1) Whenever possible, choose organic fruits and vegetables. I know they cost more and this is one good reason to have your own garden or befriend someone who does. Foods found to be most contaminated by pesticides were peaches, grapes, apples, pears, spinach, U.S.-grown green beans and winter squash (both fresh and frozen). If you buy non-organic peaches, pears or apples, I strongly suggest washing and peeling them thoroughly. Make it a point to wash each piece of food with either mild soapy water or a produce rinse (Healthy Harvest is one) to remove “earthly” residue. Since you can't peel the spinach or green beans, I would suggest making sure these items were organically grown if at all possible.
2) Minimize your use of insecticides and pesticides. If you must use any of these compounds, wear appropriate gloves, clothing and masks to minimize your exposure, and store the containers as far from your living space as possible.
3) On a regular, consistent basis take a quality whole food based multivitamin. And don't forget about a couple of servings of green tea. Green tea is a simple and relatively inexpensive method of boosting your antioxidant capacity. While most people still associate green tea with its strong free radical scavenging ability and antioxidant capabilities, it has several other benefits, as well. Green tea is rich in flavonoids, which exhibit potent anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antiviral and anticancer properties. If you couldn't afford anything else in the way of nutritional supplements, I would strongly suggest drinking four to six small cups of hot green tea every day.
4) If you have access to a juicer, make fresh juice a part of your daily routine. Beet juice is particularly good in this respect. Adding beet juice to carrot juice not only sweetens the taste, but also significantly increases your blood's antioxidant capacity. Plus, beet juice stimulates the production and excretion of bile from the liver and gall bladder, further reducing toxin removal from the liver. Vegetable juice's ability to quench these free radicals and stop oxidation is one of the reasons I recommend a juice fast as opposed to a water fast. It's important that the toxins being released during a fast be neutralized and removed from the body as quickly as possible. Juicing takes care of the problem. A juice fast for two or three days each year can do wonders for your overall health.
5) Don't go on faddish or extreme diets. While it's possible you may lose weight quickly, it's impossible and unhealthy to stay on these diets for any length of time. Eventually the weight will return and, even worse, losing weight too quickly (more than two or three pounds a week) will release an overwhelming amount of toxins into your system. Before starting any diet, it's particularly important that you take a food-based, antioxidant-rich multi-nutrient for the preceding four to six weeks. This will help your body get rid of the toxins released by the broken-down fats cells and help limit the oxidative damage these toxins may cause.
6) You must make sure that your bowels are moving regularly (a minimum of once daily, preferably two or three daily). This is your body's primary means of removing toxins and waste products on a very regular basis.