8 Ways To Detox Your Body
Detoxification, or detoxing, may seem to be a modern health and wellness fad, but the practice has been in use in a variety of cultures around the world for centuries. Your body’s natural mechanisms already do a great job at eliminating toxins, but certain lifestyles make it a lot harder to do so successfully. Detox methods don’t take much, but a few simple changes can help your body’s detoxification systems to perform at its best.
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1. See the light
Light is a powerful healer. Your body absorbs the sun’s radiation to heal and create essential vitamin D to support organ and brain function, and other light sources, such as red light therapy, have been shown to support pain relief, improve your complexion and reduce stress. Some light therapy techniques can even reduce symptoms of seasonal affective disorder and relieve depression and anxiety, which slow down your immune system.
2. Get some rest
Your body’s natural detoxification systems work best when in a state of recharge and relaxation, so sleep is of the utmost importance to ensure your body can remove toxins and complete these processes to prevent buildup of harmful waste byproducts. You should aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night to keep your health at a suitable baseline and prevent sleep deprivation, and its consequences, from hindering your wellness.
3. Cut back on alcohol
In moderation, a small amount of alcohol won’t cause severe health problems. However, your liver is a vital organ when it comes to your body’s detoxification system, and upwards of 90% of an alcoholic drink is metabolized through your liver. Avoiding alcohol entirely is the best way to avoid putting any further strain on your liver, but even a limit of just one drink a day can improve liver function.
4. Stay hydrated
Water is used in nearly all of your bodily systems, and it’s a vital fuel for the cells responsible for removing toxins from your body. Toxic waste is transported out of your body with the help of water, so aim to drink about three liters of water every day.
5. Eat for nutrition
Without essential nutrients, your body struggles to perform even the most basic functions. To give yourself the best chance at detoxification, and to give yourself a nutritional boost, focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods that are rich in antioxidants, which help to protect our cells by minimizing the damage caused by harmful free radicals.
6. Try fasting
When you go without food for a designated period of time, you give your organs a break to focus on other processes. Fasting should never be done for long durations, but the process of intermittent fasting has been shown to help your body detox. Intermittent fasting uses planned periods of fasting, along with an eating window, to reap the benefits of going hungry without causing any harm or putting your body under too much strain.
7. Practice stillness
Stress and anxiety trigger the release of hormones that activate your nervous system and put your body into high alert. When your systems are activated in a fight or flight state, your detoxification system takes a backseat. Take measures to minimize the effects of stress by breathing deeply, stretching, journaling, reading or performing any soothing activity that gives your system time and space to relax.
8. Get moving
Your metabolism is involved in a large number of processes–not just weight loss. When your heart starts pumping and your blood starts flowing to your muscles, your system sweats out toxins through your pores and oxygen can flow to your internal systems. Exercise also helps to reduce internal inflammation, which is often a sign of infection or the presence of toxins. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, and the more consistently you get moving, the more your body can benefit.
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