Following an indulgent long weekend comes a week dedicated to rejuvenation and detoxification. But rather than drastically changing your lifestyle ahead of the summer months, there are some small, effective ways to detox your body that require little time, effort, or money. According to Frank Lipman, MD, an integrative medicine physician and founder of Be Well, it's all about optimizing your liver to help it do its job. "Boosting liver function helps to decrease the accumulation of toxic products in the tissues," said Lipman to Health.
Here are three simple and practical detoxification habits you can integrate into your daily this week and beyond.
Wake up with lemon water
According to Lipman, a glass of warm water with fresh lemon in the morning will "provide your body with hydrating electrolytes in the form of potassium, calcium, and magnesium," he explains. "We get dehydrated overnight as the body takes care of its detoxification process, so it's important to hydrate and replenish first thing."
Dry brush your body
A celebrity favorite, dry brushing your body before your bath or shower can "help your skin slough off old cells and debris, unclogging pores and enabling the skin to perspire freely," says Lipman. "It also stimulates the circulation beneath your skin, which helps promote cellular renewal and vitality." Kick-start this habit with a Mio Body Brush ($20).
Eat your broccoli
Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, kale, collard greens, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower, can reduce chronic inflammation and help your body detox. "These foods are high in antioxidants, which support the body’s ability to fight off toxins," explains Lipman. Beware that they may cause some short-term bloating.
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