Frequent exposure to environmental toxins is more common than you may realize. Most of us have varying levels of toxins in our bodies and the scary part is that we live with this threat without being aware of it. This is why I recommend doing a structured Ayurvedic cleanse once a year, preferably in spring and fall. But in the meantime, I'll share some simple steps you can take to begin a natural detox cleanse at home now. You won't get the same results as a structured cleanse, but you can support long-term health by minimizing the buildup of internal toxins.
Why You Should Detox
Although the liver, skin, intestines, kidneys, lungs and lymphatic system perform your body's natural detox function, these organs do not always get rid of all toxins. Much of this has to do with the fact that we're exposed to so many harmful chemicals on a daily basis.
Here are just some of the ways toxins make their way into your body.
- Water treatment chemicals
- Air pollutants
- Food preservatives
- Pharmaceuticals and harmful ingredients found in personal care products.
Although the liver can get rid of toxins on its own, its detox functions often become overwhelmed. So, to boost the body’s ability to clean itself, it needs to receive the occasional helping hand from you.
Health experts recommend doing a detox program at least once a year. Doing so will help you avoid diseases that stem from the cumulative effects of toxin build-up in the body. Here are 10 simple ways to start a natural detox cleanse right now.
10 Ways to Start a Natural Detox Cleanse at Home Right Now
1. Avoid Processed Foods
2. Consume Less Alcohol
3. Cut Back On Caffeine
4. Drink More Water
5. Eat More Organic Foods
6. Take a Hot Bath With Clay & Epsom Salts
Adding bentonite clay and Epsom salts to a warm bath enhance its detox properties. This is because it contains sulfates that flush out toxins and heavy metals from your body’s cells. The Epsom salts also soothe pain, relax your nervous system and ease congestion.
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7. Increase Your Intake Of Fruits & Vegetables
8. Move More
Being active is a simple but effective way to help your body get rid of toxins. Physical activity boosts circulation and makes you sweat which allows waste products to be removed from your body at a faster rate.
9. Spend More Time Outdoors
Stress is a harmful mental toxin that affects your mood, your energy levels and even causes physical damage to your body. Spending more time outdoors and in nature has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and avoid its harmful effects.
10. Reduce Your Sugar Intake
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