The Top 3 Ways To Detox Daily
The word detox is quite the “buzz” word in the nutrition world – a google search for the word comes up with 136 million results! That’s a lot of talk about detoxing!
I see ads all the time for various products and programs that involve herbs, juices, dieting, or fasting and that claim to help you lose weight quickly, improve your energy, reduce bloating, clear up any number of health issues and “clear toxins from the body.”
People love talking about detoxing without really having a clear understanding of what these toxins are and how our body gets rid of them.
It’s true that we are exposed to thousands more toxins than our bodies evolved to expect: from our air, our water, our personal care products, our household cleaners, our food, and medications (to list a few). But our bodies still work really hard to keep us alive despite this constant bombardment of toxins.
Here’s the thing: your body is constantly detoxing. It’s doing it right now as you sit here reading this. Our bodies still work really hard to keep us alive despite this constant bombardment of toxins.
The systems are in place. Our liver and kidneys are constantly filtering and breaking down toxins. Our skin and our colon eliminate toxins everyday. Our lungs bring in oxygen and release the body’s carbon dioxide waste.
We don’t need to do enemas and fasting or spend heaps of money on programs and herbs in order to effectively detox. What we can do is instead focus on supporting our detoxification organs and reducing the amount of toxins that we are exposed to. And this is something you can do every single day!
You can begin right away implementing these few easy steps that are going to help give your detoxification organs a break and help them do their job better – making you feel more energetic and vibrant!
- Drink More Water. Even though we’ve all heard it a million times, we often just aren’t drinking enough. Water increases the elimination of toxins through the colon and kidneys, and can increase our energy and mental clarity. In fact, symptoms like low energy and fatigue can actually just be due in part to being dehydrated!
Start your morning with a tall glass of room temperature water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Drink it as soon as you wake up – your liver will love this! Buy a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle and keep track of how much water you drink throughout the day – aim for 2 liters per day or more, depending on your activity level.
- Eat more fiber. Having regular, healthy poops is vital to eliminating toxins on a regular basis. If you’re not regular, the toxins in the waste that sits in the colon for too long can start to be re-absorbed back into the blood stream – not ideal!
Eating plenty of fruits and veggies (aim for 2 servings with each meal plus snacks) is the best way to get more fiber in your diet. In addition, try adding chia seeds and ground flax to your oatmeal or smoothies. And be sure to follow number 1 and drink more water too! Fiber and water work together to create a great recipe for healthy poops.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol. Not very many people like to hear this one but I’m going to go ahead and say it anyways! Caffeine and alcohol are drugs that put additional strain on our detoxification organs to eliminate them. Even in moderation, they contribute to the toxin load in the body. Try just cutting back to start – instead of 2 cups of coffee, drink one! Focus on instead on getting a good night sleep and try lower caffeine alternatives like green tea.
While there are many ways that you can begin detoxing every single day, these top three are an amazing place to start and can make so much of a difference in the health of the entire body.
And stay tuned for next week’s post, where I’ll be giving you some ideas for how you reduce toxins from another important aspect of your life – the mind! Detoxing the mind is so important for the health of the body and we’ll be talking more about that next week.
For now, try just these three for a few days and see how you feel! Your body will thank you!
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Ali is passionate about guiding her clients through whole foods and lifestyle changes to discover their most vibrant selves. To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about