7 Lifestyle Changes (that don't include food) to Include In Any Detox
Gearing up for a Detox?
Do you want to support your body's detoxification pathways, without changing what you're eating?
Add these steps for each of these 7 organ systems to enhance any detox:
- Dry brush the entire body (except the face) before bathing, gently but thoroughly, three times a week.
- Take warm to hot epsom salts baths, using one to two lb. of epsom salts, plus 1 cup. sea salt, once to twice weekly. Drink plenty of water during and after the baths.
- Use vegetable oil soaps and moisturizers rather than animal fat products, which tend to clog skin pores. Olive oil soap anyone?
- Choose herbal deodorants, if needed, instead of antiperspirants, which inhibit sweating, a natural and important avenue of body detoxification. In the very least, choose deodorants that eliminate aluminum. Speak with your ND to learn how you can clean up your insides well enough to go deodorant free without odours!
- Practice deep relaxed breathing twice daily (before rising in the morning and falling asleep in the evening are often convenient times). Techniques: while lying on back, place one hand over the chest and the other on the lower abdomen: inhale deeply; first feel the lower lungs fill with air as the lower hand rises, then the upper lungs fill as the upper hand rises; exhale deeply; feel the upper than lower lungs empty of air.
- Do aerobic exercise (according to your individual’s fitness level). This may be walking, running, biking, swimming, or aerobic dance, for example. Sessions should last 20-45 minutes and be done three to five times weekly.
- Limit substances that especially burden the liver such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, preservatives, and dyes. Also take into account environmental toxins such as car exhaust, chemical fumes, and work-related toxic substances.
- Eat raw beets and artichokes weekly, because they nourish the liver.
- Eat raw vegetables, salads and fruit daily to decrease the transit time of food wastes through the gut.
- Include high fiber natural grains in the daily diet, such as rice, oats, barley, millet, and quinoa, which help soften stool and increase absorption of toxins into stool
- Note that aerobic exercise also helps to positively regulate bower function.
- Limit dietary intake of highly processed foods, which tend to constipate and increase the body’s toxic load.
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily, preferably filtered (at least carbon filtered, like a Britta), or Spring water.
4 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM: THE KING OF DETOXIFICATION
- Perform a regular stretching program to release muscle imbalances and constrictions, which in turn, increases the blood and lymphatic circulation. Get inspired by yoga and tai chi for stretching program ideas.
- Receive regular massage therapy, once weekly is ideal, to increase blood and lymphatic circulation. You could even get a lymphatic massage, which certain massage therapists attain extra, regulated training in.
- Finish a hot shower with a one-minute cool or cold-water rinse, which causes a superficial circulatory flush and stimulates the central nervous system.
- Deep breathing exercises, through the movement of the diaphragm, helps “pump” the lymphatics, improving drainage of the entire system.
- Throughout the day if experiencing stress, stop and sit quietly, take three deep breaths as described earlier, allow the shoulders to drop, and imagine tension flowing down and out of the body through the soles of the feet. Practice biofeedback and/or relaxation techniques that invoke the relaxation response.
- Take 15 minutes to one hour a day, to be quiet and allow the mind to be still. Process your feelings, thoughts, and emotions by writing them down, drawing, or acknowledging them. Help yourself identify what you are worried about? What are you anticipating? Why do you feel that way? And spend time appreciating the moment and listing 5 things you are grateful for.
The list may be long but these added techniques will go a long way in helping you detox and regulate handling toxins from your day to day life.