6 ways to detox your body naturally

Have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of one of those detox diets? Especially after new years because all you did was eat and drink? Did you know that your body is constantly detoxifying and they these fad diets can do more harm than good? You don’t need to go on some crazy restrictive diet which makes you feel overwhelmed because you have no idea of what to eat. It isn’t all about food either, here are 6 ways you can naturally detox your body on a daily basis.

Eat more raw vegetables

Cooking foods can reduce the natural benefits they can provide to our body. Increasing your intake of raw food will allow us to absorb more nutrients (some nutrients are heat sensitive) to give us energy, reduce inflammation and improve digestion. 

Drink plenty of water

This will come as no surprise to anyone! However, making sure you are drinking enough water is a must. Aim for a minimum of 2 L daily. Drinking plain water can be boring, so try adding in some herbal tea or a morning glass of lemon and water. Lemon and water first thing in the morning will help kick start your digestion, balance pH and support the immune system. 

Reduce trigger foods 

Reduce alcohol, caffeine, sugar, gluten, dairy, processed and fast foods as they can wreak havoc on your system. This may seem like a drastic approach and like you’re eliminating all the fun from your life but it’s worth it for the benefits you will reap. Ideally cut these out all together however if you aren’t ready for that then simply reduce the amount you are having.

Do daily body brushing

Daily body brushing helps to increase circulation and promote lymphatic detoxification. The lymphatic system helps the body get rid of toxins, waste and unwanted materials. Brush the skin with firm circular strokes with loofah or body brush before you shower. Start at the feet and hands, moving up the legs and arms, avoiding your throat and face. 

Move your body

Exercise helps stimulate detoxification by boosting circulation, improving digestion and removing toxins from the body through various channels. Any change to your exercise routine can bring challenges, be mindful of the intensity and duration of your work out. It’s important to know your limits. 

Detox your mind

Detoxing isn’t all about food choices and exercise. How much time do you spend scrolling through social media? Do you make excuses for not exercising? Whether you are going to commit to exercising 3 times per week or ban yourself from looking at your phone from 8 pm every night. Pick an area in your life you could improve and implement the change to help detox your mind.

Eating should be enjoyable and it is an opportunity to nourish your body. You don’t need to do any crazy diet or exercise plan to help your body detox naturally. Making small changes on a daily basis can have a massive impact on your overall health. 

If you're having trouble with your nutrition and would like more guidance and support to help you feel better, feel free to contact me here as I'd be happy to have a face to face consultant with you if you're in Brisbane, or I also connect with people from around Australia and the world via Skype sessions too.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that if you are making changes to your diet and lifestyle you may experience some detox symptoms like headaches, fatigue, skin irritation, digestive complaints, mood swings, and cravings. If this occurs please consult your health care practitioner.  

Pam Hird