Individuals detox the body through fasting, pricey herbs and supplements, expensive juices, raw fruits and vegetables, and colon cleanses to remove toxins from the body. Although they claim to enhance mental alertness and physical energy, there is little supportive evidence. In the absence of specific disease states, the kidneys and liver do a wonderful job in filtering and eliminating harmful waste and byproducts. The result of detoxes, especially long-term, can be damaging. Excluding healthful foods from the diet such as whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can result in muscle loss and nutrient deficiencies.
Here are some ways to detoxify your body.
Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
Drink at least two quarts of water a day, made easy by bringing our 32 oz. Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle with you everywhere you go!
Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.
Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.
Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.
Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate waste through perspiration.
Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.
What’s the most important way to detoxify? "Exercise," says Bennett. "Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day." Also try Qigong, a martial arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.
Detoxes can ultimately make the body and wallet feel a little empty.