No matter how much we strive to eat and live healthily, there is no escaping the many toxic substances that are part of our everyday life. They exist in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, and the water we drink. Harmful contaminants can also be found in countless everyday products, from household cleaners to beauty and skincare products.
When we are exposed to these harmful substances on a regular basis, our body will at some point have a hard time getting rid of them. With a periodic detox routine, you can support your body with this process. Here are 11 tips on how to prepare for a body detox, so you can reap the most benefits from your cleansing strategy!
The first thing to know about detoxing is that you shouldn’t decide to cleanse on a whim. Be well-prepared and follow these easy tips before you start. As with most things, preparation is the best way to ensure success!
Start with a motivating message. You aren’t doing a detox for no good reason. To keep you motivated and on track, write down the specific reasons why you are choosing to detox. Put the note on your fridge. This way, you’re always reminded to stay on track and can get a little motivation boost when you need it!
Let your family and friends know about your detox. Cleanses can at times be challenging, with various temptations and emotional ups and downs. If everyone is on your detox (or at least on your detox team) this creates a supportive environment that can make things a lot easier.
Get everything you need before you start. Write down all the items that your detox strategy will require. Foods such as fresh, organic veggies and fruits may not be available everywhere. If you allow yourself a little head start, you can get all these things in time to start your routine on schedule.
Make space in your kitchen. Chances are, your kitchen will be filled with all kinds of unhealthy food items. Go over the rubbish food in your household and get rid of it. But you don’t need to toss these foods out; give these items to your neighbours or friends, or donate them!
Eat healthy proteins and fats before you start. Stress is never good and can be particularly detrimental during your detox routine. When you eat a balanced diet that consists of healthy proteins and fat, this helps regulate your blood sugar and keeps stress levels down. Eat foods such as organic poultry, eggs, high-quality beef, and olive oil before you start your cleanse.
Stock up on probiotics that help with your detox. Yogurt and fermented beverages such as kefir and kombucha contain beneficial probiotics, enzymes, and potassium that help boost your immune system and assist with flushing out toxins. Probiotics are also beneficial to maintain a healthy intestinal microflora.
Get organic herbal teas. These contain antioxidants that can be very supportive to your body during a cleanse. For detoxing, teas made from peppermint, liquorice root, and dandelion can be especially helpful.
Get relaxing Epsom bath salts for your detox. Nothing can be more comforting than a warm bath. The Epsom salts have a cleansing effect as well. And while you’re at it, why not get some nice-smelling essential oils to achieve the ultimate bathroom relaxation during your detox?
Prepare your food recipes beforehand. Detoxing can be hard to keep up with, and it’s much more convenient to have the steps and ingredients ready-to-go. For example, if your cleansing strategy calls for broth, you can prepare it in advance and keep it in your fridge or freezer. This is also a good opportunity to research new recipes to make your detox foods not only beneficial, but tasty, too.
Get organic coconut oil to keep those sugar cravings at bay. If you feel a craving for something sweet, a teaspoon of coconut oil between meals can do the trick to satisfy you. Feel free to add it to any recipe for a hint tropical flavour.
Last, but not least, be easy on yourself! Detoxing is not a competition and nobody is out to judge you. Most importantly, don’t let slip-ups demotivate you. Even a detox that has not been followed exactly will offer more health benefits compared to not doing it at all. Further still, there will always be a next time where you can try to make it through the whole cleanse. Happy detoxing!