Your body naturally detoxes every single day. But, there are simple ways to help it along.
It’s confusing because you’ve probably seen detox programs getting rolled out twice a year – after winter and after Christmas. Why? Because, that’s the time we usually feel sluggish and tired.
There’s always a flurry of different versions encouraging you to sign up for programs, register for challenges on social media and to drag your juicer out of the cupboard and get detoxing.
You don’t always need to detox through a set program!
Detoxing is our body’s way of dealing with toxins. It’s not something new. Or a process you instigate at will. It’s a natural biological process that chugs along behind the scenes. Every day.
But, it’s when our natural detox pathways become clogged up, that your body may need some help.
There are some surprisingly simple every day ways to help your body to detox more efficiently. Simple daily habits that are not hard or expensive. All it takes are a few changes and some regular commitment.
It’s all about building in healthy habits every day to support your body to detox efficiently.
First, make your habits, then your habits make you. Jim Kwik
Our bodies have powerful and efficient detox systems already in place. These systems can become overloaded and sluggish for lots of reasons, so it makes sense to keep things ticking along nicely all the time.
Why these 9 simple ways to naturally detox every day will help you to feel healthier :
- you will reduce systemic (all over body) inflammation so you will be in less pain, your joints will move freely and you will have more energy
- you will have more energy
- your endocrine system (thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, pancreas) will work more efficiently
- you will reduce free radicals – you know, those damaging toxins that wreak havoc on your cells
9 simple everyday actions to support your body:
Drink more water
If you want to flush toxins out faster you MUST drink water. Your liver and kidneys need a lot of water to work efficiently so give them a helping hand.
Do this – If you struggle with drinking enough water, try adding a slice or two of fresh lemon or lime to your glass or water bottle. If lemon is not your thing, try a slice of fresh ginger root, some mint or cucumber, all of which are alkalising as well. Another tip is to begin each day with a 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in some warm water – it will wake up your digestive system and can get things moving (I’m talking about regular bowel movements here).
Get better quality sleep
Most of our body repair, metabolism and detoxification happens while we sleep and our liver does most of its catch up work then too.
Do this – turn off the TV in the bedroom, make sure the room is dark to kick your natural biorhythms back in and leave your mobile in another room. You can read more about sleep and what might be keeping you awake here.
Give your body a break
Nothing clogs up your detox pathways more than caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed food. And if you smoke, make quitting a priority.
Do this – feeling bloated? Give yourself a 2 week break from the above bad habits as well as grain products – guaranteed to make you feel AMAZING!
Eat whole foods
Our bodies know what to do with whole foods – they digest them well. The same can’t be said for additives and other chemicals found in processed foods.
Do this – stay clear of processed foods. This will reduce your toxic load of preservatives, additives, colourings and flavourings.
Give your liver and digestive system a boost
Your liver is the hardest working organ you have and sometimes it needs a little help to catch up and your digestive system is often working overtime.
Do this – vegetables like broccoli and kale contain nutrients that your liver needs to help with detox processes. And, eating only real food (not processed) will make a huge difference. Another tip is to take “bitters” before each meal. You can buy bitters from the health food store. Bitters help with liver detoxification and stimulate your digestive enzyme production which means you will break down and digest your food more efficiently. This helps nutrient absorption as well as helping to balance blood sugar levels.
Or – if you feel your liver needs more than a little boost, perhaps you should consider taking a liver herb like St Mary’s Thistle which will help your liver deal with the backlog of toxins and rejuvenate tired liver cells.
Support your kidneys
Your kidneys work 24 hours a day to eliminate waste. Alkalising your system will help your kidneys do a better job – they really struggle in an acidic environment.
Do this – eat more dark leafy green vegetables, add a squeeze of fresh lemon to your water and even try a spoonful of apple cider vinegar in water. All will help to alkalise you.
Move your body and sweat
We’re designed to move – it actives our lymphatic system to remove toxins from our bodies. Sweating is also a natural way of removing toxins.
Do this – you don’t have to take up high intensity sport or marathon running, but if you get your body moving like brisk daily walking, you will help to eliminate stored toxins. Another way to stimulate your lymphatic system to get those toxins moving is to do a daily dry skin brush before you shower.
Eat more fibre
Increasing soluble and insoluble fibre in your diet will improve your digestion and help you to maintain regular bowel movements which are needed to remove waste from your body.
Do this – increase your intake of fresh fruit, vegetables and legumes. Variety and diversity is the key. So, try to include at least 35-40 different varieties of plant foods in your diet every week.
Reduce toxin exposure
There are many simple ways to reduce the toxic load your body is exposed to every day. By being aware of chemicals in your environment, on your food, in your water, in your cosmetics and body care products, in plastics and in many other areas in our lives, you can reduce your toxin load.
Do this – wash all fresh produce before eating it, use stainless steel, ceramic or cast-iron cookware, don’t use teflon coated cookware, use glass food storage containers, use natural personal care products, use natural household cleaning products, avoid dry cleaning your clothes and try not to handle thermal printout receipts.
These are merely a few simple ways to support your body’s natural detoxification pathways every day.
If you feel you need extra help to reduce your toxin load, I offer a Three Week Reboot which you can find out more about by contacting me here.
I can help with getting your detox systems working fabulously for better health. Here’s how:
- Book in for a consultation (in Clinic, Zoom or over the phone) to really drill down on what’s clogging you up – Click here
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- Grab a copy of my Rebuild Your Life Journal for 5 simple daily journal prompts to ground you and get those habits and routines important for a good night’s sleep – it’s your daily reset button – Click here
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With your health in mind,