The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. —Paracelsus
We live in a toxic world. From pesticides used to grow food, BPAs in plastic food containers and water bottles to chemicals in household cleaners and air pollution, we are bombarded daily with substances that can have a negative impact on our health. And yet nature holds the keys to health and healing.
This subject has been on my heart lately so I’ve put together a list of 12 easy ways (plus one bonus) to help you detoxify your body.
What it does: binds with heavy metals to help flush them from the body.
Other benefits: fights inflammation.
How to use: eat it raw (best) or cooked.
What it does: stimulates the liver to flush toxins from the body.
Other benefits: high in vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
How to use: squeeze half of a lemon into hot water and drink first thing in the morning.
What it does: pectin pulls heavy metals and other toxins from the bloodstream
Other benefits: high in vitamins E, C and A
How to use: eat raw (best) or cooked.
What it does: alkaline pH and high negative ionic charge removes heavy metals and radiation from the body.
Other benefits: Balances the body’s pH. Can be used internally or externally.
How to use: mix one teaspoon with water and drink. Or add one cup to warm bath water.
What it does: binds with chemicals to treat poisonings and remove heavy metals. (Caution: activated charcoal interferes with pharmaceuticals, making them less effective.)
Other benefits: reduces gas, whitens teeth.
How to use: charcoal comes in powder or capsule form. Follow package directions for dosages.
What it does: supports the respiratory system and heals the gut.
Other benefits: anti-inflammatory, mood boosting, naturally sweet, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties.
How to use: boil water, add tea bag and enjoy! (My favorite brand is Yogi Tea. Each bag comes with a fortune. Today, mine was, “May your inner self be happy and secure.”)
What it does: stimulates the liver and kidneys to flush toxins.
Other benefits: promotes digestion, eases bloating and relieves aching joints.
How to use: boil water, add tea bag and enjoy!
What it does: iodine aids in the production of thyroid hormones and flushes toxins from the body.
Other benefits: regulates metabolism
How to use: eat as a snack anytime.
What it does: amino acids help the liver and nervous system purge toxins.
Other benefits: perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, rich in iron, zinc, magnesium and B vitamins.
How to use: sprinkle them on salads and side dishes. You can buy them toasted or raw. (I eat mine straight from the bag!)
What it does: stimulates lymph drainage and promotes circulation.
Other benefits: sloughs away dry skin.
How to use: select a brush with soft, natural bristles and direct brush strokes toward the heart.
Baking soda/Epsom salt/lavender oil bath
What it does: magnesium and sulfur in the Epsom salt detoxifies the body while baking soda alkalizes the body.
Other benefits: lavender oil promotes relaxation.
How to use: add 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of lavender oil to hot bath water. (Read a book while soaking for 30 minutes.)
What it does: absorbs impurities from the skin.
Other benefits: heals acne.
How to use: lather and rinse well. (Don’t be afraid of this soap’s hue. It rinses well and smells great!)
Bonus detox idea: I couldn’t resist including this one because summer is just around the corner. We’ve often heard that the sun causes cancer. It’s a claim that has never fully made sense to me. The sun helps our bodies produce vitamin D, which promotes feelings of well being, boosts our immune systems, strengthens our bones, fights inflammation and reduces fatigue, among many other benefits discussed in this video featuring Dr. Josh Axe. (Yep, that’s right! Sunshine is good for you! And it helps your body detox!)
For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect. —Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer
These are only a few of my favorite detox ideas. Do you have a detox method you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments below.