A detox is a simple and highly effective way to promote overall body health.
here are many myths and celebrity-backed products that give a detox program a bad name; however, a detox is a naturally occurring bodily-function that can be boosted by following a healthy plan. Detoxing is best performed through a number of different ways at the same time. Why not pick a few from the list below and get started today!
This powerful plant is packed with sulphur-containing compounds, which activate the enzymes in your liver that are responsible for removing and eliminating toxins from the body. Garlic also contains allicin and selenium, which protect the liver from toxic damage.
Eat Leafy Vegetables
Those delicious leafy greens are so effective in neutralising heavy metals within the body, as well as eliminating the herbicides and pesticides we consume when we eat non-organic produce.
Drink a daily green smoothie
A big glass of green goodness will kickstart your metabolism and power-up your digestive system for the day. Kale, lemon, lime, kiwifruit, parsley, green apples and dulce are great additions for driving the detox power of your digestive system.
Boozy beverages put such a strain on your liver
Boozy beverages put such a strain on your liver, that simply cutting back or cutting out alcohol will dramatically improve your physical and mental health.
Eliminate refined sugars and artificial sweeteners
Over-indulging on sinfully seductive sweets can cause an inflammatory response while stripping your body of the key minerals, vitamins and nutrients that you need to feel your best.
Visit a sauna
Sweating is one of the body’s main processes for eliminating toxins. Head to your gym or local day spa to speed the process up with a rejuvenating sauna session.
Breathe out in time with the concentric contraction, and as the muscle eccentrically lengthens and stretches, take an expansive breath in.
Include turmeric in your diet
This powerful anti-inflammatory will not only protect your liver damage, but it has also been shown to improve overall gallbladder function, which is another crucial part of the body’s detox process.
If your main goal is to maintain strength while losing body fat, the specifics of your weight training routine will be quite different from someone whose primary focus is building muscle mass.
Drinking 3-4 litres of filtered spring water each day is essential for the body’s detox processes to work at the optimum level
Increase your daily water intake
Did you know that drinking 3-4 litres of filtered spring water each day is essential for the body’s detox processes to work at the optimum level? Avoid tap water wherever possible, and consider using a copper vessel to boost the benefits of staying hydrated.
Eat Granny Smith Apples
Green apples are super high in pectin which binds to toxins, such as heavy metals and drug residue, to gently and naturally eliminate these unwanted pollutants from the body. So try and add a Granny Smith to your daily green juice or smoothie.
Prioritise Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for collagen production, strong teeth and bones, fast wound healing, forming haemoglobin and many other metabolic functions. It also supports detoxification, making it great for the immune system too! Avoid relying on artificial supplements and stick to natural sources like these.
Effective deep breathing calms the soul and mind, as well as helping us to feel more energised. In this state, we can make better use of the nutrients we are putting into our bodies.
Eat more legumes
These are jam-packed full of fibre that will improve your body’s ability to eliminate waste. However, ensure you pressure-cook these to remove the protein lectin, which is a potential source of inflammation.
Develop a positive mindset
Cleanse your mind of toxic thoughts to allow for peace, calmness and healing throughout your body.
Eat ½ a Grapefruit a day
Grapefruits are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which are two great liver cleansers. They are also high in naringenin, which promotes fat-burning rather than fat-storage within the liver.
Drink Green Tea
This calming cuppa contains plant antioxidants called catechins, which research has shown burns fat that accumulates within the liver.
Among many other health benefits, walnuts help boost the oxygen supply in your blood, which is an all-important process in detoxing the body.
Remove silver fillings from your teeth! These usually contain mercury amalgam, which will seep into your bloodstream as they break down over time. A holistic dentist will be able to swap them for safe fillings free from heavy metals.
Smash the avo
Avocados are rich in glutathione-producing compounds that promote overall liver health. Expensive brunch is now fully justified!
This controversial herb binds and locks to heavy metals in your blood, organs and tissues, helping to eliminate them from your body. So don’t forget to add it to your meals! Unless you’re genetically predisposed to hate it, of course.
They are the dessert you can eat for breakfast, but they are also rich in anthocyanin. This bioactive compound helps reduce inflammation throughout the body and the brain, as well as preventing bacteria sticking to bladder walls to allow for a deeper cleanse.
This will eliminate a huge toxic burden that is carried throughout your blood and body.
Do a coffee enema
Yes, you’ll have to be brave, but it’s known to be one of the most effective detoxing methods around. The coffee will stimulate the liver to produce Glutathione S Transferase, a chemical that is one of the most potent detoxifying agents in our body.
Avoid old paint
Wherever possible, reduce your exposure to old paint, which up until the 1970s contained toxic levels of lead. Lead is another heavy metal that can permeate your body, and lead to possible long-term chronic health conditions.
Limit eating tuna and swordfish, which are known to contain higher amounts of mercury, a heavy metal that must be eliminated from the body.
Experiment with acupuncture
This traditional Chinese healing modality has roots in cleansing the body from toxins, although it’s better known for naturally healing the body. Acupuncture is often used in drug detox programs for its powerful effects in removing toxins from the body.
Choose your environment wisely
Remove yourself from obvious pollution such as industrial areas or living areas with mould and dust, which will infiltrate your body, causing allergy and sickness.
Take Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is a herbal supplement which contains Silymarin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is used in the treatment of liver problems.
20 mins of HIIT will deliver a highly effective training session that will ignite your body’s excretory system
Sweat it out
Incorporate High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into your daily schedule. 20 mins of HIIT will deliver a highly effective training session that will ignite your body’s excretory system, removing waste from your blood as well as removing waste through the skin by sweating.
Go strictly organic
Choose organically grown produce which is free from herbicides and pesticides, and not genetically modified in its DNA structure.
Reconsider your body washes
These are often made from harmful chemicals. Instead, choose products which are made from natural ingredients. Remember that what you wash into your skin will eventually need to be removed via the body’s natural detoxification process, so choose wisely! Be aware of products that promote their natural ingredients, but also contain a range of chemicals.
Reconsider your laundry detergent
As with your body wash, change your laundry detergent to an all-natural one. Our clothes are against our skin all day, every day, so it’s vital that your chosen detergent isn’t harmful to your body.
And your fabric softener too!
Change your fabric softener to a healthy, natural option. As with laundry detergent, some companies sell effective and all-natural fabric softeners. These are a better choice and should be considered, particularly if you have any skin irritations.
Peel back the layers
Exfoliate and remove dead cells from the outermost layer of your skin, which will clear up your pores and allow for better ongoing detoxification.
Try a water fast
Fast for a period of time drinking only clean, purified water. For thousands of years, fasting has been a means of healing the body that allows it to rest and regenerate. A one-off fast can go for over 24 hours, or you can fast every day having your last meal at 5 pm and not eating again till the next day at lunchtime. This is known as intermittent fasting.
Add Apple Cider Vinegar
Add it to your drinks and dressings to alkalize the body and help detox the liver. Be sure to choose only the organic version of apple cider vinegar.
Graze on grasses
Wheatgrass and Barley Grass are both incredibly nutrient-dense superfoods that help support the body’s natural detoxification systems.
Focus on fibre intake
Fibre helps flush out the nasties and improves the functioning of your digestive system. Brown rice, along with fresh fruit and vegetables, are the best sources of daily fibre.
Get a massage
Particularly one that focuses on blood flow and redistribution of energy, such as a Chinese Massage. A sports massage will also be effective as it’s a more intense massage that promotes healing across the body, as well as targeting the body’s pressure points.
Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep in a healthy sleep environment
Your body rejuvenates and restores itself during sleep, so without a good sleep each night, your body will have a compromised immune system and lack the energy to detox effectively. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep in a healthy sleep environment.
Take a broad-spectrum probiotic
Most brands of probiotics only have a couple of strains of good bacteria. It’s essential to have billions of good bacteria, but more importantly, from many different strains, which generally come from practitioner only brands. Your gut is made up of over 1600+ known bacteria, so the greater the diversity of the probiotic, the better.
Treat your gut right
Made with beneficial bacteria, Kombucha helps the body detoxify itself and helps prevent toxic overload. It’s also easy to make it at home!
Use Bentonite Clay
This is a powerful healing clay that comes from aged volcanic ash, and it has been used for centuries around the world. Bentonite clay can be used to detox in several ways, including as a face mask, clay poultice, skin care, and in the bath. It’s even used as a medicinal drink that detoxes the body of harmful toxins from the inside out.
Jump in the bath
Having a warm detox bath is an excellent way to both cleanse your body from contaminants as well as relax. Add Epsom salt, baking soda and Bentonite clay into your bath to bring about a great cleanse. Add some drops of lavender oil for an extra nice smell.
Detox your mind and emotions
Spend 10 minutes 1-2 times a day practising relaxation or meditation techniques. A calm soul will result in a body that is prepared for healing.
Toughen up and rest
When it comes to minor aches and pains, most of us find it easier to swallow a pill and get on with our day than to allow ourselves to slow down and rest. However, frequent use of painkillers and anti-inflammatories can cause digestive issues and gut dysbiosis, including Candida overgrowth. Ditching the unnecessary pharmaceuticals will not only force you to rest when your body is asking for it, but it’s also an essential step in a healthy detox.
Get involved in yoga
Yoga helps clear both the mind and body of toxicity. The calmer, cleaner and healthier the mind, the cleaner and healthier your body will be. Here are 11 simple yoga poses that help stimulate our natural cleansing systems.
Brush to increase circulation
Your skin is the biggest organ in your body, so it's important to focus on detoxing it. Dry skin brushing will improve circulation to the area, allowing new blood to flow in while removing the old blood. It's a great idea to focus on your extremities, including your hands, feet, legs and arms.
Endure an ice bath
This is a technique used by high-performance athletes who want to optimise their blood flow for fast recovery. They jump into an ice bath which is usually around 12 degrees Celsius and then jump into a bath around body temperature. The cold bath stimulates the flow of blood back to the major organs, and then new nutrient-rich blood is pumped back out to all areas of the body in the warm bath. This cycle can be repeated for a minute on and a minute off for a maximum of 10 minutes.
Don’t forget the mental detox
This can take many forms, from removing negative people from your life and surrounding yourself with more positive and inspiring friends, to saying positive affirmations throughout the day. Whether you’re eliminating toxicity from relationships with others, or your relationship with yourself, a mental and emotional detox is just as important as a physical detox for your overall health.
Be a bowel movement boss
Experiment with effective bowel movements using a Squatty Potty. This ingenious little invention helps people defecate and detox in the way we are designed to. Our modern toilets don't allow us to eliminate everything out of our bowels properly, which can lead to constipation, haemorrhoids, colon disease and pelvic floor issues. Detoxing requires the complete elimination of all toxins, so it's important to do this successfully on the toilet as well.
Do oil pulling with coconut oil
Rich in Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and high in lauric acid, coconut oil is also a powerful antibacterial. Just 20 minutes each day which will cleanse the mouth of the toxins and bacteria that build up on the teeth, tongue and gums, causing infections, cavities and disease.
As you can see, there are many detox tricks and tools to choose from. Pick and mix the methods that suit you best, and watch your physical and mental health transform!