The Right Way to Detox

Maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional energy is crucial to successfully pursuing your dreams. If you've been experiencing sluggishness in any of these areas, this post is for you. Often, women are enticed to find the best detox method to boost their energy, only to stumble upon questionable detox diets or "cleansing teas" that leave them feeling physically depleted and gross.

To detoxify and enhance your energy levels effectively, it's essential to steer clear of fads. Instead, focus on cleansing your body, mind, and environment so that you can feel your absolute best and make progress towards your dreams each day. Trust me, this approach is far superior to subjecting yourself to a week of cayenne pepper and lemon juice!

Your Body's Natural Detoxification Process

Contrary to what supplement companies and paid endorsements may claim, the truth is that you don't need to eliminate toxins from your body. This is because your body possesses an intricate and remarkable built-in detox system. Your skin, lungs, kidneys, colon, and liver work harmoniously to process and eliminate substances that are unnecessary for your well-being. If any part of this system malfunctions, it's advisable to seek medical advice.

However, it is possible for your detox system to become overloaded due to high levels of toxins in the food you consume, the products you apply to your body, or the chemicals in your surroundings. This overload can place significant stress on your system.

Although you cannot visually perceive toxins, consider this startling statistic: the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in their umbilical cord blood. Among these toxins, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 are linked to birth defects or developmental issues based on animal research. Clearly, the toxic burden is substantial.

Since your body can detoxify itself but may struggle to keep up with the sheer volume of toxins, what can you do? 

Emphasize Healthy Input

Rather than fixating on expelling toxins from your body, a more effective approach is to prevent their entry in the first place. By doing so, your body can perform its natural detoxification processes; you are "detoxing" the input before it even enters your system.

You can achieve this by focusing on improving the quality of your diet, personal care products, household items, and even the information you consume. When you upgrade the quality of what you feed your body and the environment you surround it with, you significantly reduce your overall toxic load. For more detailed guidance, I have compiled a wealth of information in my FREE Clean It Up Challenge Guide.

Simple Suggestions to Consider:

  • Opt for foods with fewer pesticides, antibiotics, and contaminants.
  • Choose personal care products with fewer known toxins. Check out the Think Dirty app, which helps you understand the ingredients in your products and how safe they are. 
  • Avoid plastic containers and water bottles.
  • Incorporate more environmentally friendly home care products.

With a conscious effort, you can reduce the number of toxins you encounter in your daily life, embracing a proactive approach to your well-being and giving your body a break.

A Simple Detox Challenge

One of the most beneficial actions you can take to support your body's detoxification system is to drink ample water! (Preferably from a BPA-free container.) This helps your system flush out unwanted waste products. I challenge you to increase your water intake this week.

The exact amount of water you need daily depends on factors such as your activity level, health conditions, and body size. However, as a general guideline, women typically require around 9 cups (2.1 litres) and men around 12½ cups (3 litres) of water per day.

As part of my routine, I bring a quart-sized jar of water to my desk every morning and aim to consume at least one and a half jars throughout my workday. It has become such a habitual practice that I don't even need to think about it anymore. I also know someone who places their water bottle in the bathroom, and each time they visit, they drink one cup of water. This method results in more frequent trips to the bathroom, which encourages them to consume more water!

Remember, it's not the occasional big actions we take that yield results, but rather the small, consistent habits we develop. What small adjustments can you make this week to detoxify your life?

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