1. Drink hot lemon water first thing or all day long. Kick-start the detoxing process first thing in the morning by drinking a cup of warm water with lemon and cayenne. You can add sweetener such as maple syrup if you desire. Maple Syrup is loaded with minerals and does not spike your glycemic index.
2. Have a fresh cold-pressed juice. Do it on an empty stomach, which allows your body to absorb the nutrients more quickly. My go-to detox elixir: lemon, kale, spinach, spirulina, and ginger – the more greens, the better!
3. Sip a detox tea. Tea may be more powerful than you previously imagined. When you purchase, or make, high quality tea let it steep for 10 minutes. This concentrates the benefits to make it more medicinal. Sip a few cups of detoxifying tea blends throughout the day. Look for ingredients such as dandelion root, ginger, burdock , turmeric and licorice root.
4. Add apple cider vinegar to your daily elixir. Along with a host of other benefits, apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body and helps detox the liver. Purchase the raw, unfiltered and organic variety.
5. Eat detoxing foods and supplements. The liver and kidneys serve as the body’s filtration system, and thus are integral to overall health and cleansing. Incorporate the following to aid in continual kidney and liver cleansing: parsley, cilantro, dandelion root, licorice root, cayenne, turmeric, red pepper, garlic, lemon, lime, grapefruit, sea vegetables (seaweed salad, nori, dulse), artichokes, beets, cruciferous vegetables, wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella and milk thistle.
6. Eat clean. Incorporate high-fiber foods into your diet to keep the elimination process flowing. Limit or avoid high-mercury fish such as swordfish, tuna, mackerel, shark, marlin and grouper. General rule to follow: larger fish typically have higher levels of mercury. Avoid refined sugars, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and non-organic fruits and veggies. Dates and figs provide sugar and fiber. Soak before using in blended foods/smoothies.
7. Sweat. Sweating is crucial for expelling toxins. Use an infrared sauna, which assists in removing heavy metal toxins stored in fat tissues. Take a Bikram yoga class — or any hot or other yoga classes! Exercise with extra layers to help increase body temperature and perspiration. Make sure to wipe off the sweat as quickly as possible in order to prevent reabsorption of toxins such as heavy metals & pesticides.
8. Invert. Scientifically shown to help the cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems, inversions reverse the flow of gravity, stimulate the lymphatic system, and aid in blood purification. Traditional inversions include:
- Shoulder stand
- Headstand or handstand
- Legs propped up against a wall
- Inversion table such as the one we have at 191 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
9. Jump. Rebounding is great for stimulating the lymphatic system and increasing circulation. Small, portable trampolines are a quick and easy way to build jumping into your daily routine. buy the more expensive ones as you get more bounce for your bang and it will definitely last much longer.
10. Eliminate. Elimination seemed appropriate for the “Move” category! Further cleanse your colon by taking daily fiber supplements, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and incorporating colon cleanses such as colonics or enemas. Avoid using laxatives as they are habit forming. Our favorite product is “PoopDoc” which you can purchase at www.JenniferWaters.world
11. Dry body brush. Before showering, dry brush your body head-to-toe, using long strides toward the heart. This activates the lymphatic system, stimulates blood circulation, and enhances toxin elimination through our body’s largest organ — the skin!
12. Tongue scrape. Yes, it sounds funny, but this quickly cleans the tongue of accumulated bacteria and toxic debris from the night before. Think of it as giving your body an extra assist in the detox process, while also achieving better breath! I promise you’ll be hooked.
13. Try hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy encompasses a large range of approaches and methods. An easy way to incorporate hydrotherapy daily is by alternating between hot and cold water every 30 seconds in the shower. Cold water stimulates, causing blood vessels to constrict, while hot water relaxes and causes blood vessels to dilate. This alternation of hot and cold water improves elimination, decreases inflammation, removes wastes from tissues, and stimulates circulation.
14. Detox bath. Here is a magical detox bath formula resulting from many years of research and testing. And, yes, I’m sharing it with you! Take one every week to cleanse from the outside in.
- Dead sea salts / Epsom salts (2 cups): draw toxins out through the skin
- Baking Soda (2 cups): naturally alkalizing substance helps remove toxins
- Fresh ground ginger (1 tbsp): heats-up body temperature, encouraging perspiration
- Therapeutic-grade essential oils (4 drops each): Geranium, eucalyptus and juniper berry possess powerful agents aiding in detoxification.
15. Get massages. This deserves two exclamation points. Massages increase circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system and removes toxic build-up. They also feel pretty good when done with the right person.
16. Make your home healthy. Introduce plants to your home (peace lilies, ferns and palms are great natural air filters), change A/C filters regularly, avoid harsh household chemicals, install chlorine filters, introduce an air purifier, and consider a reverse-osmosis water system.