You’ve spent months absorbing toxins and pollutants through your skin, the air you breathe, the foods you eat.
Your body is designed to want to shed extra weight as well as toxins and other debris that have accumulated throughout the cold months due to reduced physical activity, and you can help your body do just that. A thorough spring cleanse can also help you regain much-needed energy, clear your skin and improve digestion.
These toxic substances lurk everywhere—in the air, water, household cleaners, perfumes, food and children’s toys
You don’t have to starve or drink just lemon water to accomplish this. Even with the busiest of schedules, there are a few things that you can incorporate into your routine to help you cleanse.
While the process of detox has its critics, natural health professionals extol its benefits for helping your body to expel toxins.
Here is 5 easy ways to flush toxins and poisons out of your life:
Reduce the amount of toxins you take in on a daily basis. It’s self-defeating to do a detox if you’re still taking in a significant amount of toxins, points out Peter Bennett, a naturopathic doctor and author of “The Purification Plan.” Switch to organic foods and beverages and drink filtered or distilled water. Avoid using products that contain toxins, such as household cleaners, inorganic cosmetics and perfumes, and avoid exposure to cigarette smoke or other airborne chemicals.
Eat about 30 to 40 grams of fiber daily. As Ann Louise Gittleman puts it in her book “The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet,” “The colon is the garbage dump in your system, but fiber acts as a garbage truck hauling away the toxic waste.” Organic vegetables, fruits and whole grains are good sources.
Drink a glass of cranberry juice combined with orange juice daily. Both juices are loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals. Cranberry juice also enables the liver to break down fat more efficiently and contains a key ingredient, arbutin, which acts as a diuretic and draws out toxins to be excreted, according to Gittleman.
Drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of purified water each day to increase kidney activity and speed up the removal of toxins. Water will also prevent constipation from your increased fiber intake.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. When you don’t exercise, the lymphatic system—which keeps your immune system working at peak condition—becomes stagnant, causing waste to spill over into your body, Bennett explains. Exercise also increases sweating, which also effectively removes toxins.
Treat yourself to a full-body rub down with an organic sea salt scrub. According to Bennett, salts have detoxifying qualities and increase perspiration. They also exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and dirt that may be blocking pores on your skin, another powerful detoxification organ in your body.
Things You’ll Need:
- Dietary fiber
- Cranberry juice
- Orange juice
- Purified water
- Sea salt scrub
- Air purifier