Want to know how to detox your body without going on a diet?
If you’re using detoxing as a means of crash dieting, which further enables unhealthy patterns (I can eat this now, or binge now because I’ll be detoxing next week…) then I think you’ll benefit from learning how to detox your body without going on a detox diet.
Detoxing is incredibly important. If you’re feeling:
- Low energy levels
- High stress levels
- Persistent weight gain
- Mental fog
- Lack of motivation…
Then it’s definitely a good time to start thinking about how to detox your body, but where should you start?
I think the best detox for you is the one that will actually benefit you in the long run, not a detox that will make you lose 15 pounds and then bounce back so hard you won’t know what hit you.
I always keep coming back to the old adage “slow and steady wins the race” and I also find this to be true when it comes to detoxing.
What’s the Purpose of a Detox?
The purpose of a detox (sort for detoxification) is to help your body to efficiently remove toxic waste and support the organs that are primarily responsible for detoxification – primarily the liver.
I believe it’s better to detox in stages rather than detoxing in a way that’s so extreme it’s most likely to result in a backlash. That’s why I create specific detox protocols 100% tailored to meet individuals needs for our Raw Food Detox Retreats here in Hawaii.
Instead of thinking of detox as a way of crash dieting, think of detoxing as a method for cleaning up your diet. Even transitioning away from meat and dairy products, even if it’s only for a month and implementing more raw foods into your diet will be incredibly detoxifying for most people.
You can also think of a detox as a way to jumpstart a new way of living and eating. Depending on how “strict” the detox protocol is, detoxes can last anywhere from 1-4 weeks, but more importantly is learning how to transition to a dietary lifestyle that lightens up the toxic load in the first place.
Here are my top 6 tips to teach you how to detox your body…
How to Detox Your Body Tip #1: Reduce Toxic Load On Your Body
Seems straightforward right? The less toxic load you put on and in your body, the less toxic waste will come out and the less you’ll have a need to detox in the first place. Transition to a whole-foods “clean eating” lifestyle and you’ll be way ahead of the game.
Pay particular attention to your consumption of:
- Refined Foods: this includes paying attention to anything that comes in a package! Anything that’s white due to processing or comes in powder form: white sugar, white flour, white grains, etc.
- Refined carbohydrates: donuts, pasta, cookies, chips…get the picture?
- Oils: Check out this article about oils, looking at if they really are a health food?
- Cigarets: Do people still smoke, really?
- Excess salt: This is a hidden detox secret that not that many people know about, download your free report on how reducing your salt intake can drastically improve your health
- Dairy: Dairy is the very first thing I recommend cutting from your diet. Check out my ebook : “Your Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Dairy Alternatives“
- Meat (Try to commit to 30 days of no-meat. If not, make sure to only buy organic, grass fed meat and go for quality over quantity.)
- Caffeine: Caffeine can really put an extra tax on your body. Think about it as borrowing energy from your future self, and keep in mind that one day it will catch up with you. If you need to drink caffeine to keep you going, you’re not getting enough rest in the first place.
How to Detox Your Body Tip #2: Eat As Many Fruits and Vegetables As You Can
Now that you know what not to put in, we have to rebuild a framework around what to eat. My top recommendation boils down to eating real whole foods, predominated by fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you’re afraid to eat fruit because of “all that sugar” then definitely check out this article I wrote on what mistakingly gave fruit a bad name and why you don’t have to worry about eating “too much fruit.”
Fruit is designed to taste amazing to us so we’re encouraged to keep eating it, isn’t that an incredible way that nature works? Eating fruits is the tastiest detox protocol you’ll ever find, and it’s also the most beneficial and sustainable.
There are so many myths around fruits that it saddens me to think about all the people who really love fruit but have been told to steer clear of it. Did you know I completely cured my hypoglycemia by transitioning to high consumption of fruit? Yes! My blood sugar levels became more stable after I transitioned to a high-raw, high-fruit lifestyle. (And no, this doesn’t mean becoming a “fruitarian”.) I’ve also helped many women clear up their candida issues by transitioning to high fruit, totally counter intuitive based on mainstream thought.
The main thing you need to know about eating fruit, without going into too much detail here, is to not combine it with fat. When you eat fruits, it’s ok to combine them with leafy greens or vegetables but keep fat separate! I recommend only eating whole food fats with your dinner meal in the form of some added nuts or seeds, avocado or coconut.
Every single major health organization in the world recognizes the health benefits of eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
Here’s an excerpt from my book “Unhooked: A Holistic Approach to Ending Your Struggle with Food.”
Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. In addition to being low in calories, mostly low in saturated fat (coconut and avocado are two exceptions), and containing only trace amounts of cholesterol, these two incredible food groups take either the #1 or #2 position regarding our most essential nutrient needs. When fruits come in first, vegetables come in second, and vice versa.
Combined, fruits and vegetables are our absolute best sources of:
- Fructose and glucose
- Enzymes and co-enzymes
- Guar and pectin (two soluble fibers that slow sugar uptake)
Since fruits and vegetables take the #1 and #2 spots in meeting our nutritional requirements, they should comprise the bulk of the foods you consume. Eating a varied fruit- and vegetable-based diet also naturally provides you with the optimal caloric-nutrient ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to satisfy your body’s requirements.
If the thought of transitioning to a whole foods lifestyle is a little overwhelming, get 40% a digital download of my 28-Day Plant-Based, High-Raw Meal Plan. It follows a “raw till 4” philosophy and is a great resource for implementing healthier recipes into your diet. In this meal plan, I teach you how to make clean, healthy plant-based meals from scratch and include super detailed shopping lists and recipe instructions so it’s a complete easy-to-follow meal plan guide including over 80 recipes.
How to Detox Your Body Tip #3: Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Most people think they need to drink 6 liters of water a day to maintain hydration, and this is a huge myth. I think it’s first and foremost important to remove all the dehydrating foods from your diet (the majority of the foods people eat on a Standard American Diet S.A.D are dehydrating foods.) and start including water-rich foods.
When you start to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and reduce intake of processed foods that have so much more salt in them than your body knows what to do with, you’ll notice you’re need to drink water actually goes down.
I like to remind people that eating fresh fruit is one of the best ways to stay hydrated in your day.
If you’re a little more serious about detoxing, I also recommend upping your intake of liquids in the form of smoothies, green juices, coconut water, herbal teas and purified water. See below for a simple week-long detox protocol that we implement here for our Raw Food Detox Hawaii Retreats.
How to Detox Your Body Tip #4: Stop Using Toxic Chemicals in Your Household
Modern day living is like bathing in chemical soup. We’re conditioned to bring many of these chemicals into our homes in the form of cleaning supplies. It’s so easy to make your own all-purpose, organic cleaners at home. This is how I make mine:
In a glass spray bottle, place:
- 2 oz of vinegar
- 30 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 30 drops of oregano oil
- 30 drops of lemongrass essential oil or rose essential oil
- A squeeze of Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Soap
- Top up with regular water.
This organic, all-purpose cleaner is great for kitchen counter tops, bathroom and kitchen sinks, toilet bowls – you name it.
Another great household detox suggestion: Instead of using windex, use plain vinegar for cleaning glass and mirrors.
How to Detox Your Body Tip #5: Stop Using Toxic Chemicals on Your Body
In addition to detoxing your household, it’s also important to stop putting so much toxic load on your skin. Use this rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin. this goes for shampoos, moisturizers, you name it. I like to use aloe vera or plain shea butter on my skin.
Two more tips:
- Use all-natural organic toothpaste. I switched to eco-dent and I absolutely love it.
- Use all-natural deodorants, especially ones that are aluminum-free.
How to Detox Your Body Tip #6: Help Your Skin Breathe!
One of the primary ways we detox is through our skin. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Don’t be surprised if you notice your body odor smelling quite different while you detox! It’s just your body releasing stored toxins.
Herbal steams, baths and saunas are a great way to help encourage detoxification. They also can be a great way to manage stress which is a major contributor to toxic load on the body.
Dry skin brushing is also a great way to help your body detox. Dry skin brushing is a technique that’s been used for thousands of years. This is the dry skin brush I like to use. When you dry brush, you help remove your skin’s dead cells, and are making room for new and fresh skin cells to grow. This helps the skin release toxins and can help reduce the toxic detox loan on your liver and kidneys.
Combine herbal steams baths or saunas with dry skin brushing and clean eating and you’re really on a detox role!
How to Detox Your Body Tip #7: Manage Stress and Move Your Body
Try to get outside at least once a day. Do yoga, go for a walk, dance, play in whatever way feels good for you. Moving your body on a regular basis and in a way that brings a smile to your face is an essential component in helping your body detox.
How to Detox Your Body Tip #8: Support Your Liver
Eliminating alcohol is the number one way to immediately start supporting your liver.
Check out this article on the top 15 Tips to Support Optimal Liver Function. I recommend milk thistle, nettle, and dandelion.
I also recommend upping your intake of fresh turmeric. Turmeric is one of the most powerful healing foods on the planet. Check out this article on the Top 7 Health Benefits of Turmeric.
There’s also some great teas that have a blend of herbs that help with detox. Check out this one by yogi teas.
Here’s What a Typical Week-long Detox Looks Like at Our Raw Food Detox Retreats in Hawaii:
Here’s how we typically help people detox at our raw food retreats here in Hawaii (although I do make adjustments based on individual needs.) If you wanted to do a little more advanced detox for 1 week, I would recommend:
- Start off your day with room temperature purified water with a squeeze of lemon juice in it.
- Drink as much coconut water as you like, around 2-3 nuts in a day. (Coconut water is an excellent source of natural electrolytes and can help support detox.)
- Incorporate at least 1 green juice into your day, (Click here for a wonderful green juice recipe.)
- Drink herbal teas that support liver function (like dandelion or milk thistle, or buying a pre-mixed herbal tea designed to support the liver)
- Eat fresh juicy fruits during the day.
- Eat fruits in the form of smoothies. Check out this medicinal mango smoothie that’s great for supporting detox.
- Have a simple green salad, with small amounts of fats, or other combination of vegetables for dinner, like a raw zucchini pasta.
We’ve been doing private raw food retreats here in Hawaii for over 5 years now and the results we’ve seen have been incredible. We still get emails from clients years later sharing with us how this experience changed their lives.
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii!
Live Free, Laura D