Cleansing is important to maintain health, and spring is the perfect time to detox the body. We accumulate so many toxins and impurities in our system over time, and not only from the food we eat, but also from the water we drink, the air we breathe, the stress, pollution, and so on. There are many different ways to cleanse the body, but here are 5 simple things you can do to help your body detox without going on a serious cleanse. And of course, on top of that, try eat a healthy and varied diet that focuses on fresh, seasonal, wholesome foods.
- Make yourself a green juice
Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to detox the body. Juices provide a lot of high quality vitamins and minerals, as well as being hydrating and easy to digest. It’s best to take them on an empty stomach, preferably first thing in the morning. Avoid making sweet juices – try to stick with vegetables, especially the green ones, which are more alkaline and detoxifying. Ideally, make your juices at home, using a juicer, or buy them from a healthy juice bar – avoid bottled juices, unless cold-pressed and low in sugar.
- Get a green smoothie
Green smoothies, if made properly, are very nutritious and a great way to add vegetables to the diet. They are easy to digest, and make excellent breakfast or snacks. Just like juices, they are best consumed on an empty stomach – not with meals. You can even add some lemon juice and herbs for a stronger effect, or use brewed green tea as a base. Remember to vary your ingredients.
- Drink water with lemon upon raising
Drinking a glass of room temperature with the juice of half a lemon is a good habit to take as it helps to alkalize and detox the body, while activate digestion and boost immunity. If you have a digestive problem such as acid reflux, try unpasteurized apple cider vinegar instead.
- Eat more fiber
Fibers are important to help balance blood sugar, support satiety and detox the body by having healthy and regular bowel movements. Stick to fresh, wholesome foods, and preferably raw. Great sources of fibers include flax and chia seeds, apples, berries, raw vegetables, beans and whole grains such as oats and brown rice. You can also add them to your smoothies if you like.
- Stay hydrated – Drink water!
Drinking clean water is one of the best things you can do for your health. Not only it helps you to stay hydrated, but it helps to flush toxins out of the body, gives energy, boost mood and immune system, improve skin and promote weight loss. The benefits are endless. You should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water.