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Don't Starve Yourself: 5 Natural Ways to Detox the Body

Nov 28 2014 - 11:08am

Forget what you think you know about detoxing: juice-only diets, colonics, and herbal supplements are not the healthiest ways to cleanse the body. But after a period of overindulging, feeling lighter is what many of us crave. Instead of going to extreme measures, opt for these five natural ways to detox the body to feel healthier, more energized, and focused!

Relax and Restore

Doing a detox isn't just about food — you also want to rejuvenate your body in other ways. Since a good night's rest is essential to repair and restore the body, make sure to follow these tips for getting quality sleep [1]. Once you're up, engage in practices that will help you feel calm, loose, and centered like meditation or these restorative yoga poses [2].

Eliminate the Junk

First things first: remove certain foods from your diet — namely, the junk. After eliminating processed foods, refined carbs, and sugar, you'll have more energy through the day, and you can kiss that afternoon slump goodbye. Take an elimination diet a step further by cutting out gluten, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol for two weeks. While the first few days may feel painful, in no time at all, you'll be feeling less bloated and more clearheaded. Here are five reasons why an elimination diet can work for you [3].

Get Active

To get your body on track, make sure that you're up and moving. Regular exercise has a myriad of benefits [4] that go beyond weight loss: it increases energy, boots your mood, improves thinking, and helps prevent disease. After a period of lethargy and/or overindulgence, exercise is one of the best ways to give yourself a makeover.

Eat Clean, Whole, and Fresh

Now that you've removed the junk from your diet, focus on eating good-for-you healthy foods: think whole, fresh, organic, and all-natural. Stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and grass-fed, organic proteins. Unlike processed foods, you'll find that all-natural food is more nutrient-dense and free of preservatives and chemicals, which only spells happiness for your body. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store, and strive to make your plate look as colorful as possible: eating a rainbow of foods ensures you're getting a variety of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Don't forget to eat these foods with natural detoxing properties [5].

Hydrate the Right Way

The cornerstone to any good detox is water — lots of water. Staying hydrated helps prevent constipation and also wakes up your digestive system and liver, which is key to ridding the body of waste and toxins. If you want to add a little variety to the mix, try one of these detoxing drinks [6].


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