Feeling a little toxic lately? You don’t need to go a on a crazy diet to feel fresh again. Here are five fun and simple ways you can detox your body in no time.
1. Eat clean
It is no secret that most fruits and vegetables contain harmful pesticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns against the harmful effects of pesticides on the skin, eyes and nervous and endocrine systems. Some of the most pesticide-laden foods include apples, celery, strawberries, spinach and peppers. Choosing the organic option for these foods is essential for your detox.
2. Get moving
Exercise is another great way to cleanse and protect your body. In fact, recent studies suggest that exercise may reduce the ongoing damage done to cells, tissues and organs. The more your body undergoes these detrimental changes, the more likely you are to develop conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Exercise is also responsible for increasing your immune system, which will help you ward off viruses and bacteria, as well as some forms of cancer. So put on your gym shoes and get moving.
Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to flush your body of toxins and improve its ability to transport nutrients. If drinking water is difficult for you, try incorporating more water-based foods and drinks into your diet such as lettuce, broccoli, watermelon, milk and orange juice.
4. No smoking
Smoking tobacco introduces many chemicals and toxins into your body. Over 4,000 chemicals are found in tobacco, including 19 that are proven to be cancer causing. Still hesitant to quit? The benefits of quitting begin almost immediately after you stop smoking. Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your body returns to normal temperature and pulse rate. If you make it five years without smoking, your risk of dying from lung cancer is 50 percent less than moderate to heavy smokers.
5. Lay off the booze
Though consuming small amounts of alcohol may be beneficial to your health, it is still important to remember that alcohol is a toxin and can pose serious health risks. Alcohol dehydrates your body and makes it difficult for your stomach to absorb essential nutrients, making your body more likely to become malnourished.
So go ahead, give it a try and reboot your body to optimal health.