by Danielle Gormley on July 20, 2020
My take on “the tox”
Ok, I get it. There are a billion and one articles out there about detoxing. It can feel complicated and intimidating. I’ve spent significant time (years) wading through this bottomless pit of information to figure out what works best for me. Thankfully, I have found some helpful nuggets. So, I thought I would share them with you! These are things that I now actively do and my body and brain thank me for it every day!!!
Signs that you need to detox
Feeling sluggish? Having a bit of brain fog? Maybe your face has gained so much water weight your cheek bones have gone into hibernation? These could be some signs that it’s time to detox. Other symptoms can include:
- Constipation & digestion issues
- Extreme Fatigue
- Lack of focus
- Frequent illness
- Inability to lose weight
- Lower back pain and/or joint pain
What is detoxing?
Detoxing is a natural process our body goes through to get rid of toxins or “unhealthy substances.” It neutralizes or eliminates toxins through your liver, kidney, intestines, skin and lungs. The toxins that the body is unable to eliminate are usually stored in fat tissues and bone.
That amazing body of yours is capable of detoxing on its own. However, with all the EXTRA stress and pollutants that we can load into it, it sometimes needs help.
First, let’s start with a few key things that I STRONGLY recommend you do to support detox:
- Limit sugar intake (I eliminate it altogether when I’m going “gung-ho”).
- Get active.
- Sweat (saunas are the bomb).
- Focus on sleep.
- Drink more water.
Now let’s move on to the good stuff!
My Favorite Detox Hacks: Get that detox machine of yours moving.
Think of the lymphatic system as your body’s drainage system for waste and toxins. It flows like a clockwise river pushing and clearing out the “bad stuff” on out. It can get sluggish, so it’s important not to ignore because the result is disease and sickness over time.
Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with massage tools to stimulate blood circulation and aid in lymphatic drainage. Researchers at Harvard found Gua Sha to elicit both an immediate and sustained immune response by upregulating gene expression of heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory cytoprotectant (source).
Gua Sha can be done by a professional or at home. I purchased my beautiful tools for under $20 on Amazon HERE.
- Leave the face roller in the freezer for an hour or so. Apply the light rolling motion (in the appropriate pattern, don’t worry there is instructions with your kit). I do this at least once a day. Great for a swollen face, and even headaches!
- The Gua Sha stone can be used for the more “scraping” motions commonly used on neck, shoulders, and back for an immunity/anti-inflammatory helper.
- Lube it up! Don’t do any of this without some facial oil or lotion so that the tools glide easily across your skin.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drink a ton of fluids! In addition to water, you may like to try my favorite “drinks” listed below. These drinks aid in detoxification by flushing your system.
My Daily Drink Schedule
- AM Drink: Matcha (instead of coffee) I use the brand Matcha Bar on Amazon.
- Mid-Day Drink: 1 serving Yerba Prima Bentonite Detox and 1 scoop Ultima Lemonade Electrolyte Powder (it masks the taste and delivers much needed electrolytes. And flavor works but Ultima on Amazon is linked HERE). And 10-12oz of water.
- PM Drink:
- All Day drinks: Dandelion Tea (one of my favs) and LOTS of water
Yes, maintaining a daily exercise routine is important. Anytime you can move your body and break a sweat is great as sweating is probably the easiest way to increase circulation, flush toxins, and provide support for a great lymphatic system.
It is always important to drink lots of H20! I like to drink an electrolyte mix or mix in some trace minerals. I buy mine from, you guessed it - Amazon! You can buy it HERE. Fair warning, this is an amazing product, but it does in fact taste minerally and takes some getting used to.
I personally love to practice intermittent fasting but it is not for everyone and is not essential for detoxing. Intermittent fasting is the concept of having longer “non-eating” windows and shorter “eating windows”.
I plan my most nutrient dense meal to be the one that I eat when I break my fast. For me, this is in the afternoon. My favorite meal is my Detox Juice because it’s nutrient dense and has ingredients that optimize absorption. It turns out your body actually can absorb juice from some fruits/vegetables better than whole foods (with whole foods, the fiber in the fruit/veggies can bind to the micronutrients and prevent your small intestine from absorbing efficiently or at all).
If I opt for a more protein rich meal, or anything that could feel “heavier” or larger in portion size, I usually pair it with some digestive enzymes that I purchase off of Amazon. I love the BiOptimizers brand.
At the end of the day I like to wrap it up with some more digestive enzymes, and a probiotic treat. I lean towards a nice, no added sugar kefir. The probiotics from the kefir have a better chance of surviving and doing some good for you when they don’t have to be interfered by stomach acid. If you have it at the beginning of the day be sure to do it before your first meal. It essentially gives it time to make it to your intestines before your body is hard at work with digestion.
Check out a couple of my favorite “detoxy” things to eat here:
Try it for yourself and let me know how you like it! Take a picture on IG and tag @hellopuddin_chiaco and I'll share your photo to our social media :)
I am not a doctor. This information is from my own experiences. Pretty please consult a doctor and practice being your own health advocate by doing research before engaging in any of the above practices.