It’s a common belief that detoxing is a one-time event, lasting anywhere from 24 hours to several weeks or more. But there’s no reason why you can’t take steps to detoxify your body on a continual basis. It actually makes sense since you’re likely taking in toxins each day, until they build up to the point of causing problems. By attending to toxin clean up on a daily basis you keep your body feeling good, and you reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop bigger problems because of your toxicity level.
Drink Plenty of Water
This is one tip that you’re probably sick of hearing again and again, but it’s only because it’s so important to so many vital organs, and it helps to keep your body well-flushed of toxins. It also helps your body better eliminate feces, which contains plenty of toxins in it. By helping to keep your bowels and digestive system well-lubricated you are effectively helping your body rid itself of plenty of toxins each time you go to the bathroom.
Brush Your Body
Take a dry loofah sponge and brush your body, starting with the extremities and working your way in. Do this in the morning before you shower, as it helps to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a new layer of skin. It also helps your body to release toxins, considering that your skin is the largest organ of your body. You want to keep this avenue open and make sure that it’s always able to release what it can.
Have a Daily Detoxifying Tea
There are plenty of teas out there that offer different cleansing benefits, with the most common one being green tea. But if you get bored easily you can always switch it up with different herbal teas that have detox properties. There are different ones available depending on what you’re after, like teas that can improve your sleep, teas that can help energize you throughout the day, teas that can help cleanse your liver and kidneys, and also ones that can calm you down and make you feel good. It’s worth the time to check them out and see which ones resonate with you.See which teas help with detoxifying
Get Exercise Each Day
Before you start grumbling about this one keep in mind that you don’t have to go to extremes, but you also don’t want to let a day pass without getting some form of exercise in. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump the way your circulatory system does, so it’s relying on you to get up and get active each day to keep your lymphatic juices flowing.
Eat a Superfood at Each Meal
You don’t have to go Gonzo and switch your meals over to nothing but superfoods, but a good goal is to include a superfood at each meal you have. This means you can start with fruit for breakfast and load up on antioxidants, have a spinach salad at lunch and have your phytonutrients in place, and then add a superspice to flavor up your dinner and rev up your metabolism.You would be surprised at some these detoxifying foods
Eat Natural Probiotics
Helping your body digest the food you eat will make a big difference in how long that food sticks around and is able to ferment and create a toxic environment. There are pills you can take that will add the probiotics and digestive enzymes to your system so that you can better process what you’re eating. But another good way to get them is to eat foods that help create them as well. Try starting your meal with a fermented cabbage like Korean kimchi or German-style sauerkraut. They may be acquired tastes for some, but before long you’ll be hooked.
Get Deep Sleep
Your body cleanses itself while you sleep, with the liver doing a lot of its dirty work in the early morning hours. Pulling an all nighter, or even staying up to watch a late night show will put you in a position to miss out on the deeper sleep cycles that occur before midnight. Be sure to get up early as well, because you don’t want to sleep through the hours when your body naturally wants to purge itself of waste. Letting your bowel movement fester, or holding back your urine until later in the morning can lead to it being reabsorbed by the body.
Watch Less TV and News
You might not have made the connection between watching too much TV and news stories and having an overload of toxins in your body. But if you don’t keep your mind in a good spot, you’ll be more likely to do and feel things that lead to more toxicity. All of the ads you see between programs are trying to make you feel like you need something in order to be complete, or they will be ads for fast food or other toxic products. News stories generally are about tragedies and bad news across the world. Filling your head with these sounds and images does nothing for your overall sense of well-being, and can contribute to your toxicity level if left unchecked.
Scrape Your Tongue
Dentists have been saying this for years, and it’s been a mainstay in some ancient practices like Ayurveda, but it only makes sense to scrape off your tongue as it’s pretty effective at being the central hub of germs and other nasties.
Opt for Organic
Organic foods are important not because they contain any more nutrients or vitamins than regular foods, but because they are absent of things like chemicals and man-made synthetic ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup. By choosing organic over conventional foods you’re closer to eating the kind of food that existed 50 years ago and earlier.
Smoothie It Up
Smoothies are an excellent way to get massive amounts of superfoods into your system without feeling like you’re a rabbit. You can blend up a bunch of baby spinach or kale along with some fruits like strawberries or blueberries and have a great tasting and nutritious shake that doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.Get started with our list of 32 Super Healthy Detox Drinks
The one thing you want to avoid is a relapse back to the habits that put you in a toxic state to begin with. Avoid refined sugars, fast food, and additives like MSG and stick to eating wholesome foods that further your health and happiness. It’s pointless to detox the body if you’re going to go right back to retoxing it the rest of the day. Taking actions like drinking green tea and then going out and having McDonald’s won’t yield you the same results as drinking green tea and meditating for an hour instead of binging on fast food.
Because you’re taking a daily approach to detox you don’t have to beat yourself up too much if you miss a day, or have a setback here and there. The goal is continuous improvement and you’re not in a race. Just try to keep making adjustments in your life so you can be the best version of yourself you can be. This may take some unraveling of long-held and deeply ingrained habits and beliefs but over time you’ll wear them out and make new neural pathways in your brain and daily detox will come naturally and easily.
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For some, running is a fun pastime; for others, it’s a tiresome necessity. But no matter where you fall on the running spectrum, if you’re striving to become better, then here are seven things you can do to become a better runner.
- Keep it consistent: If you stop running for a while, then you’ll have to build your conditioning back up. So if you want to take your workout to the next level, then make sure you’re staying consistent. Sign up for a race and start a training program (like this half-marathon training schedule) to track your progress; you’ll be able to see how much your hard work has paid off.
- Learn proper form: It may seem like the simplest way to work out, but running does take skill to make sure you don’t leave your body prone to injury. When running, keep your head stacked over your spine, relax the shoulders, and engage your abs. Find out how the rest of your body should be with our running-form checklist.
- Dress the part: There’s no need to invest in anything fancy, but be sure to spend wisely. The perfect pair of shoes can be the difference between feeling sluggish and being light on your feet, and it can also help prevent injuries. Whether you need a full-support shoe or want in on the minimalist shoe trend, watch our video for tips on how to pick a running shoe.
- Fuel right: Running on an empty stomach can keep you from having the right amount of energy, but eating too much can lead to cramping. Look for a small snack containing carbs and protein for sustained energy. Timing is everything, however; if you’re rushing out the door and haven’t eaten anything, then go for something with 15 grams of easily digestible carbs (like a slice of white bread). Read more about the best foods to eat before a workout (and when to eat them) here.
- Drink water: Drinking enough water is another way to ensure you’ll have a good run. If you don’t drink enough water before your run (as well as during), then chances are you’ll have to stop before you’d like to because of fatigue or a cramp. Make sure you drink an ounce of water for every 10 pounds of body weight about an hour or two before your workout, and watch for these signs of dehydration during your run.
- Have a plan: It’s not all about consistency; you should also keep your body challenged. Running outside instead of just on the treadmill, for example, builds your muscle to help increase speed and endurance, as does incorporating high-intensity intervals. And techniques like negative splits will help improve your overall mile time as well. Plan on doing these types of runs for the majority of your workouts if you’re trying to increase your mileage or time, but be sure to incorporate easy runs into your weekly plan as well.
- Do more than run: Don’t limit yourself to improving your pace just while you’re on the road. There are many things you can do when you aren’t running that can help you, like stretching after every run, strength training regularly, and getting enough sleep. Find out more about what you can do to be a better runner (without running) here.
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