Water fasts, juice fasts, or raw vegan eating have all become popular ways of detoxifying the body in recent years. These fads promise great results, but the prize comes with a price: you have to give up most food, solids, or eating altogether to earn that cleansed purified body and clear mind.
If you want sustainable results but you’re skeptical of starving yourself, here are the six best ways to detox your body without going to the extreme.
Water is an essential part of any detox program. Start your day with a cup of hot lemon water and drink more water than you usually do throughout the day. Ideally, you should consume three or more liters of water every day during your detox. In addition to rehydrating your body and helping you get rid of toxins, water will give your hair and skin a noticeable boost of hydration.
Use different water infusions to mix things up and avoid boredom while adding vitamins to your water. Cucumber slices, lemon juice, grapefruit slices, and mint leaves are all popular ingredients in water infusions.
- Research & replace
Now, we’re not going to ask you to go completely raw vegan to reap the benefits of a detox, but there are four things you need to cut out during your detox: sugar, dairy, caffeine, and gluten. If you’re reluctant to give up on that daily cup of coffee you should know that research has found a 23 percent increase in liver detoxification capacity after a caffeine cleanse.
Keep a supply of green tea and herbal tea on hand to help you beat your coffee addiction. Remember you can use honey or organic syrups instead of refined sugar. Opt for almond or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk, and you’re good to go!
- Take probiotics
There are many pieces of research backing up probiotics’ role in good digestive health. What you may not know is that these healthy bacteria can also rid your body of toxins and heavy metals.
- Add Green smoothies
Even if you don’t want to cut anything out of your diet, you will need to make some additions during your detox. You should eat as many raw foods as you can and the best way to do so is to drink your vegetables!
Drink at least two green smoothies every day. Make sure you include plenty of leafy greens such as kale and spinach which you won't be able to taste once you mix it all in with fruit, we promise!
- Do cleansing exercises
A detox is both physical and mental. To keep your mind in a pure, peaceful place practice cleansing exercises such as yoga, meditation, and long walks around the block.
- Hit the spa
As if you need a reason to get pampered! Help your detox process along by visiting a spa and using the steam room and sauna twice a week. Celebrate your success, reward your effort thus far and get ready for long-term results!