By Be Well Health Coach Amanda Carney
When September approaches and we return to the “back to school” mindset, we have a wonderful opportunity to detox our summer indulgences and discover a healthy rhythm for the upcoming months.
In functional medicine, we look at all areas of the body and consider how they are affecting our health, and we encourage you to apply the same principle to any detox you are considering.
Looking to cleanse this fall? Here are five simple and effective tips:
1. Clean Up Your Diet
Removing inflammatory foods such as sugar and gluten and focusing on wholesome, healthy foods such as leafy greens, healthy fats, and good-quality proteins is a sure way to get your body in detox mode without feeling deprived. Yes, you can support a natural cleansing of your body without feeling hungry or restricted!
2. Stay Hydrated
Water is an essential part of a healthy diet and is especially important when the body is detoxing. Water helps flush toxins out of the body, and keeps everything from our skin to our cells hydrated and functioning properly. We usually recommend drinking about half your body weight in ounces each day.
3. Move Your Body
Sweating is one of the body’s main detoxification systems, and making time for regular exercise not only increases the natural detox process but it also strengthens the immune system and increases mental clarity and mood. Choosing the right type of exercise is important, which is why we recommend moving in a way that leaves you feeling energized and refreshed. Here are some great suggestions to fit more exercise and movement into your day!
4. Remove Toxins in Your Environment
The toxins that surround us can be just as important to our health and well-being as what we eat. Many commercial household items such as cleaning and skin care products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can undermine our health. To help you determine which products may be toxic, check out EWG’s Skin Deep Guide.
5. Do a Cleanse
Want to feel guided and supported as you combine all of these detox tips? Our Be Well Cleanse is a wonderful way to adopt eating habits and other lifestyle shifts that can cleanse your body AND create healthy habits that last.
Our next Be Well Cleanse workshop kicks off Monday, Sept. 12 — and it’s free! To learn more about this fall workshop — and to get a 20 percent discount on a Cleanse or Cleanse Plus kit — click here. (Discount ends Sunday, September 11th, 11:59PM EDT.)
I hope you will join us!