Natural Cures: Detox Your Body from Harmful Chemicals

Now, everybody who is around or heard of the holistic community has heard of detoxing. Detox smoothies, detox teas, every little trick around. What really is 'detox', and how can you use it to remove harmful chemicals from your body?

Well, detoxing is, by dictionary definition, abstaining from or ridding the body of harmful and unhealthy substances. This definition can be used a hundred different ways. Some people refer to detoxing as a way of ridding their lives of unhealthy environments, unhealthy habits and sometimes even unhealthy social groups. Whatever your preference is, today we are covering several natural remedies and healthy habits that you can use on a daily basis to rid your body of harmful chemicals and live a healthier life. By doing so, you won't only feel and look your best, but you'll be more confident than ever. It takes real work to stick with something and incorporate a new habit into your daily routine, so don't feel discouraged if it's difficult in the beginning. It always gets easier as long as you stick with it.

Now, of course, it will always be important to eat a healthy diet, especially if you are trying to detox.

When you're trying to rid your body of harmful chemicals, it's hard to find motivation and you'll feel like you're lagging behind by constantly putting new chemicals in. Much of today's prepared foods and drinks are filled with unhealthy processed fats, sugars, and salts. Everyone knows you're not going to stop at one potato chip, and you're not the only one: We've conditioned our bodies to want the unhealthy fats, grease and starches of many of our junk foods because it's what is commonly available in today's grocery store shelves.

Our guts crave what we eat the most of, so let's all start the new year off right by training our guts to crave more of what's good for us.

Start Your Day Off Right: Green Breakfast Smoothie

Green smoothies seem to be all the rage, and for the right reasons. They help your body get off to a good start and it's easy to get down in the mornings. You'll start feeling better in no time – and don't worry, it's actually tasty! Optionally, you can add a cup of protein powder of your choice to this smoothie.

  • 1 cup kale or collard greens, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup loosely packed, fresh parsley
  • 2 ¼ cups water, more if necessary.

Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Stress Killer: Deep Massage Sessions

Massages are often thought of as a luxury that we only get to treat ourselves to when times are good. Massages are incredibly beneficial to your health, especially if done by a licensed massage therapist. From lowering stress and blood pressure, improving our quality of sleep, improving the function of our muscular system and many other benefits, it's a wonder why we don't think of massages as a necessity. Take time at least once a month to book a massage. Many massage therapists even offer discounts if you book several sessions in advance.

Drink More Water...And Then Some More.

Many of us do good to drink two or three glasses per day, if that. If you regularly drink juices or sodas, chances are you barely drink any water – and no, the water that goes into the coffee pot doesn't count. Proper water intake helps benefit your body by not only flushing out toxic chemicals that may be sitting in your kidneys or liver, it also helps clear your skin of blemishes, encourages your respiratory and digestive system and gets your blood circulating better.

If you are having trouble drinking water, there are several natural and healthy flavoring products that you can find at your local health food store. It's up to you to choose your flavor and brand. Alternatively, you can also flavor a large batch of water with fruits such as strawberries, lemons, oranges, and even plants such as mint, lemon balm or licorice root.

Sweat It Out

It's no secret that exercise is healthy for our bodies, but did you know that your sweat can also help detox your body? Your sweat grabs all of the excess toxins and salt that may have built up in your body, so it's important to also have a high-intensity workout routine at least once a week if you normally enjoy light exercise. Sweat also helps regulate your hormones, which means you may notice a more balanced emotional life after you begin detoxing your body. Alternatively, you can also sweat out the toxins by visiting a sauna on a regular basis. It's up to you how often, whether it's bi-weekly, monthly or even bi-monthly.

Avoid Environmental Pollution

In today's world, it's tough to do this. Almost every part of our planet is polluted now, however, some factors make it worse depending on where you live. It's common to have poor air quality in the big city in comparison to living out in the country where there are more trees, less industrialization, and fewer people. Avoid working in chemical plants and stay away from second-hand smoke as much as possible, and if something smells like chemicals, it's a good idea to avoid it. Trust your gut and avoid as many air pollutants as you can.

Stress Management

Alright, you don't have to go to a stress management class, but you do have to learn how to manage your stress. Stress is the number one factor in a poor lifestyle and poor quality of health. It can cause serious health problems. Pick up a self-help book, take a class, dive into crocheting or knitting, learn yoga or meditation – there are resources available everywhere online and in your community, so you can choose how you want to handle your stress.