Detoxing seems to be the new “fix it” for many problems. It often is, because it works. How do you know if you need it? Here are some of the signs that detox is what you need:

• Fatigue that is unexplained
• Sluggish feeling
• Skin irritation
• Allergies
• Low-grade infections
• Bags under your eyes or puffy eyes
• Bloating
• Menstrual cycle problems
• Mental confusion often identified as “brain fog”
• Unexplained weight gain you can’t seem to lose
• Aches and pains
• Digestive problems

Detox programs can assist the body’s natural cleansing ability because it:

• Helps rest the organs through fasting
• Stimulates the liver to push toxins out of the body
• Promotes removal through the skin, intestines, and kidneys
• Improves blood circulation
• Refuels the body with healthy nutrients.

Detox is something you work yourself into. Before you start, you need to reduce your toxin intake. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, saturated fats, and refined sugars. If you smoke, eliminate cigarettes/cigars as well. These toxins block the healing process.

Next, you need to minimize chemical-based cleaners and healthcare products in your home. This includes shampoos, deodorants, tooth pastes, and all cleansers. Substitute them with natural products instead.

A major problem to good health is stress. It causes your body to release stress hormones. A certain amount of stress is good. It gives you that rush you need to reach goals. In large amounts, however, these hormones can cause toxins to build up in your body. It inhibits detoxification in the liver. Find some way such as meditation or yoga to relieve the effects of stress.

Not every detox program works for every person. There are several detox favorites such as:

• Simple Fruit and Veggie Detox
• Juice Cleanse
• Smoothie Cleanse
• Hypoallergenic Detox
• Sugar Detox

There are ways, however, you can work to detox your body naturally. Here are recommendations for supplements, diet, and lifestyle practices that will help keep your body functioning at optimal level:

1. Fiber—Make sure your body includes an abundance of fiber. Good choices of food to receive it include brown rice, organic fruits and vegetables. Good vegetable choices include radishes, beets, artichokes, broccoli, cabbage, chlorella, seaweed, and spirulina.
2. Herbs—Cleansing herbs for the liver can help protect it. These herbs include green tea, dandelion root, milk thistle, and burdock.
3. Vitamin C—It will help your body to produce glutathione which is a compound in the liver that drives away toxins.
4. Water—Make sure to drink at least two quarts of water a day.
5. Breathing techniques—Make sure you breathe deeply. It will allow oxygen to circulate easier and more completely through your system.
6. Reduce stress—Find ways to not only reduce stress, but try to transform stress by accentuating positive emotions.
7. Hydrotherapy—Taking very hot showers for five minutes and allowing the water to run on your back then following it with thirty seconds of cold water to start. You’ll want to do this three times and then get into your bed for 30 minutes.
8. Sweat—This can be done through exercise, but works quicker if you do it in a sauna. It helps your body eliminate wastes through perspiration.
9. Skin care—Either dry-brush your skin or use detox foot spas/foot baths. These help remove toxins through your pores. At natural product stores, you can find special brushes to use.

By combining these detox methods with exercise such as yoga, rope jumping, Quigong, or martial arts will include specific exercise for detox cleansing in addition to health benefits. You’ll feel better than ever before.