How to Detox

5 steps to a cleaner, healthier body and lifestyle

There are a variety of methods you can follow when deciding how to detox, including detox tea, detox foot spas, colon detoxification and more. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Step 1: Understand how to detox

Understand how to detox, and plan your body detox program carefully. Successfully detoxifying your body will require a change in lifestyle — primarily where eating habits and life choices are concerned. Be sure to plan a detox program you will be able to stay with. Most people fail to complete a detox program because they don't take the time to learn how to detox and neglect to follow through with their plans. Detoxifying your body is the first step; understanding how to detox on a regular basis is essential to a good plan.

Step 2: Change your diet

There are several ways you can adjust the kinds of food you eat that will not only lessen the toxins you take into your body, but also will help with colon detox, kidney detox and the detox of other major organs. There are foods you can reduce or cut out right away to help begin detoxifying your body, as well as short-term detox diets and detox recipes.

Saturated fats, sugar and even many of the fruits and vegetables purchased in the grocery store, which often contain pesticides, can be cut out of your diet. Reducing or eliminating red meat is another way to detox. There are a variety of foods you can eat that will help you keep your body clean once you've flushed out the toxins. A low-calorie diet can be helpful, along with plenty of organically grown foods, which should include leafy vegetables, blueberries, asparagus, broccoli and other foods rich in antioxidants. Additionally, there are many detox teas on the market that contain toxin-prohibitive herbs that may help prevent toxin accumulation in the body.

Step 3: Detox kits

You may want to consider using a detox kit, which can be purchased at many healthfood stores or retailers. Detox kits vary in function. Some, for example, are good for colon detoxification. Typically, each kit will come with instructions and vitamins, as well as other aids to help you with your natural body cleanse.

Pay attention to what the kit can do. You're looking for something that will help remove heavy metals from your body. Mercury is one of the metals most frequently found building up in your system. You also want to make sure the kit is equipped to help detoxify the kidney, liver and other body organs.

Step 4: Go natural

Choose a detox method that is natural. These include detoxifying with safe, herbal additions to your diet, or visiting spas that specialize in herbal wraps designed to draw the toxins from your body. Avoid any sort of prescription unless you consult your doctor, especially if you already take medication. Staying natural is the key to detoxing safely.

Step 5: Change your lifestyle

Besides eating a healthy, toxin-free diet to detox, make time to incorporate changes in your lifestyle that include practices such as saunas and meditation. Consider adding a regular walk routine to your daily activities. Exercises that increase heart rate and make you sweat are ideal to work into your daily routine. Start your mornings with detox tea instead of coffee, take a walk or try to get up early enough to do 15 minutes of exercise before work. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll notice the change in the way you feel.

Always be sure to consult with a doctor or a certified trainer before you undertake rigorous physical activity that may put a strain on your health.

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