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    10 Ways to Detox Your Life

    January 22, 2019

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    “New Year, new me,” is a phrase thrown around a lot each January. While the sentiment is almost always there, people rarely give themselves the means to start out on the right foot. Detoxing your body is an excellent pre-ritual to starting a new workout regimen, dieting, or simply working on a more positive attitude. Check out these 10 detox methods you can do in your home at UC Davis housing and in the immediate area.

    1. The Oil Cleanse

    There are various types of oil cleanses you can try out. Some people prefer using coconut oil to pull sediment sitting in their teeth, while others place their chosen concoction in a bubble bath or simply eat it. You really can’t go wrong with any of these options, but it helps to look up which oils help with specialized issues first.

    For instance, a combination of sesame oil and sesamol is an excellent way to reduce iron and lead buildup in your liver. The same combo also reduces inflammation in the body and mercury levels in the blood.

    If you’re curious about what different oils can do for you, this article contains 10 essential oils to help get you started. It might sound a little too holistic to be real, but it absolutely works.

    2. Clearing Clutter

    Have you watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? The shows involves a “tidying guru” teaching couples and families how to declutter their homes, and she’s a whiz at it. From clearing out your closet to finally seeing the counter in your kitchen, there’s nothing you can’t learn about a neat home from Kondo’s show.

    There’s more to her method than just throwing out what you don’t use, though. Decluttering is an incredible way to find balance and peace in your life, just ask the individuals she’s helped. People hold onto to all kinds of things they don’t really need from their dressers to the bedroom closet and even in their car’s glove box.

    This weekend, do a little pre-spring cleaning and declutter your humble abode. You’ll be surprised what just cleaning out a closet can do for your well-being. Plus, it’s a highly meditative process.

    3. Eat Your Veggies

    As humans in today’s modern age, we have access to a wide variety of foods that are anything but healthy. Even if you’ve been striving to maintain a proper diet, you might be surprised to learn that certain foods like red meat aren’t always colon-friendly.

    Even non-red meat can contain hormones, but that isn’t where the parade of unfriendly ingredients ends. Beauty products often contain a host of cancer-causing agents, and various plastics still contain BPA. So, how can you detox your body from the things you use on a daily basis?

    The answer is vegetables. The more cruciferous veggies you eat (think broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts), the more indole-3-carbinole you ingest. This healthy agent is excellent for removing excess estrogens that lead to early hormonal changes in teens and contribute to certain cancers. So, load your plate up with only vegetables for a week and see how you feel.

    4. Herbal Tea

    Tea cleanses have been around for centuries. Stick with something herbal that contains dandelion, artichoke, burdock, or milk thistle. All four are excellent at curing your liver and removing excess bile from your system.

    5. Clean Digestion

    There are numerous ways to clean out your digestive tract. Enemas, suppositories, laxatives and dietary cleanses are body-safe methods that work like a charm. Senna herbal tea also works if none of those sound appealing.

    Your digestive tract contains a wide variety of bacteria, both good and bad, that spends its entire life living inside you. The bad can cause anything as simple as fatigue to more serious complications like depression and diabetes. Thankfully, cleaning them out is an easy process.

    6. Your Spiritual Side

    Most people associate spirituality with religion, but that isn’t always the case. Meditation, a walk through nature, and mindfulness are just as effective for some as going to church or reading scripture. These activities nurture your spiritual side, helping you fight stress and center yourself.

    Schedule 10-20 minutes out of your day to practice whatever you feel helps you the most. You’ll find that spiritual activities boost your patience, act as a stress management tool, and help you gain a more positive outlook on life.

    7. A Nice Massage

    Everyone knows that a quality massage makes them feel better, but there’s more to it than just the relaxation aspect. Massaging hands stimulate your body, enhancing circulation and improving your natural detoxing mechanisms (the lymphatic system). So, go ahead. Pamper yourself this week!

    8. Disconnect

    Today’s individual thrives on technology, but overusing all of the devices around you can lead to negative impacts on interpersonal relationships as well as enhance depression and anxiety. Disconnecting yourself from your news feed or Netflix might be challenging, but doing so can work wonders on detoxing your mind.

    Start by disconnecting from all of your tech gizmos and gadgets for just 15 minutes each day. During that time, focus on being mindful and in the moment. It helps to perform an activity while you do so, like cooking a meal or cleaning your house. If you can, have a conversation with someone without pulling out your phones. You might be surprised at how amazing this time makes you feel.

    9. A New Workout Regimen

    Everyone knows that exercise stimulates blood flow, boost your mood, and is the best way to stay healthy. Did you know that increased blood flow to your organs also helps them process toxins? That’s right, sticking with a workout routine (and staying hydrated) can help you detox fast.

    Plus, exercise is great for keeping you in a positive state of mind. You work off the stress of the day and boost your confidence at the same time. If your current routine isn’t doing it for you anymore, start a new one. There are plenty of DVDs and streaming workouts to try.

    10. Epsom Salt

    You might have heard of using Epsom salt to soak a person’s feet to eliminate pain, swelling, and other issues. Well, it doesn’t just work on your feet. Expand this concept to the bathtub to give your entire body a cleanse.

    The main benefit is that these salts enter the body through your skin, relaxing muscles and loosening stiff joints. However, Epsom salt is also known to aid:

    • Bruises and sprains
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Ingrown nails
    • Insomnia
    • Psoriasis
    • Soreness from chemotherapy
    • Sunburn

    Bonus: Sweat

    It sounds simple, but sweating is your body’s natural way of detoxing. As the beads pour out of your skin, you’re removing all sorts of toxins and chemicals with it. Whether you do so by working out or hitting the sauna, a good sweat one a week can help you clear your skin while cleaning out your body.

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