The world we live in is full of toxins which can be found in nearly everything from the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the products we use on our bodies, and the products we use in our homes so the more you support your body in the detoxification process, the healthier you feel.
Detoxing is a long-held, common practice widely used by many different civilizations. In ancient Biblical periods, fasting was a typical method of cleansing the body to get rid of harmful toxins and spiritually purify the body. These days, there are tons of detoxification strategies to reduce the toxins in your body, some are effective and some not so effective.
Here are a few natural methods to detox that I personally use daily. It does not take hours to take advantage of any of these methods. In fact, even a few seconds devoted to these methods can do a world of wonder for you.
Detox Naturally with Tongue Scraping
I begin my mornings by tongue scraping on an empty stomach before eating or drinking anything. Tongue scraping not only helps you detox naturally but also supports liver detoxification by removing toxins and bacteria from the mouth, thereby supporting digestion.
To perform this method simply use a tongue scraper or the edge of a spoon to reach as far back as possible with gentle pressure and pull forward, scraping off the white film (toxins and bacteria).
Oil pulling is the next step of my morning ritual, performed after tongue scraping. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic dental technique that has been used since ancient times for cleansing the mouth. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes which pulls toxins from the body. The two most used oils for oil pulling are coconut and sesame but the choice of oil is entirely up to you and your taste preference. I personally have used both oils and both are great, but I prefer sesame oil.
I use about a tablespoon of sesame oil with a drop or two of essential oil (rosemary or oregano and sometimes clove) and swish for 20 minutes being careful not to swallow any of the oil then spit oil into the trash (do not spit in the sink to keep from clogging your drain). I rinse with warm water and salt then brush my teeth with fluoride free toothpaste.
TIP: If you are a beginner start by swishing for a minute then work your way up to 20 minutes.
Staying hydrated is both a natural and simple means of detoxification that is widely neglected by many. Drinking enough water allows our systems to flush out toxins and waste. I usually drink 16 ounces of water after tongue scraping and oil pulling. I remember a time when I could not stomach drinking water in the morning, it would make me sick to my stomach because my body was accustomed to me giving it caffeine and sugar instead. Water not only aids in the detoxification process but it fulfills numerous other functions.
Here are just a few benefits water provides:
Better nutrient absorption
Regulation of body temperature
Lubrication of joints
The daily recommended amount of water for men is 125 ounces (3.7 Liters), and for women, it is 91 ounces (2.7 liters). You may need more depending on your diet, weight, and location. Another great way to detox naturally!
TIP: If you are not a fan of plain water, lemon or lime infused water is a great way for you to get in your hydration. Alternatively, you can substitute lemon for other fruits to add to your nutrient intake without having to add excessive amounts of sugar.
Sweat Regularly to Detox Naturally
Exercising is a daily must for me, I usually workout first thing in the morning before work. Exercising not only helps me relieve stress and break mental barriers but it allows me to sweat which is a natural means of detoxification. I honestly feel like if I do not sweat during exercise then I am not going hard enough. Do you know that sweat can contain more toxins than urine? Yuck!! Yes, sweating can make you feel icky and gross, but it is a key method to get rid of the toxins in your body. Studies show that our skin’s sweat glands can detoxify as much as one or both of our kidneys. Our skin is some kind of awesome!!!
We already know that exercise is a great way to break a sweat. But have you tried sauna therapy? Research experiments have shown that sauna therapy is one of the most potent methods of detoxing our bodies.
Sweating allows internal toxins to precipitate on our skin. But although it is the biggest organ in our body, our skin remains relatively inactive. Repeated use of the sauna fast tracks the process of eliminating toxins and heavy metals embedded in our skin.
TIP: If you do not have access to sauna therapy, adequate amounts of exercises such as swimming, running, and cycling can work just as well. They can get your adrenaline pumping, increase your heart rate, and allow you to sweat naturally and easily. Even 10 minutes a day can make a difference.
Dry brushing is a daily habit that I adopted into my daily routine about 6 years ago. I dry brush in the morning and evening before I shower. Dry brushing is an incredible way to detox naturally from the outside-in. This Cleopatra era practice of brushing over dry skin in a methodical way helps activate the lymphatic system, increases blood circulation, and exfoliates the skin. It does this by purifying the skin of toxins on the outer barrier.
A soft, prescribed brush or a loofah can be used regularly to scrub away the dead skin cells. This part of your skin is what blocks the pores and moderates the release of toxins through the skin. The removal of dead skin cells also gives healthy cells a chance to rejuvenate the skin and do their job more efficiently.
TIP: Dry brushing is best done just before a shower or bath. Dry brushing before an Epson salt bath can increase your ability to eliminate toxins (be sure to grab a bottle of water to sip on while you soak).
Take Probiotics to Detox Naturally
I have made it a priority to eat foods that contain probiotics as well as take a probiotic supplement daily because probiotics go hand-in-hand with immunity and detoxification. The friendly bacteria found in probiotics aid the digestive system and assist in the purging of toxins from the body. Probiotics also help the body fight off infections and illnesses.
Probiotics also proactively support the excretion of BPA from our system. I know you are probably thinking what the heck is BPA? BPA is an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics and resins. BPA can be found in containers that store food and beverages such as water bottles, plastic food storage containers, and can also be found inside of canned goods so please be mindful of the labels on products that you consume (look for BPA free on the label).
Research suggest that BPA can have effects on the brain and behavior of children, and it has also been linked to increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Probiotics also help break down heavy metals that can build up in our bodies such as mercury and lead.
TIP: Probiotics are high in foods like kefir, dark chocolate, kale, and yogurt. It is easy to incorporate probiotics into your diet via smoothies, desserts, and whole food meals.
One thing that I try my best to do each day is get an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep was not much of a priority when I was younger but now that I am older it has become a particularly important aspect of health for me. I could stay up all night and would still have plenty of energy to burn in my younger days but now if I do not get enough sleep, I feel the effects immediately.
Sleep is important for overall health and well-being. Sleep allows the body to repair itself, it allows the brain to recharge, reorganize, and resettle itself. Sleep is a natural means of detoxification as it allows your body to dispose of the waste byproducts that have accumulated through the course of the day. These toxins are not only bodily discharge but also mental strain, which can be relieved by sleeping.
TIP: The general recommendation is to get 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night to sustain good health. To get a comfortable night’s sleep, practice deep breathing during your nighttime routine. Doing so can help regulate the natural process of respiration.
Consume Vitamin C
Consuming vitamin c is a must for me and my family, we consume it regularly throughout the day dissolved in either water or juice. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, it helps the body to eliminate toxins that promote disease and strengthens the immune system, but it is an antioxidant that our bodies do not naturally make so it is important to get it via our diet or supplementation. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) also possesses anti-aging properties so if you are a woman over 40 like I am and looking to maintain a youthful appearance and glow then you most definitely want to be sure to consume enough vitamin c rich foods or use a high-quality vitamin c supplement.
This vitamin can be used as a flush when taken in high doses which makes it a powerful cleansing agent to prevent infection and a great means to detox naturally. The best form of vitamin c to use as a flush is ascorbic acid in the form of a powder. Truth moment this form of vitamin c is very bitter so if you cannot stomach it in plain water then it is best to take it with juice which I recommend grape juice because it masks the taste very well.
TIP: Not only is vitamin C found in citrus fruits, but you can also find it in leafy greens like kale and fruit such as berries, melons, and mangoes.
Although there are several herbs that can be used to detox naturally, there are four specific herbs that I personally keep on hand which are red clover, dandelion, burdock, and nettle. I usually take these herbs in the form of tea.
Red clover supports both lymph flow and detoxification. It is also great for treating skin conditions linked to toxic overload such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Red clover can also be used to support hormone health as well.
Dandelion is an herb that possesses strong diuretic properties and encourages detoxification via the liver, colon, and kidneys. This herb is also useful in the treatment of skin issues, allergies, and some have even found it effective for hypertension.
Burdock encourages detoxification via the liver and lymph system. Burdock can be used for general detox support, nutrition, and skin issues as well as an array of other ailments. Burdock also helps feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut which is a major plus because gut health is important to overall health and immunity.
Nettle is a natural diuretic and kidney cleanser. Nettle can be used as a natural antihistamine, and it can also help with the purging of uric acid from the body which may help provide relief for those suffering from gout.
We all know that detoxing the body is important but so is detoxing the mind. Journaling is a great way to detox the mind. When I mention journaling most people associate it with writing in a diary like when you were a kid, but it is not the same. Instead, it is the act of compiling thoughts while experiencing a series of emotional and mental states. Doing so can help to refresh your mind and rid you of emotional toxicity.
Journaling is easy because it does not require you to be a good writer or be grammatically correct. It simply provides a space for you to gain clarity and peace by translating your abstract state into physical evidence. It is as if, instead of talking to someone about your emotional state (which is another great way to detox), you are trying to make yourself understand patterns of emotions you go through while experiencing different situations.
TIP: Try beginning and ending your day with a journal entry.
Make Detox A Daily Habit
And there you have it! These are only a few of the many ways you can naturally detox your body/mind daily. You do not have to try to tackle every method at once, you can incorporate one or two of the methods into your daily routine to get started, such as slowly building your water intake or writing a page a day in your journal.
It is said that it takes twenty-one days to make something a habit. If you believe you can stick with at least one of these tips for that long, then I am already proud of you! But if you do not, then do not worry. The more you strive to be your healthiest self, the easier it becomes to stick with a routine.
Tell me, do you already have a detox regime? Do you have tips to add to this list? Or are you just starting out and looking for ways to detox? Share with me. I would love to hear about your detox journey!
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