What exactly is a detox? Simply put, a detox is a process in which a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. These lifestyle changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and optimizing body processes. Some changes are temporary, such as following a cleansing diet, others are permanent.
1. Choose the Right Foods
One of the best things you can do to support your body’s detoxification process is to lighten its load and decrease the toxins you put in your body in the first place. Choose organic vegetables and fruits over fast food and other processed foods. GMO products and pesticide contaminated foods add harmful toxins to your diet. Avoid them like the plague.
2. Exercise and Meditation
Exercise and meditation help maintain a healthy body. Exercising helps you sweat, and sweating helps release toxins through your skin. Studies have found trace amounts of arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat. Meditation helps you clear your mind and reduce stress. Stress can be as toxic to your health as chemicals. A troubled mind can cause the physical body to function poorly.
Detoxifying your body is not only about what you avoid, but also about what you consume. Following a healthy diet can go a long way. There are also many foods that aid detoxification — garlic, lemon, broccoli sprouts, mung beans, and raw vegetables.
There are many diets that can help cleanse and detoxify your body. I personally follow and recommend a strict raw, organic, vegan diet, but there are other options if this isn’t for you. You could also try:
• Raw/alkaline diet is a temporary cleanse consisting of consuming uncooked fruits and vegetables along with raw nuts, seeds, and sprouts. This diet helps detoxify your colon and liver.
• Juicing involves drinking fresh juices made from fruits and vegetables. Remember to choose organic to avoid adding toxins to your body.
• Kosher or Halal if desired or for reasons of belief
These are just a few of the many diet options.
4. Purify the Air You Breathe
Breathing clean air is another way to reduce your exposure to toxins. While you can’t control the whole environment, presumably you do have some control over your home and work areas.
Proper ventilation is important for a healthy home. Smoke, fumes, pet dander, mold, mildew, and microorganisms can make the air in your home more toxic than the air outside. A high-quality air purification device is the best way to keep your air fresh and toxin-free.
Is a quality air purification device out of your budget? Get a few house plants, they’re nature’s air fresheners. They help filter the air and remove toxins. Space them throughout your house or workspace.
5. Purify Your Body With Water
Water is possibly the most valuable tool for detoxifying your body. The body’s most basic functions require water. Your body needs water to produce saliva, help with perspiration, and remove waste.
When we say to drink water, we do mean water, not coffee, or sports drinks, or soft drinks. If you’re one of those people that find the taste of water boring, try adding lemon or cucumber to your water
6. A Complete Body Detox
A complete body detox is a step-by-step process that focuses on each organ involved in ridding the body of toxins. The program should focus on removing harmful organisms, chemicals, and toxic metals while cleansing your colon, liver, and kidneys. The first step in any full body cleanse should be a thorough colon cleansing.
A complete body detox is a long and committed process, but can be especially rewarding.