Did you know that our body absorbs a lot of toxins through skin, polluted air, and adulterated/unhealthy foods? At the same time, our body is also smartly designed to eliminate these toxins with the help of organs like kidneys, liver and lungs. Toxins are also eliminated through the skin in the form of sweat.
However, our unhealthy lifestyle and improper diet prevent the release of these toxins, thus affecting the functioning of the whole body. This calls cleansing the body from inside out, i.e. detoxification.
Have a look at your body from head to toe – are you experiencing frequent aches, skin problems, indigestion and premature aging? If yes, it’s time to cleanse your body! Here are some tips to cleanse the body of toxins with the help of some simple Yoga postures.
The body collects a lot of toxins during colder months when people reduce physical exercises and consume nutrition-less processed foods ignorantly. Fast foods and fried foods, which contain saturated fats, are highly toxic for the body and should be taken in a restricted quantity.
Also, strictly stay away from artificial sweeteners and refined sugar, as they are difficult to digest and are dangerous for blood sugar levels. They are taxing on the liver and can cause diabetes and obesity in the long run. It is advised to satisfy your sweet tooth with fruits than sugary juices and sodas. If you are focusing on detoxification and body cleansing, restrict your tea and coffee consumption. Staying away from alcohol and tobacco products will help boost up the detoxification process.
Another way to detoxify the body is to include fresh fruits and green vegetables in your daily diet. Fiber rich vegetables like radish and cabbage and fruits like grapes facilitate easy elimination of toxins. Similarly, Vitamin-C enriched foods also eliminate body toxins with the help of a liver compound called glutathione. An orange a day keeps the doctor away seems more logical here; else, a half-lemon drink squeezed in hot water is also a good way to start a day.
Green tea is also an excellent body cleanser. In winters, you can enjoy green tea up to 4 cups and easily flush out toxins from liver. You can also try daily dose of detox herbal teas like goldenseal, dandelion and neem. Replace white rice with brown rice and eat lots of green-leafy chlorophyll-rich vegetables, which act as cleansing agents for blood. Thus, just by wisely choosing foods, one can avoid the accumulation of toxins in the body.
Yoga is also considered as one of the best ways to detoxify the body as it helps remove lactic acid, carbon dioxide and lymphatic fluids from the body. Deep stretches like Triangle Pose (Trikonasana), Seated Forward bend (Paschimottanasana) and Camel pose (Ustrasana) help relieves digestive problems like constipation. Poses like the Wind-relieving pose (Pavanamuktasana) improve gastrointestinal problems, while Fish pose (Matsyendrasana)massages the abdominal organs. A steam bath can is another way of eliminating toxins through sweat.
Last but not the least – don’t underestimate the power of your breath! Pranayamas like Kapal Bhati and Bhastrika are powerful toxin eliminating breathing techniques that also help recharge the body. Sudarshan Kriya is yet another powerful rhythmic breathing exercise that helps detoxify the body. A regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya, yoga and meditation can heal the mind and body, improve stamina, enhance immunity and boost your productivity.
Your body needs more than just rich nutritious food and good sleep. Stretching that extra mile for yourself will keep diseases at bay and help you live a more efficient and enjoyable life. So, taking cue from these simple tips, start off on your journey to a healthier and toxin-free life.