So what is a detox or cleanse?
It's a way of eating (and living!) cleanly, to minimize the amount of chemicals and pollutants in our systems. The emphasis is on high-nutrient foods that help draw out and eliminate toxins. It's important to make sure we avoid as many environmental factors as possible as well as detoxing from the unknown number toxins we are exposed to.
Follow these easy ways to help you feel healthier than ever!
One. Detox - Detoxing your body is an effective way to clear your system of toxins. This will aid in speeding up your metabolism and enhance your overall body health. Eliminate or decrease the amount of sugar you consume, that includes honey, molasses, and artificial sweeteners.
Two. Hydrate - Start out each day drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon first thing in the morning. Lemon helps re-hydrate the system and helps improve digestion, supports liver detoxification and reduce bloating. The lemon juice activates your liver to release toxins and helps cleanse the intestines. Drink lots of water ( 2 to 3 liters per day ). Avoid drinking at mealtimes, so you don't dilute your digestive juices.
Three. Exercise - Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system. Routine exercise will enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body. People who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems.
Four. Drink Tea - Tea full of antioxidants, it hydrates you (especially if it's herbal) and fills you up. The caffeine in tea is different than the caffeine in coffee—it's gentler on your system. Drink some dandelion tea in the evenings to help you relax from the day. Dandelions contain many B vitamins that will continue to help support methylation and also help the body flush out toxins.
Five. Eat Lots of Fruits & Vegetables - A variety of fruits and veggies along with whole grains, beans and legumes, and small amounts of nuts and seeds is good for your diet. Eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Leafy greens ( kale, celery, bok choy, silverbeet, baby spinach ) are are alkalizing. An alkaline body is better at battling bad bacteria, yeast and helps keeping cravings at bay. Green leafy veggies also contain chlorella which helps to cleanse and increase the oxygen in your blood, improving your cellular health.
Get additional help with detoxing by including blueberries to your diet. These berries will satiate your sweet tooth and help flush out any toxins in your body. Bake with them, put them in smoothies, or just eat them by the handful for maximum benefit!
Six. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 - Eat foods with fats and oils that are high in Omega-3. Omega-3 helps reduce inflammation and ease digestion. Eat avocado, flax seed oil, hemp oil and extra virgin olive oil. These oils are unstable at high heats, so make sure you don't undo your detoxifying benefits by submitting them to high temperatures! Keep hemp and flax seed oils in the fridge, and get them into your diet by pouring over salads.
Seven. Sweat it Out - Use a sauna regularly. There's nothing more detoxing than sweating out your body’s toxins. A quarter of our body's toxins are eliminated through the skin, and sweating it out in the sauna aids that elimination process. Plus the process of the hot, cold, warm cycle helps slow my mind, giving me a bit of a mental detox.
Infrared saunas have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can be a hindrance to proper detoxing. And they also help promote relaxation and reduce stress!
Eight. Exfoliate - Skin brushing and oil massages will help exfoliate the toxins from your skin and refresh circulation.
Nine. Flush your Nasal Passages - Pollution and allergens in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms (such as yucky, puffy, red eyes). Flush your nasal passages regularly with a Neti Pot. Doing so can eliminate the side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breathing naturally. If you use the Neti Pot before bed, even better—it will enhance your sleep.
Purify the air you breathe by bringing some fresh plants inside your house and workspace. Spider plants, dracaena, garden mum, and peace lilies are nature's air purifiers.
Ten. Garlic - Add garlic to every recipe. Garlic has special detoxing properties especially beneficial if you have high levels of heavy metal toxicity in your body.
The body is amazingly strong and resilient. Make a commitment to eliminate toxins from your diet everyday.
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