Detoxification is a lost art these days. Yet we live in a very toxic environment with more pesticides, herbicides, and contaminated soil. That’s why it’s so important to develop a daily practice to promote a safe and gentle way to detoxify in the body.
A clean diet, clean water, and exercise are the foundation for any detox regimen. Here are three basic guidelines to follow:
1. Drink water with lemon. To begin your detox regimen each morning, before breakfast drink 16 oz. of warm, purified water with a whole, fresh-squeezed lemon.
Lemon juice is an alkaline substance that promotes healthy elimination first thing in the morning. Most of us start our days with coffee — or worse yet, eat before we drink anything. Drinking water in the morning will give you more energy than coffee or food, and will boost your immune system.
2. Get enough fiber. Most Americans lack a daily supply of fruits and vegetables and don’t get the daily requirement of fiber, which is key to binding to toxins in the colon and helping the body eliminate them.
After drinking your lemon water, mix a couple teaspoons of a high-quality organic psyllium powder in a glass of water, and drink. This will help draw out toxins in the colon and promote healthy weight management.
Eating raw fruits for breakfast is another good way to get fiber. This will also help promote healthy elimination and give you good energy.
3. Exercise. The final detox secret is movement. When you start a light, but effective exercise program you can make the other detox tools work more effectively. Without exercise, it’s like putting the best fuel and oil in your car, but not driving it.
Daily movement will get your lymphatic, digestive, and elimination systems moving and working properly. Sweating alone will help draw out toxins through the skin as the metabolism of your body increases.
Stagnation will increase the amount of toxins in the body. Movement is the only way to break up and release those toxins.
Detoxification is a daily journey — not a short race. I hope I have inspired you to begin to detox.
Next time, we will explore supplements, chiropractic, massage, and colonics as more advanced ways to detoxify.
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