Five Ways I Detox Every Day

I follow a simple set of healthy, detox rituals every day — they are part of my lifestyle and I honestly can’t imagine life without them. I travel with them too! I don’t lose my s*** if something happens and I can’t do one of them (for example if I forget to bring my DSB on vacay), I simply get right back on track the very next day.

These aren’t “rules” or “have-to’s”, they are habits that make me feel good and I know they are doing so much goodness for my body too.  These are habits I recommend to you, my joyous reader. 

I really believe that detox habits can be part of your every day! Not just once in a while.

In my latest video, I share five ways to detox every day. And I’ve outlined in more detail these rituals below. 

1. Drink a huge glass of water every morning when you wake up.

Health Benefits of Lemon and Water

Your body is approximately 60% water , your brain is 70% water and your skin is 64% water — have I convinced you already to drink more water?

If you’re a mama who is breastfeeding then you’re probably sipping water right now right?! ;)  

If you want to detox effectively, lose fat, get glowing skin, think smart then drink water my friend. It’s as simple as that! And continue drinking lots of it all day. Water helps the body eliminate toxins and waste more effectively. It improves your digestion and prevents constipation. It helps the kidneys cleanse with ease and is essential to life. You can go days without food, but you can’t live very long without water. 

Make your water more detoxifying by adding freshly squeezed organic lemon or a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar

2. Add turmeric root to your diet. 

Turmeric Ginger Tea You might already know if you follow me on social media or you read this post that I take turmeric as a supplement every single day. But it also eat it often.

I love making this Turmeric Ginger Tea and in the summer I make an Iced Latte with turmeric. In the winter I love cooking up a pot of my Cauliflower Chickpea Stew. Turmeric has many incredible benefits from cancer prevention to stimulating liver detoxification. I’ve talked about it many times on the blog before so if you want more in depth then check out any of those recipes. 

Why do I do this? Because turmeric is a detox superfood. 

It is the most studied plant food in the world.
 

3. Eat more plant foods. 

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It’s no secret that I recommend a plant-based diet. Does that mean I’m suggested you turn vegan or vegetarian? Nope, but that’s cool if you are. Labels aside, I just want you to eat more plant foods.

If you look at the recipes on my blog, or in Joyous Health or Joyous Detox, you will see this is what I recommend and how my family and I eat every single day. It’s not a “detox” diet or a fad, it’s our lifestyle.  If you need some inspiration and guidance, then join the Joyous Online Detox in January!     

4. Dry Skin Brush, Daily 

DrySkinBrush

I may not be able to get my hubs Walker to dry skin brush every day but I’ll still be singing the praises of it for all time because it’s a fabulous way to get your skin glowing and stimulate lymphatic drainage which means, detox baby! If you’ve got boobies then dry skin brushing should be as essential to your daily routine as brushing your teeth. I don’t mean to sound preachy here but it’s just that it’s so necessary. Russians have known about this for thousands of years, same with those who practice Ayurveda. 

You can read more about it here. I’ve done a lot of research to bring you only the best so this is the Dry Skin Brush I use and recommend. 

5.  Just breathe.

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Last but not least is the one habit I can probably convince you to do because you’re already doing it! But… are you doing it with awareness is the question??

Your lungs are an organ of detoxification. Breathing with awareness brings you from fight or flight to rest and digest mode. The latter is the mode of your nervous system you want to spend most of your time in.

Breathing with awareness can be done a variety of ways. I recommend you choose two times per day that you’re going to breathe deeply and with awareness. It could be first thing in the morning before you jump out of bed and then again at night before you fall off to sleep. Breathe deeply for 2 minutes.

There you have it! My five ways to detox every day.

Before I go, I’ve got a new detox program launching soon that goes perfectly with my new book Joyous Detox. You can watch the video about it here. 

Wishing you joyous health, today and always!

Joy

Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the vibrant Holistic Nutritionist behind Joyous Health. Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well. Read more...

 

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  • I just bought your new Joyous Detox book and I was reading the Strawberry Oat Pancake recipe but it doesn’t include the number of servings. Can you tell me approximately how many servings the recipe makes?

    Thanks :)

    • Hi Lindsay! We hope you’re enjoying the book so far! That recipes makes about 10 mini pancakes :)
      Enjoy,
      Heather- Joyous Health team

  • Hi dear team of joyous health,

    I was wondering if it is OK to dry brush without taking shower. Ayurveda recommends taking shower after dry brush or dry brushing before bedtime. It is not possible for me to take shower every day because I have sinus problem, however, I love dry brushing. I greatly appreciate your help in advance.

    • Hi Nafiseh! I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to shower after dry brushing if it’s not an option for you. I think you can still enjoy the benefits without showering afterwards. Happy brushing!
      Heather- Joyous Health team

      • Thank you so much Heather for your reply. It helped me soooooo much.

  • Thanks for the video very informative and I will put it to action in my life routine.
    Have a great new year you and your sweet family. : )

    • Thanks Sharon! Happy to hear you were able to take away a lot from it :)

      Rachel – Joyous Health Team