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Feeling Sluggish? Ever Wonder How To Detox Naturally Every Day?

10 DAILY DETOX TIPS TO GET RID OF TOXINS NATURALLY

When most of us utter the word detox, it’s usually when we’re bleary-eyed and stumbling out of the wrong end of a heavy weekend. But did you know that your incredible body is naturally designed for a daily detox all the way down to the cellular level?

You read that right. Your body has the natural ability to get rid of toxins without the need for extreme diets or expensive supplements (looking at you, detox tea brands).

So is it good to detox every day?

Let’s break it down! Firstly, it’s important to know that your body is naturally detoxifying all day. You are a self-cleaning machine and, in a healthy state, able to process normal amounts of toxins. In fact, your liver is the most important detoxification machine. It’s made to do this—unless your liver is packed full of fat, sugar or alcohol, it should keep doing its job well.

The fat in your liver is on a one-way street. It can get in, but it can never get out. Even if you lose body weight, the fat in your liver will stay. If you drink alcohol, that can add more fat to your liver.

Next is understanding that toxins in your body come in two forms: endotoxins, the by-products your body makes and exotoxins that come from outside your body. Is it any surprise that you’re exposed to hundreds of worrying chemicals as you go about your daily lives? Many of these toxins don’t flush out of your body easily—the most common are:

  • Alcoholic drinks – acetaldehyde, the product alcohol is broken down into in the body, is toxic and has been shown to damage DNA and impairs the body’s ability to fight off viral infections.
  • Pesticides/chemicals in food
  • PFAS – used to create resistance to stains, water and grease – are commonly found in Non-stick (e.g. Teflon) cookware, pizza boxes and takeout wrappers, waterproof clothes.
  • Flame retardants in furniture, carpets, home insulation, electronics, food packaging.
  • Heavy metals such as mercury, aluminium, cadmium and lead.
  • Bisphenols (including BPA) – the building block of plastic – commonly found in receipts, cans, food packaging, water bottles, toys, furniture and kitchen equipment.
  • Phthalates – used to make plastics more durable – are typically found in cosmetics and personal care products (e.g. shampoo, perfume, nail polish, sanitary pads), food packaging and medical equipment.
  • Pollution, cigarette smoke

For a list of products and ingredients to avoid as well as tips for men, women and teens from the Environmental Working Group, click here.

The frustrating truth

You can’t completely avoid toxic substances when they’re so all-pervasive in modern life: if you refuse that Styrofoam takeout carton, your food will probably be wrapped in PFAS-coated paper instead. You can banish plastic from your fridge and purge your body products, but when you go to the office you’ll probably be sitting in a chair doused in flame retardants.    

That said, you can take small but powerful steps to limit your daily exposure to worrying chemicals. Detox doesn’t always have to be restrictive or even something you’re obliged to do from time to time.

It’s something you can easily do every day which answers the question if a daily detox is good for you—yes to a natural detox with sustainable daily practices and no to pseudo-medical concepts designed as the perfect antidote to fast-food lifestyles and alcohol-lubricated social lives.

And remember, one size doesn’t fit all. Everyone reacts differently to foods, body products, toxins, pollutants and exercise. The best way to detox is to embrace a lifestyle that is entirely balanced.

It is actually that straightforward—here are 10 tips for a natural daily detox:

1. Choose organic food when possible. Learn which conventional fruits and veggies are highest and lowest in pesticides.

2. Avoid plastic especially if it comes into contact with food such as packaging and takeout boxes. Opt for glass or stainless steel containers and beeswax wraps instead, also never microwave food in a plastic container.

3. Use natural household and body hygiene products. If you want to know what chemicals are in your personal care products, click here.

4. Avoid alcohol and consume less sugar and processed foods. Eating a colourful diet rich in plants containing precious nutrients such as phytochemicals, minerals, vitamins and fibres can help support your detox process, more on this below.

Breathwork exercise for gut health

5. Meditate at least 10 minutes a day with some breathwork exercises to help detoxify through the lungs, also maintain a regular exercise schedule to keep your lymphatic system moving.

6. Get your sweat on! Infrared saunas can help to promote a deep, healthy and natural detoxifying sweat.

7. Intermittent fasting can help ignite your body’s detoxing process, assist in weight loss and fat burning! Periods of fasting stimulate cells to cannibalize, known as autophagy which is your body’s natural ability to clean out and recycle cells that are no longer functioning properly.

8. Clean up your air: Did you know that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? More time at home means it’s more important than ever to assess your home and furniture for toxins like flame retardants and PVC. The Environmental Working Group’s Healthy Home Guide lists potential home toxin sources and how to find healthier alternatives.

9. Skin Brushing: Like the circulatory system, the lymphatic system plays a fundamental role in removing metabolic waste and toxins. Using a natural bristle long-handled brush, start at your feet and brush your skin in a sweeping motion up your legs. Continue brushing the skin of your legs, arms and torso, always sweeping towards the heart.

10. Get eight hours of sleep between the hours of 10 PM to 6 AM and avoid eating three hours before sleep as this is when your body does the most detoxification. Remember to drink at least two litres of water per day and ensure the water that you are drinking is as pure as nature intended.

Close your eyes and imagine a colourful feast

The simple truth

The idea of a quick fix sounds appealing, but engaging in lifelong healthier habits really is the best way to cleanse and strengthen your body. The natural detoxification approach works every time, every day and, best of all, without pain. And that’s the purest feeling of all. So say goodbye to feeling sluggish and start your daily detox!

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This article is written by Ashlyne Nair