If you saw my last post on detoxing, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and not know where to begin. That’s what can happen when I need to clean my whole house…if I attempt to tackle too much at once, I don’t know where to start. Instead, I choose one room and one task at a time – sometimes I just vacuum and de-clutter, saving the dusting for another day. Similarly, to make the detox process more manageable, I thought I’d break it down into parts, beginning first with detoxifying the body.
Detoxing our bodies is like any other big change in life. Each person deals with change in his or her own unique way. Some people attack everything at once, some do it gradually, and some have to think about it, price shop, study, and plan first.
If reading all the potential toxins in Detoxify Your Life Part One made you feel like all hope is lost, please don’t grab some Twinkies and a pizza, and escape in front of the TV.
Here are 4 simple things you can do this week to begin to detoxify your body:
- Boost Hydration - Drink at least ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily, preferably filtered, not bottled water.
- Less Sugar - Eliminate sugar from your foods. Sugar is the most addictive thing we consume and thus offers a major potential for detoxification. In fact, many patients experience huge results in just 3-4 days. Replace sugary drinks with tea, (herbal or green), or switch to water (add lemon, lime, or cucumber for a change!). Or, try soda water with lime if you need some fizz.
- Use Real Food - Eliminate processed foods from your kitchen. (Yes, we’re looking at you, packaged foods with a long list of ingredients with chemical names!) This step leaves some novices wondering what they could possibly eat instead. Shop the periphery of the store and find recipes online. Pinterest has loads of Paleo recipes, or check Cleaneats.com for more clean eating resources.
- Go Green - Replace a meal with a green smoothie for extra cleansing: blend kale, spinach, or other greens with a lemon or lime juiced, a green apple, plus some chia, hemp, or ground flax seeds. Get creative with a variety of fruits and vegetables, but go easy on the fruit to avoid blood sugar spikes.