Detoxification is a vital bodily process that begins in the liver: it helps us remove unwanted toxins and other substances from the body. This system works around the clock to keep us balanced and healthy.
Unfortunately, external factors we can’t always control burden our detox pathways and slow down this natural process, which can cause toxic build up. Making conscious choices each day can help prevent the things we can’t control from compromising our health.
Although it might sound complicated, supporting your detoxification system can be simple and fun with these tips and tricks!
3 simple detox hacks
1. Eat a healthy balanced diet
This is step one for supporting your detox system, and it has the most beneficial impact on your body. Spice it up in the kitchen by eating all the colors of the rainbow! Try fruits or vegetables you’ve never thought of picking up at the grocery store and look up a delicious recipe to elevate these foods. Consuming a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will fill and fuel your body with many important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed to assist in the detox process.
Fiber is another important addition to your daily diet and it plays a vital role in preventing toxic build up. Fiber binds to nasty toxins in the body and helps to remove them through elimination, therefore it’s important to eat a sufficient amount each and every day. Luckily it is super easy to add fiber into each meal because it’s found in so many foods! Fiber-rich foods include: oats, quinoa, legumes, whole grains, chia seeds, apples, beets, potatoes, and nuts just to name a few.
On the other hand, specific foods can actually slow down the detox process and throw your body off balance. These foods include: unhealthy fats, high fructose corn syrup, fried foods, and highly processed foods. Life is all about balance and so if your health so try to be mindful about how often you are consuming these types of foods.
2. Stay hydrated and use electrolytes
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated by drinking a sufficient amount of water, but are you drinking enough water? It’s recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. This will keep you hydrated and flush out all those unwanted toxins in the body.
So, now that you know how much water to drink and why it’s important, let’s take it a step further by using electrolytes. Electrolytes are a combination of nutrients that include: sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium. They play an equally vital role during the detox process by alkalizing the body during elimination, and ensuring stable pH levels to keep your body balanced and the detoxification process running smoothly.
3. Get moving and grooving
Keep it groovy through daily movement! This could be any form of exercise and movement your heart desires, just keep it moving for at least 20 minutes per day. Exercise helps to regulate the flow of things in the body, which is why you always feel better once you go for a walk after a big meal.
Try turning up the heat weekly with high intensity exercise, or hit sauna/steam room to encourage perspiration. Sweating is another effective way to rid unwanted toxins from the body, after all your skin is your biggest detox organ.
Placing importance on your health comes with a variety of benefits, here’s what you’ll start to notice after these few simple changes:
- Better weight management
- Healthier hair, skin, and nails
- Enhanced mood
- Glowing skin
- Strong immunity
- Improved sleep
- More energy