Like all humans, you most likely have an accumulation of toxins in your body. Every day our bodies are exposed to harmful substances through the air we breathe, the products we rub on our skin, the foods we eat; or all of the above. Externally, our body has many protective barriers in order to keep these harmful toxins from entering the system – these barriers include our eyelashes, nose hair, saliva and skin. However, when these barriers fail or toxins are ingested, the liver is responsible for metabolizing and removing them from the body. Unfortunately, the lifestyle choices most of us make cause our livers to become overburdened, resulting in many unfavorable symptoms – these symptoms can include acne, bad breath, gas, bloating, diarrhea, headaches, menstruation irregularities and many more undesirable issues.
I’m not trying to scare you or convince you to sell your things and move to the commune down the road. I’m also not encouraging you to head to your local health food store and purchase the latest detox kit on the market. Rather, I want to encourage you to start being mindful of your body and its inner workings. I want to show you ways to easily incorporate simple things into your daily routine that will enhance your body’s natural detoxification process!
Here are 5 simple ways you can detoxify yourself every day:
1. Lemon Water
This is, and will always be, the first thing I recommend my clients to do. By starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water, you help your body flush out any toxins that may be circulating. Toxins are known to increase the production of bad bacteria, and lemon is widely used as an antibacterial. Lemon also helps strengthen the liver which will only further aid the detoxification process.
Beets are rich in the nutrient betaine; and betaine is known to help protect the liver which will aid in the detoxification process. Beets are also rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps protect the system from free radicals.
I personally always include beets in my morning juices; but for those without a juicer, they go great in salads!
Spirulina is a healthy lifestyle must! Spirulina is rich in the essential fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA.) GLA is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce the inflammation caused by an over exposure to toxins. Spirulina also contains high amounts of protein, which helps protect the liver. Lastly, spirulina can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them; this aids in the detoxification process.
Spirulina comes in supplement form and powder form which blends nicely into smoothies. When purchasing spirulina, look for an organically and heavily tested source.
4. Eat green things
Chlorophyll found in dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, chlorella and arugula helps alkalize the diet. By alkalizing the diet, we help reduce the inflammation caused by chemicals, and return the body back to homeostasis. In addition, the fiber found in these vegetables will promote healthy elimination, which will also encourage the detoxification of harmful substances.
One of the body’s main way to eliminate toxins is through our sweat. Therefore, by exercising you are much more likely to kick toxins out of your body! If you’re looking for a workout program that will make you sweat in under 30 minutes, check out my 12 Week Workout Program!