26 May Detoxification 101
This post is sponsored by Kyowa Hakko, opinions expressed are 100% my own.
When you live an active lifestyle, detoxification is essential. Even if you eat as clean as can be, your body still hasn’t toxins to get rid of!
Detoxification is an incredibly important part of the workout process. I’ve written a TON about detoxification and why it’s important from a wellness standpoint [check out this post on doing a juice cleanse and this post on detoxing through the skin], but I’ve never talked about how important it is to help your body detox after a hard workout. Just like when we eat bad foods, we need to help our bodies release the bad stuff and then fill up on all the good, when we work out, lactic acid and toxins from our food, habits and products, are flushed out of our muscles and into our bodies to be released. Our bodies are pretty good at flushing these out, but so often our lifestyles impede this process, making it harder and harder for our liver, kidneys, Urinary tracts and GI tracts to efficiently push these toxins out. The more those toxins stay in the system, the more your immune system is compromised, making it much easier to get sick, lose energy and fail during your next workout.
Here are three ways you can help your body detox after a workout:
I CANNOT stress this enough, yet I always seem to find myself in the same, thirsty, dehydrated position. We all need to be drinking A LOT more water. The more water you drink, the more you help your body flush those toxins, lactic acid and fat out of your system. This is the easiest way to keep your body healthy and ready for the next workout! How much water should you be drinking every day? Here’s an easy formula:
Take your body weight and divide it in half. Drink that number of water in ounces each day. And remember that for every cup of coffee or tea you have, you need a glass of water ON TOP of the number of ounces you need daily.
[ex… if you weigh 140lbs, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water DAILY. That’s almost 9 full glasses of water, not the recommended 8. Then, if you have 2 cups of coffee, you will need 11 glasses of water to be at the day’s ideal amount. See? You’re not drinking enough water and neither am I.]
Drinking water will be the easiest way to get the most out of your workouts by allowing your body to detox.
SOAK IN EPSOM SALTS
How many times have I written about epsom salt baths? It’s because, to me, they are the easiest way to take care of your body [especially your muscles] through detoxification and relaxation! Y’all… if you start feeling sore from your workout, this the the best thing you can do for sore muscles! Fill that bath up with really warm water, add 2 cups of epsom salt and soak for at least 20 minutes. Take those 2 minutes to do something for yourself…. read a book, search through social media, meditate… Your body [and mind] will thank you.
SUPPORT YOUR BODY WITH GLUTATHIONE
Help your body get that detoxification going with Glutathione—an antioxidant which is already present in almost all the cells of your body. Glutathione is an antioxidant, supporting the body’s detoxification process, immune support and overall healthy aging properties, but our daily habits tend to keep our Glutathione levels lower than they should be, which is no bueno.
My favorite way to increase my Glutathione levels is by adding a supplement to my daily routine. You already know how much I love and trust NOW Foods and their Glutathione supplement with Setria® Glutathione helps support the body’s glutathione levels, which supports overall health, wellness and detoxification. Take one of these bad boys with a full glass of water at bedtime and let your body recover while you sleep! You can read more about it here.
Setria® Glutathione asked me to get the word out about their product. I do work with brands through sponsorships and partnerships, however, I ONLY promote products that I stand behind and use, myself. I personally take this nightly with water to recover through detoxification. All opinions are my own. You can get your own bottle here.
Remember to be kind to your body and allow it time to properly recover after pushing it hard in a workout. God rested on the 7th day and so should you. Show your body you’re thankful for all it does for you and nourish it, rest it and care for it. This is the only one you’ve got!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.