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Ways To Detox Your Body

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No, detoxifying your body is not for heavy drinkers or heavy drug users – though I’m sure they could use a few detox days themselves. Detoxifying your body is about getting back in sync with your natural rhythms.

If you’ve felt particularly tired lately, have had marked skin issues or more aches and pains than usual, a detox could be just what the doctor ordered to get everything back in line.

You don’t have to do the Master Cleanse diet to detox your body (you can only “eat” a drink mixture of lemonade, maple syrup and cayenne pepper). There are many different approaches to cleaning out your system, and some are more gradual, lifestyle choices while others go for the shock approach. It’s a matter of taking the time to figure out what is right for you and your body.

Before you start a cleanse, though, know that you’re going to be eliminating all your bad habits for however long you decide to do a cleanse (“shock treatments” are usually between a long weekend and a week) – that means coffee, smoking, alcohol, refined sugars, saturated fats. All that ick.

Your body will thank you for it at the end of things.

Eat Greens

Really, you shouldn’t be surprised at this point how important greens are to your body. Your mother told you to eat your veggies for a reason – did you know that there’s actually evidence that broccoli and cauliflower eaten regularly can protect you from lung cancer?

That’s beside the point, though. There are a number of leafy greens out there that can help your body naturally detox. Some of them may sound a bit out there, buy anything that you can get your hands on that is chlorophyll rich will help rid your body of a lot of harmful environmental toxins, including smog, heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides. These veggies can also help the liver detox:

  • blue green algae
  • barley
  • wheatgrass
  • kale
  • spinach
  • alfalfa
  • arugula

And for these to actually have an effect on helping to detoxify your body, they need to not be a product of pesticides and herbicides themselves, meaning, you should get these leafy veggies and make sure they are organic.

Shock Diet

There are a lot of different ways to shock your body into action when it comes to detox. This is what most people think of when they think “detox” – fasting or juice diets, or the Master Cleanse, or a combination of all of those principles, somehow.

The most important thing to realize with this kind of detox is that it is not a long term weight loss solution, it’s a way to get the toxins out of your body, to cleanse all your tubes and give your system a kickstart.

Even if you’re drinking a lot of water during this detox process (or juice, depending on what you choose to do) most of the weight that you lose is going to be water weight – which will yo-yo back when you stop your cleanse.

If you go into the process of a detox diet with the outlook that you’re doing it for the further health of your body (and not to lose weight) then you’re going into it with the right perspective.

Sweat It Out

There is another time-tested, pretty amazing way to get the toxins out of your body – sweat, and a lot of it.

That can mean either regular exercise that gets you sweaty – which is probably part of the reason we’ve seen a rise in hot yoga studios over the years – or going to a sauna if you’re looking for something both more immediate and less active.

What methods do you use to cleanse your body?

Emily Carmichael is a freelance writer who works with a health and wellness company that offers products like Byron White and Pekana, among other natural health supplements. She hopes that everyone stays happy and healthy throughout their lives.

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