11 steps to eliminating toxins: Part I


If you’re feeling sluggish, have digestive problems, want to lose weight, feel fatigued, have allergies, are bloated, foggy, or simply struggling with ache, a body detox might be just the thing you’re looking for.

You’ve probably heard of eliminating toxins from your body, but do you know exactly what is meant by a detox?

The term detoxification is used to indicate the cleaning out of the body from the inside out. It consists of fasting, resting and using herbal or naturopathic products to stimulate the liver and promote elimination (and increase circulation), among others.

If you’ve ever wanted to do a detox, here are 11 things that you need to do (and know about).

Watch what you eat and drink. Abstain from alcohol, coffee, refined (and all) sugars, saturated fats and highly refined foods while cleansing. Eat sea veggies such as seaweed and raw foods that are prepared and not cooked (some people begin doing so at least a week before they begin a cleanse.)

Drink purified or filtered water only. Even though the purity of the tap water where you live might be great, drinking only filtered water during a cleanse means you’re not reintroducing harmful substances and carcinogens into your body. Drink plenty of water before, during and after a cleanse (experts recommend at least half your body weight in water.)            

Manage stress. Yoga, meditation and deep breathing help with stress and food cravings. Be prepared to confront serious food-cravings that will arise if you’re doing an extended juice-only cleanse. During my eight-day juice cleanse (last year), the food cravings were so bad I had to avoid watching food commercials on TV. Drinking lots of water helps along with fiber drinks.

Get giggly with it. One of the most important parts of a detox is movement. There are detox-specific DVDs and cleansing ones that activate the lymphatic system that you can use to aid the process. Walking and any form of light movement for an hour is recommended. You might be weak so don’t overdo it or try your usual workout routine.

Go organic. Use environmentally friendly personal care and household products while cleansing. That means no over-the-counter lotions, deodorants, body sprays and perfumes, body wash and toothpaste. If you want the best results you should be prepared and put in the work.

Have you ever considered a detox? And, if you’ve ever done one what was your experience like? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why or why not?

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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