Toxins

Toxins

In this great world we live in today, we are surrounded by new health trends focused on using all-natural and clean methods to help heal our bodies.

One of these trends is detoxifying your body of any particular nasties that may be lurking. While detox methods have been around for centuries, there has been a recent resurgence in the practice of body cleansing.

With how much talk there is about detoxifying your body, I thought it would be a good idea to share some possible detox tips for those looking to try it out.

While there are some detox methods on the more extreme and dangerous side of the spectrum, this blog stays away from those and focuses on practices everyday people can participate in—without feeling like a masochist.

Drink Up!

Drink WaterOne of the more popular cleansing options available is the liquid cleanse. Doing a strict liquid cleanse for a day or two is a healthy way to detox without putting your body through too much torture. (Hey, it could even be considered enjoyable if you are one who fancies fruit and vegetable juices.) You can include anything from pure and organic fruit and veggie juices to puréed soups, miso soup, and oils such as hemp, flax seed, and coconut in your liquid cleanse.

Also, substituting natural green tea for your morning coffee gives your body detoxification support and provides incredible amounts of those healthy antioxidants you hear so much about.

Sweat Baby, Sweat

Exercising regularly is great not only for your heart and circulation but also for looking totally bodacious in a swimming suit. But all that salty sweat exuding from your pores can also help detoxify your body. So if you are looking to detox, spending a few extra minutes blasting your glutes on the StairMaster or pumping out a new personal record on the bench press—while staying properly hydrated, of course—can go a long way in reducing the amounts of toxins in your body.

Another option for sweating out toxins is to jump in the sauna and sit for a few soothing minutes and get your sweat on. But be careful: spending too much time in the sauna, or not being physically fit enough to handle the heat, can be dangerous to your health. So make sure you take extra precaution when taking the sauna route.

Sleep it Off

Sleep is not only the best thing ever, but it is the time when our bodies do the most healing and recovery. Getting the proper amount of sleep gives your body a chance to fight off and cleanse any sneaking toxins—along with a multitude of other health benefits.

ToxinsBesides sleep, getting a deep-tissue massage can aid in the releasing of toxins as well. While I know Helga the masseuse pulverizing your body with her Mjölnir-like fists might not feel immensely pleasurable at the time, the after effects will have you feeling like Milton sipping a Mai Tai on the beach. (I hope at least one of you will get that reference.) All the pressure and pounding on your body during the massage helps increase circulation and breaks up any gathering toxins.

Be Pro Probiotic

Probiotics are well known for helping your digestive and immune system stay strong and healthy by providing “good bacteria” to your gut. Probiotics aid in the operation of your body’s natural detoxification processes and are a viable option when looking for help detoxing your body.

Now if only I knew of a great place to get probiotics? (wink-wink)

De-Liver Me from Toxins

ToxinsThe liver is our very own detoxification station. It is the General Patton in the war against toxins taking place in your body. Since the liver is unequivocally essential in ridding your body of toxins, giving the thing some help every now and then is not a terrible idea.

Consuming veggies like carrots, celery, beets, and bitter greens—along with spices such as cayenne, cumin, and turmeric—can all make your liver happier than Pharrell in a giant cowboy hat.

If you are looking for something perhaps in pill form to help aid your liver with the natural detoxification processes, USANA offers Hepasil DTX™ to maintain healthy liver function.*

I hope this has been helpful to those curious about how to help your body’s natural detoxification process, and if you have any more suggestions or stories about healthy detoxing, please feel free to add them in the comment section!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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