5 ways to detox your body safely and gently.

5 ways to detox your body safely and gently.

With so many posts about the danger of toxins, you may be wondering if you need to detox your body. Over the years I’ve read a lot of information about diets, procedures, and other common approaches to detoxification. The truth is, however, that many of these practices are extreme at best and dangerous at worst.

Keep this in mind: The body is designed to detox naturally.

In fact, the human body defends itself very well against most environmental insults and occasional indulgences. This means most people don’t need crazy tonics, flushes, or extreme “lemonade only” diets. Unfortunately, there are countless detox diets being marketed even though studies have shown that fasting and extremely low calorie intake — common elements of detox diets — cause a slowdown of metabolism and an increase in weight after the dieter returns to normal eating. (source)

Of course we do have a massive amount of toxins in our world today that previous generations never had to deal with. So while I don’t support most extreme detox practices, the truth is that sometimes our body could use a little help.

Help detox your body, naturally.

The first step to detox your body is to ensure that you are not overburdening your body with toxins. Removing processed foodsGMOs, pesticide-laden foods, and toxic products from your home is the best way to ensure your body stays healthy and can do its job.

Beyond keeping the bad stuff to a minimum, here are five simple, safe, and gentle ways to help you detox your body. These are not extreme. These don’t require a huge investment or awkward situations. And unlike some other detox protocols, these ones are gentle enough for all people.

5 simple ways to detox your body safely

1. Clay

I’ve mentioned the benefits of clay before, but I never get tired of recommending it. At a molecular level, bentonite clay has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged toxins. The formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes, with negatively charged wide surfaces and positively charged edges, providing a surprisingly high surface area and powerful drawing effect. As most toxins are positively charged, clay naturally rids the body of toxins as it pulls and holds the toxins into its core.

Taking clay internally or using it in a foot bath are simple ways to help rid your body of toxic buildup. As an added bonus, taking clay internally is a great way to get more essential minerals in your diet. Learn more here.

5 ways to detox your body safely and gently.

2. Add naturally detoxing foods to your (real foods) diet

While I don’t promote crazy fasts or fad-diets to detox your body, adding in some foods that naturally detox can be extremely beneficial. These should be in addition to a whole, real foods diet. Here are just a few of the best detoxing foods include:

Fruits – High in liquid-content, fruits help the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and full of nutrients, an added bonus in the detox process.

Citrus fruit – In particular, things like oranges, lemons, and limes aid the body in flushing out toxins and jump starting the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice aids the liver in its cleansing processes. Try starting each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.

Veggies – Green plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract and are very cleansing to your system. Other foods like: Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, beet, turmeric, and oregano are great to help cleanse the body. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. It’s important to add raw veggies to your diet, as the digestive enzymes are very beneficial in the natural detox process.

Garlic – This little food is one of the best detoxing foods there is. It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system.

3. Breathe

If you’re interested in detoxing, here’s why breathing matters: Oxygen is pivotal to the body’s process of absorbing vitamins and nutrients. Deep breathing allows you to absorb these good things more efficiently. Deep breathing also super-charges your lymphatic system by increasing oxygen levels, and this naturally leads to detoxification of the body.

Even though breathing is an automatic process, most of us are under-utilizing this amazing built-in “detox your body naturally” system. Taking a few minutes throughout the day to focus on deep breathing is essential to good health.

4. Skin Brushing

Your skin is the largest organ of the body. And guess what is included in its job description? That’s right: elimination. In fact, the skin is known to be responsible for 10 to 15% of total body elimination, and is sometimes referred to as the third kidney.

Dry skin brushing is an easy and effective way to help detox your body. It improves the appearance of your skin by eliminating dead cells and helping new skin to regenerate and it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.

If you are new to skin brushing, check out this easy guide to get your going.

5 ways to detox your body safely and gently.

5. Exercise

Not only does exercise make you feel better, but it’s an easy way to help your body in its natural detoxification process.

Exercise promotes the detoxification process giving all systems of the body a boost. As you exercise, the blood circulates throughout the body, bringing nutrients to all the organs and muscles. As you do aerobic exercise you build up a sweat and toxins are released through the pores of the skin. It’s important to rinse off after heavy sweating to help rid the body of those toxins.

Detox your body: But keep it safe!

Part of living a healthy life is about finding joy in living. Going to extremes in diet, fitness, or detox practices strip us of the healthy life we are aiming for. So if you want to detox your body, first start by giving it what it needs to do the job it was designed to do.

What would you add to this list?



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Hi! I'm and I’m passionate about healthy living: feeling nourished, having energy, getting good sleep, and feeling strong. I believe healthy living does not have to be complicated or stressful. I’m a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). I’m also an avid researcher and love to read about nutrition, the body, and toxic-free living. Learn more.

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  1. Rebecca

    You asked, “What would you add to this list” so here goes :)

    I would add a Far Infrared Sauna to this list (but be sure to take a good mineral supplement when you do).

    I also would add “try my detox foot pads” since my company makes their own and they are the highest quality… I know you probably weren’t looking for someone to pitch their products, so I won’t try selling them (Sorry to even bring them up, I try to avoid doing that on all the blogs that I follow but you left yourself wide open!! :) So I won’t sell them but anyone can go to my website and ask for a free sample, there is even a link to get them tested to see the toxins coming out of your body. (just click on my name)

    I drink clay every day… I love it, it actually tastes good to me. I also drink diatomaceous earth, and I will be adding maca root as soon as it arrives in the mail to me :) I only use my Far Infrared Sauna about 3 times per week, but that is still extremely helpful to me.

    And I feel great! :)

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  4. Jennifer @ 20 something allergies and counting...down

    Another great post Robin!

    We’re all about detox over here. Working with sluggish livers requires some extra oomph to get rid of the toxins as we heal our bodies.

    I love dry brushing. It works better than exfoliating scrubs and is so. much. cleaner. Who wants to spend *more* time cleaning the bathtub? Definitely not me.

    Detox baths, herbal teas, and seaweeds are some other great ways to detox. Detox baths can often make you feel instantly better; teas are pleasant to sip while you relax and practice your breathing techniques; and seaweed is great for full body support including iodine and chlorophyll that help in heavy metal detox.

    As you can tell, I can go on about this stuff for days. :)

  5. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    I love this post! Found you via Real Food Forager…I’m wondering what you do or do not recommend for a breastfeeding mom. Obviously I know not to do anything crazy, but I’m thinking these all seem pretty mild. Thoughts?

    I totally second the sauna! I’ve heard good things about infrared, but we grew up with a traditional Finnish sauna and it still feels amazing whenever I get the chance to sweat it out!

    Also, I’ve heard that exercise in the sun has more detoxification power than exercise alone. It has something to do with the vitamin D.

    1. Post author

      Hi Loretta,

      Unless someone is really over burdened with extreme toxins (like from chemotherapy, etc.) I would think that any of these are find to do while breastfeeding. I am still nursing my 19 month old girl and I done all of these at some point during that time with no problems.

      Yes, loves saunas!

      And yes, I’ve heard that, too about sun exposure. That sun sure is cool. :)

    2. kelly

      hi~i realize i am late to the party, but i am just now seeing this post. sooo, maybe it would help another late/new-comer! as far as detox and nursing goes, you are not supposed to use anything that causes your body to detox by “dumping” your toxins out through the glands (milk glands would be involved, and baby would get your dumpage :( !!) using the clays and activated charcoals are ok b/c the toxins bind to them and are excreted through the digestive tract. things like epsom salts baths are ok too. just nothing that stimulates the lymphatic system and stuff like that. hope that helps somebody! thanks for a great reminder!

  6. Beth

    Oil Pulling is another easy, inexpensive, and effective detoxing method. I only did it for about 20 seconds the first time (I was seriously that toxic!) rather than the recommended 15 minutes and I still felt a difference. I still only do it for a minute or two. If you get a detox headache, cut back on the time. [Never swallow the oil!]

    1. Post author

      Great, Beth! I actually did oil pulling for a couple of weeks a few months ago. Not as bad as I thought it would be, but definitely time consuming. :)

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  9. Erin Anne

    I really enjoyed this article! I’ve been moving myself and my family to a more whole food diet over the past year, and I think I’m going to start dry brushing, too. Thanks!

  10. Ambra

    I LOVE putting a drop of lemon or grapefruit essential oil in water. It tastes refreshing and lemon is awesome for light detoxing!

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  12. Brenda

    I have a question? Did you give “Herbs and Oils World” permission to post your blog by linking it to their site? Just wondering?

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  14. Louise Bibby

    Dear Robin

    Thanks so much for this post. I’m currently detoxing from a stomach parasite, and as I’ve had CFS for some time the detox process is becoming quite drawn out. These gentle techniques may prove very useful. I bought my brush for dry brushing today!!

    I love the way you’ve set up your whole site. It looks awesome and is very much like how I’d eventually like my own site to end up looking – with a similar community built around it (although mine is around empowering people with CFS to live powerfully & live their purpose). I’m very tempted to buy your Pain Free ebook to review it for my readers. I’m a huge yoga fan, plus do a bit of pilates, and somatic movement therapy looks like it is quite influenced by these. AND the book looks great!! Stay tuned for a new affiliate if I love it as much as I think I will :-).

    Anyway, thanks again and congrats on building such a great, resourceful site.


    Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

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