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Understanding how to detox your body is important for your physical and mental health.
Excess toxins in your cells can over time lead to illness and serious mental conditions.
In contrast, detoxifying regularly reduces your risk of chronic diseases and provides many health benefits.
So, whether you are looking to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, or improve your overall wellness I highly recommend that you read on to find out how to detox your body.
Your liver is naturally designed to clear toxic waste from your body. It constantly works together with your kidneys to clear your system of toxins such as chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, medications, and even excess hormones.
But these organs can also become overwhelmed since toxins exist in the foods we eat (especially processed ones), the air we breathe, the cosmetics and cleaning products we use, and the water we drink and bathe in.
The body also creates toxins through metabolism, dead cells, stress, and emotions.
If the amount of toxins in your body is too great for the liver and kidneys to handle, they start to accrue in your body and are stored in the kidneys, liver, brain, muscles, etc.
Toxic waste that remains in your body, instead of being flushed out, puts a strain on all your organs and can cause many health issues.
Common physical signs of excess toxins in the body are excessive weight gain, bad breath, skin disorders (rashes and acne), allergies, bloating, and sluggish elimination.
Excess toxins also affect brain function. Symptoms such as irritability, chronic fatigue, mental confusion, and sleep problems, are some of its other signs.
Research shows that toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides affect the central nervous system and can contribute to anxiety disorders and ADHD, as well as other mental conditions. [1, 2]
What is a Detox?
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body.
The purpose of doing a detox is to enhance the liver and kidney’s detoxification function, by getting rid of the excess toxins that are burdening these organs.
You can detox in a variety of ways including dieting, detox drinks, detox water, colon cleanse, exercise, inhaling fresh air, and consuming more water, fruits, and vegetables. And each way will give you slightly different results.
But no matter how you detox your body, the benefits of detoxing cannot be denied.
Let’s take a look at some of the detox benefits for your health.
Detox Benefits for Mental Health
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety
- Helps with Depression
- Improves Mental Clarity
- Boosts Mood
Detox Benefits for Physical Health and Weight Loss
- Increases Energy
- Reduces Cravings for Sugar and Carbs
- Aids in Weight loss
- Strengthens Immune System
- Clearer Skin
- Improves digestive health
- Restores body balance
- Improves hormone balance
- Slows aging
Detox Benefits for Your Healthy Lifestyle
Going through a detox process is likely to help you establish healthy habits. As you progress through the body detox, you will begin to feel better physically and mentally.
This feeling can be addictive and inspire you to change your lifestyle by cutting out unhealthy habits that give your body those toxins. For example, quitting smoking, eating better, and getting more exercise are all actions that help protect the body.
How to Detox Your Body?
Step 1 - Decide on Your Detox Timeframe
Choose a timeframe for your detox that best suits your life schedule. Some people detox for 24 hours, others might do a 3-day detox, while some people choose to do a 5-day or 7-day detox. You can start small and eventually work your way up to a 7-day detox which is the most effective.
Step 2 - Choose the Right Detox Cleanse Program
Although there are many different detoxification programs and detox diet plans to choose from (such as raw juice and/or smoothie cleanses, sugar detox diets, fruit and vegetable detox diets and similar), I've found that best detox diet for anxiety sufferers consists of eating vegetables and brown rice. This detox diet helps to keep blood sugar stable and anxiety tamed during detoxifying while its also highly effective.
Step 3 - Support Your Detox
During your detox, you can also carry out a few other detoxification techniques to optimize your body cleanse. For example, drink more water, get extra sleep, have an Epsom salt bath. The next section includes 10 best detox tips that can also become part of your regular routine.
Step 4 - Gradually Introduce Food
After you have finished your detox program it is important to gradually introduce the rest of the foods into your diet.
Step 5 - Maintain Your Detoxified Body
One of the main reasons for writing in a journal is so that you can go back and read what you have written. Re-reading your entries is a highly effective way of identifying patterns and issues that you need to work on. But also, to see how you are doing. You can do this once a month, or once a quarter.
7- Day Detox Plan
Vegetables and Brown Rice Detox Plan
This detox is safe, keeps your anxiety and food cravings tamed, nourishes your cells, but also allows your body to detox.
High-fiber vegetables to optimize the detox. I love squash vegetables (acorn squash, butternut squash, and pumpkin) as they are filling and full of fiber so I consume plenty of these during my detox.
Organic short grain brown rice.
Steamed or boiled. Steam veggies with rice and have lots of vegetable soups. Boil your vegetables and blend away!
Salt retains water in the body and with it also toxins and should, therefore, be avoided during any detox program.
Eat as much of this as you like!
Supporting Detox Techniques
- Daily oil-pulling and tongue scraping
- Daily cardio or yoga workout for 20-45 minutes
- Dry brushing before shower whenever possible
- Epsom salts bath on day 3 and day 7
- Sip on one liter of tea throughout the day
- Drink 1 liter of water
- Try to go to sleep at 22:00 and wake up at 6:00.
Exercising doesn’t have to be complicated. Turn on a YouTube video and get going. Here is a couple to get you started. I absolutely love this detox yoga with Adriene.
Detox Yoga Video – 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Detox and Digestion
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