5 Simple Steps to Detoxify Your Body Daily and Live Healthy
From the air we breathe to the food we consume to the water we drink, toxins are everywhere today. While we can’t eliminate our exposure to everyday toxins, it’s important to strengthen our body and enhance its ability to remove these toxins.
Detoxification is the body’s natural way to metabolize, repair and remove toxins on its own. But with increasing toxin exposure and rising stress levels, the body can’t do all the detoxification. That’s why it is recommended to perform some simple, daily actions to detoxify on your own and enjoy a healthier, cleaner body.
Here are five easy steps to make it easier for your body to detox on a daily basis.
1. Drink a glass of water with 1 squeezed lemon first thing in the morning
Stay hydrated. Stay refreshed.
You can do a big favour to your body by drinking a lot of water. Staying hydrated is important to many vital organs. In addition to keeping your body well-flushed of toxins, water intake keeps your skin healthy and you can also sleep better.
While on the subject of detoxification, it is important to learn that the liver is our main detox organ. D-limonene (an antioxidant found in the rind of citrus fruits like lemon) supports healthy liver function to naturally improve the detox process. Simply add a drop or two of lemon juice or oil to your drinking water each morning to benefit from d-limonene.
Dr. Maria’s Tip:
Each day, you should aim to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water. Especially in the mornings, a great replacement for caffeine can be a glass of hot water with one squeezed lemon. The lemon water alkalizes your pH, which makes your body inhabitable to disease, and stimulates your digestion and liver cleansing function.
2. Sweat through exercise or sauna
Exercise daily. Sweat regularly.
Commit to a brisk walk, jogging, cycling, swimming or at least 30 minutes on the treadmill every day. This gets your heart rate up and helps you sweat daily. Exercising daily not only makes you feel better but also helps your body boost its natural detoxification process.
The sweating releases toxins from the body, gets the blood moving and ensures a healthy metabolism. You can also work up a sweat in a sauna, steam room, or a hot bath. Just make sure to hydrate before and after sweating.
Dr. Maria’s Tip:
Another way to sweat is by using the sauna which applies Contrast Hydrotherapy (CH) – the process that exposes you to alternating hot and cold temperatures.
Submerging your body in hot air increases the size of your blood vessels. This improves the blood flow and therefore improves the transfer of nutrients and waste, enabling toxins to leave your body through sweat. This in turn strengthens your immune system. If you don’t have the time or inclination to go to a sauna, then simply follow a hot shower with 10 seconds of cold water at the end of your bathing session.
3. Drink herbal teas.
Goodbye caffeine crush, hello herbal tea
Try to skip the morning caffeine crush and begin your day instead with a detoxifying tea.
While green tea has clear detox properties, other herbal teas can help improve your sleep, boost your energy, cleanse your liver and kidneys, and more.
Dr. Maria’s Tip:
Substitute your regular cup of coffee with green tea or herbal teas. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that help rid your liver and body of toxins. You can also try herbal teas that include dandelion root, milk thistle, burdock or Schizandra. Your green tea or any herbal tea helps to detoxify the body, stimulate digestion and increase metabolism.
4. Dry skin brushing before showering.
As the largest organ of your body, the skin is vital for healthy detoxification and proper digestion. Did you know, this is the reason, the skin is also known as the third kidney? Dry skin brushing improves lymphatic drainage, reduces cellulite, promotes digestion, and supports detoxification. You can purchase a skin brush at any store or simply use a dry towel. Dry skin brush daily in the morning before you go into the shower. This helps to remove dead skin cells and release toxins.
Dr. Maria’s Tip:
Try the BSL (Brush, Scrape, and Lather) practice. In addition to dry brushing your skin, you can scrape your tongue to remove toxins, and lather your body with natural soap. This stimulates the lymph canals, particularly if you use a good soap with natural essential oils.
5. Deep Sleep.
Ready, steady, snooze.
We know that life can tend to get busy but don’t let a hectic day come in the way of an adequate dose of ZZZs. There’s nothing like a full night of uninterrupted sleep to wake up all charged up to slay the demons the next day.
Sleep is essential to a healthy, functioning body. It’s when we reset our brain, repair cells and flush out toxins from our liver and kidneys. Awakening well-rested will also encourage you to eat healthier, be more active and have a better mood.
Your body cleanses itself while you sleep, with the liver doing a lot of its dirty work in the early morning hours.
Dr. Maria’s Tip:
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep. Adequate sleep directly equates to better health and performance, and plays a key role in the ability to learn, solve problems and maintain a healthy mental outlook. So don’t skimp on sleep, you deserve the Zzzzzs.
Small act. Big impact.
Everything works well when you clean and recharge it regularly. The same goes for your body too. Take the time to detoxify yourself on a continual basis with these five steps. By taking small, consistent, daily steps, you keep your body detoxified, feeling good, and healthy.
Naturopathy – the proven alternative to detoxify naturally
More people are now realizing the benefits of naturopathy as a serious alternative to treating, managing and preventing a variety of diseases and health problems.
The focus of naturopathic medicine is to always promote wellness rather than merely suppressing the symptoms. To quote Hippocrates, “Nature cures, not the physician.”
An experienced naturopath identifies and treats the underlying causes to restore the body’s normal function and promote overall health. Take the first steps to address your detoxification issues and begin the journey to good health by contacting a reliable Naturopathic doctor.
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Until next time,
Dr. Maria Cavallazzi, N.D