Harmful chemicals are all around us: heavy metals, car exhaust, pesticides, plastic packaging, and exogenous hormones in conventional dairy and meat products among other foods.
Unless you live in a virgin forest, you must encounter some less-than-optimal chemicals almost daily.
Luckily, our bodies do a lot detoxing on their own. However, higher toxic load or certain chemicals may make it difficult for the body to remove toxins effectively.
Below are some ways to detoxify your body naturally:
Eat fresh and clean
The most important way of detoxifying is observing a healthy diet.
The first step is doing away with foods that interfere with detoxification or makes the body more toxic.
Consumption of processed, highly fried, refined and packaged foods is the major cause of toxin accumulation in the body.
Among them also is fructose which is found in soda, commercial juice cleanses and fruit juices. Excessive salt, oils and sugar act as toxins and can result in various health problems.
Not just that, veggies and fruits sprayed with pesticides are equally harmful to the body.
If you are looking to detoxify, opt for organic fruits, veggies, legumes, proteins, nuts and seeds, and natural oils and fats.
Outside of what you’re eating, it’s important to remember that organic makeup and skin care products can help detoxify as well. Expert guides like this one on organic hand creams can help you understand the benefits.
Also, avoid excessive consumption of sugar, salt and oil.
Drink a lot of water
Drinking plenty of water is an effective way of detoxifying your body. Water is vital in removing the unwanted toxins in our bodies.
Drinking 4-5 litres daily will have a significant effect on your body.
Apart from eliminating impurities from our bodies, drinking plenty of water enhances weight loss and boosts energy levels.
Regular exercise is an effective way of flushing toxins from the body.
Exercising helps the body to excrete toxins better and burn fat. Have a consistent workout plan that fits your schedule.
It may be a high-intensity interval training or yoga, whichever plan you have the goal is to sweat out toxins.
Epsom salt detox
Epsom salt consists of magnesium and sulphate. The combination of magnesium and sulphate stimulates detoxification pathways.
Taking a warm bath of Epsom salt improves the natural detoxification process of the body.
It also promotes healing, weight loss and relaxation.
Intermittent fasting is making a conscious decision to skip some meals purposely. It is an eating pattern that alternates between periods of eating and starvation.
Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular health and fitness trend in the world right now.
I’m a huge fan and believer on its positive effects and have even written about my experiences trying it on the blog.
People are using it to detox, lose weight, improve their health and simplify their lives. Intermittent fasting methods include:
- 16/8 method – This method involves fasting for 16 hours a day.
- 5:2 method – It involves consuming about 500 calories for non-consecutive days in a week and eating normally the other five days.
- Eat-stop-Eat method – This method involves fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week.
However, you still need to combine it with healthy eating. The most effective way to detox is always to eat fresh and clean.