“The body has various ways of detoxing itself,” Rudolph Bedford, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Health. “That includes the liver, which works to break down various toxins and elements that you consume, allowing you to eliminate them; and the kidneys, which metabolize and excrete many things.” Even your skin and lungs work to help your body get rid of toxins, Dr. Bedford points out.
Sip on water—hydrating will help your kidneys flush out toxins, Dr. Bedford says. Feel free to add lemon to your H2O for a hit of electrolytes. The citrus signals the liver produce more enzymes, which keep digestion moving smoothly. Sick of plain water? Switch things up with tea. Green tea has been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer, while milk thistle may boost liver function. Drink up!
Whole foods packed with nutrients are your best bet when it comes to keeping your insides clean. Fiber-rich fare like fruit, veggies, and beans, as well as nuts, seeds, whole grains, lean protein, and probiotics can aid gut and liver function so any unwanted buildup gets out of your system stat. Try to cut out processed, fried, and sugary foods along with red meat for even better flat-belly results.
Practice smart skincare by dry-brushing skin with a soft brush before your bath or shower. The gentle exfoliation boosts circulation and promotes new cell growth too. Adding Epsom salt to your bath can also help you cleanse inside and out, since your skin will absorb its minerals like magnesium, which can get things moving in the colon. Ah.
Eat foods rich in antioxidants.
Processed foods, which are often loaded with sugar, also take some extra effort for your body to break down, Cording says. “These foods tend to not be very high in nutrients that you need as well, making it a double whammy,” she says. Sugar, meanwhile, can mess with your glycemic control, that is, your body’s ability to stabilize your blood sugar. “That makes it hard for your body to metabolize things and detoxify,” Cording says.
Limit how much sugar and processed foods you eat.