I understand that a lot of people may be skeptical of what ~detoxing~ is and if it works. Some even hate the word because it sounds like a superficial fad. However, I beg to disagree — detox is not superficial and is definitely not a fad because it’s one of the most important things we can do FOR our bodies.
What is Detox?
de·tox (noun)/ˈdētäks/a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
When we eat, we want to only absorb what’s nutritious for our bodies like the protein, good fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals that our food gives. Basically, whatever is not part of that list, we want to get rid of it.
The problem is, our gut health can be dependent on how efficiently we support our body’s natural detox process. This means — whatever goes in, not necessarily goes out. We tend to store unnecessary and unhealthy substances like sugar or bad fat (cholesterol) that our body doesn’t want, because our gut health isn’t in check.
I can’t talk about detox without talking about the gut. I have read countless books on beauty and health and they all say the same thing:
“Everything — not just beauty but basic health — begins and ends with the gut.”
In a sense, we are like a worm. When we eat or drink, we send them in a route of a long tube (which is by the way, around 30 feet long) that knows how to ingest, process and get rid of the waste. So in a process of about 72 hours, the good stuff should have been properly absorbed by our system and the bad stuff should have been excreted — in other words, pooped out.
In the GOOP Clean Beauty book by Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, I learned that our gut is like our second brain. It processes food, absorbs it, eliminates toxins, hosts 70% of our immune system, holds a nervous system larger than the one inside our brains, and it can even regulate our mood. It’s smart, because it knows what’s good and what’s bad and it helps us push the bad out of our system.
Now that we know what our gut is and how important it is, we might have the question: so how do I take care of my gut??
That’s where detoxing comes in. There are so many benefits of detoxing I can name, but here are my favorites:
- gut health in check – healthy digestion!
- less bloating – flat stomach, need I say more?
- more energy – you know how you feel sluggish when you feel bloated and you don’t want to do anything?
- clearer skin – who knew our gut is actually connected to acne and dark circles?
- boosts mood – 95% of serotonin is in the gut so; happy gut, happy everything
My 5 Tips on How to Detox
I’m not sure how to expound on this further but if I haven’t convinced you enough yet that pooping is actually SO GOOD for your gut health, then I have failed. Kidding aside, make sure to eliminate daily!! This is especially great first thing in the morning, while you haven’t eaten anything yet. If you’re having a hard time doing this, I recommend drinking hot water with lemon, or if coffee does this for you, then go ahead.
2. Drink a ton of water
It’s actually amazing how brands like Hydroflask and Klean Kanteen has made drinking water ~cool~ through their marketing, but to be honest drinking water was cool even before all these fancy tumblers.
Water is essential for flushing the liver and kidneys, our primary detox organs. The human body can thrive without food for up to 30 days, but it will die without water. There are so many scary things that dehydration does to our body (I don’t even wanna get into it), so make sure to DRINK UP ON YOUR H2O!
The recommended amount by health experts are usually 2 liters or half a gallon, but one tip I found from google:
“In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day.
3. Sweat as much as you can, daily
Let’s sweat out our toxic plastics!
The best way to sweat is of course — working out. Personally, I don’t exercise to lose weight, but more so because I makes me feel good. I love the mental clarity, the energy and the ~detox~ I’m getting from sweating. During this quarantine, I’ve actually found a lot of different workouts that I enjoy doing I listed them in previous blogpost 6 Healthy Habits You Can Start Doing Today.
Another fun way to sweat is by using the sauna or steam room. Ever wondered why it feels so good after you step out of the sauna? It’s because you’ve sweated out toxins and bad stuff from your body, and you leave feeling refreshed and clean.
Lastly, and probably my favorite way to sweat, is doing hot yoga. When I do this, not only am I feeling super zen, I’m also hyper-focused and not thinking about anything else (because the room is so hot, I need to focus more on getting my poses right). I especially love the yoga studios that use infrared instead of just heaters, because infrared can penetrate the skin up to 3 inches. That’s big for burning fat!
4. Feed good bacteria
Good bacteria can come from prebiotics and probiotics. A good balance is needed for optimal gut health, so we should aim to be eating both.
Prebiotics are dietary fibers that acts as fertilizer for the good bacteria in the gut. We can get it from eating leafy greens and fruits like bananas, apples, watermelon.
Probiotics, on the other hand, are live bacteria that can be found in yogurts and fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha. (Yakult, too!)
Of course, apart from taking in food with these two wonderful P’s, make sure that you have a clean diet in general. I’m not talking about a strict diet like no meat, or no dairy. I’m talking about, making the right decisions with our food. We already know what’s good (fresh fruits and veg, fresh meat) and what’s bad (chips, fast food, instant food), so that choice is ultimately ours.
Remember, the cleaner we eat, the healthier our gut, the better we feel and look.
5. Get a detox massage
Finally, my last tip — get a detox massage! We offer this one at LineaOrganica Experience. The main focus of this massage is your lymphatic draining system. It is massage in a way that it wakes it up, so that it can function properly. You will actually need to pee a lot after this massage, which is great because immediately you are eliminating toxins out of your body. An added bonus is, you can actually lose a lot of water weight just from 1 session. Imagine what amazing benefits you will get if you religiously do it!
- GOOP Clean Beauty by GOOP
- The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, Science of Strength, and other way to Love Your Amazing Body
- Pinterest for photos