Detox is a trendy term that gets thrown around – a lot. And while a juice cleanse can be safe and enjoyable for some (me? I caved the second day), it’s not always practical or realistic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do things that support your body’s natural detoxification processes – easily and quickly.
The reason we should even pay detox any mind is simple: our lifestyles can put our highly evolved systems to the test. “Although the body is normally quite capable of detoxing on its own, rising stress levels, lack of exercise, constipation, and poor diet and lifestyle choices – not to mention the ever-increasing levels of toxins in our environment – can push it to capacity,” says Cathy Wong, ND, a naturopathic doctor, certified nutrition specialist, and author of The Inside Out Diet. “While it’s impossible to avoid toxins completely, it’s important to support your body so it can get rid of them.”
Detoxing can be something you do a little of every day. To that end, here are four simple detox solutions that I recently demonstrated on The Dr. Oz Show that are so simple, even the busiest woman can manage it.
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.