How to Detox Naturally
Detoxifying (or ‘Detoxing’) is the process of removing toxins from the body to cleanse you on the inside and leave you feeling healthier and reenergized on the outside. The suggestion is that the harmful chemicals, sugars, fats and general junk in modern food does not belong in our bodies and so it’s sensible not to just leave it sitting in our insides.
Detoxing has many benefits we can all enjoy, with just a few diet and lifestyle changes all that is necessary. A detox can encourage the liver, the body’s natural waste filter, to drive toxins from the body, it can refuel the body with healthy nutrients that it can absorb and use, and detoxing can also improve the circulation of the blood. All these things will leave you feeling healthier and more energised over time, and help your body to fight off minor illness and fatigue.
There are many ways to detox, but while many health blogs and magazines will suggest a full, dedicated programme of fasting or liquid-only diets, it is easier and less effort to simply detox through a combination of small lifestyle changes and additions. Here’s what we recommend:
Detox with Drinking
Green juices are a popular health trend right now and for good reason – fruit and veggies are not only the healthiest of all the food groups, but they also make powerful 'detoxers'.
The combination of vitamins and antioxidants cleanses your stomach and digestive system and floods your body with easily absorbed nutrients that work to strengthen your immune-system and leave you feeling general healthier and more energetic.
Alternatively, start the day with a glass of spring water infused with freshly squeezed lemon.
It will power through the body flushing out toxins and alkalizing your insides along the way, and has been used as a healing remedy for centuries.
Simple water alone is also a fantastic cleanser for your body, of course, and is by far the best thing you can drink throughout the day. If you can bare to sacrifice cups of tea, coffee, and fizzy soda then you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to your health.
Detox with Eating:
Using food to detox is as much about what you don’t eat, as what you do. First things first: You’re going to want to either eliminate or significantly decrease your intake of white sugar and white flour based foods.
While your cells need glucose for energy to survive and function effectively, most of the sugary foods we consume daily are also full of fructose. Fructose isn’t needed by the body at all and so it is treated like a toxin and turned into fat and stored by the body.
White flour is similar, in that the body simply cannot use it and isn’t equipped to handle it, this means that starchy carbs like white pasta, white bread are extremely hard for the body to digest.
Switching to whole-wheat pasta, wholegrain bread and whole-wheat flour is a simple change you can make to decrease the number of toxins you put into your body.
Eating more vegetables is another easy tip that can significantly improve the balance of good vs bad chemicals in your body. Vegetables aid your digestion and help your body to absorb more of the good nutrients from the food you eat.
Supplements can also aid detoxification and taking regular boosts of vitamin C helps to drive toxins from the body and boost your immune system and general health.
Detox with Exercise
Exercise is another great way to detox. When you get up and moving, you increase your circulation which gets your blood moving. The blood flows through the organs allowing them to cleanse themselves. Exercise also flushes the lungs, improves digestion by helping food move through the gut, and cleanses your pores through sweating.
Detox with Relaxation
One way your body naturally detoxes itself is through sweating. When you sweat your pores open and toxins are released as moisture. This makes a trip to the spa, steam room or sauna a great way to relax and detox at the same time.
Detoxing the mind is often overlooked in day–to-day life, but is just as important as detoxing the body. Meditation has been scientifically proven to improve mental health, help you de-stress, improve your quality of sleep, help regulate your emotions and improve concentration.