Forget what you think you know about detoxing: juicing, colonics, and extreme low-calorie diets can do more harm than good when it comes to cleansing the body. Instead of going to extreme measures, opt for these 5 simple ways to give your body a natural detox. You’ll feel lighter, refreshed and more energized.
5 Tips for a Natural Detox
Have you been following along with our 21 day Healthy Detox Challenge? If so, adding these 5 simple tips into your new cleansing routine will help reinvigorate your detox, lift your energy and start 2016 off with your health goals in sight. If you haven’t seen our 21 days of detox, check it out here and infuse the detoxing drink and food duos with these top 5 ways to achieve a natural detox.
1. Organic Fruit and Vegetables
Hopefully you’re already enjoying plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. If not, make this your #1 goal for 2016. Of all the diet advice out there, this one provides the biggest bang for your detox buck. Along with antioxidants that help combat free radical damage (like wrinkles and chronic disease), these foods can help with weight loss/management and make you feel great. Fruits and vegetables are also great sources of polyphenols, vitamins and water- essential nutrients for detoxing. When possible, choose organic over conventional for reduced exposure to environmental pollutants in support of the natural detox.
It’s also beneficial to remove unwanted toxins that arise from the chemicals in processed foods and pesticidal agriculture. To cleanse from the inside out, try green algae in the form of chlorella found in HUM’s Daily Cleanse. Adding these detoxifying nutrients to your diet can result in clearer, healthier looking skin.
TIP: Roughly 20% of produce grown on farms is rejected by grocery stores due solely to appearance: being too big, too small, sunburned, discolored or wind damaged according to California-based startup Imperfect Produce. So give your wallet and your conscience an extra detox as well by seeking out the imperfections in your produce.
Not only can deep breathing reduce anxiety and blood pressure, it’s an essential component to detoxing. Deep breathing increases oxygen levels, which can help super-charge your lymphatic system and help with energy levels. Take a few moments throughout the day to focus on deep belly breathing.
3. Cut down on sugar
Reducing sugar intake is one of the best ways to enhance overall health. Reducing sugar intake will benefit your skin and your waistline- high glycemic diets are one of the main culprits in acne production. Cut down on sugar –even natural versions like honey, maple syrup and molasses- for a beautiful glow.
For a natural lift without the sugary snacks or caffeinated drinks, try HUM’s Raw Beauty superfood powder. With Kale, Spirulina, Chlorella, Blueberries, Moringa, Matcha, Ginseng and many more superfoods, this mint chocolate chip infusion provides a refreshingly sweet treat and energy boost, without the loads of processed sugar that flood your system.
Releasing toxins through sweat is one of the best things you can do for your body! Exercise promotes the detoxification process by giving all systems a boost; increased circulation to your heart, nutrient delivery to your muscles, and the release of toxins through the pores of your skin. Whatever your preferred method of sweating is, enjoy it at least a few times a week for maximum benefit.
5. Skin Brushing
We tend to think of detoxing from the inside out, but exfoliating your skin is a great way to release dead skin and refresh circulation. Try skin brushing or oil massaging!
Natural Detox Recipe: Turmeric Tea
Try my recipe for Turmeric Tea for a natural detox. Turmeric Tea is a simple paste of fresh grated turmeric root and honey, steeped in hot water. If you can find fresh turmeric root in the produce section of your local grocery store, use it! If not, you can always substitute with ground, although it really is worth seeking out the fresh root. Keep any extra paste in the fridge to enjoy within a few days.