Detoxification has always been a buzzword in the beauty and health community, especially around the awards season in Hollywood.
For the last couple of years, all the much raved-about stars confessed to undergoing a process of detoxification prior to walking the red carpet.
And why wouldn’t they?
With millions of viewers around the world ready to pick at them, it is an absolute must to be flawless. What better way to do that than to get rid of toxins from the body, which results in a slimmer figure, flawless skin, more energy, and stronger resistance to common diseases.
There are a variety of detoxification methods popular these days. In fact, there are people who design their own detox programs and swear by them. But, if you want a detoxification program that is ready for you to try, we have listed ones that we have found to be effective for most folks. Seven of them are listed below.
1. Sessions at the sauna
If you would head to Asia, you would find that saunas are incredibly popular. People, young and old, head to the sauna first when they are not feeling well instead of the doctor’s office.
The heat, paired with refreshing and healthy drinks, and at times, a massage (Asian saunas offer these), induces sweating which is a reliable way of flushing out toxins such as heavy metals and xenobiotics.
2. Everyday workouts
Physical activities that push your body to its limit and cause you to sweat are also highly effective in driving toxins out of the body. Do these every day and you release toxins trapped in your fat tissue.
It is important to mention as well that regular exercise increases oxygen in the liver and kidneys, which are critical elimination organs.
3. Activated charcoal
Charcoal has long been used as a purification agent. You will see it in filtering systems for water, and recently, it has been making waves as a featured ingredient in a bunch of beauty products.
What’s particularly special about activated charcoal is it has a strong negative charge. Thus, it binds to chemicals with positive charges such as aflatoxin, polar mycotoxins, BPA, and most pesticides. Once all these toxins bind to activated charcoal, you can easily pass them out of your body.
Not all charcoal is good for the body, though.
You want to make sure that you are using the right kind to ensure “true detoxification.”Activated coconut charcoal is the best option, and it comes in capsules that will allow you to take out the powder if you wish to use it, as a detoxification mask or even as something you can add to your food.
This wonderful antioxidant can protect the body from heavy metal damage, and it also supports liver enzymes that destroy mold toxins and heavy metals. It is quite effective as a detoxification agent that it even helps clear up complexion for a fairer, smoother skin.
Noteworthy, however, is its incompatibility with people who have thyroid issues. So, if you have an overactive or underactive thyroid, best to consult your doctor before giving “gluta” a try.
Subjecting your body to extreme cold is actually a tried and true detox method as well. The easiest way to get cold therapy for the purpose of detoxification is by using a cryo chamber.
A cryo chamber will subject your body to ultra-low temperatures (-220 degrees Fahrenheit), which triggers the release of endorphins that can promote healing pain relief, and fat-burning.
The fat-burning ability of cryotherapy means that all the toxins that attach to fat are dispelled as well. The session in the cryo chamber only lasts a minute and a half but you will emerge from it refreshed and invigorated.
6. Fat-flushing through ketosis
Ketosis is worth trying because it induces lipolysis, which breaks down fat in the body in a supercharged way. Everybody knows that all kinds of toxins get stored in fat tissues so getting rid of fat equals to detoxification.
Another detoxification advantage provided by ketosis is it can curb your appetite and hunger. Eating is one of the ways toxins make their way into the body. Therefore, eating less and limiting the intake of carbs and certain other ingredients not part of the keto diet will reduce toxins in the body.
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7. Chelation therapy
This is the most potent way to get rid of heavy metals in the body, and it is only advisable for people who are suffering from moderate to strong metal poisoning. Before signing up for this, get a clearance from your doctor first.
Cleanse inside and out
Starting on a detoxification program shouldn’t be a huge mystery now after you have familiarized yourself with these seven detox methods that are known to work.
So, if you have been feeling sluggish and quite unhealthy lately, jumpstart your journey back into health through any of these tried-and-tested detoxification methods.
AUTHOR BIO: Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.