Spring is a time for renewal and starting fresh, so there is no better season to focus on what you are putting into your body. Detoxing will help eliminate any pollutants that you have consumed through your skin, from the air you breathe and the foods you eat. Just like you do spring cleaning around your house, you should do a spring detox for your mind, body and soul. Here are some tips to help you eliminate toxins naturally this spring.
Foods to Avoid
One simple rule to stick to is to avoid any foods that are processed like pre-made meals, deli meats, cheese, breads, chips, etc. Toxic foods like fried food, dairy, saturated fats, red meat, and alcohol do not do any good for your body. Gluten is also a major contributor to a slow metabolism and toxins accumulating in your body. Avoid sugar, especially refined sugar, because it is really hard to digest and it messes with your blood sugar levels. Avoid artificial sugars too, those can be even worse for you.
Best Foods for Detoxing
In order to cleanse your diet, you should focus on natural, whole foods. Focus on a diet filled with plenty of nutrient-dense, lower-sugar, high-fiber plant foods along with excellent sources of protein and healthy dietary fat. Fill your plate with organic, fresh fruits and vegetables that will nourish your body instead of taking from it. If you aren’t able to buy only organic produce, check out our guide to buying organic produce to reduce toxins from pesticides and other harmful ingredients.
Eat more salads, fresh soups, stir fries, and vegetable juices without added sugars to feed your body nutrient dense foods. Bitter foods like endives, radicchio, dandelion greens, and daikon radish have cleansing properties for your blood and liver. Grab caffeine-free herbal teas instead of coffee to help support your liver function. Make sure to get two to three servings of lean protein each day, like deep-water fish, organic eggs and chicken, or legumes. Keep a reusable water bottle near you at all times and make sure to get at least 8 full glasses of water each day. Hot water with lemon is also very good for detoxing your liver. Some of the best foods for naturally detoxifying your body are natural fats and oils, nuts and seeds, clean protein, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
Detox Your Mind
Our minds get filled with toxins from the stress of everyday life that can lead to anything from anxiety and depression to ulcers. Some tips to help clean your mind are to practice meditation or mindfulness. By slowing down and focusing on how your body feels and what type of thoughts are in your mind, you are staying in the present moment and reducing toxins in your head. Eliminating clutter in your home is great for reducing anxiety and getting rid of dust that can cause allergies. You can also ease stress by getting regular exercise, not to mention, sweating is an amazing detoxifier – it can eliminate up to 20% of the toxins and debris in your body that gets absorbed through your skin.
Detox Your Beauty Products
In today’s world, the average woman uses about 12 personal care and cosmetic products daily while the average man uses around 6. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and by putting products directly on your skin, it gets absorbed quickly and transports to every other organ in your body. This is why you want to stick with clean, natural products that aren’t filled with toxins. Just because a product is labeled “natural,” “organic,” “clean,” or “non-toxic” doesn’t mean it is any of those things. All of those words are used as marketing tactics and the beauty industry does not have a standard for those claims. Check out these 12 toxic ingredients to avoid in cosmetics and skin care to learn more about dangerous toxins hiding in common beauty products.
Benefits of Detoxing
By ridding your body of toxins, you get to watch your overall health improve and many health issues lessen drastically or completely disappear. You will notice your gut health majorly improve and you won’t suffer from bloating, nausea, indigestion and constipation nearly as much. Your immune system will take a major boost and protect your body from frequent colds and flu, blemishes, and puffy eyes. If you have frequent urinary problems, they will dissipate as your kidneys stop overworking and under-functioning. Detoxing will even give you a burst of energy and will help improve your overall focus.
We hope you enjoyed this article and learned some simple tips to help detoxify your live and improve your overall health!