Some of us are in lockdown at the moment, which means we have all the time in the world to finally do all the things we say we’ll eventually do, but never actually make time for—right? Theoretically, yeah! Realistically? Let’s just say this: the wall prints I bought 4 months ago are still rolled up in their shipping canisters, I still haven’t repainted my desk (a task I dreamed up for myself circa 2018), and my skincare routine is still just as rushed as ever.
We might have a little more time on our hands now that we’re in quarantine, but we’re still human! We still want to find the fastest way to do things so that we can get back to things we actually want to do (I’m looking at you, Netflix). That’s why we’ve compiled the 5 best ways to detoxify your body in under 5 minutes to save you time while making sure your body is at its best! Detoxifying your body improves your overall health; it can aid in weight management, protect you from getting sick, lower stress levels, and improve your mental health. Try these detox techniques at your desk while you work, when you first wake up in the morning, or whenever you need a quick study break!
Drink a glass of water
Drinking water is one of the best and fastest ways to flush out toxins from your system. Water transports toxins through your system via your bloodstream, making sure they’re expelled from your body. Try to get the recommended 8 glasses of water per day (tip: herbal tea counts towards your water intake, too!).
Dry brush your skin
Dry brushing is not only great for exfoliating and getting rid of your dead skin, but it also kicks your lymphatic system into action! The lymphatic system works to detoxify your body by transporting nasties via lymph fluid to lymph nodes around the body, which flush the toxins out. Dry brushing your skin before your shower gets lymph fluid moving, helping it reach lymph nodes faster and more efficiently. The trick is to work in short, fast motions, brushing in the direction of your heart. Dry brushing doesn’t take any longer than 5 minutes and can be done a couple of times a week for the best results!
Snack on some prebiotics
By now, we’ve all heard of probiotic-rich foods—kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut. But did you know that in order to get all the benefits probiotics offer, you need to fuel your body with prebiotics, too? Foods that contain a lot of prebiotics include tomatoes, bananas, oats, artichokes, and asparagus. Onions and garlic are also awesome prebiotics, so using them in your cooking is an easy way to load up on prebiotics. Prebiotics help to cleanse your gut of toxins by flushing out all the nasties and paving the way for probiotics to generate healthy gut bacteria.
Need a quick study break? Try squeezing in 5 minutes of light exercise: planks, sit ups, push ups, star jumps, or 5 minutes of dancing to your favourite songs! Exercise reduces inflammation throughout the body, which keeps your detoxification systems in tip top shape. The recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes per week—just a few 5-minute bursts of energy per day is all it takes!
Antioxidants are key
Antioxidants work the same way in your diet as they do in your skincare: they protect cells from free radical damage, preventing oxidative stress. This keeps toxins from building up in your body and causing damage. Grab some berries, fruit, nuts, or a coffee or green tea to snack on and get your fill of antioxidants.
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