Our body has a natural way of eliminating toxins through what Dr. Mark Hyman called the quadruple “P” – pee, poo, perspiration and pranayama (breath in Sanskrit).
Every day, your body is relying on these four to mobilize, transform and expel toxins from your body. If these quadruple “P”, along with your body’s detoxification tools (e.g. colon, liver, lungs, kidneys, skin and lymph glands), don’t do their job well, waste will build up and put you at risk to illnesses. This is why you have to help your body optimize its ability to eliminate toxins. Here are three detox strategies you can include in your daily routine to aid your body in breaking down and eliminating toxins:
Drink Plenty of Clean, Filtered Water
Many health experts recommend at least 8 glasses of water every day, or more if your activity requires you to sweat a lot. Water helps balance your body fluids and aids in many bodily functions including absorption, circulation, digestion, nutrient transportation, saliva creation and temperature maintenance.
It also helps your kidneys cleanse and rid your body of toxins. Help them do their job well by drinking plenty of water that is free of heavy metals and chlorine. If you are not getting enough water, your urine’s color, concentration and odor increases. It also puts you at risk to kidney stones.
Increase Your Fiber intake
One to two bowel movements a day is healthy. Three to four times a week is a sign of constipation. If you’re having the latter, don’t worry, you are not alone. Over 20% of people are not getting regular bowel movement. Help your body eliminate those toxic food wastes by eating fiber-rich foods. Fiber scrubs out the colon by making stool easier to expel. It also adds weight and size to your stool and softens it.
Whether it’s a daily morning jog, a workout in the gym, or a rigorous physical activity, getting your body lots of exercise helps release toxins by sweating. In addition, moving your body creates the condition that allows it to breathe, stretch, circulate and sweat. It stimulates the elimination organs to function optimally, because when you exercise, all parts of your body are alert and at work. For instance, exercise allows you to breathe deeply through your lungs – the latter filter out toxins and dirt in the air you breathe before allowing oxygen to be absorbed by the blood.
So, detox daily for a cleaner and healthier you inside and outside.