The goal of a natural detox is to stimulate liver enzymes and increase bowel movements emptying the waste from the intestines and help the kidneys remove the toxins that build up, it can only benefit your body by ridding the body of excess waste and heaviness.
So what better way to do this than by giving your body a natural detox?
With the new year well under way now lots of us have been or are thinking about detoxing.
We’ve all heard it the latest health news about drinking more water, juicing or making a smoothie so our fruit and vegetable intake is increased but how about a slightly alternative natural detox to prevent a toxin build up.
This article is not aimed at loosing weight / dieting but more for reducing toxins that have built up in your body.
So let’s take a look into ways to blend detoxing into your everyday lifestyle naturally with alternative techniques and healthy food.
Ways to treat your body to a Natural Detox
We’ve compiled 7 fantastic ways to treat your body to a natural detox including some great healthy food options….
1. Detox Bath
A simple way to help combat toxins is to take a detoxification bath. Taking a bath in waters containing various healing ingredients can help to release toxins, reduce stress levels, promote energy, increase circulation and well-being.
This bath can be done in your very own bathtub and does not require special equipment. Hot water helps draw toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface. When the water cools, it pulls toxins from the skin.
The ocean, hot springs, mineral and herbal baths have been used for centuries worldwide for their therapeutic effects.
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2. Himalayan Pink Salt
Make sure you hydrate by drinking enough water a day but why not think of adding Himalayan Pink Salt rich in iodine.
By drinking water containing Himalayan Pink salt helps hydration, aids the metabolism function.
It also lowers blood pressure, helps to remove toxins and balances PH levels.
3. Oil Pulling
A traditional Ayurvedic technique of using oil in the mouth like mouthwash this therapy is a natural detox for the body.
For 15 minutes in the morning before brushing your teeth and on an empty stomach, swish about a tablespoon of oil round the mouth until the oil turns milky and thinner. Rinse the mouth with plain water.
DO NOT GARGLE OR SWALLOW THE OIL! Do not spit it down the sink as the plug hole may clog up.
An alternative to sesame or sunflower oil is coconut oil pulling rinse with spearmint if you fancied a better tasting option.
If you’d like to read more about this process we recommend Dr Bruce Fifes book…
4. Aloe Vera
One of natures most effective cleansers is Aloe Vera, full of amino acids, minerals and vitamins, it strengthens digestion and helps detoxify the body naturally by ridding the system of nasty waste.
If pure inner leaf Aloe Vera juice is used there are no negative side effects, drink it either on its own or in a smoothie or your favourite fruit juice.
5. Dry Skin Brushing
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, to improve its health and to improve the skins ability to remove waste via the lymph nodes try dry skin brushing a powerful detoxification aid and may help to support your digestive and organ functions.
When dry skin brushing brush towards the heart, starting with feet and hands and brush towards the chest.
Acupuncture is a method that originated in China over 5000 years ago. It is a holistic practice that is based on the belief of releasing blocked energy or “chi” in living beings.
These energy lines circulate through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians of the body.
Each meridian is associated with a different organ system in your body so the needle insertions in each of these meridians reduce the respective disease associated with that meridian point.
It also happens to be one of the best forms of cleansing, well-known for helping with health issues whilst also great for cleansing any blockages of toxins in the body.
7. Foods to help you detox naturally
It is well-known that the western diet does not contain enough fibre. Try including some of the following in your diet to increase your fibre intake….
1. Artichoke – The edible flower buds of the artichoke helps to detox the kidneys and liver.
3. Flax Seeds are high in fibre stimulating bowel movements two tablespoons of ground flax-seed in your cereal.
2. Daikon Radish helps to remove toxins and clear mucus.
Leafy greens are alkalizing also helping the body to eliminate the body of harmful oestrogen.
Sea Vegetables are like leafy greens which also reduce inflammation in the body.
Fresh Lemon juice taken in warm water or in green tea will sweep toxins from the body.
The herb Rosemary is a powerful liver stimulant doubling the quantity of bile production and therefore rejecting toxins.
Turmeric used in Ayurvedic medicine for liver detoxification, it has been shown to increase the neutralization of toxic chemicals in the liver .
Curcumin the active ingredient in Turmeric increases bile flow and maintains colon health.
Parsley is a blood cleanser and helps protect the liver.
Seaweed used as replacement for the need for more fibre , it helps rid any excess toxins stuck in the small intestine during a detox. Brown seaweed is best and can be taken in tea or soups.
Herbs can be beneficial in the detox process helping to support the liver and kidneys for example…
Dandelion the bright yellow flowers make a sweet tasting tea which is perfect for a natural detox, the leaves are an important diuretic and improves digestion more over drinking dandelion tea helps take away the craving for sweet things.
Red Clover not only a powerful tonic it breaks down the toxins in the lymphatic system.
Nettles supports the kidneys and eliminates waste from liver as well.
Chilli , Ginger, Cinnamon and Cardamon are all good body cleansers and aid the digestion. To help maintain a healthy balance in your body try to use herbs and spices daily in your cooking.
Here’s a couple of recipe suggestions to help you get these ingredients into your diet….
1. Smita Chandra’s Daikon Curry
This delicious curry recipe on Saveur.com can help you get Daikon Radish, Garlic and Turmeric into your diet.
2. Artichoke Hearts Stewed in Olive Oil
Or how about the wonderful Artichoke recipe on Saveur.com that also includes Lemon, Garlic and Parsley.
Green tea is fantastic for a natural detox aid and supports the liver but on the market are a variety of teas that can help the detox process including mixes of green tea and rooibos tea with fruit, spices and berries.
They aid and improve digestion, detoxify the system adding antioxidant goodness to the body.
Dandelion Tea is also well-known for its gentle cleansing effects removing toxins from the liver and kidneys and aiding digestion.
Read more about the surprising benefits of Green Tea and some wonderful herbal tea ideas to try at our post ‘9 surprising health benefits of green tea’
Let us know
Please do let us know how you get on with your detox and if you found this article useful.
And please make sure to share other methods or foods you find great for detoxing….