Detoxes and cleanses are all the hype these days. But let’s be real a second. No one should do something just because their friend did it, right? So, how do you know if you need a detox?
The simple answer: Your body will tell you when to detox. If you are the type of person who thinks to yourself something like, “Thirty isn’t that old, but I sure feel like crap!” Well that may very well be your answer. The truth: thirty isn’t that old, and neither is forty, or fifty. But if you are on toxic overload then you are certainly going to feel like it is!
Let me give the detailed list to y’all. Here are some of the actual symptoms that are frequently brought on by too many toxins:
- Feeling tired, sluggish, lethargic
- Trouble concentrating and staying focused, or constant brain fog
- Frequent headaches, joint pain, or muscle aches
- Catch colds easy
- Trouble sleeping
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant body odor
- Frequent gas, bloating or indigestion
- Allergies and/or food sensitivities
- Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema
- Constipation and other gastrointestinal irregularities
- Recurrent respiratory problems
- Back pain
- Mood changes
- Sinus congestion
- Puffy eyes, or dark under eye circles
- Battling cravings
Any of this sound familiar? Would you like to safely detox your body? Would you like to feel full of energy, eliminate random body aches, and feel amazing?!
Great Ways to Detox
You can detox by supporting your lymphatic system in several ways. I will share a few of my favorites.
Rebounding, or bouncing on a trampoline helps get the lymphatic system pumping. If you want your lymphs to flow, you need to move.
Self lymphatic massage. Add a quick self massage to your evening routine and boom. You are well on your way to a healthier body. See how to do a self massage here.
Find a massage therapist that specializes in lymphatic draining. Doing it yourself is great, having someone else do it is far more thorough. You will feel crummy for a day or two after as the lymphs clean out. After that you should feel pretty amazing.
Sometimes giving your digestive system a break may be just what you need. Fasting allows the body to focus more energy on repairing instead of digesting. There are many ways to fast. Personally, I do a 24 hour fast from food and liquids once a month, and one day a week I fast for 18 hours from food, but drink plenty of water.
Sweating out toxins is one of the quickest and most effective ways to detox. Not to mention that it is also very relaxing. Just ake sure to hydrate well when you are done.
Detox baths can be a great way to target specific health needs. Check out our detailed Detox Bath post for tons more details.
Exercise, especially movements like rebounding and walking, help to get the lymphatic system moving. Sluggish lymphs allow for stagnation, which means no detox. So, the more you move, the more your lymphatic system can cleanse your body. Even just 10 minutes a day can make a big difference.
Lemons are great for helping to cleanse the body. They are alkalizing and help the liver flush toxins. Drink a warm glass of lemon water first thing in the morning for best benefits.
Try a Detox Diet
The Superwoman Slimdown
The Superwoman Slim Down: A Real Food Detox & Cleanse for Real Women is NOT your average detox. It is a fully-supported, hunger-free program, that is loaded with nourishing food. Kristen Boucher, who runs this program, is energetic, fun, and engaging. I truly adore her and how good she is at keeping you motivated, and excited. She is an experienced registered nurse, certified health and wellness coach, and certified specialist in fitness nutrition! She will teach you step-by-step how to feel better than you ever imagined in your own skin, while eating delicious, nutrient-dense, metabolism-boosting foods and (finally) making your health a priority!
My favorite thing about the program is that she guides you through stages of elimination dieting so that you can discover any sensitivities. The discoveries are sometimes truly shocking, and because you are eliminating foods that you may be highly sensitive to, you will have tons more energy, your mind will be clear, and your guts will feel tons better!
Other Options I also Like
The 21 Day Sugar Detox is a great program for helping you to push the reset button on the oh so common blood sugar roller coaster. Detoxing from sugar can also give you tons more energy, improve digestion, reduce candida overgrowth, and more.
Whole 30 is another option for clearing out a lot of allergens and also for loading your plate with lots of nourishing and cleansing fibrous vegetables.
Work Towards Sustainable Health
No amount of detoxing or cleansing will ever keep you feeling amazing unless you make sustainable lifestyle changes. Here are some tips to start making those changes:
- Eat balanced meals with lots of veggies.
- Don’t overdo the carbs.
- Eliminate processed foods.
- Switch to all natural cleaning products and cosmetics.
- Incorporate foods that detox the body regularly.
- Exercise regularly. This doesn’t have to be intense, walking is amazingly cleansing.
- Get your mindset right.
If you don’t feel good in the skin you’re in, then your body is trying to tell you something. All you need to do is listen.
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