Okaaaaaay before you start shaming and throwing brussels sprouts at me, let me just clear something up here…..detoxing periodically can actually do the body some good….and NO I’m not just talking drink all the green shit and starve yourself for the next 5 days or so. It’s okay Betty, calm down. If you actually do it the right way, you can work WITH your body instead of against it. I mean, did you know that you can actually detox and eat real food the entire time?
Like whoa, what? That’s right.
And this time of the year, detox is buzzing everywhere (or maybe not, depending if you’re allowed to leave the house yet or not.)
Everyone is freaking out because they need to get their bodies “bikini ready.” And being all held up in quarantine for the past three months, some of our bodies are holding a little extra stress than others. But if I’m being honest here, it doesn’t really matter how much you detox or cleanse, the thought behind being bikini ready is a bunch of bullsh*t if you ask me.
Enter: Quick Fix Diets 🙄🙄🙄
Before we go down that nasty road, let’s just chat about these said toxins that we want to rid our body of. And doing it the kinder way….Ok? Ok.
First things first:
- A juice or a supplement will not detox your body. You detox your body. Even without you realizing it or not, your body is constantly detoxifying everything that enters your body’s pathways. Drinking green shit? Detoxing. Had a few too many spicy margaritas last night? Detoxing. Chocolate chip pancakes? Detoxing. Some things may not be detoxed as hard as others, but there is still some effort in there, I promise.
- The diet industry is a multi trillion dollar company FOR A REASON. They prey on your insecurities. They really don’t want you to finally feel confident and liberated in your skin….because if we all did that, they would be put out of business.
As someone who used to buy into all of these marketing schemes let me just tell you…..it is really easy to buy into it and think that if you just pump your body full of celery juice or cayenne lemon water all day every day for 3 days……that you will come out of it with magical freaking powers and a love for yourself that you’ve never seen before.
So back to this whole notion: You can’t buy a detox, You ARE the detox.
Here’s the thing. Detoxing isn’t wrong or bad. It’s not the devil or some evil thing that you have to sit there and cringe at. But the idea that our diet culture likes to sell us on is the fact that our bodies are not good and the only way to achieve self acceptance is through this magic pill or this supplement or this green juice or starving yourself for 3 days. You catch my drift?
When we rid our body of toxins we often can achieve better health levels, better skin, digestion and energy. But it doesn’t come from a product or a one stop solution product. It’s coming from continually supporting your body and mind on a daily basis. So while I do use this as a stepping stone with my clients, understanding this concept is crucial to success.
So there are two steps to improving your detoxification system:
- Lighten the toxic load that puts burden onto your liver
- Support alllll the other organs that are in charge of detoxifying through real food nutrition and lifestyle changes
Lighten Up Buttercup
1. Eat Quality Food
We’ve all been through Whole Foods or Publix or Trader Joe’s and seen the aisles upon aisles of organic or natural foods. Pesticides. You’re thinking “OMG what the heck have I been pumping into my family’s body this whole time?” First, chill out. Second, now is a good time to be more conscious about the things that are going into your body. Especially in these times of an unknown pandemic, our health is pretty darn high on the level of important. If your food is filled to the brim with pesticides, antibiotics or synthetic shit that you’ll typically find in anything from the middle aisles, then just be aware that your liver is working like crazy to rid it of all of that.
2. Ditch some of the OTC if you can
Your liver has to put in tons of extra effort to clean out all of the meds such as Tylenol, sleep aids, Adderall, etc. While yes, some of us can’t quite just come off of our prescriptions, some others can be avoided or substituted for something more natural. Me personally, we use Chinese herbs and essential oils for most things and CBD helps dial down the crazy when needed. And you’ll never hear me shaming someone for their THC use 😉😉
3. Take a look at your products
Everything from the makeup you use to the Lysol you sanitize your home with….look at the ingredients. There’s a laundry list of ingredients that you are either ingesting, breathing in or putting on your skin. Most women have come into contact with over 500 chemicals by breakfast time….and your skin being the largest organ in your body, it sucks in any chemical it comes into contact with, right into your blood stream within seconds. And you liver doesn’t like the extra load of having to try to work extra hard to attempt to rid it of such chemicals….so it becomes weak and tired and thus will cause you to feel sluggish, emotional, hormonal and overall icky. Yes, I really did just say icky. If you are unsure if your products are safe, I like to use the thinkdirty app to check the toxicity of everything we use in our home.
4. Did someone say, Margaritas???
Okay okay, I know what you’re thinking……there is no way I’m giving up my date with my spicy marg. And listen, I get it and I’m by no means telling you not to do such. Life is all about living and enjoying that life….but alcohol does put your liver in toxic overdrive so use caution. So the occasional drink will not do much harm, but if you’re a regular drinker, minimizing your drinking habit can and will help your liver (and health) in a major way.
Be The Detox
1. Work it out
In order to truly detox, you need your lymphatic system to WORK. And my faaaavorite way to do that is to moooooove my body. Some of my favorite ways to move include running, lifting weights, hot yoga or hitting pads with my Muay Thai coach. Regardless of how you choose to move your body, just get your body moving and a good sweat going and let your liver do it’s work.
2. Cleanse your soul
Yeah, yeah okay sure. Here we go with all your “change your mindset, change your life” woo woo shit….but you guys this is crucial and backed by science. If you have a toxic mindset, it is so so SO hard to truly feel at ease and good in your body. Being at war with yourself puts so much stress and resistance on your body which only leads to anxiety, inflammation, messed up skin, emotional eating habits and more. My favorite way to deal with my mindset is through my morning practice that includes:
3. Feed your liver what it needs
Back to drinking all the green shit……no, no and no. I was THAT girl once upon a time. Because Beyonce did it so it must be the way. Right? No. And you’re also not going to hear me tell you that the best way to better health is to go #glutenfreedairyfreeveganvegetarianpescetarianpaleoketo 😆 But some things that your liver does love is real food nutrition. Not the stuff found in the middle aisles but real food straight from the earth. And no, that doesn’t mean that you you have to have this perfect diet all the time, but if you want to truly give your liver a break so it can get to work, these are some of the things that you liver loves:
- Tons of veggies
- Fresh fruit
- Non gluten grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Organic, non processed meat/fish
And some things your liver may need a break from if you really are wanting to help it out for a bit:
- Some common allergens such as dairy, soy, corn, eggs, etc
- Nightshade veggies such as eggplant and tomatoes
- Processed meat and fats
4. Get some zzzzz’s
Yes, yes I am going to be your girl who is going to give you full permission to take that nap if you need it or skip out on that thing that you didn’t really want to go to in order to get some extra, much needed rest. You truly can not pour from an empty cup and neither can your liver. Or your brain for that matter. As a recovered insomniac I am here to prove that. I spent way too many years not being able to get the proper amount of sleep that my body needed and my performance in every area of my life proved that. REM sleep is critical for recovery for your brain health, mood and memory. Some things that may block your ability to get to the REM cycle are things like sleep aids, caffeine, alcohol and OTC medications. If you aren’t sure if you are getting the proper rest, I like to use my whoop strap to track everything from sleep to recovery to movement. It really helps me stay on track and get closer to my goals.
Ready to implement some of these so you can throw that celery juice at Molly next time she approaches you with her whole “let’s get skinny fast” juice cleanse? I promise if you stick to these tips, your liver will thank you and you will be feeling 💯👏🏼