A General 7 Point Detox
If you have been feeling tired and sluggish lately, fighting some abdominal bloating or sleeping poorly, a detox can work wonders for your health. Cleansing the system can help greatly with skin problems, general aches and pains, and many issues with the digestive tract. It can also help to kick-start a training regime or a weight loss program and give you some much needed willpower. By first removing and eliminating many of the harmful toxins in your system, and then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can really help jump-start your system, and its positive effects have been reported the world over. There are many fads and nuanced detox programs, with some requiring expensive herbs and ingredients, but here is a good general guide for removing the harmful toxins and free radicals from your body and maintaining a healthy system.
Often overlooked as we gaze inwards to remove the nastiness from our body, with the humble brush you can actually scrub many of the toxins out of your body, as many of them gather in the pores of the skin. You can dry-brush your skin with specially-made exfoliating gloves and brushes, or try detoxing foot baths to remove toxins through the pores. Numerous special brushes and gloves are available at natural product and health stores, and you can also buy several natural products that are used to help exfoliate the skin when bathing or showering, one of the most common being made with sea salts.
A routine involving drinking nothing but water one day each week exists, and is practiced in many cultures, but this can be a little extreme for many. Regardless, the majority of people do not consume enough fluids, and plain old water is the best way for flushing waste and toxins out of the liver and kidneys. Always try to drink between five and eight glasses a day, and remember, if you actually feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. The best way to remain topped up is to form a routine: drink a glass first thing in the morning, a glass with each meal, a glass or two in between meals, and always be sure to drink before, during, and after exercise.
As always, exercise is an important part of any healthy regime. Any gentle cardiovascular activity is good, and more relaxing practices, such as Yoga, are also good, as removing stress is also an integral part of a good detox. Try to do at least one hour every day of the week; however, don’t overdo it. You should listen to your body and have a rest day if you feel stiff or sore. If you are a beginner, you can simply walk briskly, and if you tend to be lazy, simple steps, such as leaving the car further away from a destination or taking the stairs can help to get the blood flowing.
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, and not just an aid for detoxification. A diet rich in fiber has various health benefits. It can help prevent some serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and it can foster digestive health. Rather than taking expensive supplements, simply try to eat plenty of fiber, it can be much easier than people think, as it is contained in a great many foodstuffs, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Some foods such as artichokes, beets, broccoli, radishes, cabbage, chlorella and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
Lessen the toxins
One of the most important and difficult steps for many people is the elimination of alcohol. Most people enjoy a tipple, but alcohol, and especially binge drinking, really puts your body through the wringer. Coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars, and saturated fats, are right behind it on the list, as all of them act as toxins in the body and are major obstacles to your healing process.
Love your liver
It is important to love your liver, though not just during a detox. It performs multiple of tasks that are essential to life, from storing energy and fighting infection to removing numerous waste products and toxins from the body. You can cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs, such as dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle, and by drinking green tea. Also you can take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins. Remember that being overweight is also an issue for the liver, so if you weren’t watching your weight before the detox, it’s the perfect time to start.
Exercise is, of course, the best way to get sweaty. It helps with stress, and also gets the blood flowing faster, all of this is important as your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration. If you are in particularly poor health and struggle to exercise, or are simply very lazy, there are, of course, alternative ways to get a good sweat on and increase your heart rate. Sweating in a sauna or a steam room achieves both of these things, or if you can’t get access to either, then simply laying in a very hot bath for half an hour can increase the heart rate and get you nice and sweaty. It is pretty relaxing, hence, take a book in there with you and lay back for half an hour, remember that eradicating stress can be as good as removing sweat.
Rather than following a fad diet or some expensive store-bought detox plan, you can simply apply small incremental changes to your normal lifestyle to really feel the difference and get a great health boost. The small changes are easier to deal with too, as attempting some of the more dull detox programs, such as cutting any and all sugar from the day or drinking only water for 24 hours, can lead to burn out, where you tire of the program and quit before the day is out. Try and remember that you are only cheating yourself if you go back to treating your body like a punchbag, and that applying some of these small steps can really make a big difference to your general health in the long run.