Why is it Important to Detox...and How do you do that Naturally?
Everywhere we look these days people are talking about detoxing. Juice cleanses, saunas, hot yoga, detoxifying herbs, etc.- but are these things really healthy? Do you need to detox? Bottom line: yes- but it doesn’t necessarily have to be through all the trendy methods on the market.
Believe it or not, our bodies are designed to detox, and are constantly doing so. Your breath, sweat, liver, brain, and organs are all working to keep your body in balance.
Despite this, toxins accumulate because of the environment we live in and the habits we develop that hurt our bodies- i.e. processed foods, stress, sleep deprivation, substances, etc.
When toxins build up, we get sick. Toxins accumulate over time, and eventually our body is unable to release them, and we develop various ailments. This is how your body signals that it needs help. That’s when detoxing comes in. To read more about what exactly toxins are, click here.
So how do you know if it’s time to detox? Signs of toxic build up include:
Impaired immune function
And even emotional imbalances.
Many everyday ailments can be solved by naturally detoxing and taking care of yourself. Detoxing doesn’t have to be drastic or painful. But if your lifestyle is very stressful and taxing, than adopting even a few of the practices below at once might feel draining- emotionally and physically.
That’s normal. Use this period to take some time for yourself and be prepared to maybe feel more introverted, even irritable, at times. If your toxic buildup is high, detoxing will initially be difficult until your body has returned to balance.
Below are a few ways to help your body detoxify- naturally:
- Eat whole, unprocessed, easily digestible, ideally organic foods. Read here to find out which specific foods naturally help your detox.
- Sweat everyday through exercise, movement, or herbal steams.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Add herbs to your water to help absorption, or try our morning tonic.
- Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and added sugar.
- Lower your stress- do yoga, meditate, do something creative, get enough sleep.
- Stimulate the lymphatic system and circulation through dry brushing.
- Get some body work- massage or acupuncture.