While different health goals may drive us to detox, the overriding definition of detoxification is the same: removing toxins from the body. “Our body’s front line for detoxification is the liver, which can be thought of as a filter for the blood by weeding out toxins and neutralizing or eliminating them from the body,” says Dr. Bhatia. “Environmental or internally-produced toxins can inhibit the liver from functionally optimally. Incorporating detoxifying regimens into our lifestyle helps support the liver and other organs cleanse the body and operate at its best.”

How to Detox Your Body

Celebrities are especially famous for body detoxes that lean toward the extreme. Not every tactic aimed at fighting the accumulation of impurities is quite so intense.
Below is a range of expert-backed ways that can potentially help you lose toxins. You should know that many detox methods haven’t been well-researched, and it’s best to run any detoxification techniques by your physician before you begin. Pregnant or nursing women or those with long-term diseases, may be advised against certain channels of detox.

Dry Brushing:

Taken from the famous old healing system of Ayurveda, exfoliating your body and face with a natural dry brush or shower gloves before hopping into the shower helps in two ways: It sloughs off dead skin cells, which opens up pores, serving as an escape route for toxins. Secondly, the massaging action helps dislodge toxins into the body’s circulation, priming them for elimination.


Sometimes to referred to as “the new juicing,” souping have you slurping on nutrient-dense, low-calorie hot or cold plant-based soups as well as nourishing bone broths. The number of days you rely mainly on soup for sustenance varies between plans; healthy snacks, such as fruit and nuts, maybe part of the deal. Detox on homemade soups or if you’re not the kitchen type, try a soup-cleanse delivery service, such as Splendid Spoon.

Getting Enough Sleep:

About forty percent of us fall short on the seven to nine hours a night that most of us need, according to the National Sleep Foundation. A study in the journal Science found that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing fluid around the brain to flow more freely through the brain and wash out waste that accumulates during waking hours—this includes potentially toxic proteins that are linked to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. The upshot: Regularly getting a good night’s sleep keeps the brain polished.



Americans are becoming less timid about spices and deliberately using a wide variety of these flavor enhancers during meal prep. There’s growing evidence of the health-related benefits of spices, which may equate to aiding detoxification. There are tons of top-performing detoxifying spices, but Beller lists cumin, Ceylon cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper as amazing ways to start spicing.

Eliminating Problem Foods:

When you’re experiencing symptoms of toxic overload, the elimination diet dictates dropping the top common food sensitivities from your diet for about a month. A doctor or nutritionist may be guiding you on what to cut, but often you lose gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, sugar, and alcohol, while eating a healthy diet of whole foods. The off-limits foods are then added back to your diet one at a time to help you identify what may be causing your symptoms.


Cupping was almost unheard before the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when a number of athletes, most famously swimmer Michael Phelps, sported the technique’s telltale red circles on their skin. The world was inspired, and now cupping is practically mainstream, appearing on the menu of many spas and wellness centers. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, cupping involves applying small cups or jars to the skin and uses them to suction skin and muscles upward. Acupuncture, another ancient Chinese healing method, is sometimes paired with a cupping treatment; similarly, acupuncture cuts through stagnation and blockages to push toxins toward elimination.

Practicing Yoga:

The deep, rhythmic inhalations and exhalations of yoga can put your body’s parasympathetic nervous system in charge and that improves circulation and helps our body’s metabolism digest toxins, says Carlson. Particularly, the twisting poses, like triangle pose, are detox all-stars. Often likened to wringing out a dirty sponge, twisting poses squeeze out congestion in the lymph to keep it flowing.


Evidence is mixed on just how many toxins seep out through perspiration, but there’s been enough research to thumbs-up regular vigorous exercise and short spurts in the sauna or steam room. A few Canadian doctors researching about the natural elimination of toxins have found out that many toxic elements are released through sweat. The doctors recently reported in BioMed Research International that perspiration appears to purge some contaminants in a group called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs); PBDEs are used in products as flame retardants and have been increasingly deemed as dangerous to our health. Just make sure you stay hydrated with all that sweating.

Going Organic:

Picking only organic fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products as well as packaged products with the USDA-organic seal slashes your exposure to pesticides, hormones, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and GMO’s, reducing the burden on your body’s natural detox process. If organic produce is too much of a budget-buster, check out the Environmental Working Group’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to see which fruits and vegetables ranked highest and lowest in pesticides, so you know where it’s best to invest. Going green on cleaning supplies and using only natural personal care products can further cut your contact with chemicals.