Rid Yourself of Toxins … or at least get started! · Audrey Zona | Integrative Health Coach



Rid Yourself of Toxins … or at least get started!

Ask me about toxic-free living and my mind ranges from relationships that need to be abandoned, to bad habits like smoking, to the environmental toxins we are all trying to avoid. Toxins are innumerable and everywhere you look. 

I help my private clients think holistically about nutrition and wellness, through their choices and behaviors. We all know that we should cut out refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, eat organic, add leafy greens and superfoods with antioxidants, fermented veggies, and get more high fiber. But there is plenty more you can do, so I’m sharing my personal detox list that can help you rid yourself of toxins and reset your body, mind and spirit.

First, Love Your Liver & Sweat it Out!

Eat ½ a Grapefruit a day. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C – two great liver cleansers. 

Drink Green Tea. It’s a calming cuppa that contains plant antioxidants called catechins, which research has shown burns fat that accumulates in the liver.

Include turmeric in your diet. A powerful anti-inflammatory, it protects your liver from damage, and has been shown to improve overall gallbladder function – another crucial part of the body’s detox process.

Take Milk Thistle, an herbal supplement which contains Silymarin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory used in the treatment of liver problems.

Eliminate alcohol. Booze puts a strain on your liver, and simply cutting back – or cutting it out – will dramatically improve your health.

Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces every day. Drinking 3-4 liters of filtered spring water daily is key for the body’s detox processes.

Sweat! Head to your gym or local day spa and speed up the body’s natural detoxing function by sitting in the sauna. Incorporate high-intensity interval training into your workouts too. 20 mins of HIIT will ignite your body’s excretory system, removing waste from your blood through sweat.

Don’t forget the mental detox.

This can take many forms, from removing negative people from your life and surrounding yourself with inspiring friends, to saying positive affirmations throughout the day. Whether you’re eliminating toxicity from relationships with others, or your relationship with yourself, a mental and emotional detox is just as important as a physical detox for your overall health.

Practice relaxation or meditation and consider taking up yoga to clear both the mind and body of toxicity. 

Consider Your Whole Body.

Get a massage, particularly one that focuses on blood flow and redistribution of energy, such as a Chinese Massage. An intense sports or deep tissue massage can also promote healing across the body.

Sleep! Your body rejuvenates and restores itself during sleep, and we know sleep supports the immune system and the body’s ability to detox. Get 7-8 hours in a healthy sleep environment.

Do oil pulling with coconut oil. Rich in Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and high in lauric acid, coconut oil is also a powerful antibacterial. 20 minutes each day which will cleanse the mouth of toxins and bacteria from teeth, tongue and gums, causing infections and disease.

Dry brush your skin to increase circulation. It’s your largest organ, so focus on it by brushing your extremities, including your hands, feet, legs and arms.

And speaking of your skin, if you think the FDA does a subpar job of regulating what goes into our food supply, you’ll be equally appalled with the regulation of cosmetics and personal care products.

There are thousands of chemicals in these products, most of which are being absorbed into your body through your skin. Companies have carte blanche to use almost any ingredient without governmental review or approval. 

Consider cleaning up your beauty regime and look at beauty products the same way you do food labels.

Many of the synthetic chemicals used in these products are skin irritants, endocrine disruptors and are carcinogenic. Here’s a list of some of the most harmful chemicals to stay away from:

  • Parabens
  • Fragrances
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Propylene glycol

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Whether you try some or all of these, I promise that you will see and feel amazing results! 

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