Social distancing isn't always easy (discover our confinement coping mechanisms), but there is a silver lining! Since we're staying in more (ahem, always close to a bathroom), it's easier than ever to detox and cleanse your body.
Traditionally spring is the perfect time to detox. It clears away the old and prepares our cells for renewal. But Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert and author of "The Inflammation Spectrum," reminds us to avoid make cleansing a quick, one-time fix. Instead, he says, that it’s important to detoxify daily.
These ten gentle yet powerful methods to cleanse and detox may help reset your metabolism, rebuild healthy gut flora, detoxify your liver, and revitalize sluggish body systems, improving your energy and helping rebuild a strong immune system.
Gentle Daily Detoxes
Easy to implement, these gentle daily detoxes may help boost your body’s lymphatic and digestive systems for optimal energy.
1. Try a Daily Herbal Cleanse
Flor-Essence® herbal cleanse boasts eight cleansing herbs to targets the cellular level for oxidative stress relief from free radicals. Its formula helps support elimination pathways and, combined with water, it's gentle enough to drink daily.
2. Sip Detox Tea
Gaia Herbs’ Cleanse and Detox Herbal Tea has a fresh taste with aloe vera, licorice root, and peppermint. Combine it with more intense cleanses to support elimination.
3. Add Apple Cider Vinegar
If the thought of apple cider vinegar makes you pucker but you still want the health benefits, try Zhou Nutrition Apple Cider Vinegar capsules. These non-GMO capsules include a blend of turmeric, ginger, and cayenne to assist with a daily digestive cleanse.
4. Eat Plant Food Medicine
Dr. Cole suggests incorporating detoxing food like parsley, cilantro, and blueberries into your daily diet to help remove toxins that build up in your body. This will also help you heed the advice of Mascha Davis MPH, RDN and author of "Eat Your Vitamins," who counsels toget the majority of our vitamins from raw whole foods.
Intensive Detoxes, Cleanses, and Resets
When you want deep digestive cleansing and a whole-body reset, these intensive programs are totally doable for long-lasting results.
5. Mimic Fasting
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A favorite of Kate Hudson and featured in Netflix’s The Goop Lab, Prolon, a plant-based 5-day mimic fasting program, is supported by extensive preclinical and clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Leveraging the science behind autophagy (which won the 2016 Nobel Prize), this program tricks your body into thinking that it's fasting, all the while providing nutrient-dense, sustaining, wholesome foods. Benefits may include cell regeneration and rejuvenation, weight loss, and improved metabolic balance. Another perk is that it's shipped to your door, so you don't have to brave the grocery store.
6. Try a Short Juice Cleanse
Lemonkind Reset & ReStart one and three-day juice cleanses feed your body essential nutrients through optimally blended, non-GMO juices with superfoods like chlorella and turmeric. The system is designed to give your body the nutrients it needs to boost hydration and immunity, all the while allowing your digestive system to rest for up to three days.
7. Gently Cleanse Your Colon
If you have a sluggish digestive system or have been feeling bloated, Pro-Clenz™ is a gentle colon cleanse that helps get you regular again while replenishing healthy gut flora. Its three-step, "cleanse, detox, and release" protocol helps eliminate impurities while supporting a balanced digestive system with probiotics.
8. Eliminate Parasites
SCRAM™ gently eliminates nasty parasites that drain energy and cause a slew of health issues. It’s best taken before bedtime and combined with a low sugar diet. Drink plenty of water and take a probiotic in the morning to assist with healthy elimination. Its herbal blend may also help detoxify your liver, and digestive enzymes support the digestive process.
9. Reset your Metabolism
Based on Ayurveda and Chronobiology, the four to eight-day OWL Reset Organic Cleanse Program “heals and seals” your gut. It’s said to reduce bloating, sugar cravings and inflammation while optimizing digestion. Comprised of bone broths and hemp mylkshakes, it’s designed to release and eliminate toxins and heavy metals stored in bodily tissues.
10. Cleanse your Microbiome
For digestive support, Gaia’s Microbiome Cleanse helps re-balance your GI tract for a gut health reboot that may eliminate bloating. Black walnut and sweet wormwood are its star cleansing ingredients to help restore your gut microbiome to optimum levels.
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