We all want to lead healthy lives, free of any kind of ailment - finding the perfect balance between a healthy body and mind. In order to achieve that one needs to follow a disciplined lifestyle, comprising a healthy diet and workout regime. However, what is more important than this is the need to detox the body using a proper cleansing process so that your body gets rid of the harmful toxins. Given our hectic schedules and lifestyle, it gets very difficult to follow a detox cleanse program religiously. But if you wish to undertake a detox cleanse, then we have a few effective ways to do so, which will not take much of your time and effort. Let’s look at them in greater detail below.
How to Detox Your Body?
The process of detoxification starts in the liver. This organ converts the toxic substances to extremely reactive metabolites and then lets them out from the system through the excretory method. Your lungs, kidneys, and even gut play a major role in detoxifying your body. Your body can be impacted by toxins in more ways than one. The most dangerous of all the toxins are the steady and persistent, low-grade toxins such as the ones you consume along with fruits and vegetables when you consume them without washing properly. While you may not experience the reactions immediately, the impact it has on your body is real and it will not only cause chronic health issues and inflammation in the long run but will also pose as a hindrance to your weight loss process. If you want to know the easiest ways to detox your body, here are 5 simple ways of doing so.
Eat Healthy Food
Consume whole foods in your diet. These include fresh and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, spices like curcumin, herbs like garlic and ginger, that will help with your body detox, reduce inflammation, and fight free radicals that cause oxidative stress- a major cause for chronic diseases in the body. You can go in for a balanced meal comprising a healthy quantity of essential macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Opt for more organic plant-based foods. Avoid any kind of processed, high-sugar and salt foods. Remember that having a healthy diet is the most important way to detoxify the body, which will consequently build a stronger immune system, aid in weight loss, lessen inflammation, and keep chronic diseases at bay.
If you are unable to find the time to cook up a healthy meal, then Wellbeing Nutrition’s Daily Greens (a multivitamin from 39 farm-fresh greens, veggies, fruits, and antioxidant-rich superfoods) is a perfect solution for you! Just drop a tablet into your glass, watch it fizz, and sip on the delicious drink to get your daily dose of nutrients!
Keep Yourself Hydrated
The best and most effective way of detoxifying your body is by drinking plenty of water. You should ideally be drinking eight to twelve glasses (as per your body weight) daily to give your health the boost it needs. This will keep your body hydrated and all your organs in good condition. Drinking plenty of water is the best detox cleanse and has other benefits such as keeping skin moisturized and youthful, hair in healthy condition, digestion process running smoothly and so on. Carry a bottle of filtered water at all times with you and keep sipping and refilling it as and when required.
Furthermore, many like to drink detox water, which is nothing but water infused with a slice of lemon, cucumbers, ginger, and mint leaves. There are many variants of detox water and one can choose as per their preference. These detox drinks can help rid your body of toxic elements and keep it healthy. Another great detox is the apple cider vinegar detox. All you need to do is add 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it. You can use Wellbeing Nutrition’s Apple Cider Vinegar, which comes with the added benefits of amla, turmeric, black pepper, and cinnamon - with 2x the ‘mother’! Choose the Gold Standard of ACV for best results!
Get Sufficient Sleep
For your body’s optimum health and natural detoxification system, it is necessary that you get good quality and sufficient sleep. Getting enough sleep helps your brain reorganize and recharge itself, apart from helping the body get rid of toxic waste that has accumulated during the day. Without sufficient sleep, your body is not able to function to its full potential, causing toxins to build up over time and affect your health in every possible way.
Inadequate and poor quality sleep also causes short and long term health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, and type-2 diabetes, stress, anxiety, and cardiovascular problems. It is thus ideal for the body to sleep for 7-8 hours every night. If you find it difficult to stay or fall asleep at night, then adopt habits that can help you with it, such as turning your bedroom into a no electronic device zone, drinking soothing and non caffeinated beverages like chamomile or lavender tea, having a hot shower, or listening to calm music before hitting the bed.
You can kickstart your natural detox process by adopting a regular exercise regime, which will improve circulation and increase blood flow by pumping white blood cells through the body. This in turn helps the organs in the body to cleanse themselves effectively. This way exercising is beneficial for the detoxification process as it enables the body to do what it is intended to do.
Avoid or limit alcohol
We all know that alcohol is bad for the liver. It’s our liver that metabolizes the alcohol. When you drink too much of it, alcohol gets metabolized into acetaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical. The liver usually understands the threat and converts the acetaldehyde into a harmless substance known as acetate, which the body later eliminates. But when you drink too much alcohol, your liver gets inflamed due to the fat build-up, causing scarring and damage to the liver function. Limiting or avoiding alcohol is the best form of natural detox you can give your body!
Detoxification of the body from time to time helps maintain optimum health and lose weight. You can try the aforementioned ways such as proper hydration, consumption of less salt, following a regular exercise routine, and a healthy diet as some of the ways to detox cleanse your body every now and then.
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