10 of the Best Homemade Detox Remedies

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

“Detoxify your life!”

We often hear that phrase from life coaches and therapies recommending their protégé or patients who want to make a big 360° change in their lives. And often times, detoxifying really did change their lives for the better.

A young single mother who finally ended her toxic relationship with her boyfriend finally saw a dazzling light at the end of the tunnel. A young man who can’t seem to move forward with his life finally took the plunge by leaving his dead-end job and pursued his passion, and never looked back since. A divorcee with three kids who saw nothing good in her life until she made the move to leave her good-for-nothing friends for good.

Indeed, detoxifying your life of the negativities and bad influences can really turn a person’s life around. It may be hard at first, but once the first few steps are taking, he or she will notice changes in her life. Although not drastic at first, the person will begin to see the differences. He or she will start to feel hopeful and positive. The person will also start to see the beauty all around him or her. No longer will the person feel that he or she is the victim of universe’s wrath. No longer will the person feel that everyone hates her or him.

The same can also be experienced when you detoxify your body. As you go through the process, you may find it challenging in the first few days. But once you’ve passed the stage, you’ll begin to feel the difference within yourself the changes that detoxification is doing to you and start feeling and looking great.

Detoxifying your body is really not that hard. You don’t even need expensive treatments to flush out toxins from your body. But first, let’s try to understand what is detoxification, the reasons you should do it, how often before we proceed to the detoxifying remedies that are effective.

What is detoxification?

There are a lot of misconceptions about detoxification. Back in the day, detox used to be associated with alcoholics and drug addicts. Now, that is no longer the case. It has become a popular program for many individuals who want to start living a healthy life.

Detoxification is a physiological or medicinal process of neutralizing, transforming or removing toxins or unwanted substances from the body. This process is a natural occurrence that happens inside our body constantly. In fact, detoxification is the body’s primary function and this responsibility is carried out by the liver. So while you’re reading this informative post, your body is detoxifying.

Everyday in our lives, we are constantly exposed with harmful substances and toxins, not just in the food we eat but also in our environment. Air pollutants, chemicals in cleaning products, cigarettes, alcohol, food preservatives, cosmetic products, hair dyes, perfumes, sweeteners additives, food fertilizers – all these contain toxins that can harm the body.

While it’s true that they are constantly flushed out, some toxins are not easily eliminated and are stored, instead, inside fatty tissues. When they’re accumulated, they can cause havoc to the body’s natural system. They make it hard for you to lose weight, to overcome unhealthy cravings and even to heal naturally. In some cases, they can even trigger cancer growth in cells.

To put it simply, detoxification is cleansing the body of any harmful substances like we do in brushing our teeth or taking a shower.

What happens to my body when I detoxify?

Just like when you detoxify your life of negative people, stressful jobs and toxic relationships, you also reap a lot of benefits when you detoxify your body. When you cleanse your body, you get to enjoy the following:

A boost in energy

Once you cut out sugar, trans fat, saturated fats and caffeine from your diet and replacing them with lots of fruits and vegetables, you’ll feel lighter and more energized. While sugar and caffeine give you a quick boost, they make you feel sluggish as soon as the rush wears off. Whereas fruits and vegetable contain natural energy boosting properties that’ll keep you in tip top shape for long.

Removal of excess waste

A lot of detox remedies are designed to stimulate your bodily organs, like the liver, kidneys and colon, in order to remove waste. And while the body can do the purging itself, detoxifying can help remove those stored wasted that just wouldn’t budge.

Overcome cravings

Quitting sugar is one of the hardest things to do because of the withdrawal symptoms associated with it. Just like quitting cold turkey on smoking or illegal drugs, people who quit sugar often experience anger, anxiety, heightened cravings, dizziness, fatigue, depression and many others. This explains why it’s advisable to go on a detox before you start a sugar-free diet because this will help you wean out from sugar addiction.

Strengthened immune system

Strengthened immune system

Detoxifying your body will free up the trapped toxins in your body, allowing them to function normally as they should. With toxins purged out, your organs will be able to absorb nutrients better making your body strong and your immune system improved in killing any infection or abnormal growths.

Lose weight faster

Because detoxifying is all about replacing bad food with healthy ones, it makes it easy for your body to lose weight as well. Additionally, when you start getting used to eating and drinking healthy stuff, you will no longer have the urge to feed constantly on processed food and many other unhealthy food and drinks. And when that happens, you’ll find yourself losing weight faster than before.

Improved skin texture

As the largest organ in the body, improvements in your skin will be the first things you will see as you go through the detoxifying process. By the end of your program, you’ll find your skin smoother, clearer and glowing. And because you’re feeding on healthy foods as part of the detox, you’ll see acne clearing away.

Healthy hair

What you feed your body will have a direct affect on the health of your hair. When you start a healthy regimen of fruits and vegetables as well as fish, it will help stimulate the hair follicles so they’ll grow and strong, long and full of life. Detoxifying can also help in growing your hair fast.

A delay in the signs of aging

Environmental toxins and other harmful substances found in junk food, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are contributing factors that speed up the aging process. These explain why people who are heavy drinkers and smokers tend to look older than their age. Detoxifying is a way to cleanse your body of free radicals so you can reap the anti-aging benefits it promises.

How often should I detoxify?

There is no exact to that because the reasons for detoxifying may vary, depending on your purpose as well as medical reasons. While the body is in a constant state of cleansing, it doesn’t hurt to give your body a major boost in cleansing at least once every quarter or twice a year. Your body will also appreciate it if you do a conscious daily effort of drinking at least eight glasses of water, eating high-fiber meals, fruits and vegetables. If your body is well-nourished, your organs will function optimally.

What are the homemade detox remedies that really work?

The wonderful thing about detoxifying is that it doesn’t have to put a big hole in your pocket or hurt your bank account. You also don’t need a prescription from your doctor unless you have a medical condition that requires supervision from your doctor.

If you’re not suffering from a debilitating illness or a chronic health issue, you can detoxify on your own with the use of these homemade remedies.

Oil Pulling

A traditional Ayuverdic medication technique, oil pulling has been making waves in the wellness scene for quite some time now. This 3,000-year-old oral therapy is beneficial in a lot of ways. Although oil pulling is something a quack doctor might say, this therapy is not based on pseudo-science. According to WebMD, “Oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.” This works because microorganisms that are living inside the mouth are covered with fatty membrane. So when oil comes into contact with these cells, they stick to each other. As you rinse out, these nasty organisms are also washed out.

Surprisingly, oil pulling isn’t just a healthy alternative to cleansing the mouth. This ancient therapy also provides relief from cold sores, congestion, constipation, yeast infection, joint pains and many other ailments.

In order to reap the full benefits of oil pulling, this should be done first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up and before you brush your teeth. It’s also best that you do this on an empty stomach. Meaning, no drinking of water until after you do oil pulling. You’ll also need to use coconut oil. While it works with any type of oil, coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is an anti-microbial agent, that helps prevent infection and gum disease.

To do oil pulling, you just have to swish one tablespoon of coconut oil until it turns milky and thin, which will usually take 30 seconds. After the oil has become thin or milky, spit out and gargle with water. Never gargle or swallow the coconut oil.

To see the results, make this a habit for 15 days. But if you prefer to get long-term effects, make oil pulling a daily ritual for the rest of your life.

Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom Salt Bath

You may have heard about Epsom salt from athletes as they use it treat sore muscles. Gardeners also add Epsom salt to their water sprinklers to promote growth in plants. Truth be told, Epsom salt does more than serving as a plant fertilizer or a reliever for muscle ache. Magnesium is essential in detoxifying the cells in your body, and Epsom salt baths can increase that level because of its magnesium sulfate content.

To use Epsom salt, simply fill your bathtub with warm water and add one to two cups of this salt. Let your body soak in for 15 minutes and repeat three times a week.

However, if you’re suffering from any heart condition, like high blood pressure, it’s best to skip Epsom salt bath as this in not highly recommended for those suffering in this kind of disease.

Lemon Juice

Lemon is rich in vitamin C and contains high antioxidants. It’s also a powerful agent in detoxifying as well as in alkalizing the body’s pH levels. Drinking lemon juice will help strengthen your body’s defense system as well as stimulate the liver in order to produce bile. It can also aid in boosting minerals and improving the absorption rate. Drinking warm lemon juice in the morning daily will lead to significant health improvements.

Green Smoothies

You’ve probably read countless times about detoxifying the body by drinking green smoothies, and there’s a very good reason for that. A smoothie made of kale or other green leafy vegetables mixed with fruits can rid the body of harmful free radicals. It can also boost your metabolism to help you lose weight. Never underestimate the energy-giving benefits of green smoothies as well. If you find the taste a bit icky at first, drink at least one cup daily and gradually increase it to three to four cups for three weeks. You can also make green smoothies a part of your breakfast daily.

Water

Water is one of the best and effortless ways to detoxify your body. It contains zero calories but it can fill your stomach so you don’t crave for food all the time. Water helps in flushing out toxins. It also helps you sweat a lot, especially during a workout, which is essential in the cleansing process.

Drinking lots of water will keep your body hydrating and help your organs function optimally. It also helps in raising your metabolism levels so you’ll have more energy to do your daily routines.

The downside to drinking water though is that you’ll need to make frequent trips to the bathroom. So if you’re starting to get annoyed with it, just think that every time you pee, you’re ridding your body of toxins.

Raw Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Just like green smoothies, raw juices extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables are also helpful in nourishing the body and cleansing it from harmful substances. Raw juices that are extracted from green vegetables are especially advantageous because of the chlorophyll substance that removes cancer-causing toxins.

Aside from the cleansing, raw juices can also boost your metabolism. So drink a glass of raw juice at least two to three times daily. If you can handle, consider replacing one meal with a raw juice. You can also try a juice fast by drinking at least six glasses of raw juices. However, never go beyond seven days of juice fast.

Turmeric

The main staple in curry, turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs in the world because of what it can do in healing almost all sorts of ailments. Aside from its medicinal properties, turmeric aids in purifying the blood, and detoxifying the liver, lungs and colon.

Turmeric is also rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties, so adding this spice will not only add a flavor to your meals but can also do your body a lot of good.

You may enjoy the detoxifying effects of turmeric by boiling water with half a teaspoon of turmeric and ginger powders. Let simmer for 10 minutes and strain the tea. You may add lemon or honey to your drink for added flavor.

Licorice Roots

Drinking a cup of warm licorice roots tea once day can rid the body of free radicals and other chemical contaminants. It can also curb sugar cravings so drinking this tea can really help you in your weight loss and sugar-free diet goals.

To make this tea, boil water and put one tablespoon crushed licorice roots and ground ginger. Let it simmer for 10 minutes before straining the solution. Add a teaspoon of lemon and drink.

Stinging Nettles

A natural diuretic, stinging nettle can eliminate toxins and other inflammatory wastes. This herb also stimulates your lymphatic system so your body becomes strong in fighting disease and infections. Turmeric is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, B complexes, C, D, iron, magnesium, potassium as well as chlorophyll.

To detoxify, boil a cup of water with one teaspoon dried nettle leaves. Steep for 10 minutes and drink stinging nettle teat at least two times a day.

Dandelion Root

You probably find this a surprise, but dandelion root can help in your detoxification goals because of its diuretic properties as well as its liver-cleansing effect. In addition to that, dandelion root tea can provide relief from constipation, upset stomach as well as cleanses the bladder and kidneys. However, if you have gallbladder issues or you have gallstones, be sure to consult with your doctor prior to drinking this tea.

Like stinging nettle tea, just boil a cup of water with two teaspoons of dried dandelion root. Then let the herbs steep for 10 minutes before drinking.

As you finish your detox program, make sure to continue living a healthy lifestyle and avoid cigarettes and other harmful substances for continuous improvement. And before you know it, you’ll find yourself healthier and happier.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.