Natural Ways To Detoxify The Body

Detoxification is a process of removing toxic substances from the body. Detoxification keeps you in good health.

NATURAL WAYS TO DETOXIFY YOUR BODY

Water: Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Water flushes your system naturally and maintains proper functioning of the body’s organs. Drink a glass of water with fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning. You can also add lemon or lime to your water throughout the day. These citrus fruits help cut down fat.

Natural Fiber: Fiber rich foods are excellent detoxifying agents. Eat more fiber rich foods. These include legumes, fruits and vegetables like broccoli, radish, beet, cabbage and so on. Fiber keeps the digestive tract working well and therefore enhances the elimination of toxic substances, waste and other substances that has built up in the digestive tract. Fiber also helps with weight loss.

Fruits only diet : Fruits prevent a lot of diseases and keep you healthy. For a fruit detox, you can use one type of fruit or different fruits. Eat these for seven days. Do not go beyond seven days. Some good fruits to consider for a fruit detox are citrus fruits such as oranges, lemon and tangerines. They have a high detoxifying power. You also eat grapes for about 3-5 days. They contain resveratrol which has anti cancer properties and protect against diabetes. They are also high in vitamin C and potassium.

Exercises: Engage in exercises like biking, running, jogging and others that make you sweat. Sweating is a way of getting rid of toxins from the body.

Meditation: Meditation lets go of any built-in anger, stress and anxiety. It is good for your mental health and the body as a whole.Yoga is also known for it’s ability to put pressure on body organs such as the liver and kidney. These organs play a crucial role in detoxification.

Turn to organic foods: Organic foods are grown with natural fertilizers and pesticides. They contain far less toxins. It is especially important to opt for organic where the fruit or vegetable involves eating the skin or peel.

Improve circulation: Good circulation releases toxins from the body and helps oxygen reach vital organs in the body. Activities that can improve circulation include massaging, exercising and skin brushing.

Liquids: You can also consume just liquids for about 2 days. Liquids such as water, fruit juice, vegetable juice or protein shakes are good for detoxification. They easily gets rid of toxins in your system.

THINGS TO AVOID WHILE YOU DETOXIFY YOUR BODY

It is essential to avoid these when engaging in detoxification.

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • tobacco
  • processed foods and meat

CAUTION

You MUST consult your doctor before starting any detoxification process especially if you have a medical condition or taking any medication.

6 Surprising Benefits of Cold Water Therapy for Fat Loss, Detox and Recovery

A lot is being said lately about the benefits of cold-water therapy for fat loss, detox and recovery. “Cryotherapy,” or cold-water immersion, cold showers, cold gel packs and the cold water Detox Bath (based on Louis Kuhne’s friction sitz bath) are popular amongst athletes and health seekers, and can equally benefit practically everyone else.

A long list of benefits is attributed to regular cold-water exposure. They include:

• Reduces Inflammation

• Triggers detoxification

• Decreases excess white body fat

• Boosts immune system

• Enhances sleep quality

• Boosts sexual performance and improves fertility

• Increases pain tolerance threshold

• Enhances hormone production

• Reduces food cravings

• Decreases uric acid levels

• Increases glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant. (Dr J Mercola)

Of course, these benefits vary from one person to the next. This method does NOT provide all the benefits above to everyone equally.

For the purposes of this article, let’s focus exclusively on the fat loss, detox and recovery benefits attributed to the regular application of cold temperatures to the body, in the form of cold showers, dipping in a cold pool after the sauna, practicing Louis Kuhne’s Detox Bath or using cold gel packs.

So, how does cold exposure contribute to fat loss, detox and recovery?

1- Brown fat activation: BAT or brown adipose tissue is brown fat that’s abundant in the body in childhood and decreases in adulthood. It is primarily found around the collarbone, neck, shoulders and upper back. A unique type of fat, it generates heat by burning the regular white fat that deposits in the stomach, hips, and butt and legs areas. Brown fat burns energy instead of storing it. Studies have proven that you can actually activate the brown fat -to burn the white fat- by cooling your body down.

2- Detoxification: Toxins are known to nestle in the dense white fat cells. When, through exposure to cold, you activate the brown fat, it dissolves the white fat and consequently detoxifies the body.

3- Enhancing the Immune System: Cold therapy enhances immunity by increasing the number of immune system cells that fight disease and infection. Due to its ability to stimulate norepinephrine release, cold exposure can induce an increase in natural killer cell count and activity, which can greatly improve the immune system function.

4- Hardening: The exposure to a natural stimulus, like cold, is called “hardening.” It is known to increase the body’s tolerance to stress and disease. “The underlying premise of cold water therapy is that briefly and somewhat regularly exposing the body to certain kinds of natural stresses can enhance health”. (Mark’s Daily Apple)

5- Drinking cold water speeds up the metabolic rate, because the body has to work to warm the water up. However, other types of cold or ice therapy, like cold gel packs applied to the groin area, can also help support your body’s fat-burning and detoxification ability.

6- Exercise and injury recovery By lowering the tissues’ temperature and constricting blood vessels in the targeted area, cold numbs it and prevents swelling. That’s why ice packs are often used after injury, to help minimise bruising and swelling from fluid build-up, and for pain relief.

Cold baths and cold gel packs have proven more effective than resting in the relief of the typical muscle soreness occurring after exercise.

What’s the Easiest Way to Cool the Body Down and Achieve the Benefits of Cold Exposure?

You can either take a cold shower or drink cold water, or even sit -immersed to the waist- in a tub of cold water for 10 minutes, 3 times a week. The water should be cold but not freezing.

However, the easiest, least invasive and most comfortable way to cool the body down and achieve the benefits listed above remains the regular use of cold gel packs, which are particularly effective when applied to the groin area.