“Detox” has become a buzzword these days. We are told that we need to do juice cleanses, take special supplements, and do any other myriad of things in order to rid our bodies of toxic substances. In actuality, some of these practices might support detoxification but others can be harmful. The truth is that your body is already a master detoxer and it’s probably doing a better job than you’re giving it credit for. In our modern, chemical-infested world, this process is something worth understanding.
Your body, and specifically your liver, is filtering out toxins from the environment, unwanted byproducts from metabolic processes, and more every day without you having to lift a finger. This means that the best and safest ways to detox are through supporting your body’s natural functions: sweating, peeing, and pooping. The simplest thing you can do to support these functions is to drink more water. The more water you drink, the better your body will be able to flush out toxins.
If your pee isn’t close to clear, you could benefit from more water. If you aren’t having regular (preferably daily) bowel movements, you may want to take a look at your diet and your gut health, as well as your water intake, to try to improve this. If you arent’ sweating at least a few times a week, you can find a sauna to spend some time in, go to a hot yoga class, get in a steamy workout, or even just take a hot bath! Epsom salt baths can help detox your body, and if you make the water just about as hot as you can handle, you’ll also be getting a good sweat in (or out, rather).
Of course, the best way to minimize the toxicity of your body is to avoid the toxins in the first place! Unfortunately, our modern world is throwing toxins at us left and right, so we have to work a bit to avoid them. Our bodies absorb toxins through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the products we put on our skin. It’s best to stay away from any synthetic ingredients you can’t pronounce in all of these areas and stick to clean, whole, as-close-to-natural-as-possible sources.
Beyond the tangible players in detoxification, it’s also incredibly important to take a look at your emotional state. Emotions are meant to be felt, learned from, and then released. When we hold onto pieces of our emotional lives, we can become blocked up with toxic beliefs, stagnant emotions, and negative energy. These create constant low-level stress hormones in our bodies and thus can actually be cleared with our body’s amazing natural detoxification processes. Additionally, it’s a healthy practice to be mindful of what you are holding on to and choose to let go of what is not serving you. Your body will naturally know what needs to leave.
There you have it – the truth about detoxing. It has a much broader meaning than we usually learn. Whether it’s an unhelpful belief from the past or an environmental toxin, it’s always a good idea to practice letting go of what we no longer need and that which does not serve us. I believe we can take this lesson with us into any area of life.
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