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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.