5 Signs Your Body Needs a Detox (And What to Do Next)

5 Signs Your Body Needs a Detox (And What to Do Next)

Do you feel stressed out all the time? Is your digestion not up to its usual efficiency? Before you write off chronic issues with your body as normal stresses, look at your diet and environment. You may just need a detox. What a Detox Is (And Isn’t) A detox is any effort to help your body do its job of cleaning out toxins from your organs, including your liver, kidneys and skin. Traditionally, a detox has had a drug or alcohol connotation, as in going into detox to get the chemicals out of your system. But today, detoxification is a holistic health approach that uses food, water, massage and other acts of self-care to encourage your body to perform its best. A detox, however, is not a cure-all, and effective ones rarely are quick fixes. It usually involves small-but-valuable lifestyle shifts that require commitment. So, how do you know whether you need to take on the effort? Your body tells you, and there are dozens of clues. Here are five of the top signs your body is craving help clearing toxicity. Digestive Issues One surefire way to know anything is amiss in your body is to pay attention to your trips to the bathroom. If you need to detox, chances are, you’re constipated, thanks to the toxins that have built up in your body. Constipation, in turn, can give you a headache or make you sleepy. Of course, the opposite problem can also signify a need to cleanse. Loose stools, indigestion and excess gas all are signs of a need to detox. Basically, if your bathroom habits change, pay attention. Depression...
Refresh Your Palate and Detox Your Body with Delicious Infused Water

Refresh Your Palate and Detox Your Body with Delicious Infused Water

What is it about spa water that is so inviting? Is it because every time you have it, you’re already relaxed and decompressing from a nice soak and a massage? Either way, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy that same luxurious feeling right at home with your own infused water. Check out these recipes below and learn a more about how you can do a little daily detox. How Water Helps You Detox Your body is constantly detoxifying itself through your circulatory system: your blood carries lymphatic fluid and other impurities out through the renal system to keep them from building up in your muscles and other organs. Of course, the more you help that process along with exercise, stretching, massage and hydration, the better you’re likely to feel. Drinking water supports this process and is even more important during the hot summer months or after a workout. Having flavored water around may encourage you to drink more and could also help replenish some of the nutrients your body loses naturally throughout the course of the day. Infused Water That Really Hydrates Every time you work out, your body loses a lot of its natural potassium. Refueling with healthy doses of potassium could help improve regular bowel movements (not a glamorous topic, but a very important one) and prevent muscle cramps. Watermelon is extremely high in potassium. Experiment with watermelon-flavored water by adding 4 cups lightly mashed watermelon and a half dozen (or more to taste) sprigs of mint to a 3-quart water infusion pitcher and let it stand. Drink throughout the day, especially after just before and after a workout and...