6 Ways to Detox on a Daily Basis
Detox has become the latest “trend to try” in the wide world of health and wellness. With promises like weight-loss, stronger hair, better skin, and superhuman strength, who wouldn’t want to give it a go?
Now, all jokes aside, detoxing is actually a real thing.
So what is Detoxing?
Everything you eat, drink, breathe, and put on your skin affects your health. And all of this goes through one very important organ; your liver.
Your liver processes everything from food to medication, and either puts it to use or excretes it via your urine, digestive tract or skin. If you overload your liver with low quality ingredients, your body will perform at low quality capacity.
So in other words, if you don’t sweat, pee, hydrate, or poop on a regular basis, you can add to your toxic load and overload your liver, which will directly affect your health problems.
Detoxing correctly can give your liver some much-needed rest and relaxation. The hard part lies in choosing the correct one as there are many different detoxes to choose from.
There are some out there that I agree with completely, and some that I don’t (cue the lemon-cayenne cleanse), but in general, a good detox removes inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten, soy, sugar, and alcohol while helping your body get back to its optimal state through beneficial herbs and supplements.
One of the most effective ways to detox is to begin doing it on a daily basis. Wait, so you don’t have to starve yourself in order to detox? Yep, you read that right.
With fall upon us, here are some easy and practical ways to start detoxing on the daily.
Right when you wake up, start your day off with a cup of warm water and juice from ½-1 lemon. Lemon is naturally alkalizing in the body as it reduces inflammation while giving your immune system a big hit of Vitamin C.
Before you shower, dry brush your entire body for 3-5 minutes. A dry brush is a hand-held brush with soft bristles that stimulates your lymphatic system. Start at your feet and brush in small circles up and towards your heart. This increases your circulation and detoxes your largest organ (your skin).
Like I’ve written before, juice from fresh, organic ingredients gives your body a mega-dose of nutrients that hits your system within 15 minutes of consumption. These nutrients support detoxification by hydrating your cells, improving digestion, and reducing inflammation with the help of antioxidants. Green juices, like The Popeye or The Montana Mojito from CPJ’s, are a better option than fruit juices as they tend to have less sugar.
Eat Your Veggies
Bringing fresh vegetables, especially those of the cruciferous (cabbage) family, into your diet will help the body’s natural detoxifying process. The fiber and specific nutrients present in these veggies help your digestive system, regulate hormones, and reduce inflammation. Eat vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, cilantro, arugula, beets, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and radish on a daily basis.
Move Your Body
Moving your body on a regular basis will help your body naturally remove toxins. Whether it’s an intense workout, a sauna session or a yoga class, movement can help stimulate your digestive system to help things move along while sweat will remove toxins through your pores.
Epsom Salt Bath
Your skin is your largest organ; meaning whatever you put on it can be absorbed directly into your liver. That’s why an Epsom Salt bath is one of the best ways to detox naturally. Epsom Salt is high in magnesium, a mineral essential to your body’s chemical makeup. Magnesium helps our muscles relax and even helps us sleep. Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt and 1 cup of Baking Soda to a bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Be prepared to sweat (a lot) and make sure to shower after soaking so you don’t reabsorb any toxins your body excreted out. I recommend only doing 1 detox bath a week.
Detoxing shouldn’t be scary or miserable. It’s a natural function that is necessary to start thinking clearer and feeling better. These 6 detox tips will help you start feeling your absolute best on a daily basis.
In health + happiness,