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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!

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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