Any form of exercise helps to remove toxins from the body, as it increases oxygen to the cells and stimulates better circulation. But there are certain exercises you can do that are even more beneficial to remove waste. Although the body has many mechanisms by which to detoxify itself, using a variety of approaches helps to aid the liver and quicken the process.
One exercise you can perform on your body to remove toxins is dry skin brushing. Kerryn Phelps notes in her book, "General Practice: The Integrative Approach," that dry skin brushing was traditionally used to increase lymphatic circulation, dispelling toxins through the skin. Take a loofah or dry body brush and gently brush the entire body from the bottom of your feet and your palms toward your heart. Follow this up with a hot shower.
A simple yoga exercise that can help to remove toxins is Uddiyana Banhda. In his book, "Naturopathy And Yoga," Parvesh Handa recommends this exercise to remove toxins from the digestive tract and liver. Stand with your legs about 12 inches apart, knees slightly bent and hands pressed against the thighs. Exhale deeply, and then expand the chest without allowing air to enter the lungs. This pulls the diaphragm up and the abdominal wall back, expelling toxins. Do not perform this movement if you suffer from abdominal issues such as hiatal hernia.
Another way to remove toxins from the body is through deep breathing exercises. In her book, "Change Your Habits, Change Your Life: A Proven Plan for Healthy Living," author Danna Demetre states that deep breathing increases your immunity and helps remove toxins from your body by stimulating your lymphatic system. A simple deep-breathing exercise begins with inhaling deeply from the stomach up into the chest for a count of four, then holding the breath at the top for another count of four. Exhale the breath slowly for a count of eight, getting all the remaining air out at the end of the breath. Repeat at least five times.
Rotating hot and cold showers is a traditional exercise to remove toxins, according to Phelps. This approach is used to improve circulation, flush out toxins and improve immunity. Shower for two minutes on hot, thirty seconds on cold and repeat this sequence three times, finishing with cold. You can perform this exercise at any time, but it is especially helpful after dry skin brushing.
- "General Practice: The Integrative Approach"; Kerryn Phelps; 2010
- "Naturopathy And Yoga"; Parvesh Handa; 2006
- "Change Your Habits, Change Your Life: A Proven Plan for Healthy Living"; Danna Demetre; 2009
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