The past few weeks, comfort food and a glass of wine have been more regular occurrences than usual at my house. While many of us are looking for ways to stay calm and entertained while we’re staying home, I’ve found that some of my go-to tactics of self-soothing actually end up adding to the stress in my life and taking a toll on my health. We’ve all heard of inflammation. It’s when poor eating, alcohol, stress, environmental pollutants, harsh chemicals and other toxins found in everyday life can build up in the body. These toxins do a number on our energy and stress levels, weight, mood, sleep, skin and more.
Luckily, our bodies have an innate ability to rid our systems of built up toxins, and we can support that detoxification process with a few simple habits.
Pancakes and pizza are having a moment right now, but sometimes you reach the point where you need a reset. I know I’m not the only one looking for ways to stay healthy and happy during these times, so read on for some simple ways to detox every day. No juice cleanse needed.
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Hydrate, especially with lemon water.
Staying hydrated is essential to overall health, but water is especially effective at cleansing the body of unwanted toxins. Plus, dehydration can lead to more toxic buildup in the body, so making sure you’re drinking enough water every day is key to both feeling and looking healthy. If you want to go the extra mile, drinking warm lemon water that’s high in vitamin C and potassium is proven to help prep the body for digestion and boost immunity.
Get a good sweat in.
The lymphatic system is a key player in the detoxification process. Sweating has proven to help rid the body of harsh chemicals like phthalates and BPA, as well as heavy metals like arsenic and mercury that we can pick up from our utensils, food, environment and more. Most of us probably don’t have access to an infrared sauna or steam room right now, but even a good workout will help you get your sweat in and get the bad stuff out.
Swap your cocktail for a detox drink, like celery juice.
There are a number of drinks that claim to boost digestion and lower inflammation, like celery juice. For the uninitiated, drinking pure celery juice is a morning ritual for many health enthusiasts, who claim the antioxidants and nutrients found in the juice promote clear skin, increased energy, better digestion and more.
Take a detox bath.
Baths are another cleansing ritual that can easily be enjoyed daily. Soaking in the tub can be incredibly healing and strengthen your immune system, plus you might also reach peak relaxation mode too. Follow the steps in this article to take the perfect detox bath.
Drink dandelion root tea.
Don’t be fooled by all of the “detox” teas out there that can actually be dangerous for your body. Dandelion Root tea is rich in fiber and vitamins and has been scientifically proven to support your liver and gut. Dandelion root is also a diuretic, which means it helps flush the body of excess water.
Make the swap to clean products.
Our skin is our largest organ, and one of the major players in our bodies when it comes to detoxing. Many household cleaning products and beauty products that we come in contact with daily are loaded with harmful chemicals that can build up in the body. Exchanging those for products with clean, natural ingredients is another simple thing you can do every day to detox.
Processed sugar, alcohol, dairy, refined carbs and other inflammation triggers can be taxing on your gut and liver. You can support your body’s organs of elimination by making the swap for more plant-based foods that help boost detoxification in the body. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are loaded with fiber and help your digestive system work efficiently. Berries, greens, nuts, avocados, as well as healthy herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, milk thistle will boost overall health as well.
Get some sleep.
Sleep is arguably the most healing and restorative practice you can do every day for your body. Shooting for 7-8 hours every night will help your body flush out excess toxins, boost digestion, promote mental clarity and even improve your skin.
Managing stress is essential to lowering inflammation, promoting balance and preventing the buildup of unwanted toxins in the body. Believe it or not, simply doing some breathing exercises or meditation can be extremely effective in supporting your body’s ability to detox, and will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.