digestive system“Detoxification, sometimes referred to as ‘internal cleansing’ is the process of removing built up toxins from the body. It can be achieved through cleansing diets, cleansing supplements, salt baths body wraps, colonics, and even fancy machines that pull the toxins out of your body through your feet. These different techniques are designed to assist the body’s natural process of removing toxic buildup through the liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin.

Detoxification helps all of the organs and body systems function properly so that the body can properly eliminate toxins. Due to stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and poor lifestyle choices like smoking and excessive alcohol use, the body accumulates more toxins than it can eliminate on its own. These toxins build up in the body and cause many serious problems such as illness, disruption of essential body functions like digestion, and skin problems…”

That was an excerpt from my book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself: Achieve Beauty, Health, and Vitality from the Inside Out and Outside In (available on Amazon!).

Detox is a big part of my life.

It’s often a big part of the work I assist my clients with in my coaching programs…and apparently it’s a big trend right now since many health food stores have entire sections dedicated to detox tools and supplements!

Sometimes it's hard to fit a cleanse into your busy schedule.

Sometimes it’s hard to fit a cleanse into your busy schedule.

While doing a structured cleanse or detox program for a set period of time is often very helpful, it’s not always doable for everybody. Most cleanses involve specific diets, supplements, and I always recommend that my clients allow ample time for rest, meditation, and self-care during a cleanse. It also takes time. Whether it’s a 7 day, 14 day, 30 day, or even a 90 day cleanse, it’s important that you can fit it, as well as preparations before and transitioning after, into your regular schedule.

This is where some people get stuck, because they have to travel for business, or it’s summerand they have to go to barbeques and weddings every weekend, or it’s holiday season and, well, what’s the point? Whatever the reason, they just can’t fit a structured cleanse into their lives at that time.

So what do you do?

My philosophy is that detoxification should be done on a regular basis through the diet and lifestyle methods. While a cleanse is a great way to jump start this process, it’s important that detox is an ongoing effort in order to maintain the results. If you can’t fit in a cleanse, you can still incorporate the following tips into your regular regimen to help your body detoxify on its own. Will you see results as fast as you would with a structured cleanse? Probably not…but you will see results over time, and you will likely be able to sustain these methods for the long-term since they fit right into your lifestyle.

Here are my top 10 ways to help your body detox on its own:

  1. greensAdd more greens into the diet…have green smoothies for or with breakfasts and for afternoon snacks, have a big salad before every meal, have sauteed or steamed greens as a side dish, etc.
  2. Make sure you are drinking enough water at room temperature or warmer–warm water helps to “unclog the drains,” as one of my favorite teachers Dr. John Douillard says.
  3. Add more whole grains into your diet like brown rice and quinoa–the fiber helps move waste out of the body.
  4. Add raw, fermented foods into your diet like a good quality probiotic, kombucha, raw sauerkraut or cultured veggies, coconut water or almond milk kefir (not a big fan of milk kefir or yogurt because the dairy is mucus forming and acidic), or raw apple cider vinegar
  5. Add movement like rebounding, jogging, kundalini or power yoga, or other types of exercise.
  6. Choose one day a week to do a juice fast–real juice made with a juicer, not bottled stuff–this gives your digestive system a break so the body can focus its energy more on detoxifying and healing damaged organs and tissues.
  7. Dry brushing of the skin is great for helping the lymphatic system transport waste to be filtered and then eliminated.
  8. Weekly salt baths (preferably after dry brushing) are fantastic to help the body detox through the skin.
  9. Practice daily breathing exercises like pranayama or Dr. Andrew Weil’s breathing technique HERE–deep breathing is great for stress management, and spiritual and emotional wellness, but it is also great for detoxifying the blood and the respiratory system.
  10. Switching to all-natural cleaning products is a great way to reduce exposure to toxins.

    Switching to all-natural cleaning products is a great way to reduce exposure to toxins.

    Switch to natural and organic products that contain few to no toxic chemicals. Consuming substances like pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones in animal products, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and other nasties is very hard on our bodies–they were not just designed to handle the amount of environmental toxins we are faced with these days on a regular basis. The more we can reduce our intake of these toxins, the more efficiently the body can handle the ones that it produces on its own or that have already accumulated.

Do you have questions about detox or cleanses?

My book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself is full of great information…and if you’d like your questions answered by me personally, you can schedule a one-on-one phone or Skype HH Hash it Out session HERE.

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