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 Water
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!
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.
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.
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 Foods
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!
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!
If you liked this and want to learn more about detox, you may want to check out:
- 5 Easy Ways To Detox
- 5 Essential Reasons To Detox
- Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!
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