If you’ve ever wanted to detox but not been sure where to start, there are several natural, safe, and effective ways you can help your body detox day in and day out — without having to do anything drastic. When everything is working properly, your body is designed to feel full of energy and able to detox on its own. Over time, with stress, pollution, pesticides, and chemical-filled skincare, your body may have a hard time keeping up. You may start feeling heavy, foggy, lethargic, and just generally not as good as you once did.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little off from time to time, but if it goes unchecked for too long, it can contribute to more chronic issues or illnesses. Fortunately, there are so many things you can do to help your body detox day in and day out. We go over all of this in much more detail in my self-paced program The Detoxinista — including product lists, step-by-step overhauls, and self-paced trainings — but here are four key areas that you can upgrade at any time to help your liver, skin, and body detox naturally.
One of the first places to look with detox is your plate. And I’m not talking about a juice fast or cayenne cleanse — which typically only throw your blood sugar for a loop and make you feel hungry, irritable, and low-energy. Rather, you can significantly reduce the stress load on your body just by cleaning up what you eat.
Whenever possible, choose organic. A study on more than 90,000 people shows a higher incidence of cancer of the prostate, lung, colon, pancreas, bladder, leukemia, and multiple myeloma with increasing lifetime exposure to certain pesticides.
Even with meat, when animals are a part of your plate, what they eat becomes part of them, and therefore what you eat. So if they’re eating non-organic feed (or in some cases, expired candy 😳) you’re not doing yourself any favors. Whenever possible, choose pasture-raised chickens and eggs, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught seafood.
Also make sure to check those labels on packaged foods — if you see ingredients that you can’t pronounce, your body is probably just as confused with how to break them down, digest them, and detox them.
Makeup and skincare
You may have heard that your skin is your largest organ, but what exactly does that mean, and where do you begin with more cleaner skincare? Your skin is a barrier to the outside world, protecting your internal organs from pollution, sunlight, a cloud of bus fumes, and the likes. Whatever make-up or skincare you put on your body, your skin absorbs into your bloodstream, and sends to your liver for detoxification before it can get to the rest of your body.
The challenge is, so much skincare is filled with chemicals that you would never think about ingesting… yet by putting them on your skin, the end result is similar. To upgrade your skincare, the first step is to check the ingredients. Ideally, you don’t want to be putting anything onto your skin that you wouldn’t straight-up eat. That’s why things like coconut oil, or food-grade beauty brands, are so beneficial. Many brands have joined a movement toward cleaner beauty like Beautycounter, Mad Hippie, and Acure, to name a few.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but it doesn’t stop at clean beauty. Many cleaning products contains ingredients that may increase the likelihood of asthma, cancer, and birth defects. According to the Environmental Working Group, a large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems. And children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health. Even that beloved new-car smell comes from toxic chemicals off-gassing in a car’s interior, like brominated flame retardants, chromium, and lead.
Fortunately, there are so many simple, effective ways to upgrade your cleaning products. If you’re not keen on running to the store right now, you can use up the last of whatever you have, then swap in a more natural product the next time you restock. The EWG app can help you gauge whether products are clean, or worth tossing in favor of more natural brands.
The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 50 million people in the United States obtain their drinking water from groundwater that is potentially contaminated by pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. Gulp. Doesn’t exactly make you feel as positive about drinking those eight glasses per day, does it?
But the truth is, your water supply is one of the easiest things to clean up, because it’s a set it and forget it kind of thing. Whereas food, skincare, and cleaning products you have to be more vigilant about — always checking labels — if you get the right water filter, you can purchase it once and use it for years to come, only replacing the filters once in a while.
I personally have had a Berkey water filter for over a year (and love it) but there are a variety of other options depending on what your budget is, where you live, and what kind of water supply you have. The truth is, it’s important to look at all those things when determining what’s right for you, because it may be completely different than what’s right for someone with another water source, city system, or pipes.
Detox is one of those things that your body does every moment of the day, so while it never hurts to revisit a more natural lifestyle once in a while, it’s really about the day-to-day things you do to help your body detox day in and day out. It’s kind of like going to the gym — sure, once a year is better than nothing, but a few times a week is where you really start to see (and feel) a difference.
If you’re interested in learning more about clean living, natural detox, and a healthier lifestyle so you can protect your health for years to come, check out The Detoxinista. We dive deeper on where to begin with clean living, step by step, so you don’t have to research everything yourself.
You get lists of clean make-up, skincare, cleaning, household, food brands, plus weekly videos and guides covering cleaner living with food, beauty, skincare, water, activities like oil pulling and dry brushing, and so much more. It’s a step-by-step process to upgrade over time, incorporate little activities that help you detox, glow from the inside out, and feel your best.