7 Ways To Detox & Improve Digestion, Naturally

image by milo mcdowell

image by milo mcdowell

Detoxification is a vital practice in this toxic world. Many health coaches focus simply on digestion. But after years of experience as a holistic life coach, and in talking with many of my peers, I’ve realized focusing on your digestion before integrating solid detox practices is futile. Removing built up toxins from your system (and learning how to continually do so) is the foundational step to better digestion, and ultimately better health.

Hippocrates said it best, “All disease begins in the gut.” In fact, over 80% of our immune system actually lives in our digestive tract. So it’s not really a surprise that when your digestion game is weak, you often find your health is sub-optimal too. For the majority of us, who grew up eating a standard American diet, switching to a healthy, organic whole food diet is only part of the journey. We also have to learn how to cleanse our system of all the pollution and stress we’ve accumulated, and will continue to absorb as humans in the modern world.

That’s why I like to practice (and preach) daily detox. Gone are the days when detox meant deprivation and hunger. Instead I want you to shift your mindset and try to view detox as a luscious self-care practice. Think about how your body functions on a cellular level for a moment; restoration and healing can only happen during periods of rest. Detox isn’t only juice and salad fasts - it’s any practice that relaxes and nourishes our system. It’s about reducing your toxic load, by giving your body the time and space it needs to cleanse and repair itself naturally.

When our body is no longer overburdened by pollutants, it can operate properly, metabolize optimally, absorb all the nutrients and minerals in our food, and stay hydrated. Detox can also lead to better digestion, less allergies, clearer skin, uplifted mood, more energy, healthy sex drive, and much more.

7 Ways To Detox & Improve Digestion Naturally

  1. Upon waking, drink warm or room water with lemon, and add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne. Continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  2. Start your day by being positive. Find a daily affirmation that gets you fired up. I love Louise Hay, Geneen Roth, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Marianne Williamson.

  3. Try getting quiet without yourself, even just for one minute, and say, “I release what does not serve me.” Hold your heart as you say this out loud.

  4. Aim for one meal that’s super easy to digest each day. Try a smoothie, green juice, soup, or kitchari are some great options. Experiment to see what works best for you.

  5. Get moving & shaking. Yes, exercise is one of the best ways to detox your body.

  6. Try Skin and/or tongue brushing.

  7. Make it a priority to do things you love, BE Happy, & practice gratitude.


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