Thinking about doing a detox? There are countless ways to detox our body – some more rigorous than others – but did you know you can also detox by doing a few simple things each day? These 10 simple ways to detox everyday are easy to incorporate into your daily regime.
Okay… I have a question for you! What do you know about “detox”? I’ve talked to tons of people over the years about detoxification, and I have to say that many tend to equate it with laxatives. When I used to work at a health food store, one of the most popular questions I’d get asked is “what do you have for detox?” and after asking them a few questions, it was quickly understood that they were looking for something to cleanse their system from chronic constipation. Basically, what kind of pooping-pills did we have in stock?
I totally get it, and having healthy bowel movements is actually really important when it comes to detox (we’ll get into that in a moment), but the true meaning of detoxification is simply the process carried out by the body to safely eliminate toxins and other potentially harmful compounds. A big thank you to our liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, and digestive system for taking the lead on this big task. So, it’s a little more complex than just taking a laxative!
Detoxification is simply the process carried out by the body to safely eliminate toxins and other potentially harmful compounds.
Our bodies are constantly detoxing behind the scenes without us even knowing it – filtering and processing and elimating all throughout the day via urine, stool, sweating and exhaling, BUT, the reality is that we live in a pretty toxic world, and the various pollutants that we’re exposed to can add up over time and create a lot of stress on our liver and other organs.
Although there are many ways we can undergo more rigorous detoxification regimes, today I want to share 10 simple ways to detox everyday – little things we can do on a regular basis that have a huge impact on our body!
10 Simple Ways to Detox Everyday
Drinking plenty of water every day aids in flushing out toxins and keeps our digestion functioning optimally which is KEY for eliminating waste. For extra liver support, you can add a squeeze of lemon or spoonful of apple cider vinegar to your water in the morning to helps boost liver detox enzymes!
2. Move Your Body
Moving your body each day is a big part of supporting detox, because when we move we increase our heart rate, improve circulation, and sweat! Sweating is one of our bodies greatest methods of detoxification. Start small if you aren’t already moving regularly, such as a brisk 15-30 minute walk after dinner or in the morning, or choose an activity that you love! I just started ballet classes a couple months ago and I’m in LOVE with it.
3. Get Some Houseplants
Like I mentioned, our lungs are a big part of detox and the air we breathe is really important when it comes to the amount of toxins or pollutants we’re exposed to. One thing we can do to improve the air we breathe is to get some houseplants!
Houseplants aren’t just wonderful to have around you to green up your space, there are many species of plants that are air purifiers. Yep. Here are some of my favourites.
- spider plant
- snake plant
- boston fern
- peace lily
4. Eat Your Fibre
Fibre, namely insoluble and soluble, both help to detoxify our body. Insoluble fibre is like a scrub brush in our colon, brushing waste material along, and soluble fibre is like a sponge, absorbing and pushing material and toxins through. It’s really important to prevent constipation by consuming adequate amounts of fibre when it comes to detoxing efficiently, since our digestive system plays such a big role in eliminating toxins and waste.
Of course, when it comes to sources of fibre I’m talking about all our leafy greens, fruit and vegetables here, but also consider eating ground flaxseed, chia seeds or hemp seeds for extra fibre, too.
5. Choose Cleaner Products
One of the biggest ways we expose ourselves to toxic chemicals is through the beauty or household products we use on a regular basis. The solution? Make some swaps! I have a [vid] on non-toxic skincare essentials for the basics, but keep it simple and swap one product at a time.
A good example is to start with swapping a perfume-laden moisturizer with a simple fruit oil like jojoba or avocado.
6. Dry Skin Brush
Dry skin brushing is literally the act of brushing your skin while it’s dry! If you’ve never done this before it may seem strange, but it’s a fantastic way to slough of dead skin cells, improve circulation, and stimulate the lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is simply a network of vessels where lymph fluid drains from the tissues into the blood, and ensuring it’s not stagnant is a major part of detox.
How to do it: Brush gently toward the heart in circular motions on dry skin before shower. Up the arms, up the legs, down the back and chest. It only takes a minute or two!
7. Add Chlorella to Your Smoothie
Chlorella is blue-green algae that acts as a chelator for intoxicants – chelate meaning like a claw – allowing them to be effectively removed from body. Everybody is different and you don’t necessarily need to consume chlorella every day, but it’s a great superfood to have in your cupboard to throw in your smoothies from time to time, such as this Triple Green Detox Smoothie! A little goes a long way. 1/2 tsp will do!
8. Eat Turmeric
This beautifully orange pigmented root is excellent for liver support and detox. Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin that is very anti-inflammatory and helps the liver more efficiently detoxify compounds and carcinogens. It’s often found in powder and can easily be added to a smoothie or cooked with in a variety of dishes.
9. Eat More Beets
Beets are one of the most liver-loving vegetables! Beets are rich in antioxidant-rich pigments that protect liver cells – and all cells in our body – from free radical damage. They also contain a phytonutrient called betaine that helps support detox. Eat ’em in salads, throw them in smoothie, or side dish with dinner.
10. Reduce Alcohol
When it comes to supporting liver function and detox, reducing alcohol intake is a no brainer. I know it’s the summertime and it can be a little tricker to avoid drinks with friends or family, but if you’re thinkin’ about detox, alcohol is very hard on the body and liver. Reduce intake or give yourself a break, and if you are planning to drink, opt for club soda or sparkling water with your drink instead of sugary blends.
These are some of my favourite ways to detox everyday, and I hope you’ll incorporate one or two of them! Check out my video below for more info:
Do you eat any of these foods or use any of these tips to detox?
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