Our bodies are assaulted with toxins everyday and from very direction – our food, water, soaps, cosmetics, cleaners, scents and in the air. These toxins can build up in our system. So the question becomes how to cleanse your body naturally gently. Removing toxins that have built up in our system ensure that our liver and our body function properly. If our liver and body are clogged – the body will compensate and problems could arise somewhere in our body.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out of your system. Most of us are chronically dehydrated. When you urinate it should be pale yellow or clear. If you are not drinking enough water (8-10 glasses per day is optimal) there is no way to expel the toxins from your body. Drinking enough water is so important and it also gives you shiny healthy hair.
Replace coffee with Detox tea
Herbs can dramatically help you to purge toxins from your system. Yogi Tea has a Detox tea with lots of great herbs to help. It is a gentle solution. Recommended dosage is one to three cups per day, I would suggest starting with one cup and working up to three. Use for up to 30 days, then a week break is suggested if you wanted to further extend your detox. Green tea is another great alternative.
Drink lemon water several times throughout the day. Lemon juice does a great job helping the liver expel the built up toxins. You can either squeeze lemon juice from a fresh lemon or use a Lemon Essential oil. Now I’m not talking about lemon juice in the plastic bottle in your produce section – that stuff has lots of additives that are not good for you. I drink a glass of water with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil first thing in the morning. It helps to wake me up and tastes great. You could also add a little bit of honey or add it to your detox tea or green tea (which is full of antioxidants).
Eat whole foods and more fiber
Eat only whole foods and avoid processed foods altogether. Eat the rainbow by eating colorful fruits and vegetables. Green veggies like spinach contain lots of chlorophyll which helps to purge the body from toxins through liver detoxification. Garlic is an amazing food, although smelly it zaps lots of bugs in our system. Incorporate it into at least one daily meal to help clean your digestive tract.
Limit your sugar intake. Sugar feeds the bad stuff in our system like yeast and cancer cells. If possible eliminate sugar altogether during your detox, if not consume in moderation. I typically go cold turkey on sugar and within 2-3 days I no longer crave it. I believe sugar is addicting. Food manufacturer add it to almost all process foods, its not just in your baked goods folks!
Turmeric is a bright yellow household spice that many of us already have in the kitchen. It does a great job cleaning the liver and resetting your fat burning filter that often gets clogged by toxin overload. You can incorporate it into a daily meal or take a supplement if you don’t care for the taste of it. Personally I enjoy the taste of it.
Milk thistle is often seen as a weed. But this amazing plant does great things to cleans the toxins from your body. I would recommend this supplement to everyone to help with your detoxification especially if you have never detoxified your body before or you think your body might be overloaded with toxins. It is gentle and renowned for many reasons (nursing mothers use it to increase their milk supply).
Regular exercise – sweat it out
Exercise is good for your waist band, your mood and your overall health. Sweating with regular exercise is another great way to expel toxins from your skin and system. I do 20-30 minutes intense workouts 3-4 days per week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I drink a little bit of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a few shakes of cinnamon and some honey to taste. Without the honey it has a bit of a kick. All these ingredients together are a powerhouse to clean our those toxins.
Alcohol is going to halt your process as your liver has to work hard to remove it from the body. Our bodies need to be given the rest to detox the liver instead of working on processing out new toxins. A few weeks without alcohol gives your system a much needed rest. And after the detox alcohol should be consumed in moderation to not overload the liver again.
With so many options – what are you going to use to start your detox with today?
I would also add Ashtanga Yoga to this list. That really gets your circulation going and helps to get rid of toxins and impurities out of your body faster.
I think you’re right when you say that most of us are chronically dehydrated, especially when we’re guzzling coffee and salty food all day long.
Thanks for stopping by. I love yoga, but have not heard of Ashtanga Yoga. I will have to check it out. Thanks so much for the tip 🙂
If there is one thing that the world needs is a website like this that promotes health the natural way, and I am all for that. I believe that if we would only become more aware of the importance of ones health the doctor’s office would for the most part be empty. I like your site. Good job.
Thanks for stopping by – and I completely agree that prevention is so important! 🙂
Hello here. Thanks for showing so simple ways how to cleanse our bodies naturally. I know what it takes effort but it is worth of it.
I think that after proper care, we can feel more energetic, lighter and in a better mood.
You did not mention enemas. They are really good way to help our colon to absorb food, when they are clean.
Fasting works too. As for me, I can not be all day just with water. Smoothies or juices are okay. After them , I feel a lot better.
Some people drink just water for couple days. It cleans their bodies and they not complain about consequences.
I think that bodies are different.
We need to feel what it is best for us.
All the best, Nemira.
I personally have not tried enemas, I have heard a lot about them. I remember reading an article about caffeine enemas. I don’t think I could go all day without anything either – smoothies sound like the way to go.
Thanks for stopping by!
Good information here – thanks for sharing! My first drink of the day is always a hot water with lemon and I have swapped coffee for green tea! I also drink a lot of water (and encourage my 18 month old daughter to do the same!)
I didn’t realise some of the other information you give about milk thistle and tumeric though – interesting and I will make some changes to my diet as a result of what you have written!
Sarah so glad to hear you are starting your day with water and lemon juice. I do the same thing and I also drink apple cider vinegar. Really wakes me up – no caffeine needed 🙂
Sounds like you have made a lot of changes to live a healthier, more natural life. 🙂
Those are some great tips you have here for anybody wanting to cleanse there body naturally.
I especially like the lemon and water approach as I find it’s a great thirst quencher which is awesome come summer time.
I never new Turmeric cleansed the liver but I hate the taste so I’m glad I can get those turmeric supplements.
How long do you think it takes someone to totally detox the body?
I feel I need to detox on a regular basis (every 3-6 months) as we are all constantly bombarded with environmental toxins, no matter how hard we try to eliminate them all.
Another variable is how much toxins are built up in your system. If there is a lot of built up toxins it will take longer. I usually do it for a week or two then give it a rest. You have to be careful to not detox too fast and overload your liver.
Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for the great tips there for cleansing. I knew some of these but wasn’t familiar with others.
I already do some of these anyway but not all – think I will start drinking lemon water – this sounds like a super easy thing to incorporate into a daily routine.
Lemon water is one of my favorites – gives the water a different taste and is refreshing.
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Apple cider I do on a regular basis. Turmeric is an occasional thing along with green tea. The milk thistle I’ve never heard of. I am very curious about it. Do you have any links on how they work? or could you do a future article on how each one works. I get that it cleans the body and gets rid of toxins. But it would be interesting to know how it does it.
Thanks for stopping by – sounds like you are proactive in keeping your body detoxified. Milk thistle is a great one for detoxifying the liver specifically. Here is a link from Dr. Axe that should answer any questions you may have.
That is a great idea to go into depth on each item – I’ll put it on my to do list 🙂