Detoxifying or detoxing, is the process of neutralizing/removing toxins from your body. Let’s take a look at some natural detoxifying methods.
Sweating is a form of detoxing. Our bodies produce almost 1 liter of sweat per day. Any type of exercise that can raise the heart rate and make you sweat will help detoxify the body as well as release feel-good endorphins that will make you happier. Now that’s what I call a double whami.
Perspiring can help fight off bugs that may cause colds. Sweating opens up your pores and releases dirt build up inside them, which can help clear up pimples and blemishes.
Breathing comes automatically to many of us. It’s one of those bodily functions that we don’t even think about. But did you know that the breathing process is a detoxification process in itself?
It starts with our tiny nose hairs, that block many harmful toxins from even entering the body. That’s why we sneeze and every time we exhale, we’re eliminating carbon dioxide from our bodies.
Qigong is a Chinese practice of aligning the breath with awareness of movement for exercise and healing. Qigong dates back more than 4,000 years and can be used as a breathing detoxification process.
Exercising can lead to sweating and as mentioned above, we can detox through sweat. Getting your body moving can help jump start its natural detoxification process, aka sweating.
Looking for a more relaxing way to detox, try the sauna.
Water detoxification is one of the most natural ways to detox. It’s also the cheapest as many can just drink straight from their tap or use a water pitcher with a filtration attachment.
Water passes through our bodies and on its way out, carries out toxins through the urine. Water aids in digestion as well as in cognitive functions and it can energize us as well.
Natural Detoxifying Methods: Detoxing through food and drink
The daily recommended fiber intake will help the body eliminate wastes through bowel movements.
There are also many herbs that can be used for detoxing:
- Dandelion tea, yes the weed, is a great digestive aid.
- Cilantro is a detoxifying herb and can help flush metals from the body.
- Ginger tea promotes good stomach health and reduces inflammation.
Detox Ginger Tea
- Bring about a cup of water to a boil
- add sliced or peeled ginger to the water (thumb size)
- Let steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Sweeten with 1 tsp of raw honey to taste.
Feel free to share any experience that you’ve had with detoxing and the methods you’ve used.