Detox or detoxification is the process, real or perceived, of removing toxins from the body. It could also be medicinal treatment designed to rid the body of poisonous substances, especially alcohol and drugs.
Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out, by removing and eliminating toxins and then feeding your body with healthy nutrients. Detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
Detoxification involves cleaning the blood and does this by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin, however, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered thus the need to detox.
You may need to detox If you:
- Feelweak or fatigued
- Have skin problems, aches and pains
- Havedigestive problems.
- Strayed from your healthier habits, lately
- Have trouble kicking off your weight loss
It is recommended that everyone should detox at least once a year. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.
Ways to detox your body;
- Reduce up your toxin intake by eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process.
- Minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives.
- Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
- Detox recipes like the 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.
- A routine of drinking only water one day each week — an ancient practice of many cultures.
- Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
- Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
- Drink at least two quarts of water daily.
- Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.
- Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions. Reduce stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver.
- Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.
- Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.
- Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores.
- Exercise at least one hour every day.