15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally

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Before getting Lyme disease 5 years ago, then recently learning I have several MTHFR gene mutations (which essentially make it more difficult for my body to detox) I wasn’t intentional about detoxifying.

I made healthy choices, but detoxification was not part of my daily routine.

However, now that I know the cumulative effect of the environmental toxins, medications, pesticides and preservatives I’m making better choices in an effort to heal and strengthen my body.

Maybe you’ve had a similar experience?

What Is Detox?

Although detoxification (detox) might be thought of as trendy, the process of cleansing the body has been around for centuries, influencing many cultures. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine include methods for removing toxins from the body. (1)

According to Dr. B.J. Hardick,

“Toxins have been a known problem from the very beginning of medicine and healing.”

Whether you realize it or not, your body is exposed to all sorts of toxins every day. From pesticides on fruits and vegetables to breathing in environmental toxins.

So, how can you detox your body from these harmful substances?

And is detox something you can do once or twice a year and call it good? 

Actually, the best approach is making it a part of your normal routine, making a lifestyle change.

And although this might sound a bit daunting at first, here are fifteen simple strategies to help you detox naturally. Many of them are easier than you might expect.

Ways To Detox Naturally

1. Drink Lemon Waterdetox naturally

Drinking lemon water has many surprising benefits. Lemons are full of vitamin c, fiber and antioxidants. In addition to detox, these include healthy skin, an enhanced immune system, heart health, healthy weight and a reduced risk of many types of cancer.

2. Dry Skin Brushing

Dry brushing your skin before bathing encourages blood circulation, assists with lymph drainage and helps shed dead skin.  You can buy a dry skin brush on Amazon for very little money. This is the dry skin brush I have and it works great!

3. Sweat

Taking a hot bath with epsom salts, sitting in a sauna, or exercising hard enough to break a good sweat are all effective ways to get rid of harmful toxins.

After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and I love it.

4. Get A Massage

Deep tissue massage releases toxins. Just make sure to drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out of your system afterwards!

5. Drink Green Tea

Green tea is not only delicious and antioxidant-rich. The naturally occurring polyphenols in green tea fight free radicals in the body and promote liver detox.

6. Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting promotes cellular repair through a cleansing process called autophagy. When our diets are poor this wears out our cells, particularly the mitochondria, which need to be replaced. Intermittent fasting gives the body time to focus on this essential cleansing process.

For more on this you may want to read The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting.

7. Exercisedetox naturally

When you work out it helps flush toxins out of your organs and muscles. Even if you don’t have time for a long, intense workout session, a gentle walk, yoga or even simple stretching of the large muscle groups can free up toxins.

8. Probiotics

Taking a daily probiotic supplement introduces good bacteria into the gut.

Eating yogurt and fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut and drinking kombucha (fermented green or black tea) are all probiotic-rich.

These products can promote good bacteria and kill off bad bacteria. By balancing the bacteria in the gut you can get rid of many toxins.

9. Manage Stress

When we mull stressful situations over in our mind they can create a toxic environment for our bodies. Chronic stress makes the body more susceptible to illness and disease, so it is essential to address and manage stress in your life.

Many people find that a long walk does wonders for their mental state and helps put things in perspective. Others prefer to talk to a friend of loved one. Another effective idea is to write what you’re feeling. A gratitude journal can help you keep a positive mindset, especially if you write things you’re grateful for.

10. Eat Superfoods

Superfoods including cabbage, beets, garlic, ginger, seaweed, cauliflower, flax seeds and pomegranate support the liver in eliminating toxins naturally.

11. Eat Whole Foodsdetox naturally

Whole foods are free from artificial additives and preservatives. Examples of whole foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. These are the healthiest, most naturally detoxifying foods we can eat….which leads me to #12….

12. Avoid White Sugar, White Flour and Preservatives

As much as we may love (or be addicted to) sugar it is just plain bad for you.

(Please don’t shoot the messenger.) I know how disappointing (yet not surprising) this news is to some of us. I have had a sweet tooth since before I could talk. Just ask my mom.

But sugar has not been a good friend to us.

In addition, white bread, white rice and white pasta are considered simple carbohydrates and can be harmful for your health.

Also, foods that come in boxes and packages tend to have lots of preservatives and additives that add to our toxic load. We are can stay at our healthiest when we focus on eating whole foods and foods closest to their natural form.

13. Prioritize Sleep

Setting aside plenty of time to sleep each night gives the body time to recover from the day’s events and recharge for what’s to come. Not making sleep a priority can have a negative impact on health over time.

14. Eat More Fiber

Include plenty of fiber in each of your meals to make sure your body is able to….ahem….keep things moving.

And that’s a good thing. The (constipating) alternative allows harmful toxins to build up in the digestive system which can negatively impact your entire body.

15. Avoid Environmental Toxins

These include smog, secondhand smoke, pollution, noxious fumes and others.

We can control our exposure to some of these factors. For example, if you work in an area with many pollutants, getting fresh air when you have a break can help reduce your exposure. And every bit can help.

But I realize some of us can’t help where we work or live so just do your best and don’t worry about the rest. (My kids love it when I say this. :))


So I recently started making videos and posting them to YouTube.

I would love it if you would follow me there at LoriGeurin

Please check out my short video below which shows 5 Easy Ways To Detox. If you find it helpful please give it a thumbs up. Thanks so much!

The Takeaway

I hope this list and video gave you some useful ideas for how to detox naturally. You may already be doing some of them. And, if you’re like me, you might want to concentrate on improving on a few that don’t occur organically in your daily routine.

Carving out a little extra time in your day to drink lemon water and green tea, exercising, eating fiber-rich whole foods, taking probiotics, prioritizing sleep and dealing with stress are all some effective strategies to help the body detox naturally.


How do you detox?

Please leave your suggestions below in the comment section. I love hearing from you!


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Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Are you sick of eating salads for lunch in an effort to be healthier this year?

Do you long for comfort food that not only nourishes your body, but also your soul?

Then you might want to try this Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

There’s not much I enjoy eating more than a bowl of piping hot soup, brimming with colorful veggies in a flavorful broth. Even people who don’t normally crave soup (like I do) reach for this nourishing comfort food, especially when it’s cold outside.

So this detox vegetable soup is perfect to eat anytime. And, best of all, it’s loaded with colorful, antioxidant-rich veggies.

It even has one of my favorite healthful ingredients, apple cider vinegar. But you’ll never even know it’s there. It’ll be our little secret. 😉

You can add beans, shredded chicken or beef if you want a powerful protein boost. Or, just eat some beef jerky or, my personal favorite, a big blob of nut butter. However, even though I’m a meat-lover, I find this soup to be hearty and sustaining all on its own. So you may not find it necessary to add an extra protein source.

Just call it your meatless main dish.

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Also, feel free to add extra veggies. If you have some leftover vegetables in the fridge, throw them in too. Make it your own!

The more, the merrier!

Also, I like to make this in my Crock Pot. But, you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove top. It turns out great either way.

Please note that the broccoli should be added towards the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent over cooking.

Nobody likes soggy broccoli. Unless you do, in which case you can add your broccoli sooner.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science friends. It’s based on your personal preference.

I tend to like my veggies more crisp tender. But if you prefer mushy, then go for it!

Just keep in mind that the longer the veggies cook, the more the nutrients seep out.

But I figure if we’re comparing eating smushy, mushy veggies to eating no veggies, the mushies are gonna win every time

So, here we go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cups red or green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • fresh baby spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel and slice all the vegetables.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broccoli florets and baby spinach, to the crock pot or large stock pot.
  3. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Add the broccoli florets during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until crisp tender or to your liking.
  5. Serve the soup over a generous bed of fresh baby spinach. The spinach will wilt when you pour the soup on top of it.
  6. Feel free to add chicken, beef or beans to the soup for a healthy serving of protein.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Takeaway

This Detox Vegetable Soup is full of fiber, antioxidants and deliciousness! It will fulfill your veggie requirements for the day (if you eat as much as I do), and help flush toxins out of your body.


Do you love soup? What other comfort foods do you like?

Please leave your comments below and get the conversation started. I love hearing from you and do my best to respond to all of your comments. Thanks friends!


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22 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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There are so many uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV)! This “do-it-all” product is incredibly healthy, and affordable.

This common kitchen staple is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It’s also easy to find in most grocery stores.

And best of all, it’s all natural!

When shopping for ACV, look for one that is raw, unfiltered, and organic, such as Bragg’s.

22 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

1. Sore Throat

You can make an elixir by combining 1 teaspoon ACV with 2 to 3 teaspoons clover honey. Simply swallow.

Or, you can mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup water and gargle.

2. Dandruff

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ACV is Great for Hair!

Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle. After shampooing spray the mixture on the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Doing this 2 to 3 times per week should keep dandruff at bay.

3. Hair Rinse

ACV helps remove product build up and unveil shiny hair. (My Mom taught me this trick as a girl, and it really works!) First, make a rinse with 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups of water. After washing your hair, apply the rinse. Leave it on for a few seconds, then rinse it out.

4. Deodorant

Dab a bit of ACV under your arms to kill odor-causing bacteria.

5. Bruises

Apply ACV to bruises to relieve the swelling and discoloration faster.

6. Foot Odor

Wipe smelly feet with ACV to kill odor-causing bacteria, which cause stinky feet.

7. Facial Toner

Mix 1 part ACV with 3 to 4 parts water. Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. This can help eliminate and prevent acne by killing bacteria.

8. Remove Warts

Soak a cotton ball in ACV. Apply a bandage to hold the cotton in place. Wear it overnight and remove it in the morning. Apply this each night until the wart disappears.

9. Sunburn

Soothe a sunburn by gently applying ACV to the affected area. Or, add 1 or 2 cups ACV to your bath water. (And next time you’re in the sun, you might want to try using coconut oil as a low SPF sunscreen.)

10. Acid Reflux

To alleviate digestive problems, drink 1 tablespoon ACV in a large glass of water, tea or juice daily. If the taste is too tart, simply add a little clover honey. (For a video about  the drink, please see item number 19 below.)

Acid reflux is cause by having too little acid in your stomach. Drinking ACV helps raise the acid level and relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.

11. Whiten Teeth

To eliminate stains and whiten teeth simply rub ACV directly on your teeth. Rinse with water. Or, you can swish a dilution of ACV and water, then rinse with water.

Because ACV is highly acidic it’s best to do this only occasionally. If done too much, the ACV can eat away at the enamel of your teeth.

12. Use In Cooking

Due to its numerous health benefits, ACV is a great addition to tangy marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way.

One of my favorite ways to include ACV in my diet in the summer is by making a cucumber salad:

First, chop a cucumber and an onion. Then, mix equal parts ACV and olive oil.  Add Himalayan pink salt, pepper and Stevia (optional) to taste. This is best if chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.

13. Weed Killer

According to The Dirt Doctor the this recipe is super effective at killing weeds in your garden:

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22 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar INFOGRAPHIC

Herbicide Formula:
1 gallon of 10% vinegar
1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant such as Bio Wash
Add molasses at 1 tablespoon per gallon to the vinegar formula
Do not add water

Just be sure to only apply the solution to vegetation you want to get rid of. It will damage whatever it comes into contact with!

14. Cleaner

Mix equal parts ACV and water and it to clean almost any surface in your house. The vinegar smell goes away after the solution dries.

15. Neutralize Odors

Put some ACV in a small bowl close to the offending odor. This works just as well as Febreze at neutralizing odors (without the cost and chemicals).

16. Bad Breath

To eliminate bad breath mix equal parts ACV and water, swish and spit out. The ACV works to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

17. Fruit And Veggie Wash

ACV is excellent at removing bacteria and harmful pesticides from your fresh fruits and vegetables. Briefly soak your produce in a solution of 10 percent ACV to 90 percent water. Rinse.

Please note that this solution is not intended for use with berries because the ACV can soak into their delicate skin.

18. Diabetes Prevention

Drink a tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before bed to lower blood sugar.

19. ACV Drink

Due to its many health benefits, drinking a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water each day is good for you. Plus, it cleanses and detoxifies the body.

It does have a strong taste, but if this bothers you feel free to add some honey or hold your nose like I do ;).

Here’s a video tutorial on how to do it:

20. Congestion

Apple cider vinegar helps break up and rid the body of mucus to relieve congestion.

21. Baking

Using a bit of ACV in recipes for baked goods makes them light and fluffy.

22. Improve pH

Many health conditions and diseases thrive in an acidic environment:

  • cavities
  • cancer
  • allergies
  • acne
  • weight gain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • lactic acid buildup
  • immune deficiency
  • chronic fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • heart problems
  • free radical damage
  • osteoporosis

Drinking diluted ACV daily causes the body’s pH balance to become more alkaline. Being in this alkaline state is essential to health and can prevent disease.


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5 Easy Ways To Detox

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Whether you’re “as healthy as a horse” or dealing with chronic illness, detoxing is essential in helping the body get rid of harmful toxins.

Before getting Lyme disease I’d heard the term “detox” thrown around once or twice. But once I became chronically ill, detoxing quickly became a necessity in my ongoing journey back to health.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help your body get rid of harmful toxins.

5 Easy Ways To Detox:

1. Drink lots of water with lemon. It’s great to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but drinking at least 2 liters a day is even better!

Water helps to flush toxins out of the body. Lemons can help support the immune system and stimulate the liver to help remove toxins.

2. Dry brush your skin before showering. This helps shed dead skin, encourages blood circulation and assists with lymph drainage. You can buy a dry skin brush on Amazon for very little money. This is the one I have and it works great!

3. Sweat the toxins out of your body by taking a hot bath, sitting in a sauna, or exercising hard enough to break a good sweat. After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and I love it.

4. Eat a variety of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Nourish your body with whole foods.

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5. Emphasize the positive. We all have those days (or weeks) when we don’t feel our best or feel exhausted from a busy schedule. I’ve found that if I look for things that I’m grateful for throughout the day it changes my perspective and can help me cope with potentially stressful situations.

There are several other ways to detox, but hopefully this will give you some things to think about and try. I hope you find this list helpful!


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