You diet, you exercise, but yet you are still struggling to lose those extra pounds.  

Sometimes our bodies need a little boost to release that unwanted weight.  One way we can do this is by cleansing our bodies of toxins that are causing it to store fat and are taxing our metabolism.  Just like the old tradition of “spring cleaning” to rid our homes of junk, our bodies need a time for cleansing to rid itself from years of unhealthy clutter.

There are many ways we can detoxify.  Choosing some steps that will gradually detoxify, not only is safer, but will help you develop some life-long habits that will keep your body looking and feeling its best.  


Step One:

Eliminate the foods that are harming your body (sugar, processed food, gluten, soft drinks, unhealthy fats, etc.) and replace them with whole foods such as organic vegetables and  fruits, legumes, whole grains, healthy oils that are high in essential fatty acids, and lean proteins (choose organic meats and fish).

Whole foods support the body by providing the necessary nutrients and enzymes that are not found in processed food.  These nutrients will begin the detoxification process to the body. In addition, a diet rich in whole foods will naturally help in maintaining a healthy weight.


Step Two:

Take herbal supplements that assist in the detoxification process.  There are many available, and an herbalist can assist you in choosing what is right for you.  Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal blend that is safe for most to use and will help your body eliminate toxins.  Also, apple or citrus pectin has a natural ability to remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Other supplements like Prenatal DHA can boost the metabolism of pregnant women.


Step Three:

Take an Epsom Salt Bath.  Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the skin.   Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) helps keep your bodily functions running smoothly.  When Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin, it can help to draw toxins from the body, reduce swelling and relax muscles.  Taking this time to de-stress can reduce Cortisol (the stress hormone) which can inhibit weight loss and actually increase belly fat.


Step Four:

Sweat out the toxins.  Infrared Sauna Therapy can remove toxins by sweating them out.  Our skin is the largest organ of elimination. Research has shown that the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals.   It is important to maintain proper hydration during this process, because the more you safely sweat, the more toxins you will release from your body.  A half hour Infrared Therapy session can burn up to 600 calories, which can also aid in your weight loss.


Step Five:

Exercise regularly.  Most forms of exercise assist in the elimination processes of the body.  An excellent way to detoxify while burning calories is to exercise on a Whole Body Vibration Plate.  Not only does this type of workout build strength and increase metabolism, it also detoxifies your internal organs and cells.  

I recommend to my clients combining a Whole Body Vibration workout followed by 30 minutes in an Infrared Sauna.   Using the Whole Body Vibration Therapy in conjunction with the Infrared Sauna will make the benefits of each machine show up faster.  Both machines help with weight loss, removing toxins, reducing cellulite, helping muscles tighten, and so much more!

The benefits of detoxifying go way beyond weight loss…our general health, energy, and overall body and mind receive a much needed break from the harmful toxins plaguing us daily.  Done safely, a detox will leave you feeling and looking your best!

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Author: By Laura Heikkila, CPT, CNC