How To Supercharge Your Detox?

1) Sweat Out The Poisons

Your skin, sweat glands, and sebaceous (oil producing) glands are an important part of your elimination and detoxification systems. Therefore it is important to find a way to give them a workout on a weekly basis. Make a point of spending approximately twenty minutes in a dry sauna, whenever you get a chance. You will sweat far more in a dry sauna than in a steam sauna, so look for a dry sauna at your local gym or Y.

2) Dry Brush Your Skin

A few days each week, before taking a shower or bath, dry brush your skin with a soft-bristled brush. Dry brushing has two main benefits. First, it aids your skin in sloughing off old cells and debris from its surface, thus unclogging your pores and enabling your skin to breathe and perspire freely. It also stimulates the circulation beneath your skin, which helps promotes cellular renewal and vitality.

Spend approximately five minutes gently brushing your skin, starting at the top of your head and moving downwards to your feet. Use short, rapid strokes. Please remember that this should be a soft, self-nurturing procedure, rather than an irritant. Afterwards bathe in warm water and smooth on a thin layer of body lotion or oil.

3) Get A Massage

It is always a good idea to get a massage to promote the circulation of your blood and lymphatic fluids. Massage speeds the removal of your metabolic waste products and can help alleviate muscular tension. It also stimulates the brain to release endorphins, or natural painkillers, thus boosting your overall sense of well-being. Drink plenty of water afterwards, this will help flush the toxins from your system.

4) Breathe Deeply

Breathing is your primary source of life-sustaining oxygen, but most of us are shallow, chest breathers. Doing some deep breathing keeps your lungs flexible and enables them to expel any trapped particles or pollutants that you have inhaled. The ideal breath engages not just the chest but the abdominal muscles as well.

5) Exercise Gently

It’s highly beneficial to get about an hour of non-strenuous exercise every day during your detox, for example by walking, biking, or swimming. Exercise increases the circulation of your blood and induces perspiration, which both help you to eliminate toxins.

6) Rest And Relax

It’s important to get sufficient rest and relaxation during your detox, As more toxins than usual are being processed and eliminated, you could feel somewhat crabby and fatigued especially in the beginning. You may find that you need more rest than you normally do. Listen to your body – resting and sleep make fewer demands on your body’s resources while your various systems are being tasked. Thus more of your energy can be applied to physical renewal.

Get at least eight hours of sleep every night during your detox. A good night’s sleep is fundamental to good health because your cells repair themselves more rapidly at nighttime. During your hours of deep sleep, the body produces higher levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which promotes cellular renewal. Furthermore, since you are not eating during the six to eight hours that you sleep, your digestive system gets a break and your elimination processes can catch up.

In addition to resting your body, it is important to rest your mind. In other words, take a break from TV, newspapers, movies, internet, too many parties etc. Make some quiet time for yourself. Use this deep revitalization period as an opportunity to consciously choose to relax or meditate for at least twenty minutes every day. Even five minutes is better than nothing. I also highly recommend doing some restorative yoga, I have found it to be one of the best forms of rest and relaxation for my patients during detoxification. This form of yoga is actually more mentally restful than physically active – it will leave you feeling rejuvenated and revitalized.

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