Although detoxing sometimes get a bad rap, it can be the perfect way to kick-start a new health regime or diet, and give your body a bit of a much-needed boost. Forget hardcore deprivation, detoxing is simply about encouraging the removal of toxins in the body which can be negatively impacting your health and are harmful in the long term.
To detox effectively, there is no need to invest in expensive products or resort to drastic measures, which may leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Making healthy choices when it comes to your diet and lifestyle can really help to detoxify the body, and leave you feeling revitalised and full of energy. If you're not sure where to start, Nutritional Therapist Natalie Lamb gave us her top tips for detoxing naturally:
1. Get juicing
Vegetable juicing, drinking hot water with lemon, and adequate protein intake are believed to support the liver function which can help the body to detoxify itself. The consumption of plenty of organic wholefoods is recommended as well to reduce further environmental toxin exposure and provide your body with good quality nutrients so that it can thrive.
2. Ditch the sugar
If not burnt as energy immediately, excess sugar and refined carbohydrates can help pile on the pounds, as well as upset the balance of gut bacteria, feeding the bad guys and helping them to flourish. Try to cut down on the amount of sugar you're eating and check food packets thoroughly to assess the sugar content. However, if you're still craving sugary treats, try adding cinnamon to porridge as an alternative sweetener.
3. Gentle exercise
Support the elimination of toxins via the respiratory and lymphatic systems by embarking on some gentle exercise such as walking or yoga, body brushing, massage, and bathing in Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate). As you exercise, the blood circulates throughout the body, bringing nutrients to all the organs and muscles. As you do aerobic exercise, you build up a sweat and toxins are released through the pores of the skin. It's important to rinse off after sweating to help rid the body of those toxins.
4. Up your fiber
Maintaining regular, healthy bowel movements is essential to remove waste substances and toxins from the body. Eating plenty of high fiber vegetables, drinking lots of water and herbal teas, and having a balanced gut flora are important to support this process.
5. Pop a probiotic
Our beneficial (good) gut bacteria help us break down food more efficiently and don't produce any gas like the bad guys do! So to keep a flat stomach after eating, try to eat slowly, chewing food well; and take a multi strain probiotic before eating to ensure a balanced gut flora and a healthy digestive system.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.