As summer winds down, some people who ditched their New Year’s weight-loss resolutions may re-dedicate themselves to looking good.
Even more important, though, is what we put in our bodies. What we eat and drink not only impacts how we look, but also how we feel.
And to properly set the tone for the inner body and good overall health, it’s vital to get the bad stuff—toxins—out, and keep them out.
“People may want to look good, but being truly healthy on the inside is a year-round commitment,” says Dr. Suhyun An, an expert on regenerative medicine. “And you need to start by detoxifying the body. Toxins can severely affect every part of the body. They’re in tons of every-day products. Being aware of them and avoiding them are essential to good health.”
Dr. An provides five tips for cleaning out the toxins in your body:
Reduce the toxins you’re taking in. The first step to cleaning out toxins in your body is to cut back—or completely eliminate—things you put into your body that contain them. “When something is hard for the body to digest, it can slow down your metabolism and cause toxins to accumulate in your body,” Dr. An says. “Avoid these groups: red meat, gluten, refined sugar, processed food, alcohol and caffeine.”
Be careful with household products. Household cleaners, soaps, and beauty products can all contain harmful toxins that are absorbed through the skin. “Choose these products carefully,” Dr. An says, “and always make sure you know what’s in them. There are many great natural cleaners and products that can help reduce the toxins your skin and body are exposed to.”
Drink plenty of water. “Water has a multitude of benefits for your body, skin and organs,” she says. “Drinking enough water is extremely important in getting rid of toxins in the body. It helps boost metabolism and can literally flush out the harmful materials that have built up in your body.”
Add plenty of dietary fiber and antioxidants to your diet. Eating foods with plenty of fiber, such as organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains, will help your body move the toxins out. “Antioxidants help to fight free radicals and help to further remove harmful materials,” Dr. An says.
Sweat it out. Sweating is a very effective way for the body to get rid of toxins. “Achieving this through exercise also keeps your organs and systems working properly, which plays a key role in releasing toxins,” Dr. An says. “Aside from exercising, hopping into a sauna or hot bath can help, too.”
“Removing toxins is key to living a healthy life,” Dr. An says. “Just like many of us do in our homes by procrastinating and getting sloppy, our body stores junk. Get rid of it once and for all.”