Summer is upon us (at last), and before the holiday bags are packed, most of us will be on a health kick. A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health, meaning you’ll feel your best before hitting the beach. Detoxing means limiting the junk that enters the body. This means cutting back on irritants to the gut (alcohol, coffee) and foods that trigger inflammation, like sugar and processed foods, medicine physician Dr. Frank Lipman, founder of Be Well told TIME. Even if you can’t eat perfectly 24/7, you can do simple things to help the liver — your body’s natural filter — do its job. Here are four cleansing techniques you can do on the regular, no juice diets required.
Start Your Day With A Little Lemon
Start your day by drinking a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning. Lemon helps re-hydrate the system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body. The vitamin C in lemon juice, a powerful antioxidant, also protects against free radicals, strengthening the immune system.
Move Your Body
Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system. Doing so will also enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body. People who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems, so get walking, get running and get rid of those toxins.
Drink More Tea
It’s fair to say that Irish folk do not need an excuse to drink extra cups of tea, but the good news is that as it’s full of antioxidants, it hydrates you (especially if it’s herbal) and fills you up, so you’re less likely to overeat or indulge in things you shouldn’t.Bare in mind, the caffeine in tea is different than the caffeine in coffee as it’s gentler on your system. It’ll also give you a pick-me-up minus the jitters.
Where Possible, Reconfigure Your Diet
Lipman advises that you fill your plate with sulfur-rich foods, such as onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower, as these foods are high in antioxidants, which support the body’s ability to fight off toxins.