Natural body detox

Natural body detox

31 easy to do ways

A natural body detox doesn’t have to be complicated. Did you know that you can help your body detoxify on a daily basis in simple ways? We’ve put together 31 easy-to-do actions that will guide you towards a healthier lifestyle. 

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A natural body detox doesn’t have to be complicated. Did you know that you can help your body detoxify on a daily basis in simple ways? Here are 31 easy-to-do actions that will guide you towards a healthier lifestyle.

A word of caution: While each tip on its own is simple, trying to incorporate too many new things into your daily routine all at once is a recipe for none of them to stick.

Review the list and see which of these you’re already
doing on a regular basis, and then pick one or two new things to start
.
Once these become habitual, then pick a couple more items.

If you do this consistently each month, by the end of the
year you’ll have a bunch of new natural body detox habits that support your
physical (and mental) health!

31 Ways to Naturally Detoxify Your Body Every Day

#1. Drink more filtered water. It takes liquid
to flush out those unwanted toxins. Try upping your hydration level today by
taking your total weight, dividing it in half, and consuming that much in
ounces of fresh, filtered, good-for-you water. You’ll be amazed by how great
you’ll feel!

#2. Start your day with lemon water. Get the
hydration habit going with 8 oz. before you eat or drink anything else. Use
real lemon juice or, if you are on the go, simply add 1 drop of
supplement-grade lemon essential oil to your water. According to Keri
Glassman, RD, health correspondent for The TODAY show, this morning
ritual can also remind your brain that “Hey, I’m making healthy choices today!”

#3. Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is the process of
swishing 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil around in your mouth for between 10
and 20 minutes. The chemical reaction between your saliva and the oil literally
“pulls” bacterial toxins out from the deepest crevices in your whole oral
cavity. According to Dr. F. Karach, oil pulling can also strengthen the
stomach, heart, liver, lungs, and reproductive organs. Give it a try − and
don’t forget to spit it out afterwards into the garbage can so you don’t clog
your sink drain.

#4. Tongue scraping. Besides oil pulling,
another effective way to target the oral cavity for detoxification is through
the Ayurvedic practice of “tongue scraping.” According to Sheila Patel, MD,
medical director at the Chopra Center, “Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up
on the tongue, which, if left untreated, …may house a significant number of
bacteria.” Tongue scraping requires an inexpensive tool that can be purchased
at most pharmacies. Stainless steel works well, says Patel. The tongue should
be scraped very gently from back to front 7 to 14 times.

#5. Eat more organic green leafy veggies. Kale,
celery, spinach, parsley, cilantro, and celery… all these greens are your
friends. They contain vital nutrients, plenty of fiber, and chlorophyll, which
helps to cleanse the blood. Try them in a smoothie or very lightly sautéed in
coconut oil if eating them raw is not for you.

#6. Add some prebiotics. The gut is the first
line when it comes to nutrient absorption, and prebiotics are the “food” of
healthy gut bacteria. Most health food stores now have pre-made, probiotic rich
raw sauerkraut and kimchi. Look for it in the refrigerated aisle and add it to
your lunch today!

#7. “Beef up” on organic/pastured meats, dairy,
and produce instead of conventional.
 While you’re munching on yummy
greens and gut-friendly pre- and probiotics, make the switch to
organic/pastured meats and dairy instead of using conventional animal products.
According to Consumer Reports, 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States
are used for livestock and other farm animals. If you are serious about your
detoxing goals, you don’t want that in your body!

#8. Try some chlorophyll. Another great addition
to your diet can be chlorophyll in tablet or liquid form. Chlorophyll is the
green pigment found in plants and algae. Chlorophyll can increase red blood
cells and bind with toxins and heavy metals, sending them on their way and out
of your body.

#9. Consider gentle detoxifying teas. Add some
dandelion, turmeric, or Holy Basil tea to your evening routine or try lemon tea
for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Chia, milk thistle, garlic, and spirulina are
all great natural detoxifiers and heavy metal chelators as well.

#10. “Unplug” during a meal. Take a media break
while you eat. This is just a good habit to get in for proper digestion. While
you eat your lunch or as you sit down with your family for dinner, instead of
focusing on who is texting you or what is playing on TV, why not focus on what
is going on around you or with each other? Chew your food slowly as well −
chewing is the first stage of digestion.

#11. Media detox. Why not extend your non-media
mealtime to a whole day “unplugged?” Abstain from watching the news and other
sensationalized or violent television and movies. Opt to read a book, go for a
walk, listen to some music, or do a craft instead. At the end of the day, write
down how you felt before and after your “media detox.”

#12. Use an essential oil. Essential oils can be
a great adjunct to your detoxing goals. Experiment with peppermint to refresh
the mind, oregano to help with viruses, and bacteria and frankincense to ground
and center.

#13. Bentonite clay anyone? Clay is a powerful
anti-bacterial. It can help get rid of bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA, and
Staphylococcus. Plus, it is great for heavy metal detox as well. Try mixing a
tiny amount of pesticide-free bentonite clay powder in an 8-oz. glass of water.
If you decide to continue using bentonite clay more often, start slowly and
work your way up to a teaspoon or more.

#14. Play out your stress. Take a detox from the
mundane and dive into your creativity! Spend at least an hour engaging in a
healthy creative activity, allowing all concepts of time go out the window. Get
lost in the play of painting, dancing, writing, doodling, needlepoint, being in
nature, or whatever brings you joy.

#15. Breathe more. Pay attention to your breath.
Does your breathing become shallow when you are stressed or upset? Decide to
take a deep breath instead. Deep breathing can help cleanse the respiratory
system and oxygenate the blood.

#16. Try meditation. Meditation not only calms
the mind, it also helps relax those stress responses that are pumping too much
cortisol into your body, creating inflammation and toxic build-up. Start with
even 5 minutes and simply focus on your breath as you close your eyes and go
within.

#17. Do some aerobic exercise. Get moving!
Aerobic exercise pumps life-giving oxygen and feel-good hormones into your
body. But did you also know that, according to researchers at the Swedish
Karolinska Institute, during a workout the muscles act like the liver and
produce an enzyme that clears out depression-causing chemicals.

#18. Stretch and release. Stretching not only
keeps muscles and joints flexible, it can also lower inflammation and “fight or
flight” responses that can lead to chronic disease. A 2009 study of women with
breast cancer found that those who underwent a 75-minute restorative yoga class
for 10 weeks had less instances of depression than those who did not. Stay
motivated and detox from stress by doing a few stretches throughout the day.

#19. Hot and cold shower cycling. Now that you
have worked up a sweat and stretched it all out, consider keeping the detoxing
going as you step into the shower. Cold showers can lower stress and improve
circulation. Hot showers, on the other hand, relieve tension and congestion and
help you sleep better. Turn the shower temp to a little hotter than you would
normally have it. Then alternate the temp to as cold as it will go for 30
seconds. Work up to alternating hot & cold intervals for 5-minutes.

#20. Spend time in nature. Shinrin-yoku,
or “forest bathing,” is a Japanese term for being in nature in order to gain
the physical benefits it can offer. A 2010 review of 24 studies found that
forest bathing kicks in parasympathetic nerve activity that can help heal and
detoxify. Don’t live near a forest? Try the beach, a park, an indoor
greenhouse, or even a hotel courtyard. Nature can be found almost anywhere!

#21. Get some sun today. Sunshine provides us
with vital vitamin D, a truly “healing hormone” that has been linked to lower
inflammation, lower blood pressure, improvements in muscle tone, improved brain
function, and even cancer protection. Try 10 minutes of sun exposure without
sunscreen. If you are in a part of the world that doesn’t get much sun,
consider investing in a “SAD lamp.”

#22. Make your home electro-pollution free. The
National Institutes of Health recently released a report which proved the
connection between close-range cell phone use and certain kinds of cancer.
Cellphones are just one source of harmful EMFs, however. A few simple
actions can turn your home into an “EMF-free zone.” Make sure your bed is
located as far away as possible from SMART meters. Turn off your Wi-Fi routers
before you snooze so that EMFs do not disturb the quality sleep you need to
detox and heal.

#23. Do a “purge” of your kitchen and bathroom. Take
a look inside your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Evaluate your sundry and
beauty products as well as the items in your kitchen. The Environmental Working
Group says that there are over 3,000 “stock chemical ingredients” that the
perfume industry alone can choose from for their products, many of which have
not been tested for safety. Switch out one commercial product at a time
for an all-organic one and consider switching out at least one product a week
until your home is truly toxin-free.

#24. Take a bath. “Hyperthermia,” or using heat
to heal, is a great detox modality. Your bathtub can be your own hyperthermia
tool. Take a hot bath and release tension with some added Epson or mineral
salts and calming essential oils, like lavender. After getting out of the bath,
wrap yourself in a blanket for a few minutes for some extra sweating power.

#25. Body brushing. Brushing your skin for
detoxing? You bet! And right before a bath or shower is the best time to do it.
Using a soft-bristle brush, gently start at your feet and arms and work your
way towards your heart. Dry brushing is a core modality for Ayurvedic
detoxification protocols because it stimulates the lymphatic system.

#26. Give an enema a try. Even though enemas are
still fairly “taboo” in the United States, in other countries, such as India,
they are as normal for routine health as brushing one’s teeth. (You can read
more about coffee enemas
 for cleansing the liver in other articles
on TTAC). A simple filtered or distilled water enema with a bit of aloe or
lemon juice added, however, can be a soothing way of flushing the colon as
well.

#27. Castor oil packs. Castor oil packs have
been shown to improve the detoxification capacity of the liver, support
reproductive organs, improve lymph flow, and reduce inflammation. Try using a
“castor oil pack” along with a heat source on your abdomen for at least an
hour.

#28. Foot massage. Relax and unwind by giving
yourself a soothing foot massage. Reflexology is the Chinese practice of
corresponding points on the foot with organs in the body. When you are
massaging your feet, you are really loosening up the entire body. For a deep,
reflexology massage, make a fist and use your knuckles to rub up and down with
medium pressure on each point for up to one minute. Notice if there are any
areas of soreness. Then check which organs these points correspond to on a
reflexology chart.

#29. Acupuncture mat. Also called an
“acupressure mat,” an acupuncture mat is made from cotton or another natural
material and contains plastic acupressure points that stimulate the flow of
“Chi” throughout the body. They are cheap to obtain and easy to use; you simply
lay down on it for 20 minutes or more to improve circulation, especially in the
detoxification pathways.

#30. Connect with others. Connect with someone
in your life that means a lot to you. Make a phone call or send a text just to
say “hi.” If no one is around, sit in a coffee shop or a park and strike up a
conversation. If you don’t see the link between social interaction and health,
consider the well-known “Alameda County” study. It found that for every
individual in the decades-long study, those with the fewest social ties
were three times more likely to die over a 9-year period than
those who had the most social ties. Importantly, this was regardless of
pre-existing health conditions, socioeconomic status, smoking, alcohol
consumption, obesity, race, sexual satisfaction, physical activity, and use of
preventive health services. Wow!

#31. Take time for gratitude and appreciation. Last
on this list, but certainly not least, take the time to simply let go.
Detox from negative thinking by tuning in to the things, people, and situations
in your life that you are most appreciative of. Have a job you love? Are your
kids the bomb? Do you live in a great neighborhood? Are you grateful for all
that you have learned about detoxing and your health? Celebrate all of this
until it puts a smile on your face!

 

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