The word detox has been thrown around very loosely in the health world. I would first like to address that cleansing and detoxing are very different things. The terms cleanse and detox are often used interchangeably, and while they both remove toxins from your body, a detox and a cleanse are two completely different things.
A lot of health professionals don’t believe in detoxing or cleansing. They’ll tell you that your liver and kidneys are their own self-sufficient form of detoxing. Which is true, our liver is the centre of detox. However, I would argue that nowadays there are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals out there and the average woman puts on around 126 synthetic chemicals on her body a day. Think about shampoo/conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, body lotion, makeup, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, and so on. All of these products are absorbed through the skin and can potentially go into the bloodstream.
With all the manmade never-ending list of chemicals that are continuously being made, our bodies were not equipped to handle all those chemicals and our liver is now in need of some help.
Now there are small, every day things we can do to help our body get rid of toxins.
1. Drink Water
Sounds simple doesn’t it? However, most of us aren’t getting enough water. In fact, if you feel thirsty, you’re actually already dehydrated. Drinking water really helps the body eliminate toxins and waste.
How to incorporate it: First thing in the morning, drink a big glass of water. I enjoy mine with some freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemon slices from organic lemons.
2. Dry Brushing
Once you hear all the benefits of dry brushing your skin, you’ll want to start tomorrow morning! Dry brushing helps remove dead skin cells and increases the renewal of new skin cells. It also helps increase circulation throughout the body which can help decrease the appearance of cellulite. Finally, it helps with lymphatic drainage and releasing toxins from the body.
How to incorporate it: in the morning, before you shower, take 5 minutes to do some dry skin brushing. Start from your feet and work your way up using circular motions.
3. Get Rid of Chemicals
This can be easy to do and very important. It’s difficult to control the outdoor chemical exposure but you do have the power to control your chemical exposure within your own home. You can start small and work your way up. By getting rid of common chemicals in your home and switching to more natural, plant-based products, you can help your body naturally detox. By getting rid of these chemicals, it gives your body a break and a chance to rest and regenerate.
How to incorporate it: start small, when you run out of your shampoo/conditioner switch to a non-toxic brand like Carina Organics. When you run out of toothpaste try one like Redmond Earthpaste Amazingly Natural Toothpaste. Swap your harsh chemical cleaners with something vegetable based like Eco Max (or make a homemade version with vinegar, water and essential oils).
4. Food & Fibre
If you can, the best thing to do is buy organic and local as much as possible. Organic produce is grown without using any harmful chemicals, is not genetically modified, generally has more nutrients and often tastes much better.
Fibre is also a great tool to help with cleansing because it will bind the toxins in your body in order to help eliminates them.
How to incorporate it: before grocery shopping, you can look up “The Clean 15” and the “Dirty Dozen” to see which produce items are most sprayed (i.e. which items you should be buying organic). The best way to get all the benefits from fibre is to buy whole flax seeds and grind it up. Add the ground flax to smoothies, salads, yogurt, just about anything!
5. Sweat it Out
Exercise is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to sweat. You don’t need a gym membership or any fancy equipment. All you have to do is just get moving. Another way to sweat out all the toxins is is an infrared sauna. This is more of a luxury if you can access one. A lot of gyms and health centres now have saunas. If you have access to a sauna, it has many benefits including sweating out toxins that have built up in your body.
How to incorporate it: Move however you can, whenever you can. Even if it’s a 15 minute twice a day walk or a 30 minute exercise class. It’s best to get outside in nature but if you can’t, do what works for you! If you have access to a sauna, enjoy sitting back and sweating it out.
Finally, as a bonus, you can help support your liver with different remedies and herbs such as Turmeric, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Schisandra, Yellow Dock Root and Chicory Root.