The words “detox” and “cleanse” are all over social media and health magazines. Search “detox” in Pinterest. You’ll see tons of pins showing detox tea, detox juice, detox salad, Dr. Oz’s detox miracle etc. You’ll also see adds for wine which I’m pretty sure belong in the retox category. Anyways, my point is that detox has become a buzz word to sell you sh*t and no longer refers to the healing rituals of our ancestors.
Ayurvedic, Native American and Hippocratic medicine rituals such as fasting, massage, and sweat lodges have been used for thousands of years. These ancient people understood that detoxification is the way the body heals and repairs itself. Detoxification allows the body to rest and reset at the cellular level promoting improved health and preventing physical degeneration.
There are two big differences between detoxes and cleanses promoted today and those of our ancestors. One, we are significantly more toxic than our ancestors. Thousands of years ago humans were not breathing polluted air, drinking contaminated water, microwaving their food is BPA plastics and slathering on xenoestrogens. Two, many of the techniques used by our ancestors enhanced the bodies ability to detoxify naturally where as today’s detox products cause rapid detoxification using stimulants and other questionable ingredients.
Taking a modern-day, toxic body through a rapid 3-day chemical-laden detox is like trying to rid your house of a wasp’s nest by locking all the doors and windows and smashing the sh*t out of it in your living room. You now have a house full of trapped, pissed off wasps stinging you repeatedly. The large amount of toxins you will release on a rapid detox are the wasps and the locked down house is your unprepared body. The end result is harm to your body and most likely a worsening of the symptoms that prompted you to try a cleanse in the first place.
Preparation for detoxification is essential. Your body’s ability to rid itself of toxins depends on the health of your organs/organ systems of elimination – cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, respiratory and the skin. Improving the health of your organs of elimination is like opening the doors and windows so the wasp can get the hell out of the house.
Daily gentle detox techniques improve the health of these organs/organ systems allowing your body to better detoxify naturally. Used overtime, these techniques can also prepare your body for a more in-depth cleanse protocol such as broth or juice fasting or detoxification shakes.
I will highlight different gentle daily detox techniques weekly. Try them out. See what you like and what you can fit into your daily routine. Below are three you can get started with.
3 Daily Detox techniques you can start today:
#1: Drink Water
Staying hydrated is essential to detoxification. Proper hydration keeps the body flushing out toxins by:
- moving the bowels and urine
- keeping the blood thin and free flowing so that toxic material can be delivered to the lymph and liver
Check out my previous post about hydration and figure out how much water you should be drinking every day. Then, actually drink that much.
#2: Lemon Water
As we discussed in #1, water is important for hydration but why the lemon? Lemon contains vitamin C that helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form so they can be eliminated from the body through urine and feces.
Try warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Squeeze half a lemon into a mug of warm water. Or, add lemon to your water bottle to drink throughout the day.
#3: Stop eating 3-4 hours before bed
Detoxification happens when your body is in rest and digest mode. However, if you have a belly full of bacon before bed, digestion will be prioritized over detoxification. Eating late at night contributes to weight gain not due to excess calories but because the body cannot detoxify and is forced to store toxins in fat.
Schedule your last meal of the day 3-4 hours before your bedtime.
Disclaimer: I am not a Registered Dietician or licensed medical doctor. I do not diagnose or treat disease, but instead make healthy lifestyle recommendations for balancing the body and promoting optimal wellness. No recommendation or comment made by me should be construed as being medical advice or diagnosis.