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8 Simple Natural Detox Ideas for your Entire Body

Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live,” said Jim Rohn. However, a good majority of us fail to realise the importance of looking after the body. Just like we pollute the mother Earth in all possible ways, so do we intoxicate our body system with our poor life style. Yes, our body does have a natural coping mechanism to get rid of these toxins from our body. However, the success of those efforts largely depends on the rate of our body intoxication and detoxification. Unfortunately, our lifestyles seem to have digressed widely from what has been prescribed the right kind of lifestyle by the healthcare experts. As a result, our natural body detox systems may not be completely successful in flushing the toxins out of our body resulting in spurious impacts like metabolic dysfunction. That’s why indulging in detox measures occasionally becomes important. In this post I have explained what detox is and some simple and effective ways you can do it. Happy Reading.

What is detox?

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of getting rid of hazardous elements—called the toxins, from our body. The term ‘toxins’ refers to a wide range of substances like pollutants, synthetic chemicals, processed foods, heavy metals, etc. that could impact our health. Our body flushes out the toxins inside through sweat, urine and stools and through the air we exhale. Water-soluble toxins like crystals are excreted through sweat and urine. Fat-soluble toxins and solid wastes are excreted through our stools. Gaseous wastes consisting of xenobiotics are excreted through the exhaled air. Thus, toxins in all forms of matter are flushed out of the body.

Detox: Common Misconceptions

One of the common misconceptions about detoxification is about indulging in detox diets. The veracity of this claim hasn’t been established though. There have been no concrete results to establish how these detox diets could help in detoxification. Also, the advocates of detox diets do not specify which toxins they help flushing out from the body system and how exactly it is accomplished. In addition, our body has a robust detox system comprising of the lungs, liver, kidneys, digestive system and the skin.  Ensuring these organs are in the best of their health, experts opine, is sufficient for effective detoxification. No special diet is required for the same.

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Here are some simple yet effective detox ideas that you can check out.


•Keep Yourself Hydrated

As has been mentioned earlier, several water-soluble toxins are flushed out through our sweat and urine. Experts say drinking adequate water has several positive benefits on our health including detoxification. My yoga coach keeps insisting on us to consume lots of warm water every day. She also suggests that we add essential herbs like mint, turmeric, cumin seeds etc. to the water. Whether you choose to flavour your water as she suggests or not, do keep yourself hydrated with adequate amount of water.


This is one thing I have been consistently advocating and the healthcare experts too been insisting on it- adequate exercise. Exercise helps in flushing toxins out of our body. It helps in improving circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body thus contributing to the healthy functioning of the body organs. A good combination of stretching, strength and cardio workout makes it a complete workout. My yoga coach makes sure that our everyday workouts are a complete package. She also incorporates breathing techniques in our routine. In addition, she incorporates asanas specifically to improve the function of vital detox organs like liver and kidney. Having been a couch potato for a major part of my life, I have now become more of a fitness freak in the past one year that I have been working out. I know that the more I sweat the more am I flushing toxins out of my body. I know working out is key to holistic wellness. Here’s what I do for my holistic wellness.

•Avoiding Processed Foods and Sugary Substances

Avoiding processed foods and sugary substance is so vital for detox. Or, should I say vital for minimising intoxication. Experts say that sugary substances have spurious impact on our mind and body. I was a type of person who dwelled on junk foods, processed foods and sugary substances like chocolates, cakes, biscuits for a good portion of my life until I developed a lot of health issues. Today, I stay away from all of these and always refer fresh home cooked meals. I have replaced white sugar with jaggery and demerara sugar, refined items like oil, maida, with unrefined ones. Afterall, like Drew Carey had said, “Eating crappy food isn’t a reward. It’s a punishment.”

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•Cut down on Caffeine

Cutting down on caffeine is one of the essential things to avoid building up of toxins in our body. If any of you are on homeopathic treatment, I am sure you will know that coffee is a strict no-no. But coffee was my source of energy ever-since my childhood days. It was my recharging morning drink, refreshing evening drink, go-to solution for boredom (seriously!), headache, stress (I can’t believe I thought so), filler drink when I had nothing to do. Obviously, it showed up adversely on my health. I caught cold easily even as a grown-up. I always felt like a lump of mucus was stuck in my throat. (Eeks, I know that sounds disgusting. It was equally troubling too). My naturopathy doctor then asked me to cut down on milk and all milk-based products. Today, I have restricted my coffee as a recharging morning drink alone. I have seen the difference in my health now. I don’t catch cold frequently. Even if I do, I recover quicker. The mucus in my throat seems to be disappearing too. That’s what preventing the build-up of such toxins could actually do to your health too.

•Shun Alcohol & Smoking

Alcohol is one of the major habit-forming substance. It impacts the liver directly which looks after removing of fat-soluble toxins from our body. Consumption of alcohol affects liver and interferes with this detox mechanism, creating spurious impact on your body. Similarly, smoking affects the lungs which look after the flushing of xenobiotic substances from our body thereby, interfering with the detox mechanism of the body. Therefore, smoking and drinking are a strict no-no, for a healthy detox mechanism of the body.


Fasting is one of the natural ways to prevent flushing of toxins from the body. Once, I was down with high fever and my naturopathy doctor told me to fast the whole day taking good rest while keeping myself hydrated with loads of warm water. Having seen the splendid results of naturopathy for my other ailments like menstural cramps, I followed his advice to the tee. The next day, I was up and back to the best of my health again and that without taking any medicines. When enquired, my doctor said that fever was a result of toxins building up in the body and that fasting for the whole day with adequate rest and proper hydration helps in flushing those toxins out of the body thereby, helping us recover from it. That’s why I see fasting as a wonderful method to detox.

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•Catch Adequate Sleep

Getting enough sleep is also vital for an effective body detox. It has been established through research that a good night’s sleep helps flushing out toxins from the brain. (No wonder why then lack of good sleep leaves a person cold and grumpy!). Experts say that the lack of sleep impacts the blood-brain barrier which protects the central nervous system from toxins which they believe could be a factor contributing to major ailments like the Alzheimer’s.

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•Go for gadget-free days

A close look at the various detox methods makes it clear that the need for this detox arises due to our changed lifestyle. Another lifestyle change that is essential to consider is the growing addiction to gadgets, leading to several mental health issues like stress, anxiety, depression to name a few. Research has established the link between increased use of social media and depression. That is why going gadget-free or the digital detox becomes important. My efforts with digital detox started with my kids. The increasing online classes had impacted my son’s eyes, as a result of which I took a serious of measures to help improve his eye-safety and the digital detox was one of those. I could see that the digital detox help us spend more time together as a family, helped increase our productivity and help us find more avenues for working constructively and creatively.

Leigh Hunt had said, “The groundwork for happiness is good health,” and there is no denying this. It is absolutely essential for us to take great care of our health if we really want to be happy. Focusing on body detox is just one of those measures that we could take for a healthy body. Our body, like monks say, “is a vessel that carries our soul.” I bet it deserves to be treated in the best possible way.

What are the detox measures that you take. Do share it in the comments. I would love to read it.

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