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Natural Detoxifying Methods

Detoxifying or detoxing, is the process of neutralizing/removing toxins from your body. Let’s take a look at some natural detoxifying methods.

Sweating

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

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.

Exercise

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

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.

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Margarette Darbouze

16 Comments

  1. Great post and good info! 

    These examples are indeed very good ways to detox, exercising and sweating because of that are the best ways to do it, in my personal view. 

    You can lose a lot of bad ballast because of it, and you will feel much better. 

    Im doing this for a while now and honestly, never felt better. 

    So people, really read this post because it has the tips you need. 

    Thanks for sharing it. 

    • Thanks for appreciating my post.  I am slowly leaning towards the exercising/sweating detox method because of the extra endorphin boost.  Who would say no to feeling more joyous.

  2. Wow Margarette – This is absolutely amazing! I am huge on natural and holistic solutions to well-being, but never knew there was some natural and automatic ways for detoxifying our bodies! I really learned a lot here. First, was amazed to learn that we produce 1 litter of sweat per day! (even when its cold? Always wondered that!) and how sweating naturally detoxifies our bodies. 

    Now I was shocked to learn that breathing also does the same thing. I am an avid meditator who practices meditation on a daily basis and know the power of breathing. But I never knew it actually helps to detoxify the body as well. Amazing! 

    And lastly – exercise. Never thought of that as a way to detoxify. Thanks so much for sharing this info! I usually cleanse and detox with natural herbs once every quarter. On a daily basis I take seaweed which naturally detoxifies the body on a daily basis. 

    As aside – I read your About Me page and kudos to you for taking that step and loving yourself for who you are and not comparing yourself with others. Continue to be uniquely and amazingly YOU and continue to bless others through your website. 

    PS. Please let me know about my sweating question. Thanks so much 🙂

    • Yes LT even in cold weather we sweat.  Sometimes just by putting on an extra layer of clothing.  I’m glad you found my article helpful.

      Our bodies are designed to keep us healthy.  Way back when we lived as hunter/gatherers, we didn’t have all the unhealthy eating choices that we now have.  But thank goodness we also have the ability to help our bodies along its healing journey by making healthier choices.

  3. You mentioned in your article what is detoxifying or detoxing which you said that it is a process of neutralizing/ removing toxins from our body. Can you elaborate more on how does detoxification work? Like how the body eliminates toxins?

    Some of the questions that I also have about the topic are the following:

    – How do you know that you already need detoxification / detoxing

    – Are there any activities (like smoking, drinking, etc) that can contribute to toxins in our body or any foods that we have to avoid in order to help detoxification process?

    – Can you enumerate the foods (fruits and vegetables) that can help our body detox, like, lemon, grapes, apple, lady’s finger or okra, etc.

    • One way that we can tell our bodies need a detox is when we break out.  Break outs are a sign that our bodies are unaligned.

      Smoking and drinking can definetely contribute to toxins in the body.

      Avoiding fried foods and foods that contain a lot of sugar is a good way to maintain healthy bodies.

      Foods that contain fiber can help with detoxing, as fiber makes you regular and thereby, you’re eliminating wastes from the body.  Also foods with a high water content can help with detox as that will pass out of the body as urine.

      Please refer to my previous article regarding Hydration.

  4. I’m from Finland where going to sauna is a big thing, so sauna definitely is my favorite way of detoxifying 🙂 Interesting to hear about the detoxifying herbs, do you know if those are safe to take during pregnancy? Also, I would add water to your list, drinking plenty of water is a great way to detoxify too. Thanks for the interesting post!

    • Yes, water is the simplest way to detox and many of us do not get the recommended daily dose of 8 glasses. As I am not a physician, I will always recommend consulting your doctor before ingesting any type of herbs during pregnancy and even a bit after if you’re breastfeeding.

  5. Hello Margarette,

         Thanks for the informative post.  I thought that sweating was just the body’s way of cooling itself.  It didn’t occur to me that it is also use to detoxify.

    I didn’t know about cilantro or Dandelion tea either, very interesting.  One question on that.  How does Dandelion taste?  I’m not sure about drinking a weed :).

    I appreciate the additional information on Ginger too.  I’ve used Ginger for motion sickness but had no idea it can be used for stomach health in general and assist with digestion.

    Thanks again,

         Scott

    • Dandelion tea is an acquired taste.  But I didn’t like the taste of ginger tea when I first started brewing it for health reasons.  Adding a little raw honey to taste is also a good idea.  I’ve gotten used to it plus I keep thinking about the health benefits.

  6. I was actually looking into this a couple of years ago when I first turned 40, and I was so pleased to find out that sweating does such a good job at getting those toxins out of your body. 

    I’m into my cardio and I run about 5 miles every morning, so I’ve sort of got this detox thing covered due to the amount I sweat! Would you recommend adding another form of detox to my lifestyle just in case?

    • Since you sweat on a regular basis, how about drinking more water not just to replace the amount you’re expanding through sweat but also because it’s a detoxing method as well.

  7. Those are some good ideas for detoxing.  I didn’t realize that cilantro removed metals.  I don’t particularly like the taste of cilantro, but I do like ginger.  Water is the most basic and best detoxifying method, but you have to be aware of what is in your local water supply.  Fluoride is not that healthy.

    • That’s why I’d recommend getting a watcher pitcher with a filter before drinking tap water.

  8. hello,
    Great post ,i never thought that sweating detoxed your body.you learn something new everyday!I Interesting. thankyou for sharing
    Laurie

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