While some people recommend extended or regular long-term cleanses, it’s just as easy to perform some simple, daily actions that encourage our body to detoxify.
These simple ways to detox seem fairly straightforward, but it can take some effort to give up the pleasures that we know are bad for us. Some of the ideas on this list may seem difficult, but your efforts will be rewarded if you stick to your desire have a healthier, cleaner body.
If you truly want to detox your body, it’s best to try to eliminate or reduce some of the toxic substances over which you have some control, such as coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, hydrogenated fats, sugars, and chemicals from personal care products. You can also try to reduce the stress in your life. When you reduce these toxins, you’ll make it easier for your body to detox on a daily basis. Here are some things you can do to help it along:
1. Stay hydrated.
Dehydration prevents your body from being able to rid itself of accumulated waste. When you drink enough, you help flush those toxins out through elimination. Aim for between eight and 12 glasses of clean, fresh water each day. You may need more, depending upon the level of activity you perform each day and the temperatures in which you work or work out.
2. Start your day with lemon and hot water.
It’s a great replacement for that caffeine to which so many of us are addicted, and it’s great for you. The lemon alkalizes your pH, which makes your body inhabitable to disease, and stimulates your digestion and liver cleansing function.
3. Eat whole foods.
When you eat whole foods rather than packaged, processed food items, you avoid all of those chemicals, preservatives, and additives found in processed foods. You also gain natural vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and enzymes that assist your body in working to flush toxins and combat the damage done by poor food choices, stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to environmental toxins.
4. Eat organic when it matters.
Ideally, we’d all eat organic foods all the time, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. If money is a concern, or if you can only access some organic foods but not all, don’t fret.
Just try to eat organic when consuming foods listed on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen (Plus) list: apples, bell peppers, blueberries, celery, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, imported nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries. Other good items to buy organic are green beans and kale, so eat those organic if possible.
5. Eat enough fiber.
Soluble fiber from vegetables and fruits binds to the toxins in your gut and helps flush them out via elimination.
6. Get some exercise.
When you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, which can be as simple as a brisk walk, you power up your lungs and get that breath flowing. This helps pump toxins out on a continual basis, and makes your heart stronger, too.
7. Try out the BSL (Brush, Scrape, and Lather) protocol.
This involves dry brushing your skin, scraping your tongue to get rid of toxins living there, and lathering your body with some nice soap. This stimulates the lymph canals, particularly if you use a good soap with natural essential oils like lavender.
8. Drink green tea instead of coffee.
9. Use the sauna.
When you submerge your body in hot air, your blood vessels increase in size and this improves the blood flow and therefore improves the transfer of nutrients and waste. That sweat leaving your body is full of toxins.
10. Practice contrast hydrotherapy.
Basically, contrast hydrotherapy (CH) is the practice of exposing your body to contrasting temperatures: hot, then cold.
When you heat up, as mentioned in the tip above, your blood vessels dilate, and you start to sweat. Once exposed to cold, those vessels constrict and drive the blood filled with oxygen to your organs. This process increases the migration of white blood cells, which in turn strengthens your immune system. If you don’t have an outdoor sauna and piles of snow in which to roll around, then simply follow a hot shower with 30 seconds of cold water at the end of your bathing session.