Detoxification. An important topic that is not talked about enough.
Today’s world is filled with harmful chemicals, present in our food, water and environment. They come in many forms, exhaust gas, cigarette smoke, flame retardants, plastic packaging, heavy metals, pesticides, BPA receipts…Unless you are living in a forest or cave, there is no way to completely avoid them.
But, there is no reason to panic. Your body is smart and does have the capability to detoxify itself. However, if we encourage it and provide some help with a good detox protocol, the natural detoxification pathways will work like clockwork.
So, pay close attention to the following detox tips and how you can apply them for maximum results. Keep reading!
1. Eat Fresh and Clean
The major cause of toxin build up is definitely a high processed, unhealthy diet.
Excessive oil, salt and sugar act as toxins and lead to various health problems. Not only that, pesticide sprayed fruits and veggies, canned fish, can be equally as harmful as well.
Therefore, if you are looking to detoxify properly, it is extremely essential to lighten the burden which you’ve been carrying all this time. Opt for organic fruits and veggies, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish and organic dairy products. Reduce the consumption of refined oil, and keep salt and sugar to a minimum.
2. Focus on Sleep
Making sure you get a quality amount of sleep each night is simply a must.
Sleeping allows your brain to recuperate and recharge itself, as well as remove toxic waste and byproducts that have accumulated throughout the day.
With sleep deprivation, your body doesn’t have time to preform those functions, so toxins can build up and affect several aspects of your life.
Poor sleep has been linked to short and long-term health issues, such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
You should sleep at least seven to nine hours per night on a regular basis to promote good health.
3. More Water
Anyone that is looking to detoxify himself has to think of water.
Water is not just essential for survival, but it is equally important for removal of unwanted toxins which have occupied a huge space in your body.
Consume at least 8-10 large glasses of water per day to see great results. Water removes impurities effectively and helps with weight loss, relieves skin issues, and boosts ones energy levels.
Alternatively you can throw in some lemon wedges and mint leaves in order to prepare some detox water. It’s not only tasty, but extremely healthy too.
4. Regular Exercise
You have to exercise in order to detoxify well.
Exercise is like a way of saying yes to health. With physical activity, there comes immense sweating, and sweating is a means by which your skin eliminates toxins. The skin is capable of eliminating heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury.
So exercising will not only help you stay in shape, but it will also remove unwanted toxins from the body. You can easily perform pushups, crunches, planks, squats and lunges at home, if just starting out.
Therefore get up and go!
5. The Sauna
We learned that sweating is amazing for detoxing, and a great way to induce healthy sweating is the sauna.
Studies have shown that traditional and infrared saunas promote removal of harmful substances like alcohol, nicotine, salt, heavy metals, and even cholesterol.
Not only that, saunas also increase blood circulation, reduce stress, fatigue, and improve recovery. An interesting fact is that sweating boosts “feel good” endorphins, which can help take the edge off the uncomfortable and sometimes painful transition to a new healthy lifestyle.
Start off easy, heat the sauna to 158°F to 194°F (70-90°C). Relax for as long as you can go. Repeat this process 2-4 times. Always shower afterwards.
6. Try Prolonged Fasting
Take a break from eating and let your body heal. Fasting is a very popular topic nowadays, and with a good reason.
Fasting for 1-3 days, drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juice, water, and tea, is greatly effective in the removal of toxins. Although there is still limited scientific proof, fasting has generally been shown to be a very positive health tool.
You can even go as far as doing a water only fast. Here you would only consume water for 1-3 or even more days.
However, it may be best to perform a regular fast, with eating windows added.
7. Bonus Tips!
I covered the basics of detoxing, but there are still some dietary and lifestyle practices that can help reduce toxic load and support your body’s detoxification system.
Let’s take a look:
- Chlorella – Is a type of algae that has a myriad of nutritional benefits. It is shown to eliminate toxins like heavy metals, according to animal studies.
- Eat sulfur-rich foods – High sulfur foods, such as onions, garlic, eggs, and broccoli, enhance the removal of heavy metals like cadmium and lead.
- Flavor with cilantro – Cilantro not only makes your meals taste better, but it also enhances excretion of certain toxins and harmful chemicals, including pesticides and insecticides.
- Avoid tap water – Aim to avoid tap water as much as possible, since it may contain unwanted heavy metals. Use a water filter, or just buy regular spring water.
- Choose natural body care – Using natural shampoos, moisturizers, makeups, colognes, and other personal care products can also reduce your exposure to toxins and unwanted chemicals.
Your body has the ability to heal itself, it only needs a little bit of help.
With the tips you’ve learned today you can provide this help, and a successful detox will take place.
That being said, remember you can enhance your health by eating fresh and clean, staying hydrated, consuming less salt, being active, and using some detox tools like the sauna.