A new year is upon us and with it, another opportunity to do better for yourself in the area of personal healthcare. Detoxing is a tremendously beneficial way to kick-start the year and for more information on what detoxing is all about and how it benefits you, you can read our previous article. If, however, you are the kind of person who is skeptical about detox diets and detox programs and would rather lead a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE that ensures that your body’s natural detoxification system is working as it should, here are a couple of practical tips you might find helpful.
- Hydrating your body
Drinking plenty of water is the most important step in any detoxification effort. Drink pure, filtered water to avoid the contaminants found in most tap water. Adequate water intake dilutes toxins in our body tissues and helps our kidneys work more efficiently to remove toxins broken down by the liver. Good hydration allows us to sweat more when we exercise, and this releases toxins through the sweat glands in our skin. (A good way to tell if you are drinking enough water is taking note of the colour of your urine at different times of the day apart from when you wake up in the morning. If your urine is a concentrated dark yellow or orange, then you probably need to be taking in more water)
Exercise increases blood flow and encourages lymph circulation, which plays an important role in our immune system and the body’s ability to clean itself of waste products.
- Breathing deeply. Deep breathing exercises can aid in the detoxification of our bodies, as well as in relaxation. The diaphram is the structure which supports the heart and lungs, separating them from all other internal organs. In deep abdominal breathing, the diaphragm moves upward and downward, massaging the organs above and below it, increasing blood flow, allowing our lungs to expel noxious gasses more efficiently
- Taking care of your skin. Take a sauna now and again to increase how often and how much you sweat. The heat of a sauna opens the pores in your skin, allowing for deep cleansing, and produces copious sweat which washes toxins out of the body.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
Most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diet. By consuming adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you will stimulate your digestive system to rid itself of accumulated waste products and bacteria. You don’t need to “cleanse” your colon with enemas; it is designed to clean itself when provided with adequate water and fiber. Consume food as close as possible to its natural state, that has been grown or raised without the use of pesticides, herbicides and antibiotics.Avoid overprocessed food products that contain artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives, and other toxic chemical additives. Eat a variety of lean meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains legumes, and replace fats with healthy oils. Make fermented foods a regular part of your diet. Yogurt, sour milk, kefir, kimchi and other fermented foods and drinks contain beneficial microorganisms that help strengthen your inner ecosystem and digestive system whilst encouraging enzymatic reactions that aid in detoxification.
- Wear Comfortable Clothing. Restrictive clothing can inhibit the circulation of lymph throughout the body, allowing toxins to accumulate. Wear clothes that fit comfortably, but not snugly. Cotton and other natural fabrics will wick sweat away from your body, while synthetics will contain it and allow toxins to be reabsorbed.
A good way to tell if you are drinking enough water is taking note of the colour of your urine at different times of the day apart from when you wake up in the morning. If your urine is a concentrated dark yellow or orange, then you probably need to be taking in more water
In your quest to lead a lifestyle that optimizes natural detoxing, you need to remember that your body didn’t get toxic overnight so it will take time to rid your body of all the harmful substances it has accumulated. Be patient with yourself and let your body work at its own pace.