How to Detox – An easy guide
Suffering from tiredness, joint and muscle aches, brain fog, skin problems, bad breath or digestive issues with no obvious cause? Then it sounds as though you would benefit from a detox. Read on for a simple guide to detoxifying your body.
The Many Benefits of Detoxing
Following a detox, your body will function better, you’ll have more energy and vitality, increased focus and you’ll sleep better. You’ll probably shift excess weight, because toxins are often stored in fat cells, and you may feel less bloated.
Even if you aren’t currently experiencing any annoying symptoms, a detox can prevent future health issues, as well as re-evaluating your eating habits, making sure they’re serving your body,
Detoxing has mental health benefits, too. It’s an ideal opportunity to reflect on your goals and priorities and to establish healthy lifestyle habits. Many people find after a detox they feel more motivated, creative and productive.
What’s Involved in a Detox Programme?
A detox aims to shift stored toxins from your cells. These may have accumulated over many years, interfering with the cells’ functioning.
A detox programme involves avoiding as many sources of toxins as possible to lighten the load on your organs of detoxification while encouraging these organs to function at their best.
Read on for some practical ways to detox.
Ditch the Chemicals
- Bin all processed foods – anything in a packet with a long list of ingredients. Many of these ingredients will be food additives like preservatives, colourings, sweeteners and stabilisers, all needing to be detoxified by your liver.
- Go alcohol-free. Your liver will thank you if you give it a complete break from processing alcohol.
- Filter your drinking water. Tap water contains traces of hundreds of chemicals from its treatment process and the environment, including chlorine, pesticides and fertilisers, as well as microplastics.
- Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates as these have little or no nutritional value. Sugar is addictive – I can help you quit sugar without stress.
Avoid Sources of Toxins
- Switch to organic food whenever you can. This will help you avoid pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones. Some food is more prone to accumulate toxins than others, including strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples and grapes, so opt for organic forms of these if you can’t go completely organic.
- Store food and drink in glass rather than plastic containers to avoid plastic particles leaching out into the food or liquid.
- Sort out your saucepans – metals and coatings used in pans easily leach into food, particularly if you’re simmering it for a long time. Avoid aluminium, found to accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Safest options are tempered glass, uncoated porcelain enamel and ceramic pans.
- Invest in natural skincare products. These don’t contain toxins to be absorbed through your skin. If you don’t fancy eating it, don’t put it on your skin. Natural deodorants often use natural mineral salt crystals, while commercial antiperspirants usually contain aluminium. Switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste without artificial preservatives like parabens or the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulphate, irritating to your gums.
- Household cleaning can be really effective using simple natural substances like vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda.
Enjoy Pure, Wholesome Food
- Load your plate with a wide variety of colourful fruit and vegetables containing an array of antioxidants and plenty of fibre. Antioxidants help your liver to detox, while fibre helps sweep toxins out of your digestive tract.
- Enjoy fermented foods and drinks like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. These contain bacteria, encouraging the growth of a beneficial microbiome in your gut. A healthy intestinal bacterial balance helps produce enzymes needed for detoxification.
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower as well as garlic, onions and turmeric contain nutrients to help liver detoxification.
Lifestyle Habits to Support Detoxification
- Sleep well. Your body needs extra rest during a detox so energy can be directed towards your detox organs.
- Rebounding on a mini-trampoline can prevent your lymph system from becoming stagnated. Your lymph is your body’s waste-disposal system, but it relies on your muscles contracting to move its contents around your body. If you’re sedentary, your lymph system will be too.
- Dry skin brushing with a natural bristle brush before your bath or shower can also help your blood and lymph to circulate and encourages your skin to eliminate toxins.
- Bathing with Epsom salts means magnesium will be absorbed through your skin. Magnesium is crucial for many enzymes used by your liver.
- Toxins can be held in tense, tight muscles, so the combination of stretching and deep breathing, improving circulation, can naturally help your body to detoxify.
- Massage, especially lymphatic drainage massage, encourages your lymph system to drain away your toxins.
Join Me For Your Detox Journey
Together we’ll take a closer look at your personal toxic load and your ability to detoxify, and I will support you every step of the way with practical strategies to help you detox effectively. Contact me and wave goodbye to your toxins.
Maybe you’re not sure you need a detox, why not take our quick detox quiz and see.