13 Different Ways to Detox Naturally: The Solaris Whole Health Way
With so much buzz these days about doing a detox program or cleanse, it’s hard to know what route is best. There are so many fad nutrition and lifestyle programs out there that you might already feel stressed just considering which one to choose.
In today’s fast-paced world, the last thing you want is for a detox to put additional stress on you. The good news is that a comprehensive whole-body program and nutritional supplements will do just the opposite.
This article provides information about the best natural ways to safely and effectively detox. We’ll also explain why the Solaris Whole Health approach of using functional medicine is the most effective.
13 Different Ways to Detox: The Solaris Whole Health Way
For a whole-body reset to be effective, it’s essential to identify and clear not only toxic materials, but also toxic triggers, thoughts, and emotions.
Many approaches can be effective in activating and mobilizing the removal of toxins. However, they are not always easy to follow.
The following 13 methods can easily be incorporated into your personalized diet plan to help you effectively reset your mind and body.
Reduce Toxic Exposure
According to research, over 80,000 chemicals are approved for use in the US. Many of these are known endocrine disrupters and obesogens. They interfere with hormonal balance and can cause weight gain or an inability to lose weight.
To reduce toxic exposure and support detox, follow these three simple tips:
- Avoid unnecessary medications.
- Use glass instead of plastic in your kitchen.
- Opt for natural and organic cosmetic, personal hygiene, and household cleaning products.
While certain environmental toxins can be harder to avoid (such as those in the air), you have choices around the foods you consume.
Conventional foods that use pesticides and herbicides can increase the body’s toxic load. Those particularly susceptible to the dangers of food chemicals include children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and women of childbearing age.
To greatly minimize exposure to toxic foods, buy organic as often as possible. If you need to pick and choose due to cost, check out the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen list to learn which fruits and vegetables are most important to buy organic and which are somewhat less toxic.
Choose Real Food
Real foods from nature that are not processed contain nutrients, antioxidants, enzymes and phytochemicals that naturally support all phases of detoxification.
At Solaris Whole Health, we aim to help you work smarter-not harder-when it comes to detox and your health.
For this reason, many of our clients have found great success with the SOLFUEL Clear Cleansing System® , as it features a whole foods-based meal replacement and dietary supplements that are concentrated with specific macro and micronutrients to make your detox highly effective and efficient.
Here are some key highlights of our formula:
- Contains targeted multivitamin blend from whole foods to fuel liver enzyme systems
- Features 18 grams of easy-to-digest non-GMO pea protein
- Provides high-quality antioxidants and fiber from superfoods to promote digestive cleansing
- Contains protease enzymes to assist with protein absorption and healthy digestion
Daily bowel movements are foundational for proper detox. If you’re not eliminating regularly, then the body isn’t able to get rid of toxins.
This can produce dangerous free radicals that lead to systemic inflammation and even tissue damage. It also means that endotoxins (a bacterial toxin that lives inside of cells) can get reabsorbed in the gut.
If you’re not going to the bathroom every day despite eating a clean diet, taking dietary nutritional supplements, and staying well-hydrated, then you might need to work with a functional medicine practitioner to get to the root cause of your constipation.
Activate Detox Pathways
An effective detox plan includes foods and vitamin supplements that activate phase I and phase II liver detox.
You can accomplish this to a certain extent with just whole foods. However, using vitamin and nutritional supplements that offer detox-activating nutrients in therapeutic doses can be extremely beneficial.
At Solaris Whole Health, we use SOLFUEL Cleansing System® to support phases I and II liver detox. We place emphasis on phase II, as this tends to be sluggish in many people.
Activating phase I detox without supporting phase II can lead you down a dangerous road. Check out this article for more information on this important topic.
Dry Skin Brush
The practice of dry skin brushing is an incredible way to support detoxification pathways in the body. It doubles as a great self-care technique.
By brushing away dead skin cells, your skin becomes brighter, plumper and more toned. It also supports the body’s lymphatic system, meaning you’ll have a healthier immune system.
Check out this resource for a step-by-step guide on how get started
Stay Well Hydrated
The importance of hydration for detoxification and overall health can’t be understated.
Water supports the kidneys and helps to flush toxins out of the body via digestion, urination and perspiration.
Drink a minimum of half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water every day.
A detox isn’t the time for strenuous or intense forms of exercise, but it is a perfect opportunity for gentle movement. A detox is also a unique chance to redefine your relationship with exercise.
Remember that the human body was meant to move in many ways, so choose activities that bring you joy. This might be dance, walking, restorative yoga and stretching, meditative movement techniques like Qigong or taking a family hike.
Here are 10 detoxifying yoga postures that can be a relaxing compliment to your detox.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Studies show that meditation lowers inflammation caused by stress, along with a myriad of other incredible physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health benefits.
Choose a relaxation technique that speaks to you, such as meditation, simple deep breathing (like box breathing), gentle yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, walking in nature or time with friends.
Self-care and stress management are essential components to a detox. Since you’ll be saving time in the kitchen, consider devoting this time to some much-needed relaxation.
Identify and Clear Toxic Emotions and Thought Patterns
Chinese medicine associates the liver with toxic emotions of anger, increased irritability, and trouble letting go.
Part of a comprehensive detox program and personalized nutrition and health plan must incorporate a close look at whether toxic emotions and thought patterns might be at the root of impaired detoxification.
At Solaris Whole Health, we’ve worked with many clients who experienced physical symptoms as a result of sluggish detoxification. They were only able to heal once the mental, emotional, and spiritual toxins were identified and cleared.
Pinpoint Toxic Relationships
Part of identifying toxic emotions and thought patterns also includes pinpointing relationships in your life that aren’t serving you. This could be a romantic partner, friend, coworker, or family member.
Working with that person to improve the relationship or letting go of the relationship completely can profoundly impact the body’s ability to effectively detox.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep allows the body to recharge itself and remove toxic waste byproducts that accumulate during the day.
Lack of sleep has been linked with chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. It also significantly increases the body’s primary stress hormone: cortisol.
If you struggle with insomnia, check out this article for simple and effective strategies to get better sleep.
Smart Supplementation and Functional Foods
While whole foods are certainly the foundation of detoxification support, functional foods and nutritional programs can be an ideal way to concentrate nutrients into a convenient and effective meal replacement that replicate foods found in nature.
The SOLFUEL Clear Cleansing System® includes SOLFUEL Clear® , which is a functional food powder designed to support detoxification while maintaining muscle mass.
Along with optimal macronutrient breakdown, this meal replacement also provides:
- A full spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral for detoxification enzyme support.
- Key nutrients to support both phases 1 and 2 pathways.
- High levels of antioxidants to ensure safe detoxification.
SOLFUEL Clear® is paired with a phase II-specific support formula, and the SolGI Prozyme® to support efficient digestion and digestion of protein.
To learn more about supplementation for detoxification, check out this article.
Like most things in health and wellness, a detox and personalized nutrition plan can be highly customized to fit your body’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
However, these 13 detoxification strategies will benefit just about everyone, and can move you in the direction of vitality, growth, gratitude and a zest for life.
With the proper tools and professional support, you can give your body the gift of a fresh start. For more information, check out our complete detox nutritional programs here.