Simple Detox Tips for Your Busy Life - Dr OZ
Posted: Dec 17 2014
Detox Tip #1: Cut the Sugar
You don’t need me to tell you that sugar is not the best thing to put in your mouth. Not only is sugar linked with a range of health problems, including obesity and diabetes, but the inflammation it causes can damage cell membranes, allowing toxins to sneak in, interfering with normal cell functioning, says Wong.
The more stressed you are, the more likely you are to rely on sugary foods, snacks, and drinks to give you the boost you need – and that’s a short-term fix with long-term negative effects. Cutting out as much sugar as you can, says Wong, will prevent weight gain, inflammation, premature aging, and even balance your energy.
Detox Tip #2: Eat More Bitter Foods
Eating your greens is always detox-friendly. But even better are bitter greens, which must tastebitter in order to get the benefits. And that’s because when you taste bitter foods, like arugula, watercress and dandelion greens, they stimulate the liver to more effectively cleanse and detox the body.
Here’s why: Your taste buds signal what’s coming, and when you eat bitter greens, your gastrointestinal system gets the message to release hormones and digestive enzymes that increase bile flow, metabolize fats, and keep elimination moving smoothly. This helps your body carry the toxins out faster.
Bonus: Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also say that eating more bitter greens can help ease sugar cravings. That’s a detox win-win.
Detox Tip #3: Dry Brush Your Skin
Even the busiest women take showers, right? One of the simplest and most enjoyable detox solutions is dry-skin brushing, which is exactly what it sounds like. It takes all of a few seconds in the morning and supports your largest organ – your skin.
Here’s why it works: Brushing removes dead cells that collect environmental toxins, while also keeping pores unclogged, so that the body can eliminate toxins through the skin. It also renews your skin cells, and can improve the way your skin looks and feels.
Detox Tip #4: Take a Bladder Wrack Bath
Detoxing your body and mind means not only clearing out physical toxins but the emotional ones too –and this bath does double-detox duty.
The key ingredient is bladder wrack, a kind of seaweed used medicinally for centuries, that expands in water and is said to draw toxins from the body. It’s filled with minerals and iodine, which help to stimulate the thyroid gland and boost metabolic function. (Talk to your doctor first if you have thyroid problems.)
Try It: Draw a detox bath.
Put a handful of the bladder wrack, in loose herb form (which you can find online or in specialty health food stores) in a cheesecloth pouch and toss into your bathwater. It’s like a human-sized teabag! Let it soak for a few minutes and then go ahead and steep yourself in it for as long as you’d normally bathe. And relax!
Note: Don’t worry if the water turns brown. That’s just the natural color and minerals of the seaweed infusing the water.
Detox for Life!
People who swear by detoxes claim that they make them feel energized and renewed. Try these simple practices and you could feel great the first day or week – but the real rewards come when you make them part of your daily life.