Using a natural detox to remove the toxic buildup in your body can leave you looking and feeling healthier, stronger, and happier. Detox, or detoxification, is the removal of toxic buildup in your organs that is caused by exposing your body to GMOs, unhealthy food, polluted environments, and poor air quality.
While your liver and kidneys do act as your body’s natural detoxification system, a body that is overloaded with toxins will not be able to efficiently remove the buildup. You can naturally detox your body by using intermittent fasting, eating healthier foods, and flushing your system out with Apple Cider Vinegar.
Going through a natural detox will reduce the toxin buildup found in all of your cells, so not only will your internal organs thank you, but you’ll notice a visible difference in how you look and feel!
Some of the most common signs of your body needing a detox are:
* Unexplained fatigue<sup>1</sup>
* Mental fog<sup>1</sup>
* Headaches or migraines<sup>3</sup>
* Puffy eyes<sup>4</sup>
* Excessive feeling of sluggishness<sup>5</sup>
* Acne or irritated skin<sup>1</sup>
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<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">1. Intermittent Fasting</p></h4>
One of the simplest ways you can work on naturally detoxing your body is to use intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting, or fasting, is a way of cycling through periods of time between eating and fasting. You can use intermittent fasting to give your body a chance to clean out its toxin buildup rather than focus its energy on digesting food.
<h5><p style="color: #000000">How do you detox yourself?</p></h5>
Think of what you would do if your boss gave you half a day off work―what would you do with your extra time? Would you spend it catching up on work or would you go home and get caught up on all of the housework that you’ve fallen behind on?
Just like you would go home and catch up on cleaning, your body uses intermittent fasting to clean out the unhealthy cells in your body. Scientifically, this process is called <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/fasting-and-autophagy-understanding-your-body/"><strong>autophagy</strong></a>, but simply put, it’s the process of your body detoxing your unhealthy cells.
During detoxification, toxins and impurities are removed from every single cell in your body. Naturally detoxing your body can also help to<sup>9</sup>:
* Improve blood circulation
* Enhance mental clarity
* Heighten energy
* Increase weight loss
You can naturally detox yourself by using intermittent fasting to remove the toxic buildup you have in your cells. Intermittent fasting can be done every day, so even if you only want to skip breakfast a few times a week, it’s a great way to keep minimal toxin levels in your body!
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<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">2. Eat Healthier Foods to Detox Your Body</p></h4>
Intermittent fasting isn’t for everybody and that’s totally okay! To effectively detox your body, you want to completely eliminate the toxic substances that you’re putting in your body. Plus, you’ll want to do your best to feed your body foods that make it easier for your body to do its detox work!
When detoxing your body, you should avoid:
* Refined sugars
* White flour
* Smoking or vaping
<h5><p style="color: #000000">What can I eat or drink to detox my body?</p></h5>
Here are the five best foods to include in your diet to create a detox for a healthier body after you’ve finished fasting for the day<sup>10</sup>:
Wild-caught salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation in the body. If you’re interested in detoxing your body to help reduce inflammation, wild-caught salmon is a staple in any anti-inflammatory diet<sup>8</sup>.
**2. Healthy fats**
Healthy fats that aren’t over processed, such as extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, avocados, and organic eggs, are a great way to give your body the extra energy it needs while detoxing.
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Seeds are high in fiber and make a great replacement for chips if you’re craving something salty or crunchy. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or flax seeds are extremely high in fiber and help encourage proper toxin elimination in your intestines!
When adding more vegetables into your diet, aim for non-starch vegetables. When detoxing your body, you’ll want to consume veggies that have a lower sugar content and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Pairing highly nutritious vegetables with high-quality protein and fats in your diet will help reduce the toxins that you consumed from eating overly processed foods.
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Adding organic, grass-fed protein sources into your diet while detoxing will help you keep your energy up and keep you feeling satiated. Eating more protein or healthy fats instead of your sugar or fried food cravings will also contribute to lower toxin levels in your body.
You don’t have to completely get rid of all of the foods that you love to go through a natural detox! Adding foods that are grass-fed or organic will limit your exposure to toxins and other impurities into your diet will not only help you to naturally detox, but also keep you feeling well after you’re finished detoxing!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">How Do You Detox Fast?</p></h4>
Let’s hop back onboard the intermittent fasting train for a little bit. If you’re looking to detox your body quickly and get your health back on track―skip breakfast.
But, what about all those doctors and medical professionals who told you how breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Doesn’t skipping meals put your body into starvation mode?
Skipping breakfast and eating your first meal around 12 p.m. (lunchtime) helps move your body into a different metabolic direction. Just like your doctor recommends exercising every day, intermittent fasting is your metabolism’s version of exercise.
A 16:8 intermittent fast is one of the quickest you can detox your body, but if you’re looking for a bit of a different pace, there are various types of intermittent fasting. The 16:8 intermittent fast requires you to fast for a 16-hour period with an 8-hour period of time for you to eat.
You can accomplish a 16:8 intermittent fast by skipping breakfast and not eating until you reach lunchtime. Your last meal of the day will be at 8 p.m. and your next meal won’t be until the following day again at noon.
While the above times are just an example, and you can adjust your times to better fit your schedule, allowing your body sixteen hours to fast and eight hours to digest the food that you’re eating is a great way to trigger autophagy. Plus, intermittent fasting also helps your body to decrease inflammatory markers, decrease blood glucose levels, and increase your body’s insulin production.
Not only is intermittent fasting a great way to detox your body, but it also helps <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/how-to-use-intermittent-fasting-to-accelerate-your/"><strong>increase your weight loss</strong></a>. Using intermittent fasting to detox your body gives your organs some respite as they aren’t solely focused on breaking down food. While you’re in a fast, your kidneys, liver, and gallbladder are all entirely zeroed in on filtering your blood and removing toxins from your body<sup>6</sup>.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">3. Flush Your System</p></h4>
But, how do you flush your system out?
There are some toxins that are stubborn and won’t be detoxed from your body by simple intermittent fasting. However, flushing out these resistant toxins as you’re starting your fast can help to shed the stubborn toxins.
Consuming <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/apple-cider-vinegar-the-science-behind-the-hype/"><strong>apple cider vinegar</strong></a> (ACV) and fresh lemon juice (with no added sugar) every morning at the start of your fast can stimulate your internal organs and remove waste buildup. The liver, gallbladder, and kidneys will be washed with your ACV and lemon juice drink, flushing out gallstones and other wastes that could be blocking the exit path of additional toxins in your body<sup>7</sup>!
Drinking apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice at the start of your fast won’t spike your blood sugars high enough to kick you out of your state of fasting. Also, don’t forget to keep your body hydrated. One of the most understated parts of a natural detox is keeping your body properly hydrated with clean water. It will assist your kidneys in flushing out the toxin buildup while you’re fasting!
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Naturally detoxing your body can help to bring balance to your overall health, leaving you with a healthier feeling and looking body! Using a natural detox to try to lose weight quickly will result in some weight loss, but most people put the weight they lost right back on after stopping their detox.
That’s why at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/"><strong>Warrior Made</strong></a>, we’re about finding ways to create healthier lifestyles through fitness and nutrition. That’s why we’ve developed the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/introduction/warrior-made-tribe/"><strong>14-Day Diet</strong></a>, which is a proven weight loss plan that incorporates intermittent fasting, the keto diet, and a cheat day once every two weeks! If you’re not ready to hop on board with a diet, check out our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/"><strong>nutrition section</strong></a> to discover small changes you could make in your diet to create a healthier you.
<h5><p style="color: #000000">Resources</p></h5>
1. <a target="_blank" href="https://drwillcole.com/16-signs-need-detox/">16 Signs You Need To Do A Detox</a>
2. <a target="_blank" href="https://thegoodinside.com/six-surefire-signs-you-need-detox/">6 Surefire Signs You Need A Detox</a>
3. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.saragottfriedmd.com/12-signs-you-need-to-detox/">12 Signs You Need A Detox</a>
4. <a target="_blank" href="https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/signs-you-need-to-detox/">Is Your Body on Toxic Overload?</a>
5. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12955/feeling-sluggish-it-might-be-time-for-a-detox.html">Feeling Sluggish? It Might Be Time For A Detox</a>
6. <a target="_blank" href="https://jjvirgin.com/amazing-benefits-intermittent-fasting/">The Amazing Benefits of Intermittent Fasting</a>
7. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.healthline.com/health/apple-cider-vinegar-detox">Apple Cider Vinegar Detox</a>
8. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-anti-inflammatory-foods">13 Anti-Inflammatory Foods</a>
9. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9818/5-unexpected-awesome-benefits-of-doing-a-cleanse.html">5 Unexpected and Awesome Benefits Of Doing A Cleanse</a>
10. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7748/top-10-foods-for-detoxing.html">Top 10 Foods For Detoxing</a>