, teas, flavored drinks, and juice.
Do you like potato chips? Be aware of an ingredient, monosodium glutamate, often found in processed foods like frozen dinners, lunch meat, salad dressing, and potato chips. Trans fats are another one to watch for, as they can be in bakery items, frozen pizza, and many snack foods. Additionally, BHA and BHT are in breakfast cereals and processed meats. Look to avoid these, along with nitrites and nitrates in cured meats, hot dogs, and lunch meats.
3) Give rebounding a try.
Rebounding involves steady, gentle jumping on a trampoline or rebounder, as the mini trampolines are often called. As you jump up and down, the gravitational pull is believed to create circulation in your lymphatic system, flushing toxins from your body and boosting your immune system, blood flow, and digestion.
4) Make green smoothies your new best friend.
Fruits and vegetables have great detoxing properties, and many of them are perfect ingredients for a healthy morning smoothie. Be sure to include some of the following: green apples, green leafy vegetables, flaxseed, hemp seeds, avocado, lemons, oranges, limes, green tea.
5) Start your day with a tall glass of lemon water.
Lemon water helps flush toxins, improves digestion, fights germs and bacteria, and provides you with vitamin C, which your body needs to produce collagen for younger looking skin.
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