Easy Ways to Detox Your Body

We are surrounded by toxins. There’s no escaping them. They’re in the “safe” water we drink, in the air we breathe in, in the food we ingest, and in the products we use.

With such exposure, you can expect the body to become overwhelmed in time. What happens when your body can no longer handle the volume of toxins in it? You end up with a broken metabolism and an overworked liver. You’d get sick, and it could very well turn out to be serious. For this reason, it’s ideal to regularly detox.

Simple, Painless Detox

Most detox practices involve cleansing your digestive system with one extreme diet or another, but if you don’t want to subject yourself to a strict cleanse, you have simpler, less drastic options.

Here are some simple and easy steps that will start your body on the path to detox. Sustained, they can also fix the damage that those toxins wreaked.

1.      Drink healthy fluids.

Start with water. Experts recommend that you drink a big glass of water right after you wake up. When you sleep at night, you go without hydrating for seven or more hours, so by giving your body its much-needed water, you refresh and energize it.

Water infused with lemons is also recommended as this helps flush out toxins as well as alkalizes the body. Drink this throughout the day for the continuous elimination of toxins.

Water isn’t the only healthy fluid you can drink to detox. Fruit and vegetable juices as well as green and herbal teas also help clear out toxins.

2.      Eat raw fruits, veggies, and herbs.

Fruits, vegetables, and herbs have enzymes that help digestion and aid nutrient absorption. The fiber in them certainly encourages waste elimination, which is one of the ways to get rid of toxins in the body.

Eat at least three servings of veggies a day, but eight to 10 would be better. If you can’t access fresh produce where you are, frozen will also do.

If you have digestion issues, you’re better off with vegetables that have more soluble fiber like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, beets, rutabagas, parsnips, and turnips.

3.      Load up on probiotics.

This is for cleaning and balancing your gut. Foods with live cultures such as fermented vegetables, yogurt, and kefir have good bacteria that will trounce the bad bacteria and yeasts in your gut.

Probiotic-rich foods balance the gut, help with digestion, boost the immune system, and decrease inflammation. You might want to stock up on sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, kvass, and kombucha.

If you don’t particularly care for these food and beverage items, you might opt to simply take probiotic supplements.

4.      Source your protein from legumes.

You don’t need to completely eliminate meat in your diet, but eating less of it and getting your protein from legumes can make a big difference on your health.

Legumes are also a great source of fiber, which means that they also encourage your bowels to eliminate properly.

5.      Get enough sleep.

Letting your body calm down, rest, and restore itself is a great way to detox and reset. Did you know that sleep is linked to weight loss and reduced fight or flight hormone levels? When your body feels worn and beat up, put in time for some serious sleep.

Repaired and recharged, your body will more efficiently and effectively continue its rehabilitation from toxin damage.

Toxic Practices

You must also know which practices to avoid so as not to derail the result of the above measures.

1.      Stop using unhealthy oils.

If you’re using vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, or cotton seed oil on your food, substitute with healthier oils such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, hemp oil, flaxseed oil, or coconut oil.

2.      Do not consume white sugar and white flour.

White sugar can set you up for disease even if you mostly observe healthy lifestyle habits. Dark brown sugar is a better option, but there are also other better sweeteners such as honey, stevia, coconut sugar, date sugar, real maple syrup, and molasses. For that matter, also avoid artificial sweeteners, especially ones with aspartame.

White flour, on the other hand, is like glue in your colon. Instead of it, use healthier flours such as brown rice flour, spelt flour, buckwheat flour, kamut flour, quinoa flour, or cornmeal.

3.      Avoid processed food.

The process that food undergoes to make it commercially viable often involves lots of chemicals, artificial flavors and colors, preservatives, and other unhealthy additives. It’s better to eat whole foods as a rule.

4.      Ditch dark thoughts and toxic people.

Avoid anything that will attack your positivity. Those stress chemicals in your body are some of the most harmful toxins, so make your environment as pleasant as possible and find out how to relieve stress quickly.

Body, En Garde

Since toxins are around you and in you, you have to be a defensive health nurturer. Regularly detox and observe habits that will keep as many of those toxins from getting into your body.

Ellen Cone