Your liver works hard to eliminate waste from your body. First, it identifies toxins—such as alcohol, caffeine, bad fats and more—then disarms them so that they can be excreted from the body. The liver also produces bile, which works like soap to dissolve dietary fat, as well as heavy metals and fat-soluble chemicals such as pesticides.
The liver is a powerhouse all on its own, but there are things we can do to help it function as efficiently as possible. Most people think of this “detoxing” process as harsh, complete with restrictive diets and potentially dangerous laxatives. But helping your body to detoxify itself doesn’t have to be a rigorous or punitive process.
Be kind to your liver and help it do its job with these gentle ways to detox.
Wake Up With Lemon Water
You probably know someone who starts their day with lemon water. But unlike other trends, this one is actually helpful: the sour properties of lemon trigger the gallbladder to discard the toxins stored there while you were sleeping.
Keeping properly hydrated does all sorts of good for your body. Water helps transport nutrients to cells and removes waste from them, helping you avoid a buildup of toxins throughout your body. Water also helps kidneys do their necessary toxin-filtering functions, including eliminating waste products from the blood and urine.
When you wake up, add one quarter lemon to room-temperature water and wait 15 minutes before consuming anything else. It’s a healthy, zesty way to kickstart the detoxifying process first thing in the morning.
Detoxify in Downward Dog
A yoga practice can help detoxify your body in various ways. First, there’s the deep breathing aspect, which increases oxygen levels in your body, helping to remove waste from the blood.
Second, a vigorous style of yoga or practicing in a heated room will make you sweat, which helps to move toxins out through your skin. Plus, there are certain twists, bends and stretches that help stimulate the circulatory, digestive and lymphatic systems.
Finally, yoga has been shown to help people sleep better, and more sleep helps the body to detox. Squeeze in a few yoga sessions a week to reboot your body and your mind.
Try a Gentle Herbal Cleanse
Bitter herbs can help support the natural detoxification cycle. That’s because consuming bitter foods and drinks prompts the production of body-cleansing bile.
Flor•Essence® Herbal Cleanse is a natural way to flush the body of waste. Inspired by a traditional Ojibwa formula, this tea is made with eight herbs: burdock root, watercress, sheep sorrel herb, slippery elm, rhubarb root, kelp, blessed thistle, and red clover blossom. These ancient herbs work together to support multiple elimination pathways, gently helping the body to cleanse.
Flor•Essence® is an effective full-body cleanse, and it’s a safe alternative to laxatives. Plus it’s organic, gluten-free, vegan and made without GMO ingredients. Simply stir three tablespoons into hot water, three times daily.