I’ll admit up front that I’ve never tried a detoxing program. I always associated “detox” with expensive Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed juice cleanses that would deprive me of the joy of chewing, or sitting in a fancy eucalyptus-scented sauna until I properly sweat out the toxins, whatever those were. I thought, I can sweat for free.
So I was properly schooled in the methods of (and reasons for) detoxification when I read through naturopathic doctor Pina LoGiudice’s The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get Your Glowing. To start, common toxins come from everyday pollutants like cigarette smoke, parabens (often used in our shampoos and lotions), insecticides and pesticides, mold spores, air pollution, and even heavy metals, plastics, and chemicals found in our water supply. Frequent exposure to these toxins over time can speed up the aging process, damage our nervous system, and cause chronic inflammation, higher levels of anxiety, cancer, diabetes, and more. Yikes.
The good news is that you can detoxify your body with a few simple steps. Below are examples from Pina LoGiudice’s 3-Step Detoxification Method:
Detox Step #1: Stop the Incoming
- Do your best to purchase organic vegetables, fruits, and grass-fed meats and avoid GMOs, or genetically modified foods.
- Look for natural, toxin-free skincare, haircare, and cosmetic products, avoiding products that include ingredients such as “parabens (e.g., methyl and ethyl paraben), FDA lake #5 dye, parfum, and fragrance. These are all toxins.”
- Purchase a high-quality water filter and air filters, and add houseplants such as aloe vera, English ivy, or ficus to clear your air. “If you cannot have air filtration throughout your home, consider keeping one good filter in your bedroom, the place where you do most of your heavy breathing – while you sleep.”
- Take your shoes off – 70% of chemicals brought into the house take a ride on your shoes!
- Check your house for mold – especially around windows, in the bathroom, and the kitchen.
Detox Step #2: Open the Channels of Detoxification
- Get a good night’s rest – at least 7 hours minimum with a regularly scheduled bed time.
- Drink good fluids such as purified water and green tea.
- Eat good foods and skip the bad foods. Foods you should not consume during detox include “all alcohol, all coffee (sorry!), all fruit juices, and any foods with preservatives, added sugars, and any words you can’t pronounce or don’t understand.”
- Sweat it out – by exercising! “Increased circulation brings more flow through the liver and kidneys, which are the main organs of detox,” notes LoGiudice. “Also, good deep breathing ensures better cell oxygenation.”
Detox Step #3: Add Supplements
- Be kind to your liver – “it is the organ responsible for balancing blood sugar, metabolizing hormones, and keeping toxins from staying in the body.”
- Cod-liver Oil – take one teaspoon or about 5g of high-quality cod-liver oil a day, which supplies you with omega fats to help calm inflammation and support skin health.
- Probiotics – “good bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidus are key players in helping the body start to detoxify in the intestines.”
“Remember, this is not a fast – so you can eat as much as you need. Just keep it to very healthy eating combined with other lifestyle and supplement choices,” advises Pina LoGiudice.
post by Keely Platte
For more tips and exercises, check out The Little Book of Healthy Beauty, available from these and many other retailers: