7 Detox Ideas for a better you in 2023 | Part One
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The air you breathe and the food you eat to the exposure of potentially toxic chemicals like cleaning agents and even your favourite night face cream.
Fortunately, your body is well-equipped to eliminate toxins and doesn’t require special diets or expensive supplements to do so.
Here are some of the main benefits of detoxification:
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Clear skin
- Fewer cravings
- Lower inflammation
- Better digestion
- Weight loss
Now, let’s look at 7 detox ideas that promise all of the above is possible within one lifetime!
Drop A Sweat, Baby!
Regular exercise help flush toxins from your body, and through more than just making you sweat! Exercise increases lipolysis (the breakdown of fat), releasing toxins stored in your fat tissue.
Exercise can help your body’s systems — including its detoxification system —function properly and protect against disease. But mobilizing toxins isn’t necessarily a good thing, particularly if you’re unequipped to get rid of them. You want to be sure you’re getting rid of toxins, not just moving them to a different part of your body.
Working out addresses the issue to a degree: it improves circulation, providing more oxygen to your liver and kidneys so they can better filter out toxins. You can also give your system even more support and pull out bad stuff with the right diet, but we will cover that part later on.
It’s recommended that you do at least 150–300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise — such as brisk walking; or 75–150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity — such as running.
A Spa Day
Sweating does more than cool you off, and sauna is another good way to do it while you relax. By sweating you can also get rid of both heavy metals and xenobiotics (foreign compounds like plastics and petrochemicals) in small but significant amounts.
Soaking in natural hot springs and mineral-rich pools will certainly relax your muscles and lower your blood pressure, but are there more benefits?
Yes, thanks to the high concentration of certain minerals and other helpful substances in them. For example, waters in the Blue Lagoon (Iceland) are rich in silica, algae, and mineral salt, which strengthens, renews, and moisturizes the skin. The geothermal pool cured many psoriasis patients and it is known to have beneficial effect on the detoxification system. Another example is the Dead Sea (Israel) with its high levels of magnesium, calcium and bromine. It provides relief for people with skin allergies, bronchial problems, and even arthritis. Like in the Blue Lagoon, mineral-rich mud is found in the base of hot springs streams in the area.
We recommend you to reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods, and eat antioxidant-rich foods. Also decrease your salt intake and try to eat foods
high in prebiotics. Overwhelming much? Don’t worry, we’ll simplify it for you.
High consumption of sugary and highly processed foods has been linked to obesity and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Such diseases can prevent your body’s ability to naturally detoxify itself.
Consuming too much salt, can increase water retention. While it may sound
counterintuitive, you can eliminate excess water by increasing your intake of water and potassium-rich foods.
On the other hand, eating a diet rich in prebiotics and antioxidants keeps your digestive system healthy, which is important for proper detoxification and immune health. Good food sources of prebiotics include tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oats. Antioxidant-rich foods and can also help your body reduce damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that damage our cells and can be found in processed food, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pollution, etc. There is no way we can protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the free radicals but by eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Examples of such foods are dark chocolate and berries (especially strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and goji berries), nuts, beans, artichoke, kale,
spinach and others.
If you wish to continue reading, here is Part Two with more detox ideas!
Hope you find this information useful and if so, please leave a comment below.
How do you detox? Do you have a detox ritual every January? We are eager to hear!
We advise you to consult a doctor before drastically changing your diet or way of living.