Spring is coming - easily detoxify your body over the weekend with our 10-step detox plan
The approaching spring awakens the need for inner spring cleaning. These days, everyone is talking about detox - but what's behind the magic word? Find out what detox means, how it works and how you can use our 10-step easy detox plan to make you fit for spring.
Detox - the clean-up campaign for your body
Little light and movement, sumptuous meals and dry indoor air: Our health practically hibernates during the winter months. We get tired as well as susceptible to infections. The reason for this is an increased pollutant load in our organism, which it cannot cope with on its own. A detox treatment can help us get rid of unnecessary ballast and detoxify the body.
Our body has a natural filter program that uses our detoxification organs - the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines and skin - to regularly break down and remove harmful substances. Due to our modern lifestyle, however, more environmental toxins than we can tolerate get into our body system. Impurities in air and water, pesticides in clothing as well as food and alcohol or nicotine deposit in our body tissues and strain our immune system. This can result in fatigue, poor circulation or chronic illnesses. Here, a detox as a targeted detoxification program, can help to permanently strengthen your natural defenses.
What does detox mean?
The term detox is the short form of detoxification and also involves cleansing. It is based on the holistic natural healing methods of Ayurveda, which are more than 2000 years old, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and therapeutic fasting, which all aim to strengthen physical and mental health. Indigestion, frequent respiratory or fungal infections, fatigue, blemishes and some chronic diseases are just a few examples of physical symptoms that indicate that a detox is worth a try. However, it is not a diet. Losing body weight can be a side effect, but it is not the primary goal of the cure. Rather, a holistic physical balance is created.
What types of detox are there?
1. Smoothie Detox
This cure involves fresh juices, smoothies, herbal teas as well as water and can be carried out over 1-3 days or as a weekly "smoothie relief day". Simply put frozen fruits, herbs and vegetables in the blender and it's done. The zero waste alternative can be obtained from organic farmers who offer smoothie boxes that contain fresh fruit and herbs. However, there are great alternatives for the freezer.
2. Digital Detox
Permanent availability and screen times that are way too long promote social media stress. "Digital detox" can work miracles in this context. Treat yourself to regular times in which you are offline and consciously switch your smartphone or computer off. Instead, enjoy time in the nature - maybe during physical activities or simply enjoy the art of doing nothing. Your offline time can either be a certain day of the week (e.g. Sunday) or a fixed time (before going to bed, after waking up). At that time, the smartphone can rest and you can concentrate on real time.
3. Mental detox
Physical detox also includes mental detoxication. With accompanying measures such as meditation, breathing techniques, yoga, massages and saunas, you can actively support your body in removing harmful substances and thoughts. Mucking out your private environment and workplace is equally as important as cleansing your inside. In clean rooms, there is more space for positive thoughts and plans. Minimalist design elements can help here.
When is detox unsuitable?
At first, detox is unusual for any body. You can therefore expect signs of fatigue, listlessness, headache or digestive problems in the first few days. However, these side effects usually disappear after a few days. That's why you should refrain from top physical or mental performance during detoxification and treat yourself to rest instead. Detox is unsuitable during pregnancy, breastfeeding, for diabetics and people with eating disorders or high blood pressure - at least without a doctor's consultation.
Easy Detox - First steps to detoxify
"Detox light" is the ideal introduction for everyone who wants to try detox without much effort and preparation.
10-Step Easy Detox Plan
Our Easy Detox is a compact 10-step plan with which you can gently detoxify and strengthen your body at the same time. For the start and a noticeable change, we recommend a cure of 3 days - the weekend is the ideal fit. To permanently change your eating habits, simply integrate this gentle program into your everyday life.
Detoxification is teamwork between you and your body. Your body knows how to detoxify, and you support it by paying more attention to it while providing healthy and balanced food. In this way, you benefit twice:
Drink at least 2-3 liters of liquid a day: still water, herbal tea or broth.
2. Sleep and morning routine
Make sure you get enough sleep and start the day one hour earlier than usual - namely with a gentle and invigorating morning routine:
- Get up with your alarm - without using the snooze button
- Drink a glass of warm ginger-lemon water
- Consciously breathe in fresh air at the open window
- Practice yoga, pilates or stretching
- Enjoy the quiet of the morning with a short meditation
- Write a diary to organize your thoughts and focus. That also relieves
3. Fresh juices
Prepare fresh juices and smoothies in the juicer and take a portion en route.
Make sure you get enough exercise every day, for example in the gym or at least take a walk after lunch. Swimming and running boost metabolism and help to sweat away toxins. Regular saunas, massages and lymphatic drainage are power detoxification tools because they stimulate the metabolism and ensure relaxation.
5. Food and light cuisine
Avoid fast food, convenience food and fried food. Instead, prepare meals with fresh organic fruit for small breaks and discover the variety of potatoes, vegetables, lettuce and sprouts for your main meals. Avoid white flour, fatty meat and animal fats. Instead, use whole grain and vegetarian products as well as vegetable oils.
Reduce any kind of sugar and alternatively use agave syrup.
7. Coffee & alcohol
Avoid caffeine as well as black tea and instead enjoy the beneficial effects of herbal teas or hot lemon water with pieces of ginger, which is highly detoxifying. Avoid alcohol and try non-alcoholic drinks or cocktails, which are now available everywhere.
8. Green living
Mucking out your surroundings is just as important as tidying up your inside. Clear out your garage or basement and dispose old equipment and clothing in the spirit of green living.
9. Digital Detox
Reduce your media usage and the use of social networks - especially in the morning and in the evening before going to bed - or establish an offline day per week. Instead, read a book or organize a board game evening.
10. Mental detox
Practice mindfulness several times a day: stop and become aware of your body, watch your breath. Guided meditations help to calm the mind and provide lasting balance and resilience. Learn to breathe consciously and concentrate on your breath, for example through a 3-minute break or breathing techniques while meditating.