How to Cleanse and Detoxify on a Daily Basis

There are currently a glut of programs and online courses devoted to cleansing and detoxing the body. Although we each Sudsy spongeneed to set aside time to cleanse and detoxify on a regular basis, I wanted to share some simple things we can do every day to help our body naturally eliminate toxins. The truth is that our bodies put a very high priority on detoxification. Our bodies are constantly working to break down and neutralize toxins by turning them into simple water-soluble chemicals that can be easily eliminated. Before reading this article, please read How to Tell You Need to Detox and How Does the Body Detoxify Itself.

The following daily habits are known to help your body eliminate toxins:

  • Start the day with warm lemon water. Blend 1-2 cups of purified, gently heated water with the juice of one organic lemon. Drink the blend first thing in the morning every day. The combination is known to assist the liver in cleansing itself, helps get the colon moving, and is known to alkalize the body’s pH.
  • Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Staying hydrated is one way to help your body eliminate toxins via the kidneys and colon. If your cells look like raisins instead of grapes, they cannot expel toxins efficiently. Drink up!
  • Eat a healthy diet high in fiber and free of pesticides, processed foods, fast food, soy, tap water, GMO produce, etc. The fewer toxins you ingest, the fewer your body will have to eliminate. Eating a rainbow of colors from fruits and veggies on a daily basis will provide a wide variety of nutrients that will strengthen your body’s cleansing efforts.
  • Eat foods that support the body’s detoxification efforts. A few of my favorites include turmeric, garlic, onions, beets, avocados, broccoli, cabbage, dandelion greens and flowers, blueberries, cloves, ginger, dark leafy greens, green tea, etc. These foods provide nutrients that either specifically boost the liver’s ability to cleanse itself or provide antioxidants known to neutralize free radicals. They are healthy and tasty, so it’s a win-win!
  • Skip your buzz of choice one day a week. Whether your preferred buzz comes from alcohol, sugar, caffeine, cigarettes, time spent online or something less legal, designate one day a week to avoid that item. If you have a strong addiction, start by avoiding the item for one waking hour a week and gradually work up.
  • Have at least three bowel movements per day. Yes, three. A healthy digestive system expels toxins a minimum of twice daily. Drinking enough water and eating sufficient fiber are good ways to start helping the digestive tract heal itself. Damaged digestive systems will require additional assistance. For more details on how to improve digestion, read Top Six Ways to Maximize Digestion or What Your Poop Should Look Like.
  • Exercise enough to sweat every day. Sweat is one of the body’s best detoxifiers. Even ten minutes of exercise is sufficient to create chemical changes that benefit your body’s ability to detoxify. If you do not have a habit of exercising, start slowly and work up very gradually. Do activities that are fun. Exercise should not be synonymous with “torture.” On days you’re unable to exercise, sweat by using a sauna or extremely warm bath.
  • Switch to all-natural body products and cleaning products. Women are said to absorb over five POUNDS of toxins on a yearly basis from their bath and body products. Switching to all-natural products will take a load off your liver and kidneys and will help improve the appearance of your skin. Switching to all-natural household cleaners is another effective way of reducing your toxic load. For more information on eliminating toxins from skin care products, read Top Five Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care Products.
  • Breath deeply, from the diaphragm. Take a deep breath. Did your shoulders rise? If so, your breath was actually fairly shallow. Deep breathing gets the diaphragm moving and causes the abdomen to expand and contract. Your lungs are organs of elimination the body uses to expel toxins. Help your lungs do their job by pausing once an hour (or several times a day) to breathe deeply. Take a deep breath in, counting to four as you slowly inhale, and then exhale for a count of four. Repeat ten times. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Get enough sleep. Your body’s heaviest time of detoxification occurs while you sleep. Most people need a minimum of seven hours of sleep for adequate rejuvenation. If you’re getting less than that, start making changes to increase the amount of sleep you get.
  • Dry skin brushing. Dry skin brushing involves using a natural-bristle brush to gently brush the body from head to toe. Doing so clears the skin of dead cells, stimulates blood flow and stimulates the lymphatic glands, allowing them to move toxins out of the body more easily. Start at the feet and brush toward the heart, using gentle strokes. (It should not hurt.) Move upward, always brushing toward the heart. I recommend doing dry skin brushing before showering. It should always be done on dry skin, never wet.) The dry skin bush I use is: Natural Dry Skin Brush.
  • Take a bath. Taking a detoxification bath 2-3 times per week is a simple way of helping your body eliminate toxins. You can either use a very warm bath with no additives, or can add a wide variety of common household ingredients known to help the body detoxify. For more info, read Create a Detoxification Bath Using Common Ingredients.
  • Laugh every day! Detoxification is not a purely physical activity. We each need time to decompress mentally and emotionally. Laughter is a wonderful way of releasing tension and lifting spirits. Make a goal of having a good belly laugh several times a day. If your coworkers and family aren’t particularly funny, find online resources that make you laugh. Make a point of finding things that are funny in a positive way. Avoid humor that focuses on making people laugh by belittling others.
  • Spend time in prayer, meditation, or relaxing mind work on a daily basis. As stated above, your mind needs detoxification as much as your body. Take time every day to focus on the positive and release the negative. 

Which of these methods do you use? Please take time to share your thoughts below and to let us know which methods you’re considering adding to your daily habits.

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Dr. Pamela Reilly is a Naturopathic Physician dedicated to helping people improve their health and eliminate symptoms using natural, integrative methods. She has over 25 years of experience and has helped men, women and children improve their health using a holistic, client-centered focus. She sees clients in Indianapolis, does house calls, and also conducts consultations via Skype or telephone. Please feel free to contact her or visit her Consultations page for more information. Dr. Pamela speaks nationwide on a wide variety of health topics and welcomes speaking invitations.

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5 Responses to How to Cleanse and Detoxify on a Daily Basis

  1. Steve F says:

    Thanks for the great info Pamela. Your analogy about cells looking like raisins instead of grapes instantly made me want to drink more water!

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  3. I love this list, especially ‘laugh every day’. It’s probably the only one I do every single day but that’s a start right?
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. alexis says:

    good article, i l ove the part about detoxing the mind, my life is extremely stressful and the impetus for the majority of my body’s toxic state.

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