There are numerous toxins and toxic substances all around the world we live in, making us vulnerable to their effect. There are toxic chemicals in our air, food, even in our favorite gadgets: pesticides, mercury, and even uranium are among those that contribute to health decline.
By detoxing our bodies, we can prevent a series of health conditions that can start with the exposure to the toxins. Here are 11 ways that will help you detox your body and be healthy again.
1. Learn how to make detox smoothies
A good detox smoothie recipe should include a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables that fight inflammation and toxins while nourishing and rebuilding any damaged tissues or organs. Herbs, spices, nuts, and seeds are also great for keeping you fuller longer as well as for providing necessary omega fatty acids. You can play around with the ingredients just as long as you make sure they stay raw.
2. Make probiotics or probiotic foods your favorite
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. To facilitate better functioning of your stomach and intestines, get probiotics as supplements or eat probiotic foods. One of the greatest probiotic-rich foods is kefir or plain yogurt. Make sure you have it at least once a day and your digestive system will thank you.
3. Go to the sauna or exercise
The more you sweat, the more you are making your body cleaner and healthier. Sweat removes dirt from your skin and makes it shiner and cleaner. Another way to sweat is, of course, by exercising. Choose what suits you the most and go for it. Don’t forget to take a shower afterward to the clean your skin from all the sweat!
4. Try fasting from time to time
We eat and eat, and then we eat some more. And most of what we binge on consists of processed foods and refined sugars. Fasting for a day or two can help cleanse your body from harmful substances, as well as prepare it for a more healthy diet by lowering your appetite.
5. Instead of morning coffee, have green tea
Coffee, especially when unfiltered, contains cafestol, a diterpenoid molecule that can increase cholesterol levels. Avoid the build-up of the bad cholesterol and switch to drinking green tea or any herbal teas.
6. Clear the air from toxins
Toxins and toxic substances may enter your house through open windows. So, purifying the air is a good idea to make sure you don’t breathe the bad stuff – get an air purifier and it will do the job. Simple dusting the furniture and cleaning the floor with a wet mop every now and then will also help.
7. Eat organic
Foods grown with the help of pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals are majorly the cause of toxins present in our body. Organic vegetables and fruits do not contain toxins and improve your metabolism. Digestion rate increases and thus your body is able to remove all the toxins from your body that are there to harm you.
8. Avoid refined sugars
Refined sugar reduces the metabolism rate of your body and builds up too much glucose or fat in the body of an individual. Consumption of sugar more than needed leads to weight gain and makes the individual prone to diabetes and heart diseases. Substitute your daily sugar with organic sugar and other healthy sweeteners such as organic honey, maple syrup, etc.
9. Drink plenty of water
Water is a natural source for flushing away bad substances – the more you drink, the faster toxins from your body will leave it through your urinary tract. There is a great water-based drink that can help cleanse your body – simply add 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to one gallon of water and shake it. Drink daily in the morning.
10. Use activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is essentially burned wood, debris, or even coconut shells. The burned substance has no oxygen and becomes very absorbent. It can literally remove most of the toxins, heavy metals, and poisons from your body. It is advised to take a pill before a meal or alcohol consumption.
11. Drink red wine
It may sound strange that an alcoholic drink is used to cleanse the body. It is good for your heart and skin also. It fights obesity, improves cholesterol and prevents cognitive decline.
Bonus: Ion-water detox
Ion-water detox is another way of ridding your body of toxins. Beauty salons have this option after a pedicure. You can also buy this gadget online and use it at home.
If you can’t afford ion-water detox, then you can make your own foot detox bath by mixing 10 drops of castor oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda (aluminum free), 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt, and 5-6 liters of warm water into a bowl. Soak your feet in it for 20-30 minutes. Then, use a towel to wipe your feet. That is it!