Every time I see one of the new fad detox diets, I just cringe because the idea of not eating any solid food for 10 days goes against everything I ever learned in my nutrition classes (and from my doctor).
The fact is your body knows how to detox itself… naturally.
You don’t need to go on fasts or liquid diets to lose weight or to get rid of the toxins in your body. Instead, you can choose to change your lifestyle to include a number of good new habits that will enhance your body’s ability to detox itself!
Here are 6 simple things you can do to naturally detox your body and feel good from the inside out…
Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll probably hear it again, but drinking plenty of water each day is really important. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink some water, then you’re probably already slightly dehydrated. Getting into the habit of drinking an 8-ounce glass of water at least every 2 hours helps your body detox itself. Water helps the fiber you eat bulk up and then push through your colon taking toxins with it while being eliminated as waste. Water also helps your body sweat better, and you release toxins that way too.
When you exercise regularly, you sweat which helps your body eliminate toxins. Of course, exercise also has a multitude of other benefits – such as weightloss and fat burning. Ultimately, exercise helps to get rid of the toxins that are in your fat cells while increasing endorphins which help you to feel happy.
Eat plenty of fiber in the form of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables daily.
Adding adequate fiber and water to your diet are 2 of the most beneficial things you can do for your body to help it detox itself. Together, water and fiber push toxins through your colon and out of your body.
Great detox vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, and onions. Artichokes are well known for their liver detoxifying properties. Also recommended are beetroot and red and green vegetables. Source
All fresh fruit is good for detox provided it is eaten on its own, not before, with, or after food. A fresh fruit or fruits juice fasting are often recommended for a short (3-day) fast to cleanse and detoxify. Fruit can be fresh, frozen or dried. It includes apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, melon, sultanas, nectarines, and peaches. Source
Reduce the number of processed foods in your daily diet.
Try to eat whole foods (including raw fruits and vegetables) as often as possible. Processed foods and fast foods are full of fats, sugar, salt, additives, and preservatives. Those things act as poisonous toxins inside your body. Plus, they make you gain excess weight that you don’t need.
Reduce the amount of sugar, caffeine, salt, tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy fats in your daily diet.
Pre-packaged, processed foods contain very high amounts of sodium. Top that with the fact that most people add salt to their food after it’s cooked.
There are lots of ways to do a sugar detox and start eliminating all the sugar from your diet.
Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your body, which works against your body’s natural detoxing efforts.
Smoking or chewing tobacco can really mess up your body because the after-effects of such substances become toxins in your body. Tobacco gums up the villi in your lungs and can make it difficult to breathe. If you chew tobacco, some of those toxins end up in your mouth and throat.
Take a hot bath once a week with Epsom salts or Ginger.
Doing this will help your body to sweat which will help to release toxins, and Epsom Salts have Magnesium Sulfate which is beneficial when absorbed through the skin because when we’re stressed we lose Magnesium and this is one way to replace it.
The fact is detox diets aren’t necessary because your body already has the tools it needs to detox itself. By following the steps above, you will speed up the process of detoxifying your body naturally.