While everyone’s body is different, we all have a limit of how much exposure to various toxins our bodies can handle. There are many short-term detox cleanses you can find online, but unless you make lifestyle changes, you will continue to increases the toxic burden on your body.
Detoxification pathways (liver, kidney, skin, lymphatic system, and intestines) can become blocked for many reasons. Just a few include poor diet, stress, dehydration, lack of sleep, and daily exposures to chemicals in what you eat, drink, breath, and put on your skin. With all of these factors working against your body, it is important to be proactive in removing these toxins from your system.
Still not convinced detoxing is important? Symptoms of poorly functioning detox pathways can range from acne to yeast infections to bloating to headaches to aches and pains to food cravings. None of the aforementioned and countless other symptoms are enjoyable; yet, nearly everyone deals at least one of them.
As a college student, time and money are precious. With that in mind, here are four hopefully more practical ways to encourage your body to detox while at college.
1. Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing is beneficial because it stimulates your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system runs throughout your entire body and moves lymph, a fluid with white blood cells, to various organs and tissues. By taking the brush and always stroking towards your heart, you are aiding in the detox process of releasing toxins. Try to spend at least two minutes every day doing this. Buy a high-quality (but still reasonably priced) brush if you are going to take this seriously.
2. Epsom salt bath
Since the skin is the body’s largest organ, sitting in a hot epsom salt bath is a fairly simple and relaxing way to detox. Benefits of epsom salt baths range from stress, sore muscle, and headache relief to better nutrient absorption. There are many recipes and ingredient you can add to the water, each serving a different purpose. However, for the purpose of simplicity, I have found that about two cups of epsom salt in a full tub of water two to three times a week works just fine. The water needs to be hot because it brings the toxins to the surface of your skin. Stay in the water for 15 to 30 minutes. Don’t forget, sweating is another a good and free way to detox. Take a cold shower afterwards to wash off any of the toxins still on your skin. If you own essential oils, add about ten drops of the oil of your choice to the water as well.
3. Drink lemon water
Lemons have countless health benefits and nutritional properties. Since the liver is actively working at the time you are typically sleeping, lemon water gives it a natural kick for the day and also encourages better digestion. A bonus is that it hydrates the lymph system also. Warm water is better if you can remember to leave the glass out the night before.
4. Eat less sugar
I know- you probably didn’t see this one coming since it is one of the first foods recommended to remove with any health issue. Much of the detox process goes through your liver. Give your liver chance to actually remove other toxins from your system by not consuming sugar. Remove foods high in sugar and try incorporating low-glycemic foods that also support your liver (beets, spinach, cabbage, turmeric, avocados, garlic, apples).
Enjoy these simple and practical ways to detox your as a college student and busy young adult!