Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daily Detox for Your Body

We live in a world filled with toxins.  There is pollution in the air we breathe, impurities in the water we drink, and chemicals and pesticides in the foods we eat.  Our bodies generally do a good job of getting rid of toxins, but they can become overloaded with the amount of toxins that we encounter on a daily basis.  

Many of our internal organs help flush out the toxins in our bodies, but the skin is the largest organ of elimination that we have.  Through the shedding of dead cells and sweating, the skin is able to remove more waste products than any other organ.  

If you can take a few minutes every day to help your body maximize it's ability to process and expel toxins, you will feel healthier and happier, and your body will thank you.

Try using one of these seven detox methods each day of the week.  I promise you will notice the difference!


Drinking a glass of warm or even hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon in the morning is a signal to your body that it is time to start digesting again.  After all, when you wake up, you have been fasting for 8 - 10 hours!  The warmth of the water will stimulate digestion and the lemon will help flush out toxins.


Use a hand towel dipped in hot water to scrub your body vigorously for a few minutes before you jump in the shower.  This stimulates the pores of the skin to help them eliminate toxins more easily.  It also creates a rejuvenating flow of energy in the body and helps melt away subcutaneous fat and break down cellulite.  (You can also use a soft brush, loofah, or  a bath glove if you prefer.)


Any type of physical activity that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat helps your body rid itself of toxins.  Strive to get at least 30 minutes of this movement for the most health benefits.


Treating yourself to a massage does more than just relax you.  It helps your body get rid of toxins!  The friction on the skin and the stimulation of the muscles gets blood flowing and impurities moving out of the body.  Make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards to prevent soreness and to keep toxins from being re-absorbed by the muscles.


Fill your tub with hot water and add a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, and 1/2 cup of baking soda.  Soak for 20 minutes.  This combo draws out toxins, balances your body's pH levels and lowers stress-related hormones.


Not only is sitting in a sauna relaxing and soothing, it also helps you sweat out tons of toxins!  The deep sweat produced in a sauna can help reduce levels of copper, lead, mercury, zinc and nickel -- all common toxins we pick up from our environment.


At the end of your shower, alternate between water temperatures as hot and as cold as you can stand.  This will increase circulation and help flush out your lymphatic system.  

Using one or all of these techniques as often as you can will increase your energy, decrease skin and digestive problems, and leave you feeling  fresh and toxin-free inside and out!!

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