Start the day with warm water and lemon
Yes, it sounds cliche – but there’s a reason why most nutrition experts suggest you start your day with warm water and lemon. Water is important for both digestion and detoxification,and lemons are high in antioxidants, which are ultra-important for cellular repair.
Get your sweat on
Moving your body and sweating is great for detoxification, as it utilizes the body’s biggest detox organ: your skin. Studies have shown that sweating has the capacity to help you detox from some serious substances like cadmium, arsenic, and lead (1). Of course, exercise also promotes better mood, which is just another benefit.
Eat your cruciferous vegetables
Your liver is really important when it comes to detoxification, and cruciferous vegetables are a liver’s best friend. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale support enzyme production in the liver – one’s that are specifically important to the detoxification process.
Start dry brushing
If you can add two minutes to your routine before your shower, you will reap the benefits. Dry brushing is just what it sounds like: taking a dry brush to your body and lightly stroking with minimal pressure. You brush from your extremities inward, directionally towards your heart. This is typically done pre-shower or bath. Not only does it help exfoliate the skin, but it also promotes movement of the lymph. Lymph is important in getting rid of any waste or toxins from the circulatory system, and it is also crucial to immune function. Keeping your lymph moving is an important part of the process, and dry brushing is a quick, easy, and effective way to support its function.
Take time for tea
Not only is a hot cup of tea a great way to unwind, but many of them also provide great detox benefits. Peppermint is digestion supportive, and having a healthy functioning digestive system is important for excreting waste every day. Dandelion tea is liver protective and helps keep this major detoxification organ in check (2). Whatever tea you choose, if you’re a breastfeeding mama double check that your preferred option is okay for you.