Detoxification Tips | Anyclean

updated: 15/11/2023

We are exposed to a huge range of toxins in our daily lives. These toxins can be natural ones, such as those produced by bacteria and parasites living in your system, or they can be artificial ones. The list of artificial toxins that we are exposed to daily is lengthy (exhausts from transport, fumes from commercial cleaning products, things in our cosmetics and toiletries, things on our fruit and vegetables – even if they’re grown using organic pest control methods, etc., etc.).

We can do all we can to minimise the toxins in our immediate environment, but periodically, it pays to give your system a good clean out – this is what is known as detoxification.

Some people like to fast as part of a detoxification programme. This is all very well and can often be helpful, but fasting should only be done properly. Never fast from liquids – you should always keep up your water intake during a total fast. Fasting should not be done if you are pregnant or if you are diabetic – it could be very risky. If you have a naturally high or fast metabolism, a total fast can be very difficult.

You will sometimes read some detoxification advice that states that the headaches you experience when fasting are caused by your body adjusting to the lack of toxins – withdrawal symptoms, almost. This is probably not the case. Speaking from the experience of a high metabolism, this writer can state that the headaches come from a lack of blood sugar and a heavy drain being put on the fuel reserves in the liver – I get these headaches if I skip eating, but I don’t get them when doing without “naughty” foods that are usually on the list of what not to take when detoxifying, such as coffee. If total fasting is too tough, try a partial fast (a juice fast, or one that cuts out rich food, alcohol and caffeine).

Use a detoxification session as a chance to overhaul your diet totally. Most of us don’t get enough fresh vegetables and fruits in our diet – and I mean fresh, not canned (frozen veggies are fine- freezing traps in the freshness). And remember to leave the peels on if possible – don’t peel potatoes, apples or the like – but you can and should peel oranges and kiwifruit! Another easy change is to cut out highly processed foods (white flour and white rice) and change to less processed ones (wholegrain bread, brown rice) – the extra fibre in the whole varieties helps you clean your system right out, including in the colon, where some nasties can get stuck if you don’t have enough fibre in your diet. For a special detox day, have extra fibre in your meal and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods like oranges, blackcurrants and avocado.

Sweat helps pump out the toxins and stops them getting clogged in the pores. Exercise to work up a good sweat regularly (easier to do in warmer weather, admittedly!). On a special detox day, have a sauna, if possible – even a mini-sauna where you duck under a towel with a bowl of steaming hot water can help get you sweating so you can purge out toxins.

Stress causes your body to generate its own toxins. Taking regular time to unwind and relax is an important part of reducing toxic stress in your system. On your special detox day, plan a few fun activities that will help you unwind – handcrafts are often beneficial, as are dancing, walking and swimming in the sea (not in the local swimming pool – all that chlorine!).

Massage stimulates the blood flow and allows the blood to take the toxins to the kidneys and liver to be filtered out. Have a massage on your detox day – it’s relaxing, too. A “real” massage by a professional is lovely, but if your time or budget can’t stretch to that, swap favours with a friend or with your partner. If you have small children and are really busy, try lying down on your front and telling them to drive toy cars along your back – a massage (of sorts) for you and fun for them.

Bathing is a good way of soaking and purifying the body that is as old as the hills – just ask the Romans. Hot water releases sweat and the soaking allows dead skin and debris to be removed. Add salts to the water, and use a good scrubbing brush or loofah mitt to get the gunk off. The Romans used to use olive oil and a metal scraper called a strigil (something like the sort of blade you use to clean down windscreens – it looked a bit like a blunt sickle. Unfortunately, you can’t buy these in the shops today, so you’ll have to experiment to find a good substitute) to get the mix of sweat, oil, dirt and dead skin off afterwards, but this can leave a lot of mess in the bath – the Romans had slaves to clean up afterwards!

Sleep is a great detoxifier. Plan to go to bed earlier than usual on your special detox day – you’ll feel better for it!

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About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.