Today, we are exposed to a huge number of toxins and unnatural substances which invade our bodies, ranging from unhealthy substances in our foods to pesticides. For this reason, holistic detoxes are essential to remove toxins from our bodies. Shifting to a primarily plant-based diet can help you clean up your diet and detox from all the toxic substances present in food. For optimal results, a detox should be done at least once a year; our simple tips can help you detox your body naturally and regain control of your eating habits. If you’re looking for a complete and definitive change in lifestyle, or for a way to consolidate your eating habits, look for a detoxing retreat such as the Detox and Reset Yoga Retreat.

Start the Day With Lemon Water

Drinking a tall glass of water with lemon juice in the morning is a powerful detoxing aid. Lemon rehydrates the body and promotes digestion, helping the body rid itself of toxins.

Do a Juice Fast Once a Week

A fresh home-made juice gives your digestive system a break and provides your body with an incredible amount of important nutrients. By juicing once a week, your body can focus its energy on detoxifying and healing itself while getting all the nutrients it needs. For optimal nutrition, aim to juice vegetables as well as fruits, as fruits tend to contain too much sugar and need to be balanced by vegetables such as kale, carrots, spinach or celery. All you need is a juicer and fresh, organic produce.

Avoid Eating Animal Products

Going plant-based helps reduce the risk of heart disease while aiding weight loss and improving energy levels. A plant based diet is naturally free of highly processed foods such as meat and cheese and therefore helps reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation, linked to the consumption of animal products, has been linked to the development of a number of very serious diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and arteriosclerosis. Plant-based diets, on the other hands, are highly anti-inflammatory as they are rich in antioxidants, fiber and other important nutrients. Plant-based diets have also been shown to lower cholesterol, as they are very low in saturated fat and high in fiber.

Consume Natural Organic Products

Avoiding foods that contain toxins is the best way to detox; switching to natural and organic products will naturally help you cut down on toxins. Our bodies are not designed to consume pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives and too much animal protein. The more we reduce intake of these environmental toxins, the more efficiently the body can break down the toxins that have already accumulated or that are produced by the body itself.

The Side Effects of Detoxing and How to Fight Them

Detoxing can have a number of side effects, such as nausea, body aches and a sore throat. Such symptoms are simply healing reactions to the detoxing process, and usually go away within a matter of days. For this reason, it is best to detox during days where you can get plenty of rest and relaxation.

There are, however, a series of natural remedies which you can use to fight nausea and sore throat symptoms.

Ginger or peppermint are excellent remedies against nausea; ginger in particular has been used for many years to treat a variety of digestive issues. They can be taken as ginger or peppermint tea, or also use essential oils for aromatherapy. For a quick relief while you’re on the go, consider aromatherapy rollerballs, which you can carry with you everywhere.

To relieve a sore throat, try gargling with lukewarm water mixed with salt and, if possible, turmeric powder. Honey is another excellent natural remedy: it is known for its natural antibacterial properties and can quickly heal inflamed tissues. Adding honey to a cup of herbal tea or lemon juice in hot water can help you quickly heal a sore throat.

While side effects are common, they do not outweigh the benefits of detoxing and are rather mild, usually clearing up in a matter of days. The detox process isn’t simple but it is particularly rewarding; it will help you eliminate toxin accumulation, eat healthy and feel great.