Detoxing is key to maintaining a healthy body and mind.
From facials to yoga, dietary changes to complete cleanses, there are a variety of ways and varying intensities to flush out built-up toxins and get your body back on track to health. Here are a few ways you can get started:
Head to a Wellness Spa
Sanoviv Medical Institute
If you're looking for a comprehensive medical and detoxification program, Sanoviv is the place for you. This world-renowned wellness facility offers a host of programs geared toward cleansing the body, in addition to focused programs for such specific conditions as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Your detox program (offered in one and two-week sessions) will begin with a complete health assessment and diagnostic testing. Afterward, an individualized plan will be organized and tailored to your needs and goals, and will include specific foods, spa therapies, exercise, and medical consultations. www.sanoviv.com
Red Mountain Spa
The Red Mountain Spa Detoxification Program focuses on total body cleansing in a serene red rock setting. Body, mind, and spirit are at the center of the seven-night inclusive program offered for one week every month. Guests are treated to daily detox smoothies, a nutrition consultation, lymphatic drainage, healthy gourmet meals, cleansing yoga classes, hiking, plus a detoxifying body wrap and nutritional products to complete a 28-day follow-up at-home detox. www.redmountainspa.com
The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center
This comprehensive program is catered to each individual guest, but generally includes evaluations with an Ayurveda Health Consultant, Maharishi Ayurveda Pulse Assessment, an ancient practice that reveals imbalance in the body; purifying treatments; vegetarian meals; yoga; and guest lectures. By the end of the program, guests have a deeper understanding of how diet, exercise, and emotional routines can have an effect on physical tendencies, moods, cravings, motivation, and behavior. Guests also learn how simple shifts in diet, exercise, and daily and seasonal routines can enhance their progress toward increased strength, stability, and vitality. www.theraj.com
Cleanse Your Diet
Making dietary changes is a great way to detox your body. Ashley Koff, RD, recommends that if you are starting a detox program you first consult a dietician or healthcare practitioner. "The most important things are knowing if any substances you will take as part of the detox conflict with current medications and also if any type of food program will interfere with your current health. For example, if you have borderline elevated blood sugar we want to make sure you don't go too long without nutrients and also avoided certain juices."
Once you start your detox, you should gauge how your body is reacting and find out if those reactions are normal and healthy. "You should know that during a detox you will likely feel fatigued, maybe even fluish, have alternating temperatures and maybe even be sweaty or clammy as the body clears your systems. Keep in mind that a detox is not for weight loss. Many [people] have the expectation that they can lose weight during a detox but actually the detox is more of a prep for sustainable healthy weight loss."
According to Koff, you can gently detox on a daily basis by incorporating more vegetables, both cooked and raw, into your diet, as well as adding good quality grains like quinoa and millet, both of which provide a complete protein when consumed in their whole form. In addition, fresh produce including apples, lemon, celery, broccoli, dandelion greens, and parsley are naturally detoxifying and can be easily added into your daily diet.
Detoxify with Yoga
The twists, inversions, and serious sweating that take place during an intense yoga session can be a great way to detox your body's systems. Yoga guru and the 2008 Global Ambassador for Adidas Yoga, Rainbeau Mars believes that yoga is the ultimate detoxifying practice. "The practice of detox through yoga is approaching yourself from every direction, going into every nook and cranny. Yoga is a tool that everyone [can do], you just need a little inspiration and heart." Try the following detoxifying pose taken from Mars's own ra'yoka system:
Table Top Shoulder Opener and Twist: Start on your hands and knees, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Reach your right arm up toward the sky, and then release it under your left, moving your shoulder to the floor. Bring your gaze to the left. You should find yourself in a shoulder opener, inversion, and twist. Hold for 5-10 breaths. Inhale, release, and repeat on the other side.
Spa at Home
Looking for a fresh complexion during your detox? Try these products and techniques.
For Your Skin: Boscia's Clarifying Detox Mask is made with kaolin clay, which naturally invigorates congested skin. www.boscia.net
Collective Wellbeing Active Charcoal/ Zinc Body Wash is a sulfate-free body purifier that cleanses and detoxifies your entire body. Charcoal is porous and active, trapping and soaking up virtually all impurities that pass through it. www.collectivewellbeing.com
Red Flower's Neroli Cypress High Atlas Bath Soak is a blend of Dead Sea salts, clay, deep earth minerals, and essential oils that encourage the release of deep impurities in the body. www.redflower.com
Ole Henriksen De-tox Tea Tree Oil Soak rids your skin of impurities while nourishing and exfoliating with sea salt, chamomile, and tea tree oil. www.olehenriksen.com
For Your Body: Your skin is your largest organ. Dry brushing sloughs off dead skin cells, encourages lymphatic drainage, and increases blood flow, all which help detox your skin and body. Before you shower each day, use a natural bristle brush and brush your dry skin, moving from your toes to your chest, for 5 minutes. Always brush towards your heart (this includes when you brush your arms and chest) to stimulate circulation and release toxins.
Herbs, Supplements & Teas
Bija Deep Cleanse Tea is made with mostly organic ingredients that gently, yet very effectively, encourage toxins to be released through the use of stimulating herbs including dandelion root and licorice root. www.florahealth.com
Dr. Natura's Toxinout Broad-Spectrum Detoxification Program completely detoxifies the body. The program includes Toxinout Heavy Metal/Toxin Removal and Liver Detox Support, which helps rid the body of heavy metals including mercury. It also includes an antioxidant and probiotic supplement to help maintain the healthy bacteria balance. www.drnatura.com
Garden of Life's Perfect Cleanse is designed to purify and remove the toxic substances that stick to your liver. The program consists of Purify, a detoxifying capsule filled with such ingredients as milk thistle seed extract and dandelion root extract; Capture, a fiber powder; and Remove, which features such stimulating herbs as organic peppermint and fennel. Perfect Cleanse is gentle enough that it won't disrupt your daily life, but perfectly effective. Garden Of Life USA