5 Ways To Detox Naturally
Most active women have either done or considered a “detox”. There’s no need for diet products. Here are 5 natural ways to help your body detox.
How Do Our Bodies Detox?
Our bodies are amazing systems, coping with stresses and so-called toxins from our environments and our diets. The body does a great job of “detoxing” all by itself, thanks to the liver, other organs (including the skin) and the lymphatic system.
If you feel you want to give your body a helping hand, don’t buy detox products, or embark on a new and restrictive diet. There’s simply no need. Here are 5 easy, healthy things you can do to support your body’s natural detox powers. You’ll run better, sleep better, and feel better.
Start The Day The Right Way
You’ve heard it before, but this one really does work and sets your body up for a day of health. Before you turn to tea or coffee, drink a large cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed in.
Replace Alcohol And Caffeine
One of the very best things you can do to help your body detox is cut out caffeine (in all its forms) and alcohol. Now the party season is behind us, give it a try. Go “dry” for just one week and see how much better you feel – how your sleep improves, how much more energy you have all day and how much body fat you lose (without changing anything else). Replace tea and coffee with green tea (no more than two cups a day, and not in the hours leading up to bedtime). Enjoy water and fruit or herbal teas.
Get More Sulphur
Sulphur is a nutrient found naturally in many foods. The body uses it for every stage of the detoxification process, and you’ll be helping your system if you up the amount of sulphur-rich foods you eat. Try onions and garlic, eggs, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
Vary Your Protein Sources
Not only does this way of eating help your body process toxins, it supports the function of the liver. In fact, it’s a healthy way to approach your nutrition. It’s particularly important for active women like runners! If you currently have meat as your main protein source, swap for oily fish and/or eggs a few times a week. These protein sources are super-healthy and contain lots of extra benefits like good fats.
Move More, Every Day!
We already know how beneficial it is to get outside and move. But even busy runners need a reminder sometimes. Don’t rely on running training for daily activity. Make sure you move your body every single day. Walking is fantastic (and most of us don’t do enough of it). Get outside in daylight when you can. Find an activity which supports your running and use it as cross training. Yoga? Morning walks? A team sport or racket sport with a friend or partner? More movement helps your body flush out toxins more effectively. Find an activity you can do every day and make it a habit just like meal times and bedtime.
When your body is happy and healthy, it functions well, allowing you to sleep more soundly, run more energetically and even lose more unnecessary body fat.