First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives.

Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver.

Yoga, Qigong and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.

Which detox program is right for you?

There are many detoxification programs and detox recipes, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because it takes the body time to clean the blood. A program could involve fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefully-planned five-day detox diet to allow the digestive system to rest. I recommend a 3-7 day juice fast to begin with (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.

Top 10 ways to help your body detoxify

Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, kale spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

Use lemon frequently squeeze in water upon rising in the morning. Or a sprinkling of Celtic/Himalyan salt in your water bottle to top up on many minerals that are lacking in our modern diet.

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, kale 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. Use lemon frequently squeeze in water upon rising in the morning. Or a sprinkling of Celtic/Himalyan salt in your water bottle to top up on many minerals that are lacking in our modern diet .

3. Take vitamin C in the form of red/green capsicums, papaya, pineapple, chillies, brussell sprouts all come with Vitamin C plus extras. Even the good old orange is delicious when freshly juiced, although not quite as much Vitamin C as the previous goodies. Vitamin C helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least two litres of water a day.

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

6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions eg. laughter. Research has shown that the health benefits of laughter can help relieve pain, bring greater happiness, and even increase immunity.

7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a bath or 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 detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores. One amazing way to rid the outer layer of toxins is to mix equal amounts of vodka and baking soda and scrub the skin thoroughly for an all round detox. Start at the shoulders and work the arms then torso followed by the upper legs and feet.

10. Exercise in the form of Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day. Try Qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.

Consult your doctor before using any health treatment —natural remedies — and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. The information presented here is for educational purposes only

top 5 detox diets

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1. Fruit & Veggie Detox
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2. Juice Cleansesmoothie

3. Smoothie Cleansewater

4. Water Cleanse

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5. Caffeine, Alcohol & Sugar Detox