Forget Kolonics and ultra-low-cal juice fasting. If you want to eliminate toxins and improve your overall health, there are smarter and safer ways to do it. Here are five expert-approved tactics that will make you feel like a better, fresher version of yourself.
Sweat it out
"Saunas have been used for decades in detoxification protocols in integrative medicine," says Susan S. Blum, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and author of The Immune System Recovery Plan . Infrared saunas (which mimic the sun's rays, minus UV radiation) can be particularly helpful as they heat body tissues more effectively than traditional saunas, she explains. As your body gets hotter and blood flow increases, toxins released into your body fat are released. These include BPA (which is found in many plastics), pesticide residues, and legal and unlicensed drugs.
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Deep breathing – especially a technique called ujjayi breathing – can help get rid of toxins in two ways. This technique builds up heat in the body so you can sweat out toxins and it can help eliminate excess carbon dioxide every time you exhale, says Sinda Anzovino, a yoga teacher in Westchester, New York, at Yoga from Sinda, New York Sports Clubs and Life Time Athletic. To start the process, sit in a comfortable position and inhale deeply through your nose. "As you inhale, imagine your neck opening as if yawning," says Anzovino. "As you exhale, try to narrow your neck and create a gentle, ha, as if you were imitating the sound of the ocean." Count in silence until five at each inhalation and exhalation; Continue for five to fifteen minutes. Then you should feel relaxed and energetic.
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Sleep to Lose
While you're asleep, the Brain Decontamination Team is called the brain, working after overtime, after one Study by the University of Rochester Medical Center. Toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease build up while you are awake, and adequate eye closure is the key to ensuring that they are eliminated as quickly and efficiently as possible. In fact, scientists have discovered that the glyph system is nearly 10 times more active while sleeping than when you're on the move. Most adults need seven to nine hours a night, so set up your DVR instead of staying up late for your favorite talk show or TV show.
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Whether you are really sick or just run down, chances are you are low on glutathione, says Mark Hyman, MD, founder of the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA and author of the new 10 Day Detox Diet. Your body forms this protective antioxidant that breaks down free radicals and helps your liver filter out toxins. However, things like stress, illness and pollution lead to a reduction of the level. An easy way to rebuild it is to use a bath of Epsom salt containing sulfur. Sulfur enhances glutathione because glutathione is partly composed of sulfur molecules, explains Hyman. "Epsom salt also has magnesium, so it will help you relax and sleep." Just add two cups the next time you draw a hot bath.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cabbage, and bok choy contain phytonutrients that help your body produce more glutathione, Hyman says. Other detoxification-friendly foods include dandelions, which improve the flow of bile in the liver; Celery, which increases urine production; and coriander, which, according to Hyman, can help remove heavy metals like mercury and lead from the body. Wash with a cup of decaffeinated green tea to boost your metabolism and aid in the eradication of unwanted toxins.
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"Think of every meal as a chance to heal," says Hyman. "When you eat the right foods, the body knows what to do to help you regain your health by eliminating problems like fatigue, flatulence, and brain fog."
This article originally appeared on Life by DailyBurn.