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Natural Ways to Cleanse Toxins from Body

by
author image Caroline Schley
Based in New York City, Caroline Schley has been writing articles on fitness, social interaction and politics since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "The Tahoe Weekly," "Second Line News" and websites, including Eatthestate.org. Schley graduated from CU Boulder in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.
Natural Ways to Cleanse Toxins from Body
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The natural ways are numerous to cleanse toxins from your body, a process commonly referred to as detoxification or "detox" for short. Detox focuses on cleansing toxins from internal organs including the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. The toxins are released into the bloodstream and excreted through the skin or the feces. A healthy diet, regular cardiovascular exercise and proper hydration all encourage natural detoxification. Mild natural detoxification should be part of a daily effort towards a healthy lifestyle. Intense periods of natural detoxification can be undertaken as often as once a month under proper medical supervision.

Diet

Pledge to take harsh toxins out of your diet. Gaiam.com recommends eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats for an intense period of cleansing. Replace these toxin-heavy foods with a diet rich in fiber to cleanse your digestive track. Take a tip from Dr. Hal Blatman and increase cleansing enzymes in the digestive track by sticking to raw or lightly steamed fruits and vegetables.

Natural Products

Minimize the use of harsh, chemical-based household cleansers, skin products and toothpastes to promote natural cleansing. Find alternative products with all-natural ingredients. Use lemon juice and baking soda to clean the kitchen, wash with natural, organic soaps and use all-natural toothpaste or a dab of baking soda to brush teeth. Reduce daily toxin exposure for a quicker cleanse.

Drink Tea

Certain herbs are thought to promote liver detoxification and cleansing. Although there is not concrete medical support, many naturalists believe tea made with dandelion root, burdock or milk thistle has a cleansing effect. Drink green tea to capture and neutralize harmful free radicals in the body.

Drink Water

MayoClinic.com reminds readers that water flushes toxins out of the organs and delivers restorative nutrients to the cells. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, more during periods of excessive sweating or exercise. Pair increased water consumption with regular sauna visits to speed the release of toxins through the skin.

Exercise

Exercise helps to detoxify the body, according to The-Natural-Path.com. Lose weight through exercises to decrease body fat, where toxins are often stored. Exercise increases blood and lymph circulation, both essential to remove toxins and metabolic wastes from body cells. The-Natural-Path.com recommends cardiovascular exercise to detox the body through elevated temperature and sweat. Crunches help massage the colon and strengthen muscles that help the colon excrete waste.

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