Last Updated on April 27, 2021 by Lori Geurin
You’ve likely heard of detoxing and maybe even tried it. Maybe you’ve done a week-long detox or added cleansing routines to your everyday life. This article will help you learn 15 simple strategies to detox your life. Adding even a few of the tips below will promote better physical and mental health.
I didn’t know about the value of detox until a few years ago. I learned about detoxing after contracting Lyme disease over seven years ago.
Then soon after discovering I have many MTHFR gene mutations (which make it more difficult for your body to detox), it became even more important.
Making healthy choices was important to me, but detoxification was not part of my daily routine until then. I didn’t understand the side effects of toxins in your body.
But, now that I know the cumulative effect of environmental toxins, medications, pesticides and preservatives I’m making better choices to heal and strengthen my body.
Have you had a similar experience?
So, What Does Detoxing The Body Mean?
Even though detoxing may 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.
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?
Truly, the best approach is making it a part of your regular routine, creating a lifestyle change. Below are fifteen simple strategies to help you detox naturally. Many of them are easier than you might expect.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
15 Simple Ways To Detox Naturally
1. Drink Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water has many surprising benefits. Lemons are full of vitamin c, fiber, and antioxidants. Plus, they promote 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.
Here’s a great dry skin body brush you might want to try.
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 portable FAR infrared sauna and it works great!
4. Get A Massage
Deep tissue massage releases toxins. Make sure to drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out of your system afterward!
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 (IF) promotes cellular repair through a cleansing process called autophagy. When your diet is poor it wears out your cells, particularly the mitochondria, which need to be replaced.
In simple terms, autophagy recycles the body’s junk and makes it new and healthy again.
Intermittent fasting gives your body time to focus on this essential cleansing process. Whereas if you’re eating meals and snacks all day long, it doesn’t have a chance for this much-needed repair time.
For more on the health benefits of intermittent fasting, you may want to read my new book, Get Incredible Results With Intermittent Fasting: Burn Fat, Lose Weight, Be Healthy
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 a minute or two of planking or even simple stretching of the large muscle groups can release 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 you must 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 or loved one. Another effective idea is to write down what you’re feeling. A gratitude journal can help you keep a positive mindset.
10. Eat Superfoods
Superfoods including cabbage, beets, dark leafy greens, berries, green tea, eggs, olive oil, turmeric curcumin, garlic, ginger, seaweed, cauliflower, flax seeds, and pomegranate which all 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:
- 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
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 fact, it’s like poison to your body.
In addition, white bread, white rice, and white pasta are considered simple carbohydrates and can be harmful to your health. They cause inflammation and promote fat gain.
Also, foods that come in boxes and packages tend to have lots of preservatives and additives that add to our toxic load. We can be 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 a chance 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 your health over time.
14. Eat More Fiber
Include plenty of fiber in every meal 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 impact your entire body.
And if you’d like to check out an amazing, fiber-filled, nutrient-rich product, Detox Organics is a delicious product that David and I drink most days. If you want to try it, follow my link here: DETOX ORGANICS. And be sure to use my code: HEALTHYLIFE at checkout to save an extra 15%.
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 little bit can help.
I realize some of us can’t control where we work or live so just do your best and don’t worry about the rest. (My teens love it when I say this.)
I recently made a few videos and posted them to YouTube. I’d love for you to 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!
Summary – Detox Tips
I hope this list and video gave you some useful ideas on 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 some that don’t organically happen as part of your daily routine.
Carving out some extra time in your day to drink lemon water and green tea, exercising, eating fiber-rich whole foods, taking probiotics, prioritizing sleep, and managing stress are just a few effective strategies to help your body detox naturally.
Do you already do some of these? What detoxing strategies can you add to the list?
Please leave your comments below. I love hearing from you! X, Lori
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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