Here are our top ten ways to do it naturally.
Start your day with a glass of warm water and a big squeeze of lemon to help flush out unwanted toxins. Or you can try lemon essential oil in hot water if that’s easier. Citrus essential oils are great detoxifying agents and help to rid the body of Xenoestrogens (substances that function like estrogen but are not, and can throw both male and female hormones out of whack). This will also help keep your bowels moving along nicely.
1. Choose lighter foods
The warmer weather usually brings about a change in appetite. Moving away from rich and hearty winter foods try including more smoothies, salads, lightly steamed veggies (especially from the cruciferous vegetable family- broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts), fruit, chicken, and fish! Eat organic where possible to reduce toxic load.
2. Reduce stimulants and drugs, such as caffeine, nicotine, and try to reduce alcohol intake
Reduce caffeine intake by switching your regular large coffee for a green, chai or herbal tea. Reduce alcohol intake by sitting on that one comforting glass of red all night long, rather than downing the whole bottle!
3. And on the topic of sugar… cut down your intake, or even better, eliminate it altogether for a few weeks!
Stick to a few pieces of high fibre fruit per day to get your hit of sweetness or if you’re really craving something sweet, try a square or two of raw dark chocolate or a Medjool date.
4. Add a cleansing juice to your daily routine
Rather than reaching for diet soft drink or coffee when the afternoon slump hits, head to your local juice bar and pick up a liver-loving juice of beetroot, carrot, celery, ginger, and lemon. Or try a green cleansing combo of celery, cucumber, spinach, green apple, and mint.
5. Make easy switches
Swap white potato for sweet potato, white rice for quinoa, white bread for low-gluten spelt or fermented sourdough, avoid sweetened yogurts and opt for plain, organic varieties. Choose raw cacao drinks over a block of chocolate. There are plenty of great swaps you can make to optimise your diet without feeling deprived.
6. Drink plenty of clean filtered water
Aim for 6-8 glasses a day.
7. Sweat at least three times a week
Try high-intensity exercise, using a sauna, steam or a detox bath. Try an Epsom salt bath once a week. Epsom salts are high in magnesium- perfect for muscle relaxation and detoxification.
8. Get rid of any old toxic beauty products and replace them with natural alternatives
Try making your own skin and hair care or replace your products with better alternatives from here.
9. While you’re cleansing your body you might as well try a detox from technology as well
Take a break from your iPhone/laptop/TV every Sunday. Get out in the good weather and do something active instead.
Article by Kavisha Jega
Kavisha is a wellness educator working in social media marketing, content creation and recipe development for health and wellness businesses. She has a background in Marketing, a Masters Degree in Wellness and an unhealthy obsession with Matcha.