Super healthy detox methods to rid your body of toxins.
Between the pollutants in the environment, the chemical residues and processed additives in the food supply, and the cumulative effects of daily work, social and familial stressors, it’s easy to wonder if our bodies are saturated with impurities. Sometimes we notice signs that our system isn’t on point, like problematic skin, fatigue, digestive irregularities, and poor sleep. A quick online search yields countless products and plans catering to our concerns with attractive “detox” promises. But how to know what is safe and effective — or even necessary?
In reality, the human body is beautifully designed to clean itself. It’s already doing it, round the clock. Drastic measures aren’t really required; however, there are holistic ways to support the detoxification systems in doing their work. Here are a few to keep in mind:
Detox regimes based on deprivation – like water, broth and lemonade fasts – are a thing of the past. Not only are they not needed, but they’re also counter-productive. The liver, the body’s main detoxification organ, requires nutrients and antioxidant compounds in adequate amounts to process toxins. If supplies aren’t sufficient, toxins can’t be broken down. So ensure that your efforts to cleanse include ample nourishment in the form of nutritionally-rich soups, smoothies, purees, juices or solid foods.
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Rest & Destress
When children sleep, they grow. As adults, we repair damage and clean out unwanted debris in the overnight hours. Simply making time for sleep can ramp up anybody’s cleansing efforts. More often than not, detox regimes focus on everything from the chin down, but the brain, our control centre, should not be overlooked. Recuperative rest allows the brain to de-clutter, organize, and chemically reset too.
When the body is preoccupied with managing the effects of daily pressures, it has fewer resources to dedicate to the detoxification systems. Some sources argue that stress is, in fact, the single most damaging toxin our systems encounter. As such, don’t plan for a detox experience amidst a schedule packed back-to-back with commitments. Lighten your diary or carve out time for a proper getaway to get more from your cleansing intentions. Seek out peace and quiet and simply breath.
Since it’s happening continuously under the skin’s surface, we forget that cleansing requires energy. Strenuous exercise – like cross-fit, HIIT workouts, and running – pulls oxygen and blood away from the detoxification systems and shuttles it to the heart, the lungs and the muscles. The body cannot be expected to dial-up the detox efforts and then direct its resources. Instead, modify your movement. A light sweat to encourage the release of impurities through the skin, but not too much to compromise your cleanse. Consider walking or yin yoga. Check out more Fitness Retreat here.
Just as therapeutic foods provide internal support, certain spa services can also support detoxification. Since we can remove superficial impurities via the skin, simply sitting for a few minutes in a steam room or sauna can help open the pores and allow for release. Massage treatments clearly relax and alleviate tension, but they purportedly also help liberate toxins from body tissues and facilitate their clearance.
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Most importantly, remember that you – your body, your medical history, your needs and goals – are unique. Be careful with one-size-fits-all mass-marketed plans. Instead, consider aligning with a credible healthcare practitioner who can tailor to you. Are you thinking about visiting a wellness retreat? Read more about the top wellness retreats for 2019 as well as the newly opened wellness space Fivelements Habitat in Hong Kong. Your wellbeing and wellness efforts are worth the investment.