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8 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day To Detox Your Body Effectively

8 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day To Detox Your Body Effectively

Are you feeling run down, sick, or just not yourself? Maybe you’re feeling overly tired after minimal effort. Chances are, your lymphatic system is blocked. If this is true, it might be time to give your body a detox.

What is the Lymphatic System?

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    Your lymphatic system is found circulating throughout your body. It is made up of tissues, organs, and fluids that work together to eliminate toxins and waste. It does this by transporting lymph, a white blood cell filled fluid. It is also made up of lymph nodes that produce extra white blood cells to fight off infections.

    The lymphatic system is unique in that it does not have one organ in charge of pumping lymph throughout your body (like the heart in the circulatory system). This is why when your body has an excess of toxins, your lymphatic system can become overwhelmed and inefficient.

    Take a look below at some of the best ways to detox your body and get your lymphatic system up and running again.

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    How to Detox Your Lymphatic System

    1. Massage

    Lymphatic massages are designed to clear the lymphatic system by applying light pressure and circulating lymph. You can even perform these detox massages at home. If you prefer, however, getting a professional massage can also help drain the lymphatic system and rid your body of toxic buildup.

    2. Hot-Cold Shower

    In a hot-cold shower, you constantly change the temperature of the water. Start out really hot and then drop the temperature to cold. Go back up to hot and back down to cold. Do this at least twice during your daily shower. How does this help? The hot water has a relaxing effect on your body. The cold water interacts by stimulating the lymphatic system and reducing inflammation.

    3. Stay Hydrated

    One of the best ways to detox your system is by staying hydrated. Dehydration is one of many factors that can lead to a congested lymphatic system. Drinking water helps your body flush toxins through your liver and kidneys. Try to get the recommended 64 ounces every day. Eating fruits with high water content like watermelon, strawberries, and cucumbers can also help.

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    4. Exercise

    You already know you should be exercising every day. In addition to keeping your heart healthy and your body in shape, exercise also gets the lymph fluid circulating through your body and into your kidneys and liver. These 2 organs are crucial for expelling toxins and unwanted chemicals. Try taking a quick walk every morning and hitting the gym whenever possible.

    If you don’t have time for that, there are some lymphatic draining exercises you could try. Shoulder shrugs, for example, are one way to drain the lymphatic system. To do this, just inhale and pull both shoulders up to your ears. As you breathe out, lower your shoulders to the normal position. Do this 5 times.

    5. Breathing Techniques

    Don’t forget to concentrate on your breathing. Deep, focused breathing can help calm the nervous system and slow down the heart rate. Practicing deep breathing also changes your brain waves, leading to an overall calming effect. Try breathing deeply through your nose and out your mouth to boost your body’s oxygen levels. Oxygen is another way to detox your body of impurities.

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    6. Raw Fruit

    As always, diet is important to staying healthy. Raw fruit, in particular, is an excellent way to activate the lymphatic system. To do this effectively, eat the fruit on an empty stomach. This allows the enzymes in the fruit to reach your lymphatic system more quickly. Try it with citrus fruits for the best results. Don’t like eating citrus fruit on an empty stomach? Squeeze some of the juice into a glass of room temperature water and drink that instead.

    7. Skin Brushing

    What is skin brushing? It’s the practice of taking a brush and lightly rubbing it around your skin, all over your body. This helps to detox your skin and body of waste and other toxic effects left behind by skin care products. As an added bonus, it helps exfoliate dead skin cells.

    8. Laughing

    Ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? There’s truth to that statement. When you laugh, you take deep breaths and stimulate your body’s circulation. Circulation boosts organ functioning and works in harmony with your lymphatic system, draining your body of toxins. This might be the easiest detox method yet!

    That’s it! 8 easy ways to detox your body by stimulation of the lymphatic system. The more of these you’re able to do every day, the better you’ll feel!

    Featured photo credit: Kira_fotografie via pixabay.com

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    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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