Tired of intense and extreme detoxes or too scared to do one? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and they’re not for everybody. Instead of starving yourself, drinking funky concoctions and risking feeling like death run over, try employing some easy practices in your everyday life to help your body’s own detoxification pathways perform at their best. When you think of it, detoxing is a flexible term, but in general the point is to help your body eliminate its toxic load or burden it has accumulated over time. By chipping away at it daily, your can help eliminate build up as well as tackle the non-stop toxins we encounter everywhere and everyday in today’s world.

Internally

-Supplement Protocol
Work with a physician to develop a supplement protocol that supports what your body needs now. Be sure you are taking professional grade, top quality products to really see results .
-GI Balance
Get your gut in check. If there’s gut dysbiosis, then you can bet your immune system isn’t going to work up to par. Ask your physician which products can support your digestive system, but daily probiotics and digestive enzymes are a great place to start.
-Liver Support
We put our livers through a lot on a daily basis, so help it with some daily support. Ask your physician about incorporating herbs like milk thistle into your daily protocol to help your liver out.
-Clean diet with liver and gut superheroes
Besides supplements, what you eat is of utmost importance. Going organic and plant-based is a great place to start. Incorporating leafy greens that are on the bitter side like dandelion, frisée, and radicchio can help your liver’s natural detox pathways. Introducing natural, low sugar fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and unsweetened nut milk yogurts are also an easy way to introduce healthy organisms into your gut.
-Check your IgG
Also known as your delayed food allergies, this test can be really enlightening because many of the foods you think are good for you can actually be causing inflammatory reactions in your body. Cut the foods out that test positive for at least 3 months and very slowly reintroduce being careful to monitor your symptoms.
-Oil Pull and charcoal toothpaste
When you eat and digest, it actually starts in your mouth. Important enzymes are released into your saliva while chewing so it’s crucial to keep your mouth healthy. Try oil pulling at least 2 days a week to help keep harmful bacteria out of your mouth. If you have never oil pulled before, try swishing a half a teaspoon of high quality coconut oil in your mouth for at least ten minutes then spit into the trash can. Using activated charcoal toothpaste can help trap and eliminated bad bugs in your mouth as well as whiten teeth!

Topically

-Soaks
A good bath can work magic, one of our favorites is just plain old Epsom salts. There are great detox bath products out there that you can introduce into your bathing ritual and bonus, it’s relaxing and stress reducing.
-Dry brushing
Dry brushing is a simple way to stimulate the lymph and brush away dead skin cells and build up. Do a quick dry brush before your shower and you’ll start to see results in just a couple weeks.
-Sweat on the regular
This is really an internal endeavor, but getting into a sweat every day is a great way to keep the detox going. Sweating is a natural method of cooling body temp, but it can also be detoxifying so don’t be afraid to hit the gym, up-level your cardio or try a heated yoga class.

Environmentally

-Pantry clean-out
If it lives in a cabinet in your home, check it out. This includes cleaning products, food, skin care and self care products. Check out the list of common toxins, endocrine disruptors and safe plastics on the Environmental Working Group website to see what is potentially damaging to you and your family.
-Score your exposure
You can actually score your exposure to toxins on the EWG’s website as well. This can serve as a great baseline to identify where you can start making changes in your life to reduce your exposure.

Mentally

-Emotional build up
From a mainstream medical perspective we still really don’t grasp the impact of our emotions on our physical health, but we do know there’s a definite connection. Typically, we hold on to pain and suffering and sometimes we aren’t even aware that we do. Whatever it may be for you, adopt a practice that helps you get some insight into how you can overcome emotional hurdles and baggage and move forward in a healthy place with your life. Mindfulness practice, meditation, yoga, energy work, and counseling are all great places to start.
-Put it to practice
When you identify the methods that work for you, commit to them. Make your practice a regular part of your day to help filter through your emotions in a healthy and productive way. Whether you need to do a 90 minute yoga class or a 5 minute meditation at home, make the time for yourself.