I know what probably comes to mind when you hear the word “detox”: fasts, juice cleanses, hungry. (I'm not a fan of being hungry.) Thankfully, our amazing bodies are designed to naturally detox. Here are five of my favorite, simple - and enjoyable - ways to detox naturally, everyday.
1) Drink Water:
Start your morning with a warm mug of lemon water. (Yes, before your coffee/tea!) Squeeze about half an organic lemon in a mug, add the rind, fill it ¼ - ½ full with cool water, and top with hot water. Warm lemon water jumpstarts your metabolism and digestive system, and stimulates your liver, whose main function is detoxification. This morning routine totally becomes the good kind of addictive. (*You can use conventional lemons for this, but just squeeze the juice and toss out the lemon. You don’t want to re-tox by ingesting the pesticides on the peel.) Then, continue to drink water throughout the day. For flavor, add organic berries, lemon or cucumber slices, or fresh mint to your water. Hydration is important for all your body’s functions, including flushing toxins and waste from your digestive system, liver, and your cells! Hydrate consistently, and you’ll look and feel amazing. (You’re welcome ;)
2) Eat! (yay):
Kale, collards, bok choy, swiss chard, arugala, romaine, field mix, dandelion greens (just not on the ones sprayed with Round-Up please)...you get the idea. Eat ‘em up! And, locally grown are so abundant this time of year.
Common cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. Also try kohlrabi (one of my favorites in summer - peel, slice, sprinkle with lemon juice), radishes (red and daikon), watercress, turnips and rutabaga. Cruciferous veggies are loaded with fiber (to support digestion, and healthy bowel activity - also important for detoxing), support your liver’s natural detox pathways, and contain anticancer compounds! *If you have low thyroid levels, always make sure to cook your cruciferous veggies.
Watery fruits and veggies
Cucumbers, watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes. These fruits and veggies provide fiber plus a high-water content to keep you hydrated, and are conveniently seasonal in the summer heat when you need that extra hydration.
Also: Choose organic when possible. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 list of the “Dirty Dozen, Clean 15” to see which produce is most important to buy organic.
Yoga, spinning, the sauna; choose your favorite way to work up a sweat! Sweating is one of your body’s natural detox methods. Bonus: My skin always looks amazing after a great, sweaty yoga class. Just make sure to shower soon after your sweat session, so that you don’t reabsorb what you’ve sweated out.
4) Epsom Salts Detox Baths:
I looooove a good bath. Among other health benefits, epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) draw out toxins from the body. Add 1-2 cups unscented epsom salts and 5 - 10 drops of essential oils if desired, to a warm running bath. (If your water is chlorinated, you can also add 1 cup of baking soda to neutralize the chlorine.) Soak for approximately 20 minutes; breathe deep and relax. Soothing, detoxifying, and your body absorbs some much needed magnesium.
5. Dry Skin Brushing:
Using a stiff, natural bristle brush, you literally brush your bare skin. Brush in short, circular strokes, always heading in the direction of your heart. Start at your feet, work up your legs, groin, torso, back, hands, arms, and neck. Brush in larger counter-clockwise circles over your stomach. Try not to miss any spots! Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which plays a key role in toxin and waste removal, and it also helps your skin excrete toxins. Plus, you will have super soft skin, and it can even reduce the appearance of cellulite over time! Check out Youtube for some dry skin brushing tutorials.
BONUS Tip: Use natural beauty and personal care products:
Choose lotions that contain natural body butters like shea, scented with essential oils. Avoid or minimize products that contain parabens, sulfates, and fragrance. (In the US, fragrance is an unregulated chemical-cocktail.) These chemicals are known hormone disruptors, and can even be carcinogenic. Our hormone balance is key to all our bodily processes, and they regulate things like our mood and weight! Try natural deodorant, lotions scented with essential oils, paraben and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioner, and organic make-up.
Happy detoxing! And let me know your favorite everyday detox method in the comments below.
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