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How to Detox: An Introduction for Beginners

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of eliminating the toxins from your body. In the modern world, food additives, stress, exhaustion, environmental pollution, and more work together to leave our bodies and minds sluggish and unhealthy. Detoxing returns your body to the basics, giving it the opportunity to naturally cleanse itself. Yet figuring out exactly how to detox can be confusing for beginners. Although there are many different methods, yogic thought focuses on gentle methods that can last, rather than harsh cleanses.

Diet

Incorporating a healthy and sustainable yogic diet is one of the best ways to kick off a detox that can lead to long-term health. Make a vow to focus the bulk of your diet on fresh veggies and fruits, raw nuts, milk, and lots of water. During your detox period, try to eliminate or radically restrict meats, unhealthy fats, sugar, caffeine, and processed items. Cut back on the amount of seasoning, and significantly up your water intake. Be sure to gradually ease into these restrictions to avoid headaches or cravings.

After the detox period, you can reintroduce your favorite foods. However, this is a great time to limit the quantities of unhealthier choices. Remember, anything is okay as a treat, but unhealthy choices should not form the majority of your daily diet.

Exercise

Exercise stimulates your body to maximize its natural detoxification systems. Working up a sweat, raising your heart rate, and triggering endorphins can all help you to detox. Be careful not to overdo it, and include plenty of slow restorative yoga to help your body heal damage.

Breathing Control

Most people breathe too shallowly, especially when they are stressed out. Learning to breathe purposefully opens up your diaphragm and helps you take in plenty of oxygen while fully getting rid of carbon dioxide. Proper breathing also stimulates your abdomen with every breath, which further enhances your body’s natural detoxification systems.

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Meditation

Don’t forget about detoxing your mind. While detoxing your body is important, continuing to hold onto negative emotions will only put you right back into the same feelings and behaviors that necessitated the detox in the first place. In addition, many people find that going through a physical detox brings complex hidden emotions to the surface.

Mindfulness meditation, in which you learn to be present in each moment and accept each thought as it comes, can help to clear your mind. Adding regular meditation to your daily routine will not only assist with your detox, but in the long run, it will actually help you avoid going back to poor habits and routines.

There are numerous detox programs, and no one program is the best for everyone. Nonetheless, a gentledetox that focuses on moderation rather than deprivation, and balances both the body and the mind, is a great choice for many people.

Established in 2003,Samahita Retreat is an intimate retreat center hidden away from Thailand’s busy tourist areas. Owned and directed by senior yogi Paul Dallaghan, the retreat is a friendly and inclusive spot for training, detox, wellness programs, or simple relaxation. We invite you to contact us today to learn more.

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Incorporating a healthy and sustainable yogic diet is one of the best ways to kick off a detox that can lead to long-term health. Make a vow to focus the bulk of your diet on fresh veggies and fruits, raw nuts, milk, and lots of water. During your detox period, try to eliminate or radically restrict meats, unhealthy fats, sugar, caffeine, and processed items. Cut back on the amount of seasoning, and significantly up your water intake. Be sure to gradually ease into these restrictions to avoid headaches or cravings.
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