When you think of “detox”, you might imagine drinking an unsavory concoction, feeling constantly famished, running to the toilet all the time, or maybe even depriving yourself.
There are a number of reasons your body needs a detox, but you do not have to suffer for it. Gently cleanse your body instead by developing these habits.
Drink more water
Aside from quenching your thirst, water has a lot of benefits. It regulates your body temperature, keeps your joints healthy, and helps your body digest food and absorb nutrients better. Most of all, it detoxifies by washing the waste products away.
The cells need constant and continuous repair to do their jobs and break down nutrients to energize your body. However, these processes release urea and carbon dioxide, which are wastes that can be harmful when they build up in your blood. Water washes away these wastes, removing them from your body through breathing, sweat, and urine. So, you have to be well-hydrated to keep your body’s detoxification process moving.
For men, the recommended daily intake for water is 125 ounces or 3.7 liters, and 91 ounces or 2.7 liters for women. It may also vary depending on your diet, where you live, and your activity level.
Limit your alcohol consumption
Drinking too much alcohol is unhealthy in itself and leads to further unhealthy lifestyle choices, including bad eating habits. While some studies show that low to moderate alcohol consumption can be beneficial for heart health, drinking excessively can cause a lot of health problems, most of which are brought about by harmful toxins.
Your liver is mainly responsible for metabolizing alcohol. The liver enzymes metabolize alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is a chemical that causes cancer. The liver then recognizes acetaldehyde as a toxin and converts it to acetate, a substance that is flushed out of your body later on. When you drink too much, your liver gets overworked and damaged. This hinders your liver from performing its functions, including filtering toxins and other wastes from your body.
Limit your alcohol consumption to keep your body’s detoxification system healthy. Experts recommend a maximum of one drink per day for women, and two for men. If you do not drink at all, it is best not to start ever.
Eat less salt, sugar, and processed foods
Frequently eating sugary and processed foods lead to health conditions that hinder the natural detoxification abilities of your body, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Meanwhile, eating too much salt causes your body to retain too much fluid, especially if you have existing liver or kidney conditions or don’t drink enough water.
The American lifestyle includes fast food and junk food. These foods tend to be highly processed and high in salt and sugar. Cut back on junk and fast food, and sugary beverages. Replace them with healthier food choices, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, or cook your own meals with fresh ingredients. Not only will this minimize your toxin intake, but healthy foods are often rich in antioxidants that boost your natural detoxification.
Your body detoxifies on its own — no need to ingest weird stuff, and take frequent and upsetting toilet trips. You only have to develop healthier habits that improve your body’s detoxification system and minimize your toxin intake. This way, you are enabling continuous and natural detoxification, while living a cleaner and healthier life.