Is it time for a detox? Detoxes are very popular, and no wonder with the promise to give you more energy, lose weight, clear up the skin, among other things.
Most all detoxes do not work. They often are counterproductive because the stripe your body of the essential nutrients needed to function. Our bodies only need to be treated right in order to detox the way they are naturally meant to. The question we should be asking is, how can we support that natural process.
A good detox routine can help you eliminate more stubborn toxins and support you at the same time. Juice isn’t in the process, sorry! But there are plenty of other natural ways you can support your body without spending a lot of money or time.
First, what are toxins? How do we get them in our body? Unfortunately, in today’s modern society, harmful chemicals are everywhere. We have to work hard to remove as many of these toxins from our life where we have control. This can be in the products we use on our bodies, our homes, and of course incorporating a healthy detox every now and then!
One of the things that shocked me the most was the build-up of bisphenol-A (BPA) and other plastics we ingest, while we eliminate most, a small percentage gets in our fat cells, messing with our hormones and accumulating over time. Maybe that is why I can’t lose those stubborn pounds, or it could be the chocolate too, most likely the chocolate, but my new reason is definitely plastic. Plastic is really the real-world villain of our time. This is just one toxin that your body builds up.
No matter what you do, you’re picking up chemicals throughout the day, be it through physical contact or ingestion.
The benefits of a natural detox built into your routine are boundless. No one is immune from the toxic overload of life and so a natural detox can lead to some major benefits like:
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Clear skin
- Reduced cravings
- Lower inflammation
- Better digestion
- Potential weight loss
Where to start with your natural detox? We’ve got suggestions below. Definitely always consult your doctor before starting a new routine or detox as we are all awesome, unique individuals and have different needs and reactions. You are beautiful!
Sauna / Exercise to Flush Toxins
Sweat it out! Go to your local sauna and allow the toxins to seep out of your pores, but drink plenty of water and get plenty of salt while you are enjoying this benefit. I like to add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt to my water.
You can also exercise. You should do this for the obvious reasons, but you should also do it because regular exercise is another way to flush toxins from your body. Exercise increases lipolysis (the breakdown of fat tissue) and releases those toxins we talked about that are stored in your fat. Lipolysis is especially effective when you combine with liver and kidney support or adsorbents that can suck up the released toxins. So get moving!
Drink Detox Tea
Enjoy a nice soothing cuppa while also cleansing your body. We recommend trying Yogi Detox Tea that is infused with Burdock and Dandelion, cleansing herbs that have a time-honored tradition of use, are blended with Juniper Berry and the Ayurvedic “trikatu” combination of Long Pepper, Black Pepper, and Ginger. Clove, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Licorice, and Indian Sarsaparilla are also mixed in to complete this spicy and flavorful blend.
You can also partake in Pukka Herbal Tea Detox, this tea flushes out with the old and in with the new. Sweet aniseed, crisp fennel, lush cardamom, and licorice root work to remove those pesky toxins and reset your spirit.
Activated Charcoal is a form of carbon that has massive surface area and a strong negative charge. It’s been around for thousands of years and is still used by both western and eastern medical professionals.
Activated charcoal contains many small chambers and cavities that ‘capture’ or bind-up unwanted materials and gas and carry it through the digestive system. Try taking a couple charcoal pills along with exercise or a sauna session. They should absorb many of the toxins you release into your gut and GI tract. Try Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal capsules.
Shower to detox skin and hair
Enjoying a good shower with a multi-use soap that has the essentials needed to help you purge toxins can have some long-lasting benefits.
We recommend the Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Cellulite Soap and Zum Bar Clove Mint that is infused with not clover, but clove, a bud that comes from certain trees. The mix of clove and spearmint soothes damaged skin. Both these bars take a bite out of toxins.
You can also add a little of Aura Cacia’s Clove Bud Essential Oil to your body wash or shampoo. It will help mend damaged skin and hair. Now that’s something you can enjoy from root to tip.