10 Simple Ways to Detox

Simple detox tips for busy women.

Lemon Ginger detox drink

Have you gotten mired in a bad eating rut? Are you feeling tired and sluggish? It might be time to put a body detox on the to-do list. Here are 10 simple ways to detox, without wacky fad diets or pricey spa treatments.

Body detoxification is about eliminating everyday substances that have a negative effect on your body. Some toxins are related to food, like refined sugar, pesticides, or chemical additives. Other negative substances come from the environment, for example, pollution, cleaning chemicals, and even second-hand cigarette smoke.

These ways to detox help flush harmful substances from your system. What’s more, they give a boost to organs that naturally work to detoxify the body, organs that include the kidneys, colon, and liver.

1. Cleanse your system.

One of the ways to detox the body is by using a short-term cleanse. These meal plans support the body with the nutrients it needs to detox naturally. Additionally, the foods are minimally processed or whole, eliminating caffeine, refined sugar, and other less-than-ideal ingredients. Try:
Flush The Fat Away Vegetable Soup
3-Day Cleanse and Detox Plan
7-Day Clean-Eating and Detox Menu

2. Drink your detox.

When you’re hunting for simple detox tips you can use regularly, consider preparing a detoxifying drink or smoothie. Recipes like the ones below offer ingredients that naturally help flush your system and aid digestion. Enjoy:
Super Green Detox Drink
Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
Cleanse and Detox Smoothie

3. Go organic.

Choosing organic foods is another of those ways to detox that you can incorporate into your daily routine. These foods reduce your exposure to toxins, like pesticides. Learn the 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Going Organic, or give your own organic garden a go with A Beginner’s Guide to Organic Gardening.

4. Reduce sugar intake.

Refined sugar is found in a shocking number of food products, including those you might not expect, such as salad dressing—you can even find refined sugar added to store-bought applesauce. Learn these 10 Alternatives to Refined Sugar, or take our 30-Day No Sugar Challenge.

5. Drink H2O–lots of H2O.

Strawberry-Basil Water

Increasing water intake is one of the easiest ways to detox on a daily basis. It helps carry toxins and waste throughout the body so they can be disposed of efficiently. In addition, water is crucial for ensuring proper function of the kidneys, which clean unwanted substances from the blood. Treat yourself to Strawberry Basil Water or learn 12 Ways to Increase Your Water Intake.

6. Work it out.

Slim Down with the Walk:Run Plan1

Experts suggest sweat itself doesn’t necessarily detox the body. Rather, exercise helps the body’s ability to move waste through the colon and kidneys [1]. Another benefit is that all that movement boosts circulation, which helps the body better flush out junk. Get your body detox on with Slim Down with the Walk/Run Plan like the 21-Day Learn to Run Challenge or our 14-Day Get Moving Workout Plan.

7. Exfoliate.

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s often on the front lines when it comes to toxins, particularly those in the environment. Remove toxins from the skin and boost circulation, which helps remove cell waste, by exfoliating regularly. Treat yourself to a DIY Citrus Body Scrub or this DIY Raspberry Body Scrub.

8. Love your lemons.

Antioxidants in lemons are believed to activate liver enzymes, leading to better natural detoxification. Start off each morning with one of these refreshing lemon waters: Lemon Ginger Detox Drink or Morning Lemon & Mint Detox Water.

9. Get those zzzz’s.

You might not normally associate sleep with body detoxing; however research suggests the brain’s more efficient at removing waste from cells during sleep [2]. Ramp up your snooze time with a 6-Minute Workout for Better Sleep, or learn the 5 Things That Keep You From Getting Your Zzzz’s.

10. Ditch soda.

Simple detox tips like eliminating soda (regular and diet!) are a surefire way to reduce exposure to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Make the healthy switch by trying our 30-Day No Soda Challenge, or enjoy sipping these 4 Healthy Alternatives to Diet Soda.


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[1] TODAY Health

[2] Mercola


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