Today’s post comes to us from Jordan at Detox and Prosper! Jordan was thrown into the world of toxins when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, heavy metal toxicity and autoimmune conditions. Her story of healing is a work-in progress as she rids her body, home and food of toxins one simple choice and change at a time. She has seen remarkable improvement through detoxing and now helps others discover the power of detox as well! Get her FREE 28-Day Clean Eating Meal Plan HERE!
Quick, let’s play a game!
I’m going to give you a word, and you tell me the first thing you think of.
What came to mind?
Juice cleanse…7-day diet…starving yourself…liver or colon?
In my experience, “detox” has become a wellness marketing buzzword that’s tied to some sort of 3 or 7-day cleansing program.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against juicing or special cleanses, but the idea of detoxing is so much more than that. If toxicity is the result of a buildup of toxins, then doesn’t it make sense to prevent that buildup in the first place?
The way you do that is by proactively detoxing a little each day.
Think of the over 100,000 manmade chemicals in circulation today as dirty dishes. If you let all 100,000 pile up, the result would be catastrophic and overwhelming.
But if you “wash each dish as you use it” (aka take steps toward routine detox), then suddenly it doesn’t seem so overwhelming anymore.
With that in mind, I’d like to share 10 ways you can safely detox every day!
Tips for a Daily Detox
1. Brush your body
Since skin is the largest organ in the body, it’s a great place to start for detoxing.
We already have a built-in detox system that helps us eliminate 1/3 of our toxins via the skin, but there are things we can do to actively support that system.
One such way is through dry brushing.
Every morning before showering, brush your body with a dry bristle brush. You should start with the extremities and work your way up toward your heart in sweeping motions.
This removes dead cells to reveal a new layer of healthy, less clogged skin.
It’s important to always brush toward the heart, mimicking the natural circulation of blood within the body. This simple action stimulates the elimination of toxins through your skin and even helps lymphatic fluid to flow more freely.
2. Drink a detoxifying tea
There are different options of herbal teas available for detoxing, but the most common is green tea.
Detox teas can also be made from ingredients like dandelion, fenugreek, milk thistle, turmeric, licorice, ginger, burdock and dandelion root. These are all known to help tone the liver, detoxify the body, increase metabolism, lower inflammation and stimulate the digestive system.
3. Scrape your tongue
Ok, I know this sounds a little gross, but if you can get past the ick-factor, the benefits are well worth it.
The tongue is the central hub of germs and other bacteria in the body. These nasties are ever-growing, but they can be efficiently removed by scraping the tongue just once a day.
Ancient practices like Ayurveda have celebrated the effectiveness of such practice for years.
There are specialized tools out there that look similar to wishbones, but a simple spoon will do.
One of the most important detox elements within your body is the lymphatic system, and it relies on active movement every day to maintain a steady flow.
If your schedule (or super clingy kiddos) doesn’t allow you to fully exercise, consider doing a few jumping jacks throughout the day or simply go for a 15-minute walk as you’re able.
5. Choose organic
Organic foods are beneficial for detoxing because they don’t contain synthetic ingredients and/or pesticides that threaten to thwart all your detox efforts.
Organic foods are also more nutrient dense than their chemical-laden counterparts, and getting enough nutrients is such a critical part of detoxing.
6. Get enough sleep
While you’re sleeping, organs like your liver and brain are doing the dirty work of resetting your body for the next day.
When you pull an all-nighter or stay up too late, you disrupt this critical process that affects your body’s ability to detox.
And after that full night’s sleep, the first thing you should do is visit the bathroom. I know this is a personal area, but just remember that your body worked through the night to dump toxins in your urine.
It’s best to eliminate those as soon as possible. I’ll just leave it at that 🙂
7. Incorporate detoxifying superfoods into your diet
Unless you have a condition like SIBO, you should load up on leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. Foods like kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli sprouts are known for their ability to detoxify the body.
An easy way to do this is with a large salad at lunch, using leafy greens for your base and veggies, nuts and seeds for toppings.
Not big on salads?
Try throwing some greens into a blender with almond milk, fruits and healthy fats like MCT or flaxseed oil. Add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder, and you’ll be amazed at the taste!
8. Stay hydrated!
We’ve heard this so many times, right? You may have even just rolled your eyes a bit – I used to.
But now, I just can’t say it enough:
It’s so, SO important to drink enough water if effective detox is your goal.
But I cannot overstate the importance of sufficient water intake for detoxing. Drinking plenty of water keeps your internal detox systems running smoothly.
The general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 120 lbs, you should drink 60 ozs of water each day.
9. Supplement with key nutrients and activated charcoal
Some of the nutrients I supplement with are methylated folate and B12 due to the critical role they play in our methylation pathways.
You may also want to consider a glutathione supplement. Glutathione is considered the body’s master antioxidant and is needed to detox properly. There are many forms available, but I suggest s-acetyl glutathione.
Activated charcoal is another great supplement for detoxing. Just be sure to take it several hours away from any food or other supplements.
10. Detox your home
Did you know 90% of all house dust tests positive for toxins? In order to detox internally, it’s important to eliminate as many external toxins as possible.
Ways you can detox your home include:
- Avoiding chemical cleaners
- Using an air purifier
- Getting a water filtration system
- Diffusing purifying essential oils
- Adding plants like ferns and peace lilies
- Changing your AC filters regularly
- Replacing plastic items with glass or silicone
As you walk through your wellness journey, just remember that a quick-fix cleanse doesn’t support your detoxification pathways, and detox isn’t a “one and done” event.
Effective detoxing certainly goes further than the tips mentioned in this article, but these simple methods are a great (and easy!) place to start.
Over to you – what are your favorite ways to detox?
About the Author
Jordan was thrown into the world of toxins when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, heavy metal toxicity and autoimmune conditions. Her story of healing is a work-in progress as she rids her body, home and food of toxins one simple choice and change at a time. She has seen remarkable improvement through detoxing and now helps others discover the power of detox as well! Get her FREE 28-Day Clean Eating Meal Plan HERE!