Do you frequently deal with skin problems, joint pains, body weight or digestive issues? Are you feeling out of control at times? You try hard to lose weight, you try to get rid of ugly pimples, but then no matter how much you try, it hits a blank wall. I have the answer for you. A complete body detox.
The process of detoxification has been going on for centuries in various parts of world such as India, China etc. Using various natural herbs that possess medicinal properties, Ayurveda and Chinese medicinal systems initiated the process of detoxification that comprises of cleaning, resting and nourishing the body completely. The result is – a completely rejuvenated body that is free of unwanted toxins that are detrimental to the body. When you detoxify the body, you remove all the impurities from the blood, toxins from the liver, kidneys, intestines, skin, lungs etc.
Benefits Of Detox Program
The benefits of detox program are manifold such as:
- Fasting that aids in giving the body organs proper rest from its daily functions
- Provoking the liver to eradicate toxins
- Boosting the health and proper function of kidneys, skin and intestines
- Efficient circulation of the blood
- Providing proper energy and nutrients to the body thereby strengthening the immune system
In this article, you will be seeing eight simple ways that will help you to naturally detox your body. Many might feel overwhelmed thinking about detoxification but its not difficult as you think. Its quite easy and doesn’t include any crash diets or big programs that will burn a hole in your pocket.
Natural & Simple Ways For Detoxification
Reduce your sugar consumption
There are many who can’t go even a day without sugar (that includes me too…!!!) We all tend to have a sweet tooth. But if you have decided to detox yourself, then this is the stepping stone for you. Sugary foods such as honey, artificial sweeteners, flavors etc. will only do you more bad than good. Put a stop for your temporary craving and embrace healthy foods that give you long lasting benefits. When people consume more sugar, your pancreas undergoes more pressure to produce insulin for the body which will ultimately wear you out. The result, you will feel tired and fatigued. Not to mention, this will also add up to the weight you are trying to lose and increase the chances of developing cancer or diabetes.
The reduction of sugar intake will not only clear the body from unwanted toxins but will also help in speeding up the metabolic rate that is a definite booster for your body.
Start with Water
Life is unimaginable without water and it is this water that will help you on the process of flushing out the unwanted toxins from the body. Flushing out toxins works good when you supply your body with water steadily throughout the day. The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine recommends 2.7 litres of water (or 91 ounces) daily for female and 3.7 litres (or 125 ounces) for male. Many people tend to drink at a stretch. Although consuming water is essential for your body, do note that excess drinking will put strain on the kidneys. It will also cause blood dilution that is called hyponatremia. It can also weaken the muscles or give you an irregular heartbeat, brain swelling which can prove fatal. So don’t overdo it and control the thought that more consumption of fluids will help you to detox easily.
Consuming water early in the morning will double the effect of flushing out toxins from the body. In a tall glass, simply squeeze half a lemon and drink it. This will hydrate the system which will help in digestion and proper elimination of waste from the body.
Make your body work
Practice healthy exercise such as cardio, yoga or a simple walk. Detoxification is not just about cleansing the body but mind too and trust me it will help you become a better ‘YOU’. For instance, yoga exercises such as deep breathing can clear the lungs from unnecessary CO2 and provide you with clean, crisp oxygen. Similarly, movement practices such as tai chi can flush out negative thoughts and infuse your mind with positive and vibrant energy. For that matter, a good intense exercise during daytime
Even a simple walk can help. How? Simple. You just need to do one thing – leave your cellphones/iPod at home. Can you do it? Yes, there are many researches that shows that regular walk can motivate not just your body but your soul too. Spend time alone and take a walk in the nearby park without any things that distract your mind. Do you know that walking for half an hour can burn 500 extra kilojoules.
I say, any kind of exercise can really help not only to detox the body but also to cleanse the soul. It releases endorphins that can really shoot up your spirit and what better way to keep stress at bay than exercise.
One way to detox your body is by incorporating herbal tea in your diet. Certain ingredients (herbs) in the tea can promote detoxification. Of course, make sure you consult your medical practitioner before consumption especially if you are diabetic, anemic or dealing with any kidney disease. With many brands in the market, it is often difficult to choose the right product for oneself. Some of the herbs you find in tea that support detoxification are Milk thistle, Burdock, Dandelion, Artichoke etc.
Herbal tea contains antioxidants that removes unwanted toxins from the body but will also suppress the tendency to overeat. Another thing you can note is unlike caffeine that is found in coffee, the caffeine in tea is much better as it is gentle on your system not to mention the deliverance of a jittery sensation in the body.
Natural Veggies and Fruits
The key to detoxifying your body is not internal but external. If you are beautiful inside, it definitely reflects out. With the right kind of foods, you can see a radiant skin that is blemish/acne free or a lustrous and shining hair that is beautiful and strong or a perfectly toned body. Now tell me you don’t want that…!!!
For this, you need to skip junk/fried foods and include lot of whole grains, fruits, veggies, beans and legumes etc. Make sure to include lot of dark green vegetables that are filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that lower the cholesterol levels in the body. They also remove any joint pain or muscles from the body. Natural foods such as onions, ginger, beetroots, goji berries, avocados, apples, artichokes, fennel, pineapple, parsley etc. are some of the detoxifiers that work best in your body. While Parsley contains vitamins A, C, and K that combat diseases relating to kidney and its bladder, goji berries comes with beta carotene that helps in improving the liver’s performance. Similarly, raw onions can benefit more than cooked onion as it contains healthy amino acids that promotes liver detoxification. So, what are you waiting for? Its time to go organic.
Allergies in the air
We are living in a world of polluted air. Any airborne disease or allergens can play with our body by triggering symptoms such as purry eyes or blocked nose. It is essential that you cleanse the nasal passages regularly. Many people including Dr. Travis Stork, host of talk show – The Doctors, says that you can use Neti Pot or Jala Neti. It is an ancient yogic technique used in India that helps in cleansing all the nasal interiors that helps you in breathing correctly. If you do this before bedtime, then it can really improve your sleep.
Sauna time for you
With the threat of pollution, many health conscious are moving towards betterment of health and are indulging themselves in whatever ways that benefits them. Sauna is one among them. The benefit of sauna is it makes you sweat….bad. When your body gets heated at specific temperature, the heart rate raises making your skin blush. This will make the blood close to the surface of the skin that will heighten the detoxifying process. This will make you sweat thereby releasing some of the toxins via skin. However, do note that sweat releases both good minerals too along with bad toxins, so its essential that consume healthy foods to compensate for the lost nutrients.
Exfoliate your skin
Also known as third kidney, your skin is one of the largest organ that eliminates toxins from the body. Do you know that it can remove around a pound of waste from your body especially through sweat glands? It is best to stay away from chemicals on your skin as they can contribute large to spreading toxins in your body. As your skin has pores, they can easily enter via skin and can prove detrimental.
Use a natural product to exfoliate. When you exfoliate, you remove all the oils and dead cells that clog the pores. Unclogging helps your skin breathe effectively. Exfoliating also helps in tightening the skin thereby preventing premature aging, tones the muscles, improves blood circulation, improves digestion and strengthens the immune system. The result is a healthy skin and body that feels complete.
Bottomline, think simple. You don’t need to spend hefty amounts to detox your body. Just simple intake of good nutrients and limiting yourself to processed foods can really make a difference in your life. Regular detoxification can motivate your body and in the long run, you can see the benefits yourself. After all, that’s the key to age gracefully and have a healthy life.