5 Detoxifying Practices

by Amish Shah February 06, 2016

This article first appeared in mindbodygreen.com and is written by Beth Anderson
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Detoxifying and cleansing your body can promote weight loss, boost your energy, and help your body heal itself naturally from many symptoms, including digestive problems, acne, and inflammatory issues. Detoxifying isn’t anything new; ancient Eastern medicines have been promoting detoxification for thousands of years.

In order to effectively experience a detoxifying cleanse, you need to relieve, clean, and nourish your body starting from the inside! Once your internal organs have experienced this refreshing break, they can do their jobs more effectively and heal the body naturally.

During a detox, the blood, intestines, and liver are cleansed by using fasting, stimulation, elimination, and nourishment. You can detox for a day or two, or for weeks, depending on your needs and goals. Remember, though, you should check with your doctor before attempting any sort of detox.

We’re surrounded by toxins everywhere; they’re in our air, water, food, health and beauty products, household cleaners and work environment. The body stores the toxins it can’t get rid of and will eventually have symptoms such as infections, fatigue, skin problems, mental fog, or even weight gain.

During any kind of detox, you should avoid coffee, alcohol, refined sugar, smoking, and household poisons. Get plenty of rest and quiet time, and eat light foods. Avoid meat and fatty foods. Here are my favorite types of cleanses, ranging from daily habits to short-term detoxifying practices.

1. Hot water cleanse

A great way to detox your gut immune system is to do a hot water detox. For 1-2 weeks, simply drink a mug of heated water (plain – no lemon or flavors) every hour or so. The hot water will open up the drainage in your gut and allow toxins to flow out. Repeating this every hour or so for a few weeks will completely boost your immune system naturally!

2. Morning lemon water

When you get up in the morning, drink a large glass of lukewarm water with lemon. This habit will help you rehydrate your body after sleeping and will wake up your digestion so it can perform its work later.

3. Detoxifying foods

Many foods can help your body detox naturally. Raw fruits and vegetables provide the most cleansing, especially greens such as broccoli, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, turnip, or beet greens. You can also do a 5-day, juice-only fast and consume water and juices of fruits and vegetables only.

4. Herbal cleanse

You may also choose to use an herbal supplement that will promote gentle cleansing and elimination. Be sure to use completely pure herbal cleanse products without fillers, gluten, chemicals, and artificial color or flavor. Look for a product containing psyllium husk, marshmallow and licorice root, bitter gourd, and slippery elm bark.

5. Detoxing the liver

After you complete a digestive cleanse or detox, you may wish to do a liver cleanse as well, especially if you’ve suffered from headaches, mental fog or confusion, or lethargy. The best liver detox products will contain bio-available turmeric and milk thistle.

Once you decide what type of cleanse or detox you want to try – get to it! Exercise and drink lots of water while you’re on your cleanse and you should get great results!

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Beth Anderson is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a Certified Natural Health Practitioner.

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