Spring Clean & Detox Your Body
Danette Allen, owner of Action Personal Training in Salt Lake City shares 4 ways to detox your body.
There are a few simple steps we can all make that will detox our bodies, jump start our metabolisms, and help us feeling refreshed and ready to conquer our fitness and health goals.
1. Sweat at least once a day for a week. Go for a run, take a spin class, stretch in the steam room, and dance around your house until your body starts to sweat. Sweating helps clear clogged pores and eliminate toxins. It may also feel good and help start a new habit!
2. Eliminate white sugar from your diet for one week. White sugar (sucrose) is one of the most toxic chemicals in the body and it is also one of the most addicting. When you find that your body is constantly craving sweet food, you know you need a cleanse. Sugar is inflammatory in the body and decreases elasticity in the skin and drains your energy. Remove sugar for one week and you will see a more youthful appearance and renewed energy. Good tip: Throw out or give away all sweets in your home and in your drawers at work.
3. DRINK WATER! Most of us do not get enough water as it is. Make it a reminder to get enough each day for one week. Drink 64 oz. or more each day. Water helps eliminate toxins and flush out the inside of your body. I like to think that sweating and drinking water each day is like taking a bath for your insides. Most of us do not like to go more than one day without a shower. Our internal bodies do not like to go without an internal bath of exercise (sweating) and drinking water for more than one day as well. Good tip: Place a 32 oz water bottle in places you are going to be throughout the day. Tell yourself you have to drink at least half before you can go to the next spot. Refill bottles for the next day.
4. Do a daily scrub. As our bodies try to detox due to eliminating sugar, sweating, and drinking water it will eliminate out through the body via our skin. Scrub your skin each night in the shower with a shower scrub and then do a nice sesame oil rub after. While applying the sesame oil, rub in a circular motion around joints and the abdomen area. This will hydrate the skin and help you feel refreshed and renewed. This is an Ayurvedic tradition that has had years of success in healing fibromyalgia, arthritis, and aids in renewed energy.