Down to Detox

Yoga, Sauna, Foods, and More

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By Audrey Sellers

Detoxing your body is like pressing a reset button — you clear away the bad stuff, such as accumulated toxins and pollutants, and provide a clean slate for your body to function optimally. 

Don’t want to down a bunch of supplements or mix up some herbal concoctions? You don’t have to. There are many ways to detox safely and effectively, and they don’t all require guzzling green juices or going on 20-hour fasts. Check out a few ideas below:

Do some yoga.

Light a candle, roll out your mat, and embrace the detoxifying power of yoga. With all the twists and inversions, the practice helps improve circulation, stimulate digestion, and flush out toxins through sweat. When you breathe deeply, you also get more oxygen to your cells, contributing to brighter, healthier skin. 

Sweat it out in a sauna session.

Book an appointment for a sauna session and experience a detoxifying sweat and purifying cleanse. As the heat works its magic, your body naturally eliminates toxins through the skin. Just a few minutes in the sauna can also promote relaxation, reduce stress levels, and enhance your overall well-being.

Eat clean.

If you’ve overindulged in alcohol or processed foods, get back on track with fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. When possible, try to get organic produce to lessen exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Drink plenty of water.

With the Texas sun beating down, it’s easy to lose water and electrolytes through perspiration. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day to stay hydrated and help your body’s natural detoxification processes. A squeeze of lemon can provide an extra detox boost since lemon helps alkalize the body and eliminate toxins.

Do a digital detox.

Instead of scrolling social media or watching TV, spend time on soul-nourishing activities. Call a loved one, read a book, or go for a walk outside. Taking a break from screens can help reduce stress and improve sleep.

Move your body.

Any kind of exercise promotes detoxification. Movement helps stimulate the lymphatic system, which eliminates toxins from the body. Whether you enjoy cycling, jogging, swimming, or another activity, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily to support your detox efforts.

Set the scene for better slumber.

Sleep plays a vital role in the body’s detoxification process, allowing it to repair and rejuvenate. When you’re asleep, the brain’s glymphatic system becomes more active, helping remove toxins and waste products accumulated during the day. Try practicing relaxation techniques before bed, from gentle stretches to mindful meditation.

Detoxing lets you reboot your health and revitalize your body and mind. It can also pave the way for healthy long-term habits, like prioritizing regular exercise or getting adequate sleep. Don’t be afraid to dip your toe into the detox waters this summer — it can be a first step to a lifetime of better health. 

down to detox
Yoga, Sauna, Foods, and More

What to Do Before Starting a Detox

It’s important to prepare yourself physically and mentally before embarking on a detox. Use this guide to prepare:

  • Set clear intentions. What do you want to achieve with this detox? If you want to lose weight, keep your goal realistic and remember that the purpose of a detox isn’t to drop a dress size but to kickstart healthier habits.
  • Decide when to begin. Maybe you have a wedding or class reunion coming up, or perhaps you want to feel energetic and vibrant for a big Fourth of July bash. Use these events to motivate you.
  • Choose a duration for your detox. Some people do a detox for a day or two, while others embark on a longer detox plan. Consider your goal and lifestyle when choosing a length.
  • Mentally prepare. You might be a bit cranky when you begin a detox. Cutting out coffee or sugar can do that to a person. Observe how you feel and allow your emotions to come and go. 

For more about detoxing, visit LivingMagazine.net

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