How To Detox Your Body
The human body is equipped to naturally rid itself of toxins. Following some of the simple lifestyle changes and dietary modifications listed below, you can enhance your body’s natural detox system and rejuvenate your body.
1. Sleep More
Sleep is the body’s natural way of recharging itself. But much more than just helping your brain and body reorganize itself, quality sleep also helps to get rid of toxic wastes that might have accumulated in your body during the day, and has been linked to reduced stress hormone (cortisol) levels, weight loss, and a general improvement in overall health.
On the other hand, sleep deprivation can lead to negative health consequences like high stress and anxiety levels, obesity, increased blood pressure, and an inability for your body to detoxify like it is supposed to naturally. Potentially dangerous by-products of metabolism like beta-amyloid, which has been connected to Alzheimer’s, and other toxins may build up in your body if you don’t get sufficient sleep.
If you have difficulty falling asleep or getting quality sleep, you are not alone. Try some simple lifestyle changes like maintaining a regular sleeping schedule even on weekends, eliminating all light sources in your bedroom while you sleep, and keeping the temperature at 68 degrees or lower to help improve your sleep.
2. Drink More Water
The importance of hydration in detoxification cannot be overemphasized. The advice to drink more water is one you are likely to find in every manual about detoxifying your body.
Water aids the metabolic processes in the body, which includes food digestion, absorption of valuable nutrients, and waste removal. Drinking enough water also helps your body’s natural detoxification system to get rid of waste products in your body.
Cellular activities involve a continual breakdown of nutrients, which inevitably produce wastes like urea and carbon dioxide that can be harmful when left to accumulate in the body. Water aids the transportation of these and other waste products for effective removal from the body during processes like sweating, urinating, and even breathing.
3. Limit Alcohol Intake
If the goal is to detox your body, then, of course, you have to avoid ingesting more toxins, which is what your body considers alcohol to be. This is why your liver works overtime to get rid of it. Enzymes in the liver are continually working to metabolize the alcohol you consume by converting the acetaldehyde it contains to a harmless acetate, which is subsequently eliminated from the body.
Apart from the fact that you are taking in potentially toxic substances when you consume alcohol, excessive consumption of alcohol can also destabilize liver functions and may even cause damage in the form of inflammation and scarring. These will make it difficult for the liver to perform its function of getting rid of waste and toxins. Abstain from taking alcohol entirely or consciously limit your consumption.
4. Watch What You Eat
The primary entry for toxins to get into your body is through what you eat. Carefully watching what you eat to avoid certain foods, while consciously choosing other foods is essential in any discussion on how to detoxify your body.
Excessive consumption of sugar can lead to a wide range of debilitating conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. Eating excessive amounts of junk foods will add to your body’s current toxin level, and hinder the organs in charge of the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself, such as the kidneys and liver.
During regular metabolic processes, your cells produce free radicals, which can lead to a long list of negative health conditions. Eating foods rich in antioxidants and probiotics, such as fresh produce, organic meat and dairy products, and whole grains, helps your body avoid this oxidative stress and free radical accumulation, and aid in nutrient circulation by feeding good microorganisms in the gut. Keeping these organisms healthy can improve the body’s overall detoxification system.
5. Exercise Regularly
It is a common misconception that only overweight people need to exercise regularly. Exercise is associated with a better quality of life and improved health overall. Staying active helps all your body systems, including the systems responsible for getting rid of toxins. Fortunately, you don’t need a tough exercise routine to detox your body. Just make sure you stay active, and you are moving your body as much as possible daily. Doing this will help improve blood circulation, improve oxygen distribution, and the circulation of nutrients throughout your organs and tissues.
Your body’s natural metabolic processes create a trail of toxins that needs to be eliminated. Not getting rid of these toxins can have debilitating consequences on your health. Simple lifestyle changes will enhance your body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and improve your overall health.
Kathrin Garner is a health and lifestyle blogger who enjoys covering topics ranging from food to cannabis to fashion.