Maybe you’re wondering why I’ve included this in personal growth, or maybe not. But, here it goes anyways. Bottom line, health is a part of living a full life as well as looking at ways to be a better person (what I usually include in personal growth). From what I’ve noticed, that detoxing my body makes me feel better about the way I look and feel, thus making me be more confident and productive. I thought it would be important to share with all of you. I hope you feel that way too.
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Though recently it has gained a lot of attention and become a trend, the idea of detoxifying the body is nothing new. Detoxing is the process of removing toxins from the body. There are endless amounts of new “cleanses” and “full body detox” fad diets, but thats not really what I’m here to talk about.
The bottom line is that there is always a need to get rid of toxins that build up in the body, thought we don’t take time to really think about it. And, if we do, we usually attribute it to smoking or living a lifestyle with bad habits. Although that plays a part, we are all taking in toxins without realizing each day.
We breathe in environmental toxins, as well as toxins in the things we eat and drink every day. After a while, this is taxing on our health. It’s important to note that a cleanse once in a while isn’t the only way to detox. This post is all about getting to that healthy lifestyle and helping our bodies out every single day.
Here are a list of five simple things that I am adding to my daily routine to help detox my body, and you can too:
1. Go in the sauna:
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According to health professionals, the sweating promoted by a sauna can help your body get rid of built up wastes and harmful toxins. Going in the sauna can help with skin cleansing, purification, and blood circulation. The natural heating of the body is an immune response that functions to kill harmful microorganisms in the body (livestrong). By raising the body temperature within the sauna, it will cleanse the body of invasive bacteria. As well, saunas can help blood circulation by gradually increasing the heart rate while the relaxation opens the blood vessels, similar to a cardiovascular workout. Lastly, the sweating and increased circulation stimulated in the sauna can help purify the body of unwanted toxins such as heavy metals and toxins from food, water, and air built up over time.
Add this to your gym routine, and go in two times per week for the suggested amount of time. Replenish with lots of water.
2. Drink hot lemon water:
Kick-start the day with a cup of hot lemon water. Lemons are proven to boost your immune system, balance pH, high in pectin fiber which help hunger cravings, and acts as a gentle, natural diuretic (mindbodygreen). Drinking a cup in the morning, before coffee (for me), is an important choice that I’m adding to my morning routine to help start my morning off right.
3. Apple cider vinegar (pills):
Adding apple cider vinegar to your daily routine has proven to have many incredible health benefits as listed here. By taking an apple cider vinegar pill in the morning it will not only help detoxify the liver, but it will also help break up the mucus and cleanse your lymph nodes, and can aid in weight loss. Take one in the morning and start your day off right!
4. Drink cold water with lemon and ginger:
A few years ago, the lemon and cayenne diet, also known as the lemonade diet from the Master Cleanse, was an extremely popular weightless detox. Let me be clear, this is not what I am suggesting. This Master Clense, is recommended that it should be consumed alone for 10 days. This diet naturally lead to rapid weight loss, but has no long lasting benefits.
What I am suggesting is a less extreme approach that is more effective. The ingredients of cayenne pepper and lemon are ideal for detoxing the body when used as a supplement to your lifestyle. Lemon is proven to help smooth digestion while cayenne pepper helps with the aid of capaicin, which is a compound that has been quite popular in the science world (thealternativedaily). Together this mix can help defend against bacteria, lower blood pressure, aid in digestion, and boosts immunity, and stimulates liver.
Add this in when you have a little snack or drink throughout the day with food, not in replacement!
5. Detox bath:
Now, I’m not usually a bath person, but these are quite nice. Try to take one a week and just sit back, relax, and let the detoxing happen from the outside in. Here’s the perfect detox bath recipe:
- 2 cups of Epsom salt: these will draw the toxins out through your pours
- 2 cups of baking soda: the naturally alkalizing substance also helps to remove toxins
- 1 tbsp of ground ginger: ground ginger (although it seems odd) heats-up your body temperature, encouraging perspiration, again releasing toxins.
- 4 drops of an essential oil: Pick any essential oil of your choice, all having different scents and specific healing purposes, but all possessing that detoxification quality.
I hope these little tips and tricks help you naturally detox your body on a daily basis. The aim here is not to help with weight loss but to promote a healthy body and immune system. Add these to your routine and comment on how you do!