8 simple ways to detox your body

Cutting back on sugar and drinking more water are smart strategies for a healthier spring.
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Cut your sugar intake

A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, says Matt Dower, spa director at Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Skaneateles, NY. And that includes honey, molasses and artificial sweeteners. "If you eat more sugar, you ask your body for more insulin, straining your pancreas and wearing yourself out," he says. "In the long term, this kind of habit can cause you to become chronically fatigued, diabetic, develop cancer and pack on excess weight."

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Start with water

Dower also suggests you drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning. "Lemon helps re-hydrate the system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body," he says.

2 of 9 Woman drinking water (Kondoros Éva Katalin/Getty Images)

Move your body

Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system, Dower says. Doing so will also enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints and strengthen your body. It's a proven fact. "People who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems," he points out.

3 of 9 A woman jogging.

Drink a lot of tea

"Not only is tea full of antioxidants, it hydrates you (especially if it's herbal) and fills you up," says Ashley Karr, a research psychologist and wellness coach. "This means you will be less likely to overeat or eat the wrong things!" Keep in mind, the caffeine in tea is different than the caffeine in coffee—it's gentler on your system. It'll also give you a pick-me-up minus the jitters.

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Eat organic

Chad Sarno, research and development chef for Whole Foods' Health Starts Here initiative, suggests you reconfigure your diet this year. "A colorful variety of fruits and veggies should be the main focus of your diet, along with whole grains, beans and legumes, and small amounts of nuts and seeds," he says. You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.

5 of 9 Basket in organic produce aisle of grocery store (Keith Brofsky/Getty Images)

Combat environmental pollutions

Don't forget that pollution and allergens are all around you. They're in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms (such as yucky, puffy, red eyes). Dr. Travis Stork, host of daytime talk show “The Doctors” advises you flush your nasal passages regularly with a Neti pot. Doing so can eliminate the side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breathing naturally. If you use the Neti pot before bed, even better—it will enhance your sleep.

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6 of 9 Neti pot (Jessica Boone/Getty Images)

Sweat it out

Forbes Riley, creator of fitness product SpinGym, who you may also remember co-hosting Jack LaLanne's juicer infomercial, is a big fan of detoxing. It's how she lost her pregnancy weight gain at the age of 42 after giving birth to twins. She suggests you use a sauna regularly. "There's nothing more detoxing than sweating it out," she says.

7 of 9 Man and woman in a sauna (Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Getty Images)


"Skin brushing and oil massages will help exfoliate the toxins from your skin and refresh circulation," says Christina Chodos, a certified health counselor and educator from Chicago, Ill.

8 of 9 Body scrub (Monika Adamczyk/Getty Images)