This Is How to Detox Your Body (Without Working Out)
We will never tell you to skip the gym. Regular exercise is a touchstone to any healthy lifestyle. (That said, last week science did surprisingly suggest to us that people who hate working out are more intelligent…). We know how smart you are, so we figured why not offer up a few non-workout suggestions from our arsenal of vetted personal faves. We've compiled a list of treatments and at-home routines that will take your mental and physical health to the next level—without a gym membership. Whether you're looking to effectively detox, jumpstart your weight loss, or simply get a better night's sleep, these easy and utterly relaxing rituals offer an endless number of benefits.
Even if you're an avid workout buff, adding one or all of these practices in conjunction with your exercise routine can take your mental and physical fitness to the next level. The real selling point, however, is they're all 100% doable lying down. They're sort of the Amazon Prime one-click purchase level of convenience for your body. Yeah, they exist. Keep scrolling for our list of healing modalities that are almost too easy to be true.
Sweat lodges are an ancient tradition favourited by a host of cultures the world over for a number of remedies. The process of sweating out impurities in the body is thought to remove ego, alter mood, detoxify and cleanse—both mentally and physically. You're burning calories, deepening sleep, and improving skin all from the comfort of a secluded bed while watching Roku. Each session enhances the body's ability to detox naturally from toxic chemicals, pathogens, and heavy metals.
The isolation tank craze has been in effect for a few decades now. The dark, soundproof float pods are filled with body-temperature salt water, so you'll float suspended and weightless for the duration of your session. Expect your mind and body to go completely serene in a matter of minutes within these beautiful, womblike chambers. Benefits include reduced stress, improved sleep, normalised blood pressure, pain relief, increased focus and creativity, as well as our personal favourite—accelerated recovery from jet lag. We always knew the right nap situation was all that's required.
Lymphatic massage is a technique that gently stimulates the connective tissue within lymphatic nodes, increasing their drainage and filtering capability. The rhythmic, soothing practice is profoundly effective in boosting the body's natural ability to heal itself. It's remarkable for relieving inflammation and can offer relief for everything from allergies to digestion and skin conditions. Since most lymphatic nodes are located on the front of the body, manually stimulating the lymphatic system by self-massage can be an easy weekly or daily practice, especially for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
Inquire after add ons at your regular spa. Most massage therapy centres will be familiar with traditional lymph massage technique or offer an alternative treatment. Each massage therapy style offers distinct advantages to your health.
If you struggle with losing weight despite healthy nutrition and regular exercise, your liver may be in need of a cleanse. The liver is responsible for processing toxins and hormones within the body. Keeping the vital organ pristine is a pillar of good health. Since the liver produces bile, an alkaline fluid used by the digestive system to break down fat, a liver detox can kick-start effective weight loss. Overall reducing toxin buildup can result in a full-body feel-good makeover. Cleansing the liver can result in everything from better skin to increased energy. Start by drinking one glass of hot water with lemon to alkalize every morning. Eat plenty of leafy greens, and cut back on refined foods and stimulants like alcohol and coffee.
Sleep is our favorite ritual. The right amount of z's ensure your body has proper recovery night after night, regulating everything from circadian rhythms to hormone production. Never underestimate the power of a good night's rest. Throwing off your body's internal clock has a trickle-down effect on your overall health. Your brain, organs, hormones, and body tissue all cannot perform at peak level without the foundation of deep sleep. To get the right nightly dose, keep your bedroom dark, turn off all your devices before bed, and establish a routine around your sleep patterns. Science says you should sleep in the nude (the only thing Marilyn Monroe wore to bed was Chanel No. 5.). We're happy to report on the scientific accuracy behind her taste.
There's an essential oil for every health condition in the book. Oils can be used topically on the skin, ingested, or placed in a diffuser depending on the remedy. We're particularly big fans of oil of oregano; the natural antibiotic is antiviral and antibacterial. Thieves oil is also a fantastic organic hand sanitiser. Basil oil is carminative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, antibacterial, and ophthalmic, and can be used for a number of conditions from indigestion and respiratory problems to infections and stress disorders. A world leader in essential oils, Young Living offers a wide variety of oils online. Shop their inventory to discover a remedy for anything that ails you.
We asked Reiki master Jenni Finley which items you should have in your bedroom. Curating your personal space to set off powerful mental clues that boost your well-being is an easy and effective way to keep those good vibrations flowing. Learning how to sage a space properly is another tool to clear negative emotions."Pay attention to the way the room makes you feel. Notice places in your room that generate emotion. For example, if there is any part of the room that makes you feel sad, anxious, or uncomfortable, that area likely has stagnant energy that needs to move," says Finley.
An ancient healing modality, Reiki treatments trigger the body's natural healing abilities and immune responses. By channeling energy through touch, the practice is said to restore emotional and physical well-being. Finley also gave us a killer reading list of healing and transformative books. Curl up with any one of them before bed for a healing fix you can take lying down.