Have you been feeling funky lately? A little sluggish? There are many times we may feel that it’s time for a new start for our bodies and ourselves –that it’s time to hit the reset button on our health to help that body find homeostasis. Many detoxes are for eating clean and getting the junk out of your body, but detoxes are really something more.
It’s getting the junk out of your body AND teaching your body how to eat. It’s making sure you don’t eat the junk out there. The junk is why we feel bad. Are you feeling unsure if it’s time for a detox? You need to be ready, and it’s not always easy. Do you want to teach your body to feel good? We have tools to help you support your body during the reset.
Is Your Body Screaming For a Detox?
Are your organs of elimination showing distress? Your liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, and skin will find ways to tell you. Ignoring these signs can be detrimental to your health. Do you need to help get some toxins out of your body? From headaches to hypertension, everybody shows stress differently. Here are some of the signs to look for:
- Rashes, pimples, eczema, or offensive body odor indicate the skin is stressed.
- Frequent, painful, or urgent urination and dark or offensive-smelling urine indicate stressed kidneys.
- What about your tummy issues? Gas, diarrhea, bloating, and constipation are signs of intestinal stress. How’s your poop?
- Congestion, coughs, or wheezing indicates the lungs are stressed.
If your organs of elimination are showing stress, your body is working hard. These are signs your body is screaming for help. It’s time to step away from processed foods, alcohol, and cooking oils. How can you support your body? Help your body do what it was meant to do. Your body is constantly detoxing- that’s what it does. We are surrounded by toxins every day! It’s more about ensuring you are doing the right things to detox correctly and removing inflammation triggers. It’s crucial to ensure you have plenty of nutrients to support those detoxification pathways.
Is Your Body Ready For Detox?
Get Your Allergies Tested
This is a big thing: Get your food allergies tested and make sure you heal your GI before starting a detox. Food allergies cause a lot of inflammation in your gut, leading to a leaky gut. When you force a detox hard, during those first days, you’re drawing toxins that may be stuck in the fat tissues or other organs. If you try to pull those out too soon, without your GI being properly healed, all that stuff can leak back into the system and make you really sick.
Give Your GI Time to Heal
It takes time for the body to heal. Removing those triggers is #1, and then rebuilding that GI is critical for a successful detox. So, you want to make sure you are pooping- well. If you’re pooping well- you’re ready for your detox.
A detox is hard. You can feel kind of crappy. You might be super tired, bad brain foggy, and/or just feel bad, which is a good thing because that’s the stuff leaving the body. It can be tough, though, which is why it’s important to set yourself up for success. A detox is best with the guidance of a health professional. We do have some tips everyone should follow to do a detox successfully.
Support Your Body During Detox
Go to the grocery store to buy some fruits and vegetables… and more fruits and vegetables. Plus… a few more fruits and vegetables. Oh, and also, buy some quinoa! For those who like to cook, it’s easier, but for many people, it can be challenging. If you open up that refrigerator and can’t find something on your detox list, it will be much harder. Being prepared is the key to starting and finishing a detox successfully.
Have an Accountability Partner
Find a buddy or a loved one who needs to reset, too, someone to keep you honest. It’s funny, but knowing you have to be there to keep someone else on track keeps you on track, too. You can only keep someone else accountable if you are accountable yourself. It’s also always better to go through with a friend, share ideas, and support each other.
Add Supportive Herbs
Schisandra is a medicinal berry containing phenols and lignans. It has multiple healing properties, including boosting liver function, boosting energy, supporting cellular health, and providing antioxidant activity.
Milk Thistle is a natural herb with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may promote healthy digestive function by helping with enzyme formation, increasing bile production, decreasing inflammation, and soothing mucous membranes throughout the body. This herb aids in the elimination of toxins from the liver and supports healthy skin.
Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory. With the toxins floating through your system on their way out, you will feel a little crappy. The detox can cause some inflammation, and turmeric can bring that down. Turmeric provides antioxidant activity. Among its outstanding qualities, it also promotes the body’s normal, protective response to environmental stress.
Don’t Forget Antioxidants
Antioxidants are good for getting rid of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are toxins. Some of the foods we eat have toxins, and antioxidants bind them up to get them out of the body.
Glutathione is one of the most significant antioxidants, and it’s huge in helping the liver pass toxins through the body. Vitamin C is another excellent antioxidant. It helps cleanse the liver, and it supports the immune response.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drink 1-2 cups per hour to help your kidneys flush out toxins.
Incorporate Light Exercise
Find some light exercise- Nothing too strenuous. Your body is going through enough crap as it is right now. Light walking is a good choice and doesn’t use much energy. You are going to be tired already from the detox.
Schedule Massage Therapy
Do you need a reason to get a massage? It will help remove toxins from your muscles and tissues by moving them to the lymphatic system (your body’s garbage disposal system) and the kidneys. Be sure to drink plenty of water after a massage! Other ways to treat yourself while pulling toxins include taking a nice sauna or a hot shower. Foot baths are another great idea. Your feet are very porous and an excellent way of pulling junk out of the body.
Consider an Enema
Doing an enema can cleanse the colon. You want to make sure everything is clean and zipping on through.
Try Breathing Exercises
Exhalations are detoxifying. Do breathing exercises 2-3 times per day. Inhale through your nose, into your abdomen (not your upper chest), for a count of 4. Hold for a count of 7. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 8. Repeat for a total of 4 cycles.
Your Most Important Tool
Your most important tool is your attitude! Positivity will go a long way in making your detox successful. How will you feel about trying new foods and cleaning out your body? Will you bring optimism to your new routines, or will they be a chore? You are the one who will make the most impact on your success because it won’t all be easy, but it will be worth it!
Your Reset, Your Detox
Having the tools to set yourself up for detox success is essential. You are going to feel crappy at times. But then afterward- I honestly can say you will feel great, and you will feel better. You will find you are just doing these simple things to feel better. You are in control of how you feel. Once you know that it makes you feel good, and if you start to return to those old ways, you think, wait, that doesn’t feel good. How do I get back to feeling good? Resetting gets easier because you know how to make your body feel good.
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