Natural, Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Body This Spring: Clean Out, Clear Out, and Feel Great!
Yay! Spring has sprung! Am I the only one who feels a little stressed at this time of year, though? I mean....soon it will be time to lose the cold weather clothes and turn to shorts, skirts, and skin-baring items. Am I the only one who feels a little insecure about this?
I'll be honest: I dread this time of year because I just don't feel ready to show off the parts! So what's a girl (especially on older one) to do? How about taking some action steps to do an easy and fast Spring Detox? These detoxification habits will help you look and feel your best in time for the heat of Summer (or any time)!
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What IS Detoxing, Anyway?
There's a lot of random information out there about detoxification. What the heck does that mean, anyway? There is also an awful lot of hype that pushes commercial products that promise to "cleanse" your body. These folks want us to believe we need to go buy special (and often expensive) things to detox our body. That's just not the case!
Detoxification happens in our bodies every day, like it or not. There are things we can do to help our bodies become a lot more efficient at detoxifying!
Here's a bit about detoxifying you may not know and lots of easy ways to support your body in this natural process:
It's all about the Liver! (And supporting players like the kidneys, lungs, and lymphatic system.)
Yep. Your liver is a special organ. It is responsible for filtering out impurities and poisons from your system. It's a very complicated process, but just know that your liver is the main organ that supports your body in this process. Other organs help support the liver in this important function of detoxification.
This also means that any herb that supports the liver, any food or activity that helps flush toxins from your body (kidneys, lungs, lymph)---will be helping the liver out, and therefore, the natural detoxifying of your body.
According to Dr. Lipman of Be Well, "Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform, or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body."
Essentially, reducing the amount of toxins going into our bodies, while at the same time supporting the body's natural detoxification process, is what detoxification is all about.
Here are my favorite natural ways to stay internally "clean" so to speak.
How to Naturally Detoxify Your Body This Spring
I'm relating these tips to Spring---but don't be fooled. These are things you can be doing all year round to keep your body clean and in tip-top shape!
1) Use Herbs
There are some great herbs God gave us that support our bodies, keeping our liver and blood clean and purified. These include herbs such as Nettle, Dandelion, Burdock, Milk Thistle, and others.
Herbs in this category are often diuretics, which flush excess fluids from the body, taking poisons along too! How great is that? Not only do these herbs support the liver (and therefore the blood), but also the kidneys, which are major helpers for our liver.
Generally, herbs that support liver and kidney function are also highly nutritive, in most cases. Herbs like dandelion and nettle fit this profile.
And these herbs are inexpensive, too! It's easy to make your own herbal detox tea to drink every day. It really is! Here is an article for the herbal detox recipe I use and that I've shared with many people over the years.
2) Get Your Citrus On
Citrus fruits are GREAT for supporting the kidneys and liver. Especially lemons!
Lemons are known as an "anionic" fruit, which basically means that they have more negative ions than positive ones. What this means for us in the detoxing process is that they support the anionic fluids in our own bodies, such as bile, saliva, and stomach acid, by mirroring their actions.
This helps the entire digestive process!
The best way to use citrus is to squeeze fresh lemon juice into your water. Or eat a grapefruit every day.
Or, to make it even easier if cutting up and squeezing lemon isn't something you have time for (and I know how that is), just use a great quality organic lemon juice! (The link for that lemon juice is to Amazon, and I like it because it is NOT from concentrate--which means it's been far less processed.)
3) You're HOT: Get Sweaty!
Perspiration helps get rid of toxins! Not just a little "mist," but a really good sweat. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day that produces a good sweat if you can. If this isn't possible, then sitting in a sauna if you have one available can help.
Did you know that any toxins your liver and kidneys can't flush out will get stored in your fat cells? (Cellulite, anyone?)
That's where exercise and perspiration can really help the body stay clean in a healthy and natural way.
The sweat carries out excess toxins that your liver and kidneys can't deal with because there's just too much of a toxic load from eating processed foods, drinking alcohol, pollution, and chemicals in our environment.
4) Eat Dark Leafy Greens
What a simple thing to do every day, right? Dark, leafy greens are filled with great minerals and nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and certain vitamins that are an integral part of the detoxification process.
The chlorophyll in the green leaves (what causes the green color) also helps remove chemical toxins from our bodies. These include heavy metals and other disturbing chemical poisons our body absorbs through the skin, drinking water, and physical items such as plastics.
Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, bok choy, spinach and kale, are especially powerful in supporting the detoxification process.
If you have trouble getting enough of these leafy greens into your daily food and meals, then consider adding a green smoothie to your daily regimen? There are lots of recipes out there!
5) Spice It Up
You can add spices such as ginger and turmeric to your foods and drinks every day! There have been clinical studies that indicate that spices such as these not only have anti-inflammatory properties, but they can also help support detoxification.
In fact, toxins cause inflammation. If you get rid of the toxins---well, then you help your body get rid of inflammation too. See how this all goes hand in hand?
You can also get your organic culinary spices from Starwest Botanicals. They carry a lot more than medicinal herbs, my friend! Explore their impressive website!
6) Hydrate Yourself
You knew this was coming, right? Yep. Drink more water. Drinking more water helps flush out your system like nothing else.
Water is the best thing you can drink. But if you are not into "plain" water, then try adding some juice or herbs that don't have caffeine to enhance the taste.
7) Try Fasting
Mr. V. is big on this one. As for me, not so much. I like to eat. Also, there is no scientific evidence that fasting helps the body detoxify.
But. With that said, I will occasionally fast, and I especially like Intermittent Fasting. There are many ways to fast, and I suggest doing some research if you think this may be a good thing for your body.
I am including it here because there is a large group of people who believe fasting does help support the body in its detoxification efforts. The way this may work is because of the fact that the body's energies can be turned toward other important functions (such as detoxification) rather than the hard work of digestion.
Here are a couple of books I've read about Intermittent Fasting that I've enjoyed and have helped me understand it better: The IF Diet by Robert Skinner (IF = Intermittent Fasting) and What, When, Wine by Melanie Avalon (a fun read, too).
8) Stay Away from Toxins!
If we don't put the toxins in our bodies in the first place....well, then there's going to be a lot less garbage for our poor livers to handle, right?
Some toxins we just can't avoid. Environmental pollution, packaging on products, chemicals in commercial items, flooring, paint, the list goes on and on and on.
But some toxins we CAN avoid. Here's a short list:
Sugar is toxic to our bodies. ANY kind of sugar. Yes, one can argue that there are "healthy" sugars, such as raw honey, but the research is in. The fact of the matter is that sugar is a toxin. Period.
I will say, for myself, if I am going to eat sugars, then I will choose raw honey or molasses over any other kind. Or organic cane sugar (non-GMO).
I could write a book about this! The S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) is one of the most heinous and crippling debacles ever shoved down the citizens of America's collective throats.
And that's all I'm going to say about that here, except PLEASE click through to read How to Clean Up Your Diet (Bad to Best Foods in Nine Food Categories).
You'll get a succinct way to start cleaning up your diet to improve your health---and reduce the kinds of toxins going into your body at the same time.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs:
I know. I like my wine too. But still.
These things above are all toxic to our bodies, and our liver has to work extra hard to clean your innards up when you partake of these items.
There are other toxins out there---Things like gluten, GMO's, and foods that are not organic (meaning they may be sprayed with pesticides or have been grown with chemical fertilizers) are all examples of many things we need to watch out for.
So what CAN you eat? Try to stick with real whole foods.
Final Thoughts About Detoxing Your Body Naturally
A clean inside is just as important as a clean outside. And I'm writing this as much (o.k--more) for myself than for you. I need to get my act together here.
As a mid-lifer with a few extra pounds to lose, the typical "meno-pot" going on, and no extra time for exercise or self-care----I KNOW how hard it is to pay attention to All. The. Things.
BUT: I think these eight ways to detoxify yourself, or at least give your special liver the support it needs and could use, are pretty easy to start implementing.
What I'm going to do is to start doing one or two per week until I get them all fit in. Some of these things I already do anyway, but I would like to be a little more well-rounded. Wouldn't you?
What do you think of these ideas? Is there anything you'd like to add? Please leave comments in the comments section----
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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