One of the four main causes of disease and illness is toxins in the body. Whether that’s from prescription or over the counter medication, food or water, most people can benefit from a detox to provide extra energy and vitality. There have been many detoxification methods used by civilisations through the ages, often alongside other aids like yoga and medication. Modern life can be a toxic business and so it is always a good idea to develop a detoxing regimen that you can used from time to time to make you feel and look your best. Here are five ways to detox naturally.
The liver is key in helping to filter toxins from the blood but in fact the filtering process is also undertaken by the intestine, the lungs and the kidneys. The whole of your body will thank you for detoxing and intermittent fasting might be a great boost. One way to do this will be a day fast where intake is limited over a set period, usually about 8 hours, perhaps eating from 10 am and 6 pm and then fasting and not eating again till 10 am the next day. Another method would be to eat limited calories over two to three days where you drink only water or perhaps fruit juice. if you have decided to use fruit juice then it is a good idea to have freshly squeezed juice rather than something with a lot of additives and preservatives in it.
- Boosting blood flow
The stimulation of the natural detox systems in your body can be boosted a lot by increased blood flow. You can achieve this by doing any kind of exercise that suits you. Another tip is a foam roller. This device can be rolled over muscles so that circulation will be increased and blood flow encouraged. This in turn will give your digestive system and your liver a kick start and have those toxins rushing for the exit!
- Take a long hard look at your diet
Detoxing periodically is no substitute for eating a healthy diet all of the time. That means staying away from saturated fats and refined sugars as well as keeping an eye on how much alcohol and caffeine you consume. If you smoke giving up smoking is a really vital step towards staying detoxed and healthy. Processed foods are the very worst for you so when you are detoxing and even when you’re not you should give them a very wide berth.
- Get enough sleep
You will often hear how important sleep is to your health and that really is very true. You should try to keep regular sleeping hours and when you sleep, slumber in a well-ventilated dark room without any tech on hand. Fluctuating between early mornings and lie-ins disrupt your body clock so you should try to stick to roughly the same getting up and going to bed each day. it is while you are asleep that your body is doing the work for you, so give it the best chance to do its thing!
- Try to eliminate stress
I know that this is often easier said than done, life is very stressful for most of us but the truth is that when you’re stressed your body is thrown out of balance and being stressed will trigger cortisol release. Cortisol is a hormone that has been linked directly to many impacts on health, none of them positive! Some of these negative impacts will include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Weight gain
- heart disease
- high cholesterol
If you can limit the amount of cortisol circulating in your blood stream then you will be well on the way to getting rid of other unpleasant toxins.
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