Getting toxins out of your system has been a top priority of most humans since the beginning of time. Technological advancements have provided us with effective cleansing methods, but sometimes the best option is the most established one. Many natural detoxification techniques have stood the test of time and are praised by people all over the world. Another upside of natural detoxification techniques is their avoidance of harsh or toxic chemicals that may cleanse your body, but simultaneously load your system with toxins you neither need nor want.
Safe, organic detoxification options are just as effective as their fancier counterparts, and they are better for your health, even if it is just by omitting those harsh and harmful chemicals.This article discusses eight such ways to clear your system. Follow this old adage: Your body is your temple, and you should treat it accordingly. Cleanse it with natural methods, and you’ll be healthier and feel more energized. It is a decision you won’t regret.
1. Your Master Cleanse: The Maple Syrup, Lemon, Cayenne Pepper and Water Fast
The master cleanse is a simple and minimalistic diet that results in significant weight loss, and it also re-energizes people. The lack of food causes your digestive system to slow down, which in turn will save the energy you can put to other tasks. The master cleanse is also easy to grasp, thanks to the short list of necessary supplies and the simplicity of the instructions.
Limiting your intake to maple syrup, lemon water, cayenne pepper and water may seem extreme, but many people can speak to the effectiveness of this method. You simply need to make sure you are following the instructions exactly, since such a radical diet leaves little room for error. Doing that should be easy, since the instructions are very easy to understand in the first place. You also don’t need to measure, which makes an easy detox session even easier.
You will need the following items:
- Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Maple syrup
- Cayenne pepper
- Salt – optional
- Pure water
- Drinking glass
To start your own master cleanse, use the following steps:
- Use two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and water. The more lemon juice that you want to drink, the better, since lemon juice is good for you in its own right. Add lemon juice to a glass of freshwater.
- Add a dash of cayenne pepper, then add enough maple syrup to make the water, but no more than a couple of teaspoons,and your lemon juice mixture is ready to drink.
- Take a laxative before you go to sleep.
- When you wake up the following morning, take another laxative or do a salt water flush.
This is a wonderful way to reboot your system, especially if the past few weeks have left you feeling exhausted. Just make sure you don’t cheat, since that will impede upon the effectiveness of the treatment.
2. Nutrition in a Glass: How You Can Do the Juice Fast
The master cleanse is a type of juice fast, but this article includes juice fasts in general due to their effectiveness and popularity. Juice fasts involve drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juice and water for a predetermined amount of time, eliminating all solid foods. They can range from being lenient, using any type of fruit or vegetable juice, to being strict and utilizing specific types of fruit and vegetable juices. There are also less rigid options, such as a less formal commitment to use your juicer every day but not necessarily cut out foods or devise a specific range of time for the diet.
If you do decide to go for a juice fast, know that there is no specific time range you must adhere to. A juice fast can last from two to 60 days. The lower end of the range is better suited for first-time juicers, while the higher end of the range is for seasoned juicers. Juicing is a learning process, and finding the correct balance of nutrients can be difficult. It’s important to make sure you’re getting everything you need in the diet since cutting out food can be potentially dangerous. This is why people should take it easy when they start juicing, either choosing a short juice fast or first incorporating vegetable and fruit juices into their diets before eliminating food.
Common types of juices to use in the juice fast include:
- Apples – You may be annoyed at hearing that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but apples are extraordinarily good for you. They boost your immune system and curb cholesterol levels, and they’re delicious to boot.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes are high in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, among other nutrients.They’re excellent antioxidants, and they add a full, savory flavor to any juice.
- Carrots – High in vitamin A, carrots will improve your vision or keep it from getting worse. It’s not just an urban legend.
If done right, a juice cleanse can improve your health in a multitude of ways. Note, however, that a glass of juice is not the same as a smoothie. Smoothies blend all parts of the fruit together, while juicers extract the juice out of fruits and discard the pulp.
3. Oxygen Colon Cleanse
If your colon needs a cleanse, the oxygen colon cleanse may just do the trick. Like other methods listed here, it is wholly natural. Unlike some other methods listed here, it has less to do with consuming certain foods or drinks, so if dieting sounds unappealing to you, this is the way to go. An oxygen colon cleanse involves, surprisingly enough, an oxygen-based colon cleanser.
To do the oxygen colon cleanse, you’ll need to look fora colon cleansing health product in your pharmacy or via your doctor. It is usually a capsule, that is comprised of chemicals that react when you eat them, turning into oxygen that gets pumped throughout your body. This prompts the colon’s contents, feces and gases, to break down and be able to leave your body more easily, leaving you with a clean colon. An oxygen colon cleanse is known as one of the most successful colon cleansing methods, and it is often chosen by people who want a more natural method of detoxification.
An oxygen colon cleanse has many advantages over different colon cleanses, including:
- Easy for You to Use – Oxygen colon cleansing in noninvasive, and it doesn’t involve extra dieting on the side. Usually it simply involves taking a capsule or small amount of oxygen-based colon cleansing powder.
- More Efficient– Oxygenation reaches all the dusty, cobwebbed areas of your body, so to speak. It brings oxygen to areas that likely won’t be touched with other non-chemical colon cleanses. Don’t be fooled – rather than harm you, these chemicals work to clean your colon in a more productive way. Other colon cleanses rely on physical reactions as opposed to chemical ones, and the former don’t work as well as the latter.
- Gentler for You– Enemas and colon irrigation can get invasive. Oxygen colon cleansing, on the other hand, will almost never give you nausea or make you tired. It gets the job done,and it gets the job done well without causing you to feel under the weather.
Look into an oxygen colon cleanse for an easy, comfortable and thorough cleanse of your system. You won’t be disappointed, and you might even lose weight after losing all of the excess fecal matter.
4. The Toxic Metal Cleanse: A Healthy Option for You
Tuna fish notoriously has a lot of mercury, and you’re likely getting exposed to lead in more ways than you can count. It’s not only in our food where we become exposed to metal toxins. Your home and office are probably riddled with them. In fact, if you have ever breathed the air or drank water, you probably have a disturbing amount of toxic metals in your system.
Besides lead and mercury, other metals such as cadmium and aluminum are commonly found in high amounts in the human body. Since all of these are bad for you, getting them out of the body should be a top priority. There is a multitude of ways to do this, many of which are natural. Many treatments are conscious of the problem with swapping out one group of unhealthy metals for another, so they avoid potentially toxic ingredients.
For a list of some of the most common and most effective natural toxic metal cleanses, read below:
- Milk Thistle
- Purified water
- Reducing Meat and Dairy Consumption
- Activated Charcoal and Water
- Increasing Fruit and Fiber Consumption
- Brazil Nuts
You can also use a natural metal cleanse formula if you don’t want to mix and match the above antioxidants yourself. Be vigilant in checking your ingredient lists. If there’s an ingredient you can’t pronounce, it’s probably either a chemical or something you don’t want in your body. There are many proven metal detoxification plans available, as well.
In a world where even newborn babies show noteworthy levels of toxic metals, it is necessary to be conscious of what we are putting into our bodies both by choice and by accident. You can cut back on tuna fish, fluoride toothpaste and deodorant, but there is no viable way to stop breathing toxins from the air. For this reason, you would do well for yourself to look into toxic metal cleanses on a regular basis. There’s no prevention, but at least there’s a treatment to cleanse it out of your body.
5. Flood Your Body with Antioxidants: The Raw Foods Cleanse
The raw foods cleanse detoxifies your system by flooding it with antioxidants. It involves limiting food consumption to raw, uncooked food. A raw foods fast lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and some people even make a regular diet out of it. Although very effective, the raw foods cleanse has a prerequisite: you need to make sure you have alkaline in your body, since alkaline is necessary for binding toxic acids and getting them out of your body safely.
Having alkaline is indispensable to the detoxification process. If you don’t have alkaline, you will feel ill because your body will be unable to release the toxins. That, of course, also makes the entire cleanse useless. To avoid this scenario, make sure you get lots of leafy greens before and during your fast.
A diet consisting only of raw foods can seem limiting. Meat and eggs are off the list because you need to cook them. Many dairy products are heated during production, making them off limits, as well. However, a raw diet is closer to the diet you should be eating than most other typical diets. Last year’s Dietary Guidelines supported plant-based diets over animal-based diets.
An omnivorous diet that incorporates a sufficient amount of plant-based food is far healthier than a diet that is almost entirely carnivorous. And because most animal products were cooked to some extent or require cooking upon purchase, a raw diet is almost entirely vegan by default. This means that you’re getting a very healthy diet as long as you are getting all your nutrients and possess enough alkaline to chase out the toxins.
Raw food diets have a variety of subsets. If you would like to pursue a specific raw diet to tailor to your personal nutritional needs, you could become a:
- Sproutarian – This is when you eat a diet of mostly or entirely sprouts.
- Fruitarian – If you are one of these, your diet should consist mostly of fruit.
- Liquidarian – This diet is entirely liquid, similar to juicing.
- RawVegan –Here you will opt for raw foods without honey and other animal products.
A raw food diet or fast can be incredibly beneficial to your health. It requires a little bit of research, which pays off when you look in the mirror and see a healthier, happier you.
6. A Balanced Method: The Kitchari Cleanse
Indian for “mixture,” the word kitchari shares its name with one of the oldest and most reputable detoxification methods in existence. It refers to an Indian porridge that is often referred to as the world’s most powerful meal. Rice and beans are the main staple of the Kitchari cleanse, and it is actually classified as a mono-diet because there is such little diversity in the food you eat to follow this diet. It may sound too restrictive to be productive, but research has shown that people can live on beans and rice because of the perfect starch-protein combination. In fact, if you are ever forced to eat just two foods, you should choose beans and rice.
You can follow the Kitchari cleanse to use it as a fast in its own right, or you can use it as a sort of transitory cleanse when you are going into or coming out of a fast that’s more intense.The Kitchari Cleanse works by encouraging digestion and flushing out your system by doing so. On a larger scale, it brings your life and health back into balance. It also doesn’t make you feel ill during the detoxification process, since the rice and beans provide exactly the right amount of proteins and starches you need to avoid feeling weak.
It’s one of the few cleanses that allows you to fast and live at the same time. It’s also simple and does not require a lot of research beforehand as many cleanses do. In other words, it’s hard to damage your health or land in the hospital with the Kitchari cleanse.
To fast Kitchari style, follow these steps:
- Set a specific amount of days that you want to fast.
- Gradually cut junk food out of your diet.
- Prepare and eat Kitchari, or beans and rice, three times a day.
- Be sure to stay hydrated with water and herbal teas.
- Get adequate rest and avoid stress.
- After waking, drink a glass of water and with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice or slices of lemon.
- Wash it down with another glass of warm water.
- Keep fresh fruit on hand if you feel weak and need to eat something.
The Kitchari cleanse is a good method that you can adopt almost any time in your life, so start looking into this one to use independently or in tandem with another cleansing method.
7. Exercise Your Body Clean With the Sweat Detox
The sweat detox is just a fancy word for exercise, and yes, exercise by itself can do wonders for detoxification. For one thing, it increases your circulation, which makes your body work faster overall, which results in faster release of toxins. Exercise also improves digestion, which makes you feel better and creates more efficient detoxification. Exercise and water make for an extremely effective detox session, since water will help flush out toxins even more quickly.
The weight loss and regulation that accompanies a regular exercise routine is a wonderful side effect, but it isn’t just a side effect. Reducing fatty tissue can be the best thing you can do for a great cleanse, since toxins are stored in your fat tissue. Once you get rid of the extra fat, the toxins are flushed out through your cleansing organs. Exercise is likely to be the most effective single technique for cleansing your body, and getting physically active on a regular basis will regularly shed toxins from your body.
The best exercise for detox is low-intensive aerobic exercise. This can include:
Common exercise guidelines state that people should be exercising five days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. Doing some of this is obviously better than doing nothing, but many people are too busy to fulfill the full requirement. That said, the more you exercise, the more opportunity you have to clear your body of toxins.
Add plenty of water and a healthy diet to your exercise routine, and you will have an energy level that’s off the charts. Inevitably there will be toxins in your life, fighting to get into your body, but regular exercise will ensure that they don’t stay in your system for long. Your immune system will become more resilient, and you’ll probably be happier, as well. When you feel healthy and balanced, it’s hard not to be happy.
8. Your Nightly Cleansing: Why Sleep is Underrated
Besides feeling wonderful, sleeping is integral to your physical and psychological well-being. If you lose too much sleep, you will not only function on the level of a drunk person, but you will also deprive yourself of valuable opportunities to flush toxins out of your body. Your glymphatic system or the medical terminology for your brain detoxification system, kicks in while you’re sleeping, getting rid of the cellular waste material and making you feel better the next day.
The name is taken from the human body’s lymphatic system, which clears cellular waste from your body but not your brain. Remarkably, your brain has its own system to fulfill this purpose – the aforementioned glymphatic system. The “g” in glymphatic stands for glial cells, which are the cells that run the system. Glial cells run on your sleep, so it is important that you get a full night’s sleep every night so your body can flush out toxins on a regular basis. Failing to get sleep results in the same weakened immune system often seen with illness, and now we know why.
Since sleep is so underrated, it’s important to know what gets you there, especially when you’re left tossing and turning during a long and sleepless night. Check out the following list for some helpful suggestions for a better night’s rest:
- Visit the bathroom before you go to sleep.
- Don’t use your computer or TV at least a few hours before going to sleep.
- Don’t eat right before you sleep.
- Set a sleeping schedule, and don’t deviate from it.
- Stay away from caffeine and alcohol.
- Exercise on a regular basis, and never exercise right before going to sleep.
Sleeping sounds easy enough, since people can’t live without it, but sleep deprivation is depressingly common among people of all ages. For optimal results, check out how many hours of sleep you need for your age group and stick to that number.
Detoxification is necessary for anyone who wishes to live a long, happy, healthy life. Follow one or more of these cleansing methods, and you’ll be well on the road to lasting physical and psychological well-being. Just choose one and try it today. By experimenting, you’ll find the best cleansing method for your body.