Low energy levels, body aches and pains and a foggy bain?
Guess what? It’s time for a body detox!
Imagine, you have clearer skin, a sharper mind, you’re more revitalized than you’ve ever been, you have a stronger immune system and just feel like a healthier you. You can enjoy all of this by undergoing a detoxification program.
Detoxification basically means blood cleansing through eliminating impurities (toxins) from the blood in the liver, through kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymph and skin.
Don’t be scared, it’s easier than you think.
You have to reduce toxins in your body so what are you going to do?
Make a start by cutting down on the following; cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, foods with saturated fats and refined sugars (fizzy drinks and sauces contain lots!). These act as toxins in your body and prevent healing.
Using chemical based household cleaners and personal health care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, deodorants and cleansers should be reduced as well. These chemicals stay inside us and never fully eliminate unless going on a detoxification process.
There are so many ways to detox the body. You can choose which suits your lifestyle and preference. Here’s a quick handy guide we’ve put together.
Drink only fresh fruits and vegetables. A good juice will contain 5 vegetables and one to two fruits.
Choose from the following:
Highly effective at discharging toxins, vegetables and fruit also provide loads of nutrients and enzymes to decrease the severity of the cleansing process to a stage that’s easier to handle.
As an added bonus, one the benefits from juice fasting is weight loss.
You may drop 10kg to 15kg on a 30-day juice fast (only do this under medical supervision), however juice fasting is usually done over a 1-3 day period!
As it’s name implies, only water is consumed during a water fast.
Water helps the digestive tract and organs to rest completely, eliminating toxin build-ups and allowing all of your energy to self-repair.
Water fasting not only eliminates obstruction and aids in self-healing, it is also revitalizing and motivating to make a fresh start and, as always, only do under medical supervision.
Gentle ways to detox your body:
Here are some more gentle and safer ways to detox your body. Try them out or incorporate different methods as part your routine.
By increasing circulation, blood flow and releasing stiff muscles, massage can assist in removing toxins from the body. It also feels great!
Change Your Diet
Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic where possible, instead of packaged and fast foods that are high in fats and sugar.
Saunas and ‘heat rooms’ are widely used by many cultures regularly as part of detoxing. It’s a great way of removing toxic buildups in our body cells. Combine with diet, exercise and nutritional supplements and watch your body start to glow.
Again, combining diet, exercise and nutritional supplements, skin brushing is also a gentle way of detoxing. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and the main way that we detox. Skin brushing removes old skin cells, stimulates the lymph system and draws out toxins. Use brush made from soft vegetable bristles – good health food store should stock them.
Brush in the morning before showering for the most benefit.
Different positions lightly massage the internal organs and stimulate them to slowly discharge toxins. Combined with breathing exercise, the bloodstream thoroughly oxygenates thus giving energy and improves the body’s physical process.
These cleansing methods are just a guide to what you can do to improve your health. It is necessary to know why detox is important and understand the different ways on how to detox the body before you begin with the different programs.
Remember to drink lots of fresh water while detoxing and consult a health practitioner before starting any health related program.