Every day your body is subject to an onslaught of toxins. Even if you eat a 100% organic diet, avoid conventional personal-care products, and banish chemicals from your home, you’re still exposed.
Toxic chemicals are in the air you breathe. They’re in the water you drink. And they can even end up in your food supply — despite your best efforts to avoid them.
Luckily, the human body is well equipped to eliminate toxins from your system. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few steps along the way to supercharge your body’s natural ability to detox.
Don’t worry — we’re not talking about some trendy pill or drink. (And you don’t have to start juicing every vegetable in your fridge…unless you’re into that sort of thing already.)
Instead, here are 5 simple yet effective ways to reduce toxins in your body.
Get Some (More) Sleep
Maybe you’re at a point in your life where sleep has become your favorite hobby. (Raise your hand if you’re already looking forward to getting back to sleep tonight!)
Or maybe you’re in the what-the-heck-is-sleep phase of life typically reserved for parents with young children or grad students pushing to make the grade.
Sleep makes you feel restored and helps to store memories. But is that really all it does?
A few years ago, scientists discovered what is known as the glymphatic system.
It’s how your body removes waste and toxins from your brain. Think of it as a series of pressurized tubes flushing your noggin, kind of like the lymph system.
And this system is up to 10x more active while you are asleep.
Eat Up! Antioxidant-Rich Foods
You’ve heard all the hype about free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable atoms floating around your body, wreaking havoc and making you look like a well-used leather bag long before your time. (They are laugh lines, not wrinkles, thank you very much!)
Your body needs a balance of free radicals and antioxidants to properly function.
When your body has an excess of free radicals, that becomes a problem.
When there’s an imbalance, they start running around picking off healthy cells like the water-balloon game at a carnival, leading to illness and disease.
So how do we get rid of them?
One of the best ways to remove toxins from your body is to put things inside of it that are rich in antioxidants. You don’t have to be a science major to know which foods are antioxidant-rich. Just look for the dark stuff!
- Dark Chocolate
- Red Wine
So fill your plate with fruits and vegetables whenever you get a chance. A diet rich in plant foods is a diet rich in antioxidants.
Take a Hike
In case you needed one more excuse to get your daily exercise…
Moving your body also gets blood and lymph fluid moving.
The more it moves, the better your detoxifying organs can do their job.
Researchers have found that exercise may even protect your liver from chronic alcohol use. That doesn’t mean a regular exercise program gives you carte blanche to binge drink, but it could help protect your liver against the occasional glass of wine.
Drink More Water
It sounds simple.
But the drink-eight-glasses-of-water-a-day advice you’ve heard your entire life (thanks, Mom) can actually help your body detox.
Your kidneys use water to get rid of certain waste products and toxins and to dissolve nutrients, allowing your body to absorb them more easily.
So drink up! But don’t take your water with a side of extra toxins. Use a filter to remove heavy metals and chemicals from your water, and be sure to drink out of stainless steel or glass cups — not plastic.
Relax and Take an Epsom-Salt Bath
Want another reason to get some “me time”?
Epsom salts are full of magnesium and sulfate, which are known for their ability to cleanse your colon.
Magnesium not only plays a role in your body’s own natural detoxification processes, but it may also help you sleep better. It increases the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that signals to your brain that it’s time to settle down and get some rest.
So take a hot steamy Epsom-salt bath. Light some candles, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils, and have yourself a full-on faux-spa experience.
Sticking to a lifestyle that eliminates as many toxins as possible is a process, and the learning curve can be steep. But taking these simple, easy steps can help your body do its miraculous job of naturally detoxing.
No magic pills required.