How To Do A Whole Body Detox

In the past, humans have always felt a need to rid the body of anything that could cause it harm. Ancient Ayurveda practitioners would detox through a cleansing practice called panchakarma, which consisted of sweating, using certain herbs and oils, as well as massage, as a way of purifying and performing a whole body detox.

In this century, the word detox has a very different association, to do with celebrities and attempting to cure alcohol or drugs addictions. While this may be a part of a detox, it is not necessarily, by any means, the only part. Another false association we have is the idea of fasting or going on a juice diet. While you can fast or try intermittent fasting, you do not have to eat less in order to detox your body.

What is a whole body detox?

As the name suggests, this detox is aimed at revitalizing and cleansing your whole body. This also includes aiding more positive thinking, and allowing old emotions or things we may be hung up on, to be let go of.

It can be quite an intense process, so it is important not to force anything, and to always be careful with oneself during this kind of a journey.

Signs a detox might be a good idea for you

If you are feeling any discomfort in terms of your digestive system, it might just mean that a detox is in order. Constipation and/or gas and bloating are often signs that we have too many toxins in our bodies. Other signs include mood swings, regular headaches, aches and pains and skin problems. You may also simply have dark circles under your eyes or have a different body odor than before. If anything seems off with your body, it is always advisable to go and see your doctor before taking any other action towards improving your health, including a detox.

Anyone can benefit from detoxification as, in this day and age, our bodies are exposed to a lot more chemicals than ever before. One study even found that babies that had just been born, had already been exposed to 232 toxic chemicals. Scientists estimate that we each, on average carry 700 contaminants in our bodies.

We are also being exposed to a lot more content than ever before. Watching more stimulating videos than ever, must be having an effect on our brains, seeing more news in social media streams of what our friends are doing can also effect us emotionally.

There is, however, no need to panic! The body is a wonderful thing and can very effectively deal with a lot of different substances. We believe, however, that it can’t hurt to give it a helping hand. If you clicked this link, then you likely agree that this could be a good idea.

Possible benefits of a Whole Body detox:

  • Helps cleanse the liver (and improves hormone balances)
  • Can help reduce or avoid inflammation
  • Aids weight loss (especially when it seems nothing else will help)
  • Healthier skin
  • Helps avoid unnecessary illness and improves immunity
  • Mental clarity and improvement of memory

Where to start

Make a list of things that feel toxic in your life -do this for the different sections of your life – from food, to mental intake (i.e. tv or social media) to emotional things you take in, which would be things like people crossing your boundaries or making you feel uncomfortable, or being too much of a yes person when you need a break, or just toxic people in your life that you aren’t sure about why they are around anymore.

Make a list of all these things and make a pact with yourself to get rid of these things for at least a week, to 30 days.  Once you know what you would like to detox, make sure you’re supported in the process, either by friends and family, or a professional. Knowing you have that support there, will make the journey a whole lot easier.

Do not push yourself too hard, or cut out anything that you feel will actually make life very difficult (like all carbohydrates or sugars, for example). Remember the 80/20 rule. If 80% going in is good, you’re doing pretty well. You can be as strict as you like, but don’t raise your expectations of yourself too high, as this may discourage you.

If you fall off the wagon, don’t worry about it too much. Trying something new is difficult and it is natural to mess up a little bit along the way.

Keep a journal of the process so you can look back and look at the challenges, and make note of what you learnt overall and how your life changed as a result.

Cut out what doesn’t work for you

Food:

In terms of foods, common problem areas tend to be; lactose and dairy foods, gluten, sugar, fermented grains, alcohol, corn/soy and shellfish. If you want to check which foods react negatively to your body, you can try adding the different types one by one. When cutting out milk, try an alternative such as soy, almond or rice milk. Try cutting out meat to give your body a break from digesting foods that are tougher to digest, and which stick around in your stomach for a longer time than other foods.

Sugar. Fizzy drinks or anything else sugary that stimulates your body, anything that you feel that you may be hooked to, and don’t want to be. Sugar will give you an energy boost for the short-term, but you can easily feel your blood sugars drop just an hour or two later, leaving your body working hard to balance out this process, as well as leaving you with a lull in energy. Eating foods that maintain your energy levels is always preferable.

Obviously, avoid foods with pesticides and anything processed. For a guide on what to eat, as your body what it needs, this is often a good way of knowing what to buy and it will often know what you need instinctively.

Caffeine. If you are used to a high-intake of caffeine, try reducing your intake, rather than shocking your body by going cold-turkey. If you only have one or two cups of coffee or tea a day, it may be interesting to try a replacement for it, such as an herbal tea. Jiaogulan is a good choice, as it naturally raises energy levels, without the caffeine.

Emotions:

Emotionally, it is not always possible to cut out those who we find aggravating. They may be our spouse or our kids! Or our boss. The point is to focus on those we do enjoy and to limit the time with those people we don’t enjoy spending time with.

Maybe there is a TV show you love, but you always walk away from it feeling fraught and wound up. This kind of stimulation may be enjoyable, but it might be good during a detox to let go of it for a time, just to see the results.

Obviously, this may be an emotional time, and so mostly accepting moods as they come and go, will stand you in good stead.

Set boundaries:

Another way of making sure we’re doing what we love could be as simple as making a new rule not to do what we dislike – so don’t go to that thrift store with your friend who insists upon it during the detox, if that’s something that you don’t enjoy.

If a noisy neighbor is keeping you up, now might be the time to go round for a chat or send a polite note through their door. Stand up for your happiness.

Words: there are certain things that we tell ourselves that can have a huge impact upon our lives. Even if our diet is healthy and our family and friends are supportive, telling yourself certain things can still have a detrimental effect on our health. So, I encourage you to choose three words that you will not be using during the duration of the detox. This could be anything, from ‘fat’ to ‘failure’.

In terms of time, you may have certain habits that you have been holding onto that you are ready to let go of (such as watching too much TV, or browsing the internet). If there are things in your life you know would be better changed, now is a good time to try making that switch for a shorter amount of time. Trying this out could lead to positive long-term change, allowing you to do other things you will find more meaningful.

What to do for a full body detox – pro tips

Food

 ‘You are what you eat’ goes the old saying, and it’s so true – what we eat literally becomes us, so this detox can help change your physical make-up. Here’s how:

As a general rule

Eat fresh and eat the most colorful foods, with a variety of different colors. The better it tastes (providing it isn’t a high-sugar snack), the better it will likely be for you, so take care to think about your food and plan a little in advance, so it is easy to make.

Know your body

you are probably the best person to know which foods work well with your body, and which don’t. Try to take note of any foods which tend to deplete your energy levels after a few hours, or which result in a gas or bloating.

Note the colour of the foods that are lacking in your diet or that give you a boost, and add more of them.

Get in touch with your body deciding when it is hungry, rather than you for it. We often forget to hear our body’s desire for food over our own knowledge of times to eat, and long-term habits. A detox is a chance to question this and to eat when we need it. It also allows us to notice when we are full and to hear this subtle message from the body.

Plan regular meals. If it helps, plan in times to eat little and often throughout the day – six small meals can leave the body enough time to digest and eating smaller portions makes digesting an easier task.

Don’t overeat

If you feel nearly full, this is a good time to stop eating and wait for 10 minutes before continuing. You will likely feel completely full by the time your stomach has caught up with you. Avoiding the uncomfortable feeling of overeating and giving your body just the right amount of food will feel great- and it will thank you for it.

Drink more!

Only drink as much as you are comfortable with (anything up to a gallon or 4 liters a day), make sure it is at room temperature, and add fruit to it, if you’re wanting to add a bit of flavor.

Lemon, Mint and Ginger

Try drinking fresh lemon water in the mornings, making sure to use water that is purified or as PH neutral as possible. My personal favorite is a peppermint tea with a slice of frozen lemon and honey in the morning. Mint is great for the digestive system and lemon aids weight loss.

Lemon and lime squeezed on top of your meals will help out your kidneys.

Ginger is also an awesome thing to add to your diet as a part of a detox. As are other herbs, such as rosemary, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.

Fruit

Use fruit as a snack rather than anything sugary you might usually go for.

Smoothies

If you haven’t before, try a daily smoothie, they are like the fast-food of healthy foods. Don’t buy them – make your own as then you know exactly what is going into them. Start with something simple like a mix of leafy greens, spinach or kale or watercress, mixed with ginger, bananas, apple and cucumber with water or any other juice you fancy. Yummy and an instant shot of health for when you are on the go.

Choose healthy fats

Avocado, olive oil, hemp seed oil etc. Avocados will do wonders for your skin and hair and are great in fruit smoothies, giving them a creamy quality.

If you feel like you are retaining water, watermelon and/or cucumber will work well to help flush it out.

Try A Supplement

Use a body detoxifier to aid with the process of excreting toxins naturally, without worry of any side-effects.  Minerals like Zeolite can help trap toxins and remove then from the body.

Eat!

Make sure to eat enough food, ensuring it is healthy and fresh products that aid with healthy digestion, adaptogens that regulate body organs, and body detoxifiers that work to aid in the process of shedding any unhealthy toxins in the body.

Emotions/body:

Don’t try too hard. This tip sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s probably the most important one. Instead of trying to detox perfectly, you want to focus instead, on it being something positive you’d like to do in your life. It’s a choice, and being relaxed about how and what you do on the whole body detox will mean you are coming from a more intuitive space, where you will more easily be able to hear what your body wants and needs from you.

Forcing your body to quit something it needs, or giving too much up could put an unnecessary strain on the body, which is, of course, the opposite of what we’re aiming for in a detox.

Freshen Up

Use essential oils to freshen up your home and to release any stress or tension. Lavender will reduce stress,  while Rosemary may aid your adrenals and kidneys (put 2 drops on your abdomen). Make sure to follow proper procedure with oils and dilute as necessary.

Stay Active

Make sure you get enough sun, and you can even try grounding or swimming in the sea as another possible way to help your body feel refreshed and revitalized. Getting outside during a detox will help ease your mind and allow you to let go of stress. Even in an urban area, finding a quiet park or getting out of the city as much as possible will leave you feeling like a different person.

Consider adding in things you want to do during the free-time you will have freed up, such as any creative pursuits you feel you have missed out on, creating new and positive connections, exercise, trying out a new activity,  anything meaningful, or meditating.

Sleep

Decide how much sleep you want to get. 9 hours is advisable (unless you naturally sleep less, which for some people is the case). Most of us do need more time to sleep, and getting more in sync with the rising and setting of the sun, as much as possible, will help guide your body back to its natural rhythm. This also means less screen time for an hour or two before bed, to allow your body to produce that all important melatonin and to reduce unnecessary (and possibly aggravating) stimulation.

For a more enjoyable approach to this, dim the lights, put on some candles, put on some relaxing music, and make bedtime an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Soak

If you have a bath, use it! You can add some saltwater or essential oils to the bath so you can really enjoy its benefits. If you don’t have a bath, maybe you can find somewhere to swim outdoors for a similar effect.

Meditate

If you haven’t heard already, meditation is one way to detox your mind and to enjoy some stillness as a part of your day. Start small, 20 minutes a day will be enough to begin rewiring your brain so you feel calmer more of the time. There are different types, so try out a few and don’t expect any to work after the first try- it will take at least three goes before you can feel any kind of benefit.

Remember this is for you. The whole point of a detox is to feel better, while it may be a challenge, it should end with you feeling happier and more comfortable in your own skin.

Have an intention in mind – everyone will want to detox for their own different reasons, bearing this in mind will help to keep you on track and motivated throughout the experience.

The take away

 Detoxifying your body is a great idea and could avoid possible illness as well as bringing your body to optimum performance. It can mean you feel more positive and empowered in your life and create more space and time for you.

It’s important not to overdo it and to have a relaxed attitude towards your whole body detox.

Making even just a few changes to your diet, your lifestyle or your thoughts will make it more likely you will continue to make similarly positive changes in your life and you might just find a different part of you, you didn’t know exist. And, in our opinion, there’s nothing much better than that

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