Most people regularly clean their houses, but sprucing up your body with a cleanse can help remove toxins and optimize your health. How do you know if you need to detox? You might feel foggy, have digestive issues, experience intense fatigue, have stress, sleep poorly, smell worse than usual or have trouble losing weight.
Giving your body a rest from chemical burdens can improve your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Here are five steps to detox from chemicals.
1. Give Your Body a Break with Fasting
Your body is constantly bombarded with chemicals. Eliminating as many unnatural toxins as possible through diet and lifestyle changes can give you a chance to rest from the inside out.
Fasting can serve as a reset to help your blood sugar, hormones, gut flora and digestive activity stabilize. If you don’t feel well when you haven’t eaten, you don’t have to fast for a long time.
Many people experience results when they fast post-dinner until brunch the next day. You could also try eating an early supper one night and doing a juice cleanse or smoothie cleanse until dinner the next evening.
Moving waste through your gut is important when you’re doing a body cleanse to flush out toxins. If you’re dehydrated, your body will try to hold onto water, and your digestion will slow down. Drinking plenty of non-caffeinated, low-sugar beverages throughout the day, such as water and herbal tea, will help everything move in the right direction: out of your body.
3. Focus on Superfoods
When you’re doing a detox, what you put into your body is just as important as what you remove. Superfoods can enhance some of your body’s natural functions, encouraging it to eliminate chemicals and absorb the compounds that it needs to function optimally.
Some superfoods to consume when you’re doing a cleanse include:
- Lemons – Vitamin C stimulates the liver and increases blood circulation.
- Watercress, parsley and cilantro – These herbs are rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Berries – These fruits are packed with antioxidants.
- Cabbage – Soothes the stomach and cleanses the gut
4. Support and Detox the Liver
A liver cleanse helps detoxify the body and prepare you to introduce foods back into your system, which is especially important if you’ve fasted. Because the liver converts toxins into waste products, it can become taxed, especially if you have been overindulging.
Milk thistle reduces inflammation in the liver. Turmeric protects the liver against damage.
Caring for your liver will help it filter waste products efficiently. It will also ensure the proper balance of digestive enzymes, which can help with nutrient absorption and metabolism.
5. Establish a “New Normal” With Superfoods and Healthy Habits
Superfoods aren’t just for the detox period. After your cleanse is over, think about the new habits that you’re bringing with you. Maybe you’ll add fresh parsley and berries to one smoothie a day. Perhaps you’ll switch to organic foods to avoid eating pesticides. Using natural cleaning and personal care products can also go a long way toward a less toxic approach to living.
Many of us wind up so wrapped up and consumed by our daily tasks, that it often winds up being to the detriment of our health.
If you’ve been feeling weighed down lately, a detox may be just what you need to give your body new life.