Do you want to start a detox but unsure of what to do to get started? Detoxing doesn’t need to be difficult and can easily be incorporated into your daily lifestyle. We’ve put together some tips to help you get started on detoxing, that are natural, simple and will help you regain the health of your body and mind in no time.
6 Ways to Detox Naturally
- Replace one meal a day with a super green smoothie
Replacing one of your meals with a smoothie is a great way to pack in a bunch of nutrients into one meal, whilst boosting your metabolism and enhancing your digestion. A super green smoothie will ensure that you get all the benefits of leafy greens vegetables, in one meal that is delicious and easy to consume and digest. Most recipes out there for green smoothies incorporate a whole lot of fruit to sweeten the smoothie, however, fruit sugar (fructose) sends your insulin in to overdrive and will inhibit your detox efforts. Instead of using sugar, try making a green smoothie using:
Fennel, cucumber, spinach leaves, ginger, parsley, celery and lemon. Juice all of the vegetables first, then add a can of coconut milk and run through a blender. If you require more sweetness, you can add a few drops of liquid stevia.
- Drink lemon water daily
Lemon water is an excellent alkaliser that will hydrate and flush out your system naturally. Starting your day with lemon water can enhance the function of your organs, promote better blood circulation, dispose of the toxin in your blood stream and overall improve digestive function. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can also assist with insulin sensitivity f your cells and help to regulate your blood glucose levels going into the day.
- Go on a fast
The benefits of fasting are innumerable and it’s a great way to relieve your digestive capacity for your body to refocus on rejuvenating itself and disposing of dead cells and toxins. When you fast, your body is not expending energy digestion and breaking down food, therefore it has a chance to recover and renew itself, which means you will have renewed energy and a more effective digestive system. There are many different types of fasts ranging from intermittent fasting (only fasting for a certain number of hours during the day) to longer and even multi-day fasts. Try a regimen that fits into your overall lifestyle and see the difference it makes.
- Get more sleep
When you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night you give your body a chance to rest and recuperate, and you reset your adrenals. Fatigue, exhaustion, stress and other lifestyle related factors could lead to toxins accumulating in your body more easily, and getting the rest you need, gives your body an opportunity to rebuild and prepare itself to face another day.
- Include fermented foods in your diet
Fermented foods contain probiotics, which are natural and good bacteria that help to regulate and balance your gut flora. As much as 60% of your immune function is housed in your gut, therefore keeping it healthy and thriving will result in a host of overall benefits. Probiotics help to regulate the bad bacteria that builds up in your intestines, and enhances your ability to eradicate harmful substances you’re your digestive tract. Fermented food is anything from pickles, Kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and even natural grass-fed yoghurt.
- Avoid Obviously Toxic Substances
Obvious toxins include alcohol, tobacco and areas of high traffic density to name a few. Smoking offers nothing beneficial and is a purely destructive habit. You may not realize it, but excessive alcohol acts much in the same way. Having a glass of wine here and there is not in itself a problem, but alcohol in general places a significant strain on your liver function and introduces a high degree of toxicity to your body. High population density areas that are laden with CO2 emissions, noise and traffic further toxify and add stress to your adrenals, and make it difficult to cleanse your system. This can be difficult if you live in the city, but make it a point to one day a week, find a quite place like a park or a forest, to go hike, walk, or otherwise just meditate.
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