We all know the importance of regular exercise and how being overweight can put unnecessary stress on our bodies, but there are other medical benefits to staying active. Exercise removes harmful toxins from the body – and not just the kind produced during a wicked hangover.
Detoxing also cleanses the body’s internal organs of environmental pollutants, food waste, poison, bacteria, and other harmful toxins. This includes the things we put into our bodies like alcohol, drugs, and tattoo ink. Although the body is constantly working to cleanse itself of these things, exercise encourages the process.
How Exercise Helps Flush Toxins
A detox doesn’t necessarily mean juicing and going on a rigorous diet. Exercising quickens breathing, promotes blood circulation, and increases sweat production—all factors that promote the release of toxins. The more blood that is circulated through the body, the easier it is for the liver and the lymph nodes to do their job. People also tend to increase their fluid intake when they exercise, and drinking fluids, especially water, will increase sweat production and release toxins. Drinking more water during a workout will also help your kidneys work more effectively, ultimately flushing out unwanted toxins, fats, and waste.
Types of Exercise to Promote the Flushing of Toxins
Generally, any low-intensity aerobic exercise that increases the heart rate and causes heavier breathing is a recommended detox method as long as your breathing falls within the fat-burning zone. Appropriate exercises can be anything from dancing and bike riding to jogging and swimming. It’s recommended to workout steadily at a conversational pace.
Rebounding, or bouncing on a mini trampoline, is another form of exercise that encourages toxin release. The low-impact motion stimulates the lymph system, which is an important function of the body’s immune system. Lymph nodes work as filters for harmful substances and fight off infections by attacking germs that make their way into the lymph fluid. It only takes 20 minutes on the trampoline two or three times per week for this form of toxin flushing to work.
There are specific yoga poses that are beneficial to detoxifying certain organs, and these can be found in certain types of Pilates and martial arts as well. Doing yoga can help you feel cleaner on the inside and more energetic on the outside. These few simple yoga poses will help you rid your body of toxins without any messy fruit or vegetable concoctions flushing your insides and destroying your blender.
The Revolved Chair Pose
Start with your feet together or hip-width apart, depending on what you find most comfortable, and bend your knees as if you were sitting on a chair. Your knees should be aligned with the center of your feet. Put the palms of your hands together in prayer position at the center of your heart before bringing your elbow to the opposite knee. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and allow your chest to open up. This pose stimulates the liver, spleen, and digestive system while working to improve the spine and tone the abdominals.
The Sage Twist Pose
Start by sitting on the floor with both legs stretched out straight in front of you. Bend your left leg toward you and rotate your torso toward your left knee. Then wrap your right arm around that knee so that the inside bend of your elbow cradles your knee. Simply rest in this position for several breaths before switching sides, and your body will naturally remove any impurities. Since the abdominal muscles are squeezed while in this pose, the kidneys and liver are stimulated. As you relax from the position, blood flows into the organs, which initiates detoxification.
The Shoulder Stand Pose
Lie on the floor and bring your legs back over your head so that your toes are above your shoulders. If you are familiar with yoga, this is called the plow pose. Then place both hands on your lower back on either side of your spine and slowly bring your feet into the air. Draw the stomach toward your spine and hold for a few breaths before lowering your legs back down to the plow position and returning to your original position lying flat on the floor. This position drains any accumulated lymph fluid from the legs into the upper half of the body, bringing it closer to the heart and making it easier for the body to flush it out.
How Sweating Plays a Major Role in Detoxing
Sweat is one of the body’s main natural solutions to help get rid of toxins, but more sweat doesn’t necessarily mean more toxins are being flushed from the body. Excess sweating might be caused by overheating or eating spicy food and can lead to dehydration. This is why it’s so important to drink water regularly, especially while working out. While other fluids like juice and sports drinks will keep you hydrated, they contain sugar and other ingredients that aren’t good for the body, so if detoxing is your goal, it’s best to avoid them.
Often, those who exercise regularly find that they don’t particularly care for the sweaty part of the process. Whether it’s because of skin irritation or itching, excess sweat can distract you from getting in a good workout. Many people look into ways to reduce sweat production but don’t realize that body hair can be a contributing factor to irritation. Laser hair removal is a great solution because the lasers target the hair follicles, which prevents the hair from growing back. Serious athletes have discovered that completely removing hair from the arms, legs, and other areas of the body reduces sweat and irritation and resistance, which is a boon for runners, cyclists, and swimmers.
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