Here are my top seven tips to detox, free of fasting, juicing or restricting.
1. Consume whole foods as close to their natural form as possible.
By choosing whole foods, your body will be able to digest and metabolize them with ease, leaving more time for natural detoxifying to take place. Think fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, organic free-range chicken or turkey, wild-caught fish, cage-free and organic eggs, naturally gluten-free whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
Cutback on processed foods, also eat less meat, dairy, and sugary foods, this will give your digestive system a well-earned break. Eat lots of vegetables and whole fruit, especially berries, pears, plums and apples. Avoid fruit juices, though, as this will stop you from getting big sugar hits and will keep your energy levels stable.
Go for raw nuts, seeds, avocados and pears to get essential healthy fats, which will slow down your digestion and give you more energy. Chia seeds are also great because they’re easily digested, and full of Omega 3 and protein. Wholegrains, such as oatmeal and brown rice, are essential to provide fibre and energy during your detox.
Stick to foods that are as close to nature as possible. If you don’t understand the ingredient list, avoid it. Think seasonal and organic foods instead.
Our body’s natural detoxification is dependent on our nutrient sufficiency. Detoxification may become sluggish or inefficient due to inadequate vitamins and minerals. When this happens, not all toxins are removed from the body, instead they deposit themselves in our fat tissue and nerve cells. Over time this contributes to a wide range of degenerative health conditions. Foods that naturally support our body to detox daily includes, vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, poultry, and meat.
Cut down on alcohol and caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and cola. These can all dehydrate the body. ‘If you drink more than four caffeinated drinks a day, gradually cut back for a week or two before detoxing so you don’t experience withdrawal symptoms, including headaches and irritability.
Drink up pure filtered water, green tea and hot lemon water first thing in the morning. Staying hydrated can help cleanse your body of toxins, boost metabolism, clean up your skin, and do so much more. Hot lemon water can help to release toxins as well as bacteria from your skin.
The body is made up of 70 per cent water and needs around 6 to 8 glasses a day to keep it hydrated and help flush out toxins.
Start the day with hot water and fresh lemon, and give your body a little time to wake up before having breakfast. Your digestive system will appreciate you for this.
The liver is our main detox organ. Supporting healthy liver function, naturally improves the detox process. D-limonene is an antioxidant found in the rind of citrus fruits. Our liver loves d-limonene. If you are not one for eating the rinds of your lemons, no worries. You can still benefit from d-limonene by simple adding a drop or two of lemon oil to your drinking water.
3. Sleep well and often
Getting enough sleep — and getting enough quality sleep — is crucial to a healthy body. Detox baths with Epsom salt and lavender can improve quality sleep and help you stay asleep. Turning off technology and using earplugs and eye masks can also aid proper sleep.
Sleep acts as a “dishwasher” for the brain. When we sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during the day. One of the waste products removed is beta-amyloid, which is why you need sleep if you don’t want dementia.
4. Eat three square meals a day and minimize snacking
When your body is constantly metabolizing food, you leave little time to do anything else, including detoxifying, cleansing, and repairing. By eating three meals a day without snacking in between, you allow yourself time to fully digest your food. Plus you leave time to detox and heal your body.
Practice slow eating and eating without distractions.
Eating slowly and without distractions will give your body time to register that you’re eating, will prepare you for proper digestion, and will allow your body to hone its natural hunger cues. This will teach you to eat what your body needs, and to stop when you’re full. Put the fork down between bites, savor your food, and limit distractions when you’re eating.
5. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years as a holistic detox remedy. It couldn’t be any easier, just put a heaping teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth, swish around your mouth and between teeth for 10 minutes, then spit it out. There are thousands of bacteria found in the mouth, some healthy and others not so much. The toxic bacteria is a main culprit in plaque buildup, gingivitis, bad breath and cavities.
6. Move your body in ways that are restorative
Be sure to move your body daily. This doesn’t always mean an intense workout. Sometimes your body will crave relaxing movement, such as a walk, jog, hike, yoga, or a dance class. By moving in such ways, you’re able to release tension and improve recovery and repair of your body.
Make moving your body a daily requirement, even if it’s just a walk at lunchtime. High energy workouts are good too, but walking, yoga and pilates will have a more calming and restorative effect on your body.
Daily Detox Tip 8 – Excuse to Exercise
Not only does exercise make you feel better, but it’s an easy way to help your body boost its natural detoxification process. When we exercise, blood circulation improves, bringing nutrients not to just our muscles but all of our organs. Exercise aids the lymphatic system which removes toxins from the body. Higher intensity exercise, increases sweat, which is important for daily detox.
7. Diminish stress
When you’re stressed, your body kicks in with a fight-or-flight response. This means that any crucial actions within your body are halted as you fight your stress. This leaves little time for detoxing, cleansing, digesting, or pretty much anything other than combating the stress of the moment. Practice activities to diminish stress, whether it’s yoga, meditation, or watching a funny movie; whatever works best to manage your stress.
Our brain processes negative and positive information differently. And because of this we seem to hold onto the negative toxic stuff and forget the positive. We believe more of what we hear ourselves say than anything else? It’s a well-documented fact of human nature! In the early phase of recovering from adrenal fatigue, I did a lot of feeling sorry for myself. I also would say out loud several times a day how tired I was or how miserable I felt. Then I started learning more and more about the battlefield of the mind and how I was prophesying my ill-health instead of my recovery and future robust health.