7 simple ways to help your body detox at home

With spending so much time indoors, it stands to reason that we are still thinking of ways to remain as healthy as we can (while still enjoying the things we love, we are in lockdown after all), and doing a detox is one way to kickstart it. Detoxing means limiting the junk that enters the body. This means cutting back on irritants to the gut where possible (alcohol, coffee) and foods that trigger inflammation, like sugar and processed foods within reason. 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 several cleansing techniques you can do right now, no juice diets required


Start your day with 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.

Remember your movement

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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 (even while at home) regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems, so get in your daily 2km walk to start getting rid of those toxins.

Take a break to stretch 

Working from home means we're definitely moving way less than we normally would. Take a break once an hour, even if only for five minutes, to stretch and move around. This will help decrease fatigue, get your blood flowing through the muscles, and get your heart rate up, burning calories.

Catch up on sleep 

Giving yourself a good night's rest is one of the best ways to detox your body and reset. Sleep, as we know, has been connected to reduced cortisol levels and stress, and improved overall health, so never underestimate a great night of slumber.

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Exfoliate your skin

Skin brushing and oil massages will help exfoliate the toxins from your skin and refresh circulation – especially important as our skin is feeling it with so much time inside. Twice a week is recommended, along with a really good moisturiser when you're done.

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. Bear 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

Where you can, 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.

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