With the holidays right around the corner, many individuals usually feel the need to detox either before or after. Detoxing does not have to be extreme. It is as simple as giving the body a break and not overburdening it. This post will go over a few gentle ways to detox.
- Water, Water, Water
This is probably the most repeated thing on health blogs, but water makes up 60% of the human body. It is vital for optimal functioning and helps the body excrete toxins. Flavoring water with herbs, lemon, or fruits can be a fun way to switch it up.
Simple movements like stretching or trying to reach 10,000 steps a day can be enough to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and reduce harmful inflammation in the body.
- Sweating in the Sauna
Saunas promote detoxification in many ways. They have been known to reduce the burden on the body, inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria, and to promote the excretion of harmful toxins such as heavy metals.
- Limiting Alcohol
Limiting alcohol allows the liver enzymes to take a break for metabolizing alcohol and allows it to focus on eliminating other harmful waste instead.
Sleep allows the body to restore and recharge. It allows the parasympathetic nervous system to take over and the body shifts focus to resting and digestion. Naturally, this is a very crucial part of the natural detoxification process in the body.
- Being Conscious About Your Diet
Limiting Processed Foods: Foods that are high in sugar and preservatives are known to place stress on the body as the body starts to filter these substances instead of focusing on other toxins that need to be removed.
Consuming Antioxidant-Rich Foods: Making berry smoothies or having berries for snacks can be a great way to get an antioxidant boost.
Focusing on Sulfur-Rich Foods: Foods like eggs, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and potatoes are very high in an antioxidant called glutathione that plays a key role in eliminating unwanted material from the body.
- Taking Supplements
It is important to consult a physician before taking supplements to ensure that they will not have an adverse effect with medications. Supplements like the “Basic Detox Nutrients” from Thorne Research can be beneficial in aiding the detoxification process.