Detox has many purported benefits that include getting rid of water retention, more energy, an improved metabolism, weight loss, clearer looking skin and more. But does the word conjure extreme images of a fast that consists of only apples and plain water? Or being in a perpetual state of anger and hunger (a.k.a. hangry)? The truth is, though, that detox doesn’t actually have to be painful. And it most definitely does not require anyone entering into starvation mode. In essence, a detox means eating the right kinds of foods, making sure that you are getting enough exercise, and stay very well hydrated the entire time. Here are five ways that you can make your detox both fun than functional! (Please note that it is always best to consult your physician before embarking on a strict fasting or exercise regimen.)
Attend a Detox Yoga Class
Detox Yoga claims to put you through a series of poses and stretches that are specifically designed to massage your organs and tone your figure while your body gets rid of the toxins by breaking into a sweat. But you don’t need to attend a detox yoga class in order to clear your toxins; it just happens to be a fun and healthy option.
Breaking into a sweat is actually key for the removal of toxins, and what’s required is that you make the effort to exercise for at least 15 minutes a day so that you do. Furthermore, exercise improves your blood circulation and raises your metabolism, all very good things for clearing out toxins and improving your general health. Make it less of a pain by choosing a fun activity (or two or three). If for you that means a daily brisk walk along the beach or bouncing on a trampoline (which, incidentally, actually does help release the toxins from your lymphatic system), so be it.
Enjoy a Relaxing Steam
You can also detox by sweating it out in a steam room. Always make sure to consume water before and after to replenish your system. Chill out (figuratively speaking) in a hot steam room and let the heat and humidity do all the work for you. You’ll come out feeling like you’ve done a run, but yet you’re also relaxed and feeling like a million bucks. Just remember not to spend too much time in there; it’s different for everyone but 15 minutes is the general rule. And remember to hydrate both before or after a steam to replenish the water you lost.
Go for a Massage
Treat yourself to a massage — a lymphatic drainage massage, to be more specific. As you may know, the lymphatic system plays a very important role in our system by helping our bodies to eliminate waste. A lymphatic massage can assist in getting rid of the build-up of toxins in the system, as well as help to improve oxygen levels and blood flow. This massage can also have the added benefits of reducing or getting rid of water retention, bloat and cellulite. If you happen to feel fatigued or are under the weather, a lymphatic massage may very well help to jumpstart your tired immune system and give you an overall energy boost. Where do I sign up?
Detox with Friends
Sometimes things can be hard to stick with when you are going at it alone. And studies have actually shown that obesity is catching — meaning that if your friends and family are on the heavy side, the more likely it is that you will be too. And the reverse is true. The more that you hang around health-conscious folks, the more likely you’ll be able to stick with a healthy lifestyle. So go on this transformative journey with a good friend (or friends) or life partner and reap the benefits together.
Try Out New Recipes
As we’ve mentioned, a detox does not require that you subsist on apple slices and plain water. There are plenty of healthy and delicious foods that you can eat and you never actually have to feel deprived. Make it interesting by exploring all the different recipes that are available online; cook with a friend, where possible. An avocado (whole-wheat) toast with tomatoes and fried egg or a chia seed breakfast bowl, anyone? Or how about a lemon chicken stew and wash it down with a ginger cucumber juice? Is your mouth watering yet?
Make Sure to Hydrate
A final but important reminder: When you are on a detox, it is so important that you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Whether you are taking your morning jog or relaxing with a lymphatic massage, make sure to drink water before and after an activity to stay hydrated and make up for what you lost. Aim for about two litres a day and have fun with it by trying a variety of fruit infusions to flavour your fluids, and also add to your daily quota by upping your intake of foods that have a high water content.