10 Tips to Detox Your Way to a Sexier You!
With more toxins in our environment than ever, experts recommend the average healthy person should detox around once a year. Follow these top tips to detox your way to a healthier, slimmer and sexier you!
1. Alkaline Diet
This helps to rid the body of toxins while rebalancing its pH level, in order to counteract the negative effects of an overly acidic diet. Modern diets tend to be based around acid-producing foods that imbalance the natural pH of the body, which makes us feel sluggish and unwell. By switching to alkaline-producing foods, such as green leafy vegetables, you can help to restore this natural balance. As well as making you feel healthier, this will encourage your body to release excess fat – so those unwanted pounds will drop off!
2. Parasite Cleanse
Did you know around half of all Americans have parasites living within their intestines? When the delicate balance of your internal bacteria is upset, parasites have a rich breeding ground in which to flourish – causing a range of digestive problems, fatigue and other symptoms. A Parasite Cleanse uses healthy fasting to eliminate the sugars and grains that encourage the growth of parasites, while boosting the ‘good bacteria’ in your gut.
3. Milk Thistle
It’s thought that around half of middle-aged Americans may have ‘fatty liver disease’, a condition often caused by excess alcohol, poor diet or exposure to toxins. The herbal supplement Milk Thistle has been used as a liver detoxifier for thousands of years, thanks to its natural active ingredient silymarin. Usually taken in capsule form, milk thistle can also help to lower cholesterol.
4. Dandelion Root
We all know we should be drinking less caffeine, soda and alcohol. Drinking dandelion tea helps to reduce bloating, purify the blood and naturally detoxify the liver. It can also help with weight-loss, and is an excellent low-calorie, caffeine-free alternative to coffee.
5. Hold That Salt
The average American consumes around 50% more salt than the recommended daily intake. Too much salt increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes. Reducing the amount you add to meals isn’t enough, as around three-quarters of our salt intake comes from products such as bread, convenience meals and store-bought sauces. Switch to low-sodium options where possible, and use black pepper and spices for added flavor.
6. Drink Up
We’ve heard it before, but drinking plenty of pure water is key to any successful detox plan. Ideally, you should aim to drink around 2 liters of water every day. Not only will this help to keep your body and skin hydrated, it will also flush those toxins right through your system.
7. Give Up
Quit that smoking habit and your body will start to reap the benefits in just 20 minutes. There’s nothing sexy about stale cigarette breath or nicotine-stained fingers. Giving up smoking is the single best way to detox your life overnight.
8. Love Garlic?
Garlic is a natural detoxifier, which helps to eliminate the accumulation of heavy metals within the body. Eating a clove of raw garlic every day will also help to strengthen your immune system, lower blood pressure and eliminate nasty free radicals.
9. Reduce Stress
Did you know that stress can lead to excess weight gain? When the body is stressed it produces cortisol, known as the ‘stress hormone’. As well as lowering your immunity against infections, increased levels of cortisol also encourages your body to store extra fat. Making time for relaxation is vital to curb daily stress and limit its physical impact on your body.
10. Get Moving!
While relaxation is certainly important, we should all aim to incorporate around 30 minutes of physical activity into our daily routine. This doesn’t need to involve a treadmill or a gym membership – brisk walking, dancing and even housework all count toward your daily exercise. As well as shaking off those extra pounds, this will boost your circulation and get your skin glowing with healthy radiance!