How To Do a Full Body Detox
Do you ever feel like you need a complete reset? You know, like a fresh start from the inside out? We sure have those moments. And while we can’t tell you how to press reset on a lot of things in your life, we certainly have all the tea (figuratively and literally) you need when it comes to doing a full body detox. You already know we’ve got you in all things natural beauty and wellness. So don’t let that scary “detox” word throw you off in any way, gorgeous. If you want to know more about how to do a Full Body Detox like a pro, we’ve got all the info you need – right here.
In this blog, we’ll explore what exactly this detox fascination is in the wellness world. Most importantly, we’ll help you decide whether you’d be cool with trying it out. We’ll show you how to press reset on your body the healthy way, so you can glow from the inside out.
What is a full body detox… and why should I care?
Let’s get started and break this down. A full body detox is a process with which you can rid your body of harmful toxins. The effects of doing this can be pretty impressive. Weight loss and overall improved health are the main reasons why so many people choose to take the plunge and detox.
So if you’ve had a dessert and cocktail filled
4 holiday season, or if quarantine has you making not so cute diet decisions – a full body detox may be for you. The benefits of detoxing can include freeing your liver, kidneys, digestive system, lungs, and skin from unwanted toxins. Basically, you’ll feel a heck of a lot lighter, fresher, and brand new once all is said and done.
You can choose to detox for as little as 3 days, to even a month. Now don’t get detoxing confused with starvation cleanses. Once you’ve wrapped up this blog you’ll understand how and why one could implement these cleansing habits for as long as 30 days.
Before we continue on though, we’ll be real as we always are here. Your body naturally eliminates bad stuff from itself already. However, implementing a few key habits can speed up this process and have you feeling healthier faster. So if you want to let things happen naturally, that’s totally cool. If you’re down to fast track feeling fresh and fully detoxed – keep reading babe.
Ok I’m in. So how do I do a full body detox?
We’re glad you asked! Below we are going to break down the main things you need to do in order to speed up your body’s detoxification process. Nothing scary, nothing dangerous, and definitely nothing difficult that requires multiple trips to a health food store. In fact, these are easy things you can start doing, right now.
Learn to love exercising, and stay active.
Exercise can be a huge contributor to helping your body detox. Remember all that toxin elimination we were talking about earlier? Well, sweating is an easy way to kick that process into high gear. That’s why you feel so amazing every time you leave a hot yoga class, or whenever you finish sweating it out at the gym.
Staying active when you’re in full body detox mode is crucial to this thing really working. Not to mention, it will play a significant role in keeping you on track. Because you know, you’re not exactly thinking of twinkies while you’re doing burpees. Ok maybe sometimes, but you get the idea.
The benefits of exercising while you’re detoxing are numerous. By getting your heart rate up, you’re speeding up the inner cleansing process. This also means that you’re encouraging your lymphatic system to clean up all the bad stuff that’s piled up in your cells. There’s a myriad of reasons why this is good for you. However, the one we care about most, is that this habit prevents you from getting sick, and helps your body toughen up against potential diseases.
Drink loads of water.
This step is likely the one that comes to mind most when people imagine themselves doing a full body detox. You know, that image of drinking enough water to cross a desert and running to the bathroom multiple times a day.
We’ll admit it: this stereotypical idea of detoxing does have some merit. Drinking water does cleanse out your system and therefore does aid in flushing out those pesky toxins. As we just saw with sweating, water is a key player in the detox game. We’ll explain why.
Water transports those toxins out of your body by way of sweating or urination. That’s the simplest way to put it. What’s more, staying hydrated during your full body detox process is extremely crucial to regulating your body temperature, aiding digestion, and detoxifying all that bad waste that’s accumulated inside of you. Sexy, we know.
If you want more of an explanation than just the typical “you should drink 8 glasses a day because, well, it’s good for you” spiel, click here.
Prioritize your sleep.
Beauty sleep is not only a major key to having a successful skincare routine on lock. It is also *super* necessary on your full body detox to do list.
Let’s just say, having a poor sleep schedule does more than give you those not so designer bags under your eyes. Lacking in the sleep department actually has devastating effects on your body’s inner health as well. In fact, not getting adequate Zzz’s has been linked to a bunch of negative long-term effects such as stress, anxiety, heart disease, and obesity.
So make getting your 7-9 hours of sleep a serious priority. Even when you’re not in full body detox mode! However, for the purpose of this article, let’s dive deeper into why sleep is so important while you’re detoxing.
Sleep has a detoxifying effect on your body and your brain. Not getting enough sleep can impact your body’s ability to create hormones and proteins that your body needs to cleanse itself naturally, and to ultimately be at its healthiest.
Consume antioxidant rich foods and beverages.
This next full body detox tip is going to have you feeling healthier, quicker than you think.
Consuming antioxidant-rich foods and beverages is a key directive when it comes to cleaning out your system. We always stress to you the benefits of applying antioxidants to your face, but ingesting them can be even more important in getting that skin of yours to glow.
Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from free radicals and other pollutants that we’re totally not here for. They are also your go-to when it comes to fighting a little something called oxidative stress. This is a condition caused by the production of way too many free radicals in your body. Oxidative stress has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.
So listen, we know you’re dying to know how to implement this next detox step after reading all of that. Here’s some good news: it’s easy peasy. Think dark leafy greens, and colorful berries a.k.a. nature’s candy. Additionally, drinking your fair share of tea can also help you get all of that antioxidant goodness your body needs to cleanse itself.
If you need some help picking out a tea you’ll love, BBE’s got a blog for that: click here.
Limit alcohol and caffeine.
We love happy hour as much as the next girl but if you’re serious about this full body detox thing – you might want to skip out on that third cosmo.
As most of us know, alcohol is mostly metabolized in our livers. Which means, consuming it makes your body work overtime to cleanse itself of it. So if you’re trying to help your body detox quicker, drinking alcohol can definitely be counterproductive.
As for coffee, don’t freak out yet. Studies on whether you should include your beloved cup of Joe into your full body detox have varying results.
Caffeine is absorbed through our guts, but mostly through our small intestines. After that, it travels through our bloodstreams right to our livers where it can affect our other organs as well. A little like alcohol, it’s one more substance your body has to work at breaking down that isn’t necessarily the healthiest. On the other hand, some experts say that there are benefits to drinking coffee during a full body detox.
Ok, we do seriously love our java, but we promise we aren’t biased! We just want to give you both sides of the coin here. The reason some health gurus say coffee is great for the detoxification process is because of its high antioxidant content. Moreover, drinking coffee can help you, umm… go the bathroom a little more. Get it? Good.
So do your research and make your own decision on whether or not you want to incorporate coffee into your full body detox. I mean, everything in moderation, #amirite?
Ok that was hard. Now how do I know if my body is in full detox mode?
You’re doing the exercise, you’re drinking the water, and you’re eating the blueberries. Basically, you’ve adhered to all of the above, and you feel like you’ve got this whole full body detox thing in the bag. But how do you know if all of this effort is actually working?
First off, you’ll feel like you have more energy. We’re not saying you’ll be running out to complete a half-marathon just yet, but you’ll definitely feel like getting more accomplished around the house and at the gym.
Secondly, your gas won’t smell as bad and you’ll “go” more regularly. This is actually one of the most beneficial side effects of detoxing, which is simply improving your digestive system. Since so many people suffer from gut health issues, this is a reason in itself to do a full body detox.
Thirdly, your skin will look fab and mentally – you’ll feel so much clearer. Many studies show that proper detox practices can improve your brain health, thus making you feel extra sharp when you’re in that Monday morning team meeting.
All of our advice above should make you feel good. Detoxing doesn’t have to involve starving yourself and living off of lemon water and cayenne pepper for a week. You can improve your health and speed up what your amazing body is already doing on its own, without making it painful on yourself! So appreciate all of what this powerful vessel that is you can do, and don’t hesitate to give it a little extra boost when you feel you need to! After all, you so deserve it babe. <3, BBE.