6 Simple Detox Hacks for Busy Foodies
Written by Kait Fowlie | @kaitfowlie
Raw Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe by Tara Tomulka
Can’t stomach a 7-day green-juice cleanse? Don’t have the time to make the switch to a fully raw or vegan diet at the moment? We hear you. Whether you’re planning on “working your way up” to an all-round healthier diet, or if you could just use a few quick tools to get feeling good right away, these simple detox hacks can help.
Up your water intake – and add lemon
Your body relies on water in a major way to function properly. Every process, from delivering oxygen to cells to eliminating toxins, is fueled by H2O. Up your water intake – and do so by drinking a steady supply throughout the day rather than a ton of it at once, to support your kidneys. Start your morning with some lemon water for an alkalizing start that will stimulate the liver and the digestive system.
Work in “bursts” of activity through the day
You don’t have to swear off sweets to get resistant to energy spikes and crashes. Quick bursts of intense activity (think: a 5 minute run around the block, running up a couple flights of stairs) in your day can improve your blood sugar control – your body’s ability to remove sugar from the bloodstream – up to 20%. Over time, your ability to stay focused, calm, and energy-consistent after meals will be working like a machine.
Eat more raw and organic foods
By reducing the amount of processed foods you eat, you lighten-up the toxin load on your body, freeing your energy up to go to work on other processes. Namely, elimination and repair. Organic fruits and veggies and raw seeds and nuts take very little work to digest. Swapping even a meal a day to begin to include more raw, organic foods can give your body more opportunity to go to work on cleaning up toxins. Try making our raw carrot ginger soup recipe featured below.
Chronic stress and constant activity also uses up a lot of our energy budget, putting cleansing and repair processes on hold. Sleep is our greatest de-stressor and is the main time when our body goes into cleansing mode. If you skimp on your sleep, you skimp on the cheapest and most powerful cleansing and rejuvenation tool we have. Then wake up and start the day right with a proper breakfast – matcha bowl, anyone?
Swap sugar for better sweeteners
Refined sugar doesn’t do you many favours. Other sweeteners can, though. Raw honey and pure maple syrup are both high in antioxidants, which fight the buildup of harmful free radicals in the bod. Swapping the white stuff for raw honey is a simple move that can really help lighten up your toxin load. Here are a few of our tips on how to kick sugar for good.
Try dry brushing
Many of the body’s toxins are pushed out through the skin. Dry brushing (the practice of using a natural bristled brush to “brush” your limbs and torso for about 10 minutes per day) can help to unclog pores and facilitate the release of those toxins that might be trapped in. It also improves blood flow and circulation. Starting from the ankles, brush in upwards movements towards the heart – this is the direction lymphatic fluid flows in, so it’s important to brush in the same direction.