Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., founder and medical director of the Ultra Wllness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, suggests these simple additions to maximize your body's ability to process waste.
Water with Lemon
Sipping room-temperature water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning stimulates digestion and helps to flush toxins.
Any type of fitness plan that gets your heart rate up and creates a sheen of sweat (sun salutations, brisk walking, jogging) helps your body rid itself of anything it doesn't need. Fifteen minutes a day is beneficial; 30 is ideal.
A Cleansing Soak
Once a week for 20 minutes, sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances your pH levels.
Go Hot and Cold
Finish your morning shower by alternating between water temperatures as hot and cold as you can stand. The technique increases circulation, which in turn flushes the lymphatic system.
Text by Terri Trespicio