Are you looking for easy ways to detox and cleanse your system? You don’t need expensive shakes, pills and programs to detox. Using these 6 tips can help you detox naturally, right in the comfort of your own home.
Replace one meal a day with a super green smoothie
Replacing one of your meals with a smoothie is a great way to detox and pack in a bunch of nutrients into one meal. It can also boost your metabolism and enhance your digestion. A green smoothie will ensure that you get all the benefits of leafy greens vegetables, in one meal that is delicious and easy to digest. Most recipes out there for green smoothies incorporate a lot of fruit to sweeten the smoothie. Fruit sugar (fructose) sends your insulin into overdrive and will inhibit your detox efforts. Instead of using fruit, try making a vegetable based green smoothie using:
Fennel, cucumber, spinach leaves, ginger, parsley, celery and lemon. Juice all of the vegetables first, then add a can of coconut milk and blitz through a blender. If you require more sweetness, you can add a few drops of liquid stevia.
Drink lemon water daily
Lemon water is an excellent alkaliser that will hydrate and flush out your system naturally. Starting your day with lemon water is great for a detox, and can enhance the function of your organs and promote better blood circulation. It also disposes of the toxins in your blood stream and can overall improve digestive function. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach assists with insulin sensitivity and help to regulate your blood glucose levels going into the day.
Go on a fast
The benefits of fasting are innumerable. It’s a great way to free up the digestive capacity of your body and help you body focus on rejuvenating itself and disposing of dead cells and toxins. When you fast, your body is not expending energy on digestion, therefore it has a chance to recover and renew itself. This means you will have renewed energy and a more effective digestive system. There are many different types of fasts ranging from intermittent fasting (only fasting for a certain number of hours during the day) to longer and even multi-day fasts. Try a regimen that fits into your overall lifestyle and see the difference it makes.
Get more sleep
When you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night you give your body a chance to rest and recuperate, and you reset your adrenals. Fatigue, exhaustion, stress and other lifestyle related factors could lead to toxins accumulating in your body more easily. Getting the rest you need, gives your body an opportunity to rebuild and prepare itself to face another day.
Include fermented foods in your diet
As much as 60% of your immune function is housed in your gut, therefore keeping it healthy and thriving will result in a host of overall benefits. Fermented foods contain probiotics, which are natural and good bacteria, that help to regulate and balance your gut flora. Probiotics help to regulate the bad bacteria that builds up in your intestines, and enhances your ability to eradicate harmful substances in your digestive tract. Fermented food includes pickles, kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and even natural grass-fed yoghurt.
Avoid Obviously Toxic Substances
Obvious toxins include alcohol, tobacco and areas of high traffic density to name a few. Smoking offers nothing beneficial and is a purely destructive habit. You may not realize it, but excessive alcohol acts much in the same way. Having a glass of wine here and there is not in itself a problem, but alcohol in general places a significant strain on your liver function. High population density areas that are laden with CO2 emissions, noise and traffic further toxify and add stress to your adrenals. These jointly introduce a high degree of toxicity to your body and make it difficult to cleanse your system. It can be difficult if you live in the city, but make it a point to one day a week, find a quite place like a park or a forest, to go hike, walk, or otherwise just meditate.