Detox: it’s been a wellness blogger-approved buzzword for long enough now that most of us have already adopted certain cleansing practices like drinking lemon and loading up on raw fruits and veggies. But as time goes on, more and more ways to rid your body of toxins are popping up (apple cider vinegar anyone?) and if we’re being honest, we’ll probably try all of them. Considering many of you may have—ahem—indulged a bit over the holiday, with all the candy and cocktails that seem to be synonymous with Halloween, we’re sharing a few methods of flushing waste from your body that may not have even heard of. If you’re game, read on and give them all a whirl.
Out With The Bad
Swap Coffee For Dandelion Root Coffee
Your coffee addiction might be more harmful to your body than you'd like to admit. Thankfully, dandelion root coffee is a caffeine-free alternative that looks, smells, and even tastes like the real thing, but has the added bonus of aiding digestion and flushing out toxins. Try this recipe for a low-sugar, dairy-free, creamy mocha version and we promise you won't miss your daily joe.
Dry Brush Your Bod
You already know how exfoliating can remove dull, dry skin, but did you know that dry brushing—the practice of brushing your body with brisk, upward motions toward your heart—can kick stimulate your lymphatic system into high gear and thus help your body naturally flush out waste? See a step-by-step video on exactly how to try it here.
Scrape Your Tongue
It's an Ayurvedic practice that involves, well, scraping your tongue with something called, well, a tongue scraper. The process is purported to remove toxins (bacteria, food particles, et cetera) from your tongue, and one study showed it to be nearly twice as effective at reducing tongue residue (which can cause halitosis) than using a toothbrush, while another study showed that tongue brushing reduces bacteria better than teeth brushing.
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Go Upside Down
Certain yoga postures, like twists and inversions, can increase blood flow and stimulate the organs that help your body get rid of waste. If you're not skilled enough to pull off a headstand or handstand, don't worry: here are a few other detoxifying yoga poses to try.
Try Infrared Therapy
Things in the wellness realm are really heating up—literally. Infrared heat treatments are making a widespread appearance in spas. The therapy is said to have a detoxifying effect on the body, allowing you to sweat out impurities and boost lymphatic drainage and helping heal external and internal wounds such as sore muscles. It's also purported to have anti-aging benefits, improving collagen and elastin production, lowering blood pressure and helping the body relax.
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