As you learned in our intro post to this series, toxins are all around us – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the products we use, the foods we eat…the list goes on and on. We talked about why you should care and want to reduce your exposure to toxins. The second post in this installment taught you about 6 easy ways to reduce toxins in your food. Then, the third post went into 5 simple ways to reduce toxins in your home. Finally, in this last post of the series we’ll share 5 practical lifestyle tips for detoxing.
5 Practical Lifestyle Tips For Detoxing
There are 5 specific things you can work on to help your body process and eliminate toxins from your body. Now this list is not all encompassing and there are plenty more things you can do for detoxing, but this is definitely a great start especially if you are just starting to delve into cleaner living! You can read more about each of the 5 tips further down in this post.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep
- Drink plenty of water
- Move often
- Try dry brushing
- Sweat it out in a sauna
Get At Least 8 Hours Of Sleep
I know – this sounds simple, but in real life it can really be quite difficult. Often we sacrifice sleep to be more productive and get one more thing checked of our to-do lists, but it is at the detriment of our bodies working to heal themselves. While you sleep, your body does a ton of work to restore and ready itself to function properly while you are awake and processing and eliminating toxins is part of this. Our brains also detox while we sleep, so prioritizing sleep is a must! This post from the Huffington Post describes the various sleep phases.
Something we’ve found to be super helpful for winding down and getting to sleep at a reasonable time is creating a night time ritual. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but try creating a routine you do every night that signals your body that it is time to start preparing for sleep. Here is mine:
- Watch a show or two on Netflix. Then, the TV goes off.
- Wash my face, moisturize, floss and brush my teeth.
- Read in bed until my eyes are heavy, which usually takes about 30 minutes or so.
Yes, we are super boring, but since we started implementing a night time routine, I’ve noticed that I fall asleep much easier and have more restful sleep.
This post from Primal Pastures also has some super practical tips for getting better sleep.
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Drink Plenty Of Water
For me this another easier said than done item. I don’t tend to feel thirsty often, but I know my body needs more water. Drinking water helps to flush things through your body, from your digestion to your liver and kidneys, where lots of detoxing occurs. Without water, things become stagnant in your body and that creates an environment where toxins thrive. So, how much water should you drink? I think it is common to hear something like 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day. I follow my naturopath’s recommendation to half my body weight and drink that many ounces of water. Example: You weigh 140 pounds => drink 70 ounces of water per day.
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Exercise and movement also help to keep things moving in our bodies and promote proper detoxification. Exercising helps you sweat as well, which is great for detoxing. I often hear you should exercise 3-5 times per week with a moderate level of exertion, but what does that actually look like?
Well, it is different for everyone, and in my opinion you should find some sort of activity that gets you moving that you genuinely like. If you don’t enjoy your workout, it won’t have the positive mind/body benefits that really help you to thrive. So, find an activity that you actually enjoy and do that.
For me, I enjoy barre based fitness classes. They challenge me both mentally and physically and bring a balance of feeling strong and powerful while also graceful to my life. If you love running, be a runner. If you hate running, don’t worry about it, and find something else that you totally dig so exercising feels like self-care rather than a forced and unpleasant task.
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Try Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is great for your lymphatic system and helps to promote circulation, exfoliation and detoxing. You can read more about the benefits of dry brushing here. Essentially you use a brush that looks like the one below and work your way up, starting with your feet and brushing in motions toward your heart. I’ve only recently started dry brushing, but have found it to be a nice weekend ritual as part of my self care routine before I shower.
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Sweat It Out In A Sauna
Sweat is one way our bodies eliminate toxins. Saunas can be great because they are an effective and efficient way of heating our bodies from the inside out, so you get to the sweaty stage without feeling so hot. I recently started going to the Wellness Doctor locally in Bend, Oregon and have tried their infrared sauna. I’m intrigued by the info out there on these types of saunas and their use for healing various ailments and promoting overall health and wellness in addition to detoxing. You can watch a video about the particular kind of infrared sauna they use at my local office and read info on its benefits here. You can also go to the sauna at your local gym or look for places that offer an infrared sauna like the one I have tried. As always, consult with your doctor before using a sauna or other treatments to make sure they are right for you and your body.
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We hope you have found this series of posts informative, practical and useful for implementing small changes to reduce your exposure to toxins and help your body to properly eliminate the toxins you do come into contact with. You can check out each of the other posts by clicking the links below
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