How to Detox and Cleanse a Little Every Day
Toxins are everywhere.
From the water you drink and the air you breathe to the clothes you wear and cleaners you use around the house, you are exposed to a variety of toxins on a daily basis. Although you may not realize it, being exposed to such a wide range of toxins so regularly can end up wreaking havoc on your health.
To help your body eliminate harmful toxins, it is important to participate in regular detox and cleanse routines. But you don’t have to do a juice cleanse or participate in rigorous and expensive programs. Instead, there are several simple things you can do each day to give your body the extra help it needs to get rid of toxins and stay healthy.
Simple Ways to Detox and Cleanse Every Daily
Your body has a robust and effective detoxification process, but there is no harm in giving your body a little help. By adding a few simple detoxification practices into your daily routine, you can help reduce the amount of toxins your body is exposed to on a regular basis and improve your body’s ability to fight off harmful invaders.
We recommend going through the list below and picking just a few things that you want to incorporate into your daily routine to detoxify a little bit each day:
Eat More Fiber
We all know that fiber is good for your gut. It helps keep your colon clean and supports your kidneys in their efforts to remove toxins. (1) But dietary fiber also feeds the good microbes in your gut, which then assist with proper gut function, immune function, signaling between other systems and organs, and more. (2)
Fiber has also been shown to help increase the function of both detox and antioxidant enzymes within the liver. Plus, fiber increases your gut’s ability to hold more nitrogen, which your gut microbes love to eat. As a result, there is less nitrogen passed to your kidneys for filtering, which means that they can focus on filtering out other toxins that can harm your body. (2)
Adding antioxidant supplements to your diet can help boost your body’s natural ability to fight free radicals and other toxins. Vitamins A and C, as well as zinc can also support a healthy immune system and its ability to detox. (1, 3) A great way to boost your body’s antioxidant intake is to drink Antioxidant Water™. Infused with molecular hydrogen, Antioxidant Water™ gives your body one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants to fight off some of the worst and most toxic free radicals. Learn more about it here!
Drink Plenty of Water
Water isn’t just the elixir of life; it is a simple yet key way to support your body’s natural ability to detox and cleanse. Water helps everything move throughout the body. By drinking enough water, you can help toxins move through the body until they reach the liver and other detox organs, where they will be filtered out. Water also helps bulk up fiber to help keep your intestines clean. (1)
Whether you get up and walk around the office every hour or spend time exercising daily, it is important to move your body. Your lymphatic system depends on movement to function properly, especially when it comes to moving up the body. By regularly moving joints and muscles, you can help circulate the lymph in your body and support its many functions, including detoxification. (4, 5) Exercise and vigorous movement also promotes sweating, which allows your body to remove toxins through your skin. (1)
Eat More Probiotics
Probiotics consist of live, good bacteria that your body — specifically your gut — needs to function properly. These good bacteria already naturally live in your body, but many people have an imbalance between good and bad bacteria. Taking probiotic supplements or eating probiotic-rich foods helps your gut have enough good bacteria to fight off invaders and support a healthy immune system. (6) Probiotics and a healthy gut flora also makes it easier for your liver to perform its detoxifying roles without working overtime. (7)
Limit Your Exposure to Air Toxins
In today’s world, there are a lot of toxins floating around in the air, both inside and outside. These toxins can include mercury, cigarette smoke, and general air pollution. (1, 8) While most of these can be found outside, the air inside your home can be up to five times more polluted! (1) Reduce the amount of toxins you inhale by limiting your time in outdoor polluted air. You can also use an air purifier at home, as well as dust, vacuum, and clean your air vents frequently.
Drink Herbal Teas
Herbal teas offer a lot of benefits, including detoxification. If you want a natural way to detox and cleanse, try these herbal teas: (9)
- Dandelion: This tea promotes urination, which can help fluids move through the liver and kidneys, making it easier to flush toxins out of your body.
- Milk Thistle: This ancient herbal remedy has long been used to protect and support a healthy liver, and a healthy liver means a healthy, proper detox.
- Fennel: Used in Ayurvedic medicine, fennel tea is a great way to promote proper digestion. With a healthy digestive system, your body can properly cleanse and remove toxins.
- Turmeric: This bright orange spice contains curcumin, which helps stimulate enzymes within your body that flush out toxins. It also has powerful antioxidant benefits. As a result, turmeric can support your liver’s proper function to remove toxins.
- Nettle: Packed with polyphenols, nettle can help reduce inflammation within the body. Plus, it stimulates movement within the lymphatic system, which enables it to perform better, including its ability to help remove toxins from the body.
Try Dry Brushing Before You Shower
Dry brushing has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a way to exfoliate the skin, promote circulation, and stimulate movement within the lymphatic system. As a result, you can open your pores to enhance your body’s ability to remove toxins through the skin. You can also encourage proper movement within the lymphatic system, helping it to move toxins throughout the body to where they will be excreted. (10)
To dry bush, use a brush with natural fibers and a long handle. Start at your feet, and brush up your legs. Then brush your midsection. Follow by brushing your arms upwards from the hands and towards your armpits. Always brush towards the heart with wide, circular, and clockwise motions. Use light pressure where your skin is more sensitive, and harder pressure where it is not. Once you finish dry brushing, take a cool shower to remove any dry skin. (10)
Get Quality Sleep
Many of the detoxification processes that happen within your body happen while you are sleeping. To give your body the time and environment it needs to properly detox and cleanse, it is important that you get not only enough sleep but also good-quality sleep. (1)
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a well-balanced diet provides your body with the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants it needs to properly function and remove toxins. Some detox-supporting foods you can incorporate into your diet include: (1, 11)
- Herbal teas
- Flax seeds
- Probiotic-rich yogurt
Eat Organic Foods
A common way that we ingest toxins is through our diet. Typically, these toxins come from pesticides and herbicides used on the crops that produce the foods we get at the grocery store. By choosing organic produce, you can reduce the amount of toxins you ingest, thus reducing the amount of toxins your body has to eliminate.
Reduce Your Use of Plastic
Many plastics today are made with bisphenol A (BPA) or phthalates, both of which are harmful chemicals that can cause cellular damage and contribute to various health issues. To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, avoid plastics that are labeled with “PVC” or “PC”, or that have recycling numbers 3 or 7. (8)
Phthalates are also used in many personal care products. To further avoid your exposure to phthalates, be sure to check the label. Some labels may mention phthalates specifically; others will simply list “fragrance” as part of the ingredients, which is a catch-all term for phthalates. It is best to avoid anything that mentions either phthalates or “fragrance.” (8)
Participate in Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is the practice of alternating between eating and fasting on a regular schedule. Fasting allows your digestive system to rest from its normal, heavy duties that come with regular eating. Instead, the energy your body would normally use to digest can focus on other things, such as detoxification. (1)
Reduce Your Use of Canned Foods
Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most common chemicals and toxins that you are exposed to. This is because it’s used to produce polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. (12) However, studies over recent decades have shown that BPA can contribute to a variety of hormone-related health issues. In addition to reducing your use of plastics, try reducing the amount of canned foods you eat, as the inner lining of food and beverage cans often contains BPA. (8)
Filter Your Water
Water is a huge source of toxins, but having an effective water filter can help remove toxins. (8) At Synergy Science™, we offer both Antioxidant Water™ Machines that use robust filters, as well as external filters that you can attach to your waterline. Our Echo Filter is tested and proven to remove toxins like chloride, pesticides, and algae, as well as 90% of soluble metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, and copper. Plus, we offer a whole-house filtration system that you can install to ensure that all of the water in your home is as toxin-free as possible.
Using the Synergy Sauna™ for Daily Detox
One of the ways that you can boost your daily detox is to sweat more. You can do this by exercising at least 30 minutes each day, but we know that life sometimes gets busy or you don’t always feel like exercising. Another great way to sweat out toxins is with the Synergy Sauna™!
The Synergy Sauna™ is a portable full-spectrum infrared sauna that you can use anytime, anywhere. While many people use steam or dry saunas to help with their detoxification, infrared saunas are not only safer, but they allow you to sweat more. (13) In fact, infrared saunas can induce up to three times more sweat volume than traditional saunas — all without reaching as high of a temperature, making your sauna treatment more enjoyable. (14)
How does it work? Infrared heat penetrates deep into the skin and tissue. This helps increase circulation and oxygenation within the tissue, which then helps speed up metabolism. As a result, the cells in your body are able to eliminate toxins, which move through your body’s detoxification process and become expelled from the body quicker. (15)
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of infrared saunas, check out this blog post!
Benefits of Detoxification
Many people have tried different detox remedies, and most people swear by the results. While personal testimonies are great and certainly carry value, there are not a lot of studies that evaluate the health benefits of detoxification. However, a handful of studies show that participating in regular detox diets can improve your liver’s natural ability to eliminate toxins from the body. (16)
In addition, preliminary data from animal studies suggest that certain foods have detoxifying properties that can also help your body remove toxins. Some of these foods include coriander and nori. (16)
Even though there are limited studies to back up the benefits of detoxification, there’s no denying that removing toxins and chemicals from your body will do nothing but benefit your health.
Cleaner Body, Happier You
Toxins are unavoidable, but there are some things you can do to limit your exposure and support your body’s efforts to stay healthy. By adding a few simple detox and cleanse practices to your daily routine, you can help your body fight off harmful chemicals and toxins even better than it is now. As a result, you can experience a cleaner body, which in turn will help you live a healthier, happier life.