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Tips for a Healthy Detox

At Balanced Health, our clients come to us with a variety of conditions, and going through the detoxification process is one of the first steps to bringing our bodies back into alignment.Detoxification is an innate function that brings our bodies into homeostasis, maintaining the stability of the body’s internal environment in response to changes in external conditions. Our bodies detox naturally every day by eliminating wastes through our kidneys, colon, liver, lymph, and skin.

Depending on the amount and type of toxic load, some people may feel great while detoxing, while many can experience unpleasant symptoms. As your body releases built-up toxins, it is common to feel a bit worse before you begin to feel better. Some common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle aches
  • Excess mucus
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weakness
  • Cravings
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas/bloating

The good news? These symptoms won’t last forever, and will generally dissipate after 3-5 days. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is easy to become discouraged, but knowing how to manage and control the severity of these symptoms will allow for a safe and easy detox.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for a safe and effective detox:

Hydrate: Drinking at least 64oz of water each day will not only ensure you stay properly hydrated, but will also support your body with proper elimination and detoxification. Also, starting your morning with a glass of room temperature lemon water is an excellent way to alkalize your body and kick start your digestion. 

Avoid Food Sensitivities: Our scans identify food sensitivities. Avoiding those foods that you are sensitive to will help decrease inflammation in your body, creating a better environment for detoxification.

Eat Clean: Eating whole, organic foods with emphasis on healthy vegetables, fruits and lean protein will alkalize and give your body the proper nutrition to support a healthy detox. Avoid processed foods with preservatives and refined sugars as they create an acidic environment in your body.

Exercise: Commit to at least 15 minutes a day to break a sweat. Sweating releases toxins from the body, gets the blood moving, and keeps your joints and muscles mobile. Brisk walking, rebounding, cycling, swimming, and yoga are all great activities to do while you detox.

Epsom Salt Bath: Taking an Epsom salt bath detoxifies the liver and provides your body with magnesium, and sulfate, both of which are essential for detoxification. Epsom salts also help draw toxins out of our skin, which is the largest organ in our body and responsible for a large amount of healthy detoxification.

Add ¼ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup sea salt, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm bath.

Dry Skin Brushing: As mentioned earlier, our skin is our largest organ, and is vital for healthy detoxification and proper digestion. Skin brushing improves lymphatic drainage while promoting healthy digestion and detoxification. You can purchase a dry skin brush at any health foods store. To begin, gently brush in a circular motion, moving from the extremities towards the heart, improving blood flow to the heart. To improve digestion, use counterclockwise strokes on your belly.

Oil Pulling: Oil pulling has been a common detoxification practice for centuries, and helps remove harmful bacteria in your mouth that can disrupt the microflora in your gut leading to digestive upset. We like to use coconut oil when pulling as it is naturally anti-bacterial.  Put one TBSP of coconut oil in your mouth, swishing it around from 10-20 minutes. Dispose of the oil by spitting in your garbage can, avoid spitting in the sink as it can cause a major clog! Rinse your mouth with water and sea salt and brush your teeth. Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.