There are many detoxification programs, and the one that suits you best will vary depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because it takes the body some time to clean the blood. For my clients I often recommend a 3-7 day raw and/or juice fast (drinking and eating only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins. However, this type of detox should only be taken on with some education of the detox process. Still, there are many simple ways that you can cleanse your body daily through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices...

10 Simple Ways to Help Your Body Detoxify

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, in whole foods or supplement form. This helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily.

5. 
Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

6. Transform your 
stress by emphasizing positive emotions, instead of dwelling on the negative.

7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

9. Dry-brush your skin or try 
detoxifying patches or  detox foot spas / foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores. 

10. EXERCISE!!!! This is one of the very best ways to detox. Do what resonates with you...run, practice yoga, go for a brisk walk, or even jump rope. When you you enjoy yourself during exercise, the benefits are even greater!!
 


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05/30/2010 18:46

What's nice is that anyone can do these simple steps without making drastic changes to their lifestyle. Great tips!

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08/31/2010 08:52

I LOVE your website! And this post - I'm always looking for ways to detox that aren't expensive juice fasts :)

You're so incredibly inspiring to me - I'm a senior in high school, and my dream is to become a nutritionist and help people to become healthy in every aspect of their lives, but with a basis of whole, plant-based foods. Thank you so much for doing what you do! It's amazing, and I can only hope that someday I'll make the impact you have on the lives of others.

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11/01/2011 22:14

I do a 21 day water fasting and do feel rejuvenated and purified. By the 7 th day, I can literally see the toxins exiting my body :)

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