5 Ways to Cleanse Your Body Without Starving Yourself

Regularly cleansing our bodies of toxins can have a massive impact on our health. From stimulating our immune system to clearing up our skin, the benefits of a detox can be felt and seen. While there are many fads out there in the world of detoxing, from only drinking cayenne water to intermittent fasting, it’s important to note that detoxing effectively doesn’t have to mean starving yourself. If you’re interested in jumpstarting your health with a cleanse, here’s how to do it safely without skipping meals.

Why You Should Detox

Our bodies are built to naturally expel toxins from our system, whether we absorb them from the foods we eat or the air we breathe. The more impurities we build up, the harder our bodies have to work to expel them. Detoxifying our bodies cleanses our circulatory, urinary and digestive systems to pave the way for better health. Some of the benefits of cleansing, especially when done safely, can have the following benefits: 
  • Stronger immune system
  • Less stress
  • More mental clarity
  • Better sleep 
  • Better nutrient absorption
  • Clear skin 

How to Safely Detox 

Safe cleanses for your body shouldn’t force you to starve yourself. Studies show that strict diets and detoxes aren’t just dangerous for your health–potentially causing mineral and vitamin deficiencies–but they’re also ineffective in the long run.1,2 If you’re looking to safely detox, here are five ways to do it without going hungry.  

#1 Focus on Gut Health 

Your gut houses 300 to 500 different bacteria species with unique functions, from moderating your mood to protecting your body from diseases. This bacteria is crucial to your health, yet the foods you eat and lifestyle choices you make have the power to disrupt your gut microbiome and set off a chain reaction of ailments. Signs of an unhealthy gut range from frequent bloating and upset stomach to mental fog or even lingering dermatological issues. Using a product like Polisorb helps to cleanse and detoxify the digestive tract and rebalance the gut easily and efficiently. Made of silicon dioxide, a naturally- occurring compound made of silicon and oxygen, Polisorb travels through the digestive tract, grabs onto toxins and expels them from the body, no strict diet needed.

#2 Limit Sugar

Sugar has drug-like effects in the reward center of the brain, making it highly-addictive and easy to abuse to the point of overindulgence.3 Instead of totally cutting out sugar, which can lead to restrictive eating, consider eliminating some sugary foods and leaving room for healthier alternatives. For instance, fruit is high in sugar, but also high in fiber. You can keep fruit, but cut out fruit juices and sugary sodas. You might also consider replacing that sugar you add to your morning coffee with an alternative like stevia. 
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#3 Try Herbs  

If you’re open to cutting down on sugar, you might also want to try an herbal cleanse, which flushes out impurities and replenishes lost vitamins and minerals with a combination of herbs like American ginseng root extract, taurine and guarana seed extract. There are a variety of other herbs with detoxifying properties you could incorporate into your diet, which include aloe vera, dandelion, echinacea, burdock and green tea.

#4 Increase Water Intake  

We’re not talking about water fasting here. One of the most important things you can do for your health is staying hydrated, yet studies show that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.4 In addition to naturally flushing your bodies of toxins and waste, water supports the creation of hormones and neurotransmitters for healthy brain function, boosts energy, and improves mood. To figure out how much water you should be drinking, divide your weight in half and drink that amount in ounces. If you weigh 120 lbs, that means you should be drinking 60 ounces daily.5 

#5 Load Up on Fruits and Veggies 

One of the simplest ways to cleanse your body without starving is to pay attention to what you put in your grocery cart. Aim to load up on whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. The more colorful the better, because it means you’re diversifying your nutrient intake. Colorful plants also tend to be high in antioxidants, which helps your body naturally expel toxins. While you’re eating better foods, consider cutting out most processed foods. You can tell what these are by looking at the ingredients label. The more ingredients you see, the more processed the food.  Cleansing your body is a powerful step in boosting your immune system. By monitoring what we consume, we can take control of our health by minimizing the toxins that we ingest. This also applies to the remedies and medications that we use when battling colds and flus. If you’re feeling unwell, find out how Brillia Health can help you recover quickly without harsh chemicals or undesirable side effects. Our homeopathic formulations include mighty ingredients to reduce cold and flu severity and duration and control coughing, empowering your body to heal itself. Find out more about how Brillia Health works
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles and a mother of one. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a certificate in Narrative Therapy. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, and VICE.
References: 1https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/detox-diets/faq-20058040, 2https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m696, 3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2235907/, 4https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/video/75-americans-chronically-dehydrated-drinking-water-71169567, 5https://www.healthline.com/health/body-water-percentage

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