“A HEALTHY OUTSIDE starts from the inside“
Our bodies naturally detoxify everyday as part of a normal body process. Detoxification is one of the body’s most basic automatic functions of eliminating and neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Unfortunately in this day and age, with the pollution found in the air, water and food we eat, our bodies have a hard time keeping up. Our chemicalized diet with too much animal protein, too much saturated and trans fats, too much caffeine and alcohol radically alters our internal ecosystem.
Drink Plenty Of Water
This is one tip that you’re probably sick of hearing again and again, but it’s only because it’s so important to so many vital organs, and it helps to keep your body well-flushed of toxins. It also helps your body better eliminate feces, which contains plenty of toxins in it. By helping to keep your bowels and digestive system well-lubricated you are effectively helping your body rid itself of plenty of toxins each time you go to the bathroom.
Brush Your Body
Take a dry loofah sponge and brush your body, starting with the extremities and working your way in. Do this in the morning before you shower, as it helps to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a new layer of skin. It also helps your body to release toxins, considering that your skin is the largest organ of your body. You want to keep this avenue open and make sure that it’s always able to release what it can.
Have a Daily Detoxifying Tea
There are plenty of teas out there that offer different cleansing benefits, with the most common one being green tea. But if you get bored easily you can always switch it up with different herbal teas that have detox properties. There are different ones available depending on what you’re after, like teas that can improve your sleep, teas that can help energize you throughout the day, teas that can help cleanse your liver and kidneys, and also ones that can calm you down and make you feel good. It’s worth the time to check them out and see which ones resonate with you.
Get Exercise Each Day
Before you start grumbling about this one keep in mind that you don’t have to go to extremes, but you also don’t want to let a day pass without getting some form of exercise in. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump the way your circulatory system does, so it’s relying on you to get up and get active each day to keep your lymphatic juices flowing.
Eat a Superfood at Each Meal
A good goal is to include a superfood at each meal you have. This means you can start with fruit for breakfast and load up on antioxidants, have a spinach salad at lunch and have your phytonutrients in place, and then add a superspice to flavor up your dinner and rev up your metabolism.
Eat Natural Probiotics
Helping your body digest the food you eat will make a big difference in how long that food sticks around and is able to ferment and create a toxic environment. There are pills you can take that will add the probiotics and digestive enzymes to your system so that you can better process what you’re eating. But another good way to get them is to eat foods that help create them as well. Try starting your meal with a fermented cabbage like Korean kimchi or German-style sauerkraut. They may be acquired tastes for some, but before long you’ll be hooked.
Get Deep Sleep
Your body cleanses itself while you sleep, with the liver doing a lot of its dirty work in the early morning hours. Pulling an all nighter, or even staying up to watch a late night show will put you in a position to miss out on the deeper sleep cycles that occur before midnight. Be sure to get up early as well, because you don’t want to sleep through the hours when your body naturally wants to purge itself of waste. Letting your bowel movement fester, or holding back your urine until later in the morning can lead to it being reabsorbed by the body.
Watch Less TV and News
You might not have made the connection between watching too much TV and news stories and having an overload of toxins in your body. But if you don’t keep your mind in a good spot, you’ll be more likely to do and feel things that lead to more toxicity. All of the ads you see between programs are trying to make you feel like you need something in order to be complete, or they will be ads for fast food or other toxic products. News stories generally are about tragedies and bad news across the world. Filling your head with these sounds and images does nothing for your overall sense of well-being, and can contribute to your toxicity level if left unchecked.
Scrape Your Tongue
Dentists have been saying this for years, and it’s been a mainstay in some ancient practices like Ayurveda, but it only makes sense to scrape off your tongue as it’s pretty effective at being the central hub of germs and other nasties.
Opt for Organic
Organic foods are important not because they contain any more nutrients or vitamins than regular foods, but because they are absent of things like chemicals and man-made synthetic ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup. By choosing organic over conventional foods you’re closer to eating the kind of food that existed 50 years ago and earlier.
Smoothie It Up
Smoothies are an excellent way to get massive amounts of superfoods into your system without feeling like you’re a rabbit. You can blend up a bunch of baby spinach or kale along with some fruits like strawberries or blueberries and have a great tasting and nutritious shake that doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.
The one thing you want to avoid is a relapse back to the habits that put you in a toxic state to begin with. Avoid refined sugars, fast food, and additives like MSG and stick to eating wholesome foods that further your health and happiness. It’s pointless to detox the body if you’re going to go right back to retoxing it the rest of the day. Taking actions like drinking green tea and then going out and having McDonald’s won’t yield you the same results as drinking green tea and meditating for an hour instead of binging on fast food.