Follow our detox tips for a healthy, holistic transformation of your body, mind and environment.
Mind and spirit
If you want to deepen your detox, go beyond banishing baddies from your body and surroundings. Take the opportunity to make positive changes in your mental, emotional, and spiritual state.
- Write it down.
Before you begin a cleanse, set intentions. What in your life doesn’t serve you anymore? Is it a relationship? A habit? “These are things that need to be exhaled so that you make room for the good air you inhale,” Gaeta says.
- Gather support.
Recruit friends or family members to cleanse with you. Cook healthy meals together or swap antioxidant- and fiber-rich recipes. Compare how your bodies and minds are responding to the changes.
- Be thankful.
Western culture trains people to focus on what’s wrong and try to fix it, says Gaeta. Instead, acknowledge what’s right. “We increase what we pay attention to,” he says. Equally important is forgiveness. Be willing to move on and let go of any wrongdoing—even your own—so it doesn’t affect you in the present.
- Take a media fast.
Except for what you need to do at work, avoid all mainstream media—television, radio, newspapers, and magazines—and cut down to only essential social media that you use for communication. Fill the gaps with positive thoughts and inspirational reading. Even better: Make meaningful connections through in-person meetings and phone conversations.