How to Detoxify Your Body Using Heat Therapy

How to Detoxify Your Body Using Heat Therapy

February 20th, 2024 | Detox

Why Does Detoxification Matter?

Our bodies come into contact with many different toxins every single day. The reason these toxins don’t have immediate significant impacts on our health is all thanks to our detoxification system.

This system, including the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, digestive tract, lungs, and more, works to eliminate toxins from your body, allowing everything to function as it should. However, sometimes, especially in this modern world, our detoxification organs and system could use a little help.

For instance, if you’re feeling bogged down, fatigued, or getting sick far too often, this could mean that your body requires a helping hand to detoxify properly. So, how can you do this? In this article, we have a few self-care routine ideas to improve detoxification and enhance your health.

How to Detoxify Your Body: 5 Self-Care Routine Ideas

With these five self-care routine ideas, you’ll never wonder how to detoxify your body. In fact, these self-care routines do a whole lot more than just detoxify. Many of them also enhance your health and wellness in a variety of other ways. 

1. Dry Brushing

This isn’t just some fad! The truth is this self-care practice has been around for thousands of years. With roots in Ayurvedic medicine, dry brushing involves the use of a natural fiber brush. The key is to move it in wide circular motions to stimulate blood flow and exfoliate the skin. When first getting started, it’s always important to brush very gently to avoid causing any skin damage.

It’s thought dry brushing helps stimulate the lymphatic system, removing toxins from the body. Interestingly, it’s also thought to reduce cellulite in similar ways that massage does this1. At the same time, you should never dry brush an already irritated area, for example, if you have a rash.

2. Massage

Massage is well-known for improving lymphatic drainage. It’s even been used to help detoxify the body of alcohol in those with alcohol withdrawal2.

Lymphatic drainage techniques have shown to be very effective at helping the body get back to optimal functioning3. Massage helps do this by applying pressure and improving the movement of lymph, which contains toxins or bacteria, and eventually removes them from the body via perspiration or bodily waste.

Massage also promotes improved blood flow, which supports detoxification via bringing toxins or used particles to the excretory organs.

You don’t necessarily need to go to a massage therapist to gain these benefits either! There are many at-home self-massage techniques, such as using your own hands, massage balls, massage guns, and foam rollers.

3. Quality Sleep

Wait, sleep as a top self-care routine idea for detoxification? Yes, sleep is one of the most valuable self-care tactics for detoxifying the body!

Research shows that as you sleep, the brain is highly effective at flushing out toxins, specifically those that may have built up during our waking hours4. Additionally, your body is able to detoxify properly since energy isn’t being spent on other activities, such as digestion, walking, or thinking. Instead, your body and its systems can work hard to repair, restore, and detoxify.

Quality sleep may also support proper bowel movements come morning, which is the last step for excreting many toxins from your body.

4. Contrast Showers

Contrast showers involve alternate intervals between warm and cold. It’s suggested to start with about 3-5 minutes of hot or warm water, then do a minute or more of cold. The goal is to increase blood flow to the detoxification organs, helping your body eliminate toxic build-up.

If you’re new to this, start with 1-2 times a week and less time, then gradually build up to the recommended intervals above.

5. Exercise

A quick way to detox is by working up a sweat! Research shows that heavy metals, including mercury, petrochemicals, and pesticides, get released from our bodies via sweat5. Exercise further increases blood flow, again aiding the detoxification organs.

Regular movement further enhances kidney and liver health by maintaining a healthy body weight, lowering visceral fat, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure. There’s even been a positive correlation between performing regular exercise and reducing the impacts of fatty liver disease6. Just another reason to move your body!

6. Sauna Therapy

Sauna Therapy is one of the best ways to help detoxify your body. The benefits of sauna and heat therapy touch on most of the points listed above. In particular, infrared sauna therapy is shown to enhance detoxification, increase metabolism, improve blood flow, enhance immunity, and so much more7.

Infrared Sauna therapy involves heating up the body from within, then outward, which promotes various effects, including heavy sweating, which, as mentioned above, releases a variety of toxins. This sweating can actually alleviate the burden on your detoxification organs and systems, including the lymphatic system.

Similar to how massage, exercise, and dry brushing work, sauna therapy increases lymphatic and blood flow, which can accelerate the detoxification process by removing toxins and bringing immune cells to areas of the body where they are needed. This further supports good organ function by ensuring all organs, including your detoxification organs, get the nutrients and oxygen required.

In addition, when body temperature exceeds certain points, such as in sauna therapy, this upregulates heat shock proteins8. Heat shock proteins are very protective, reducing oxidative stress, which can aid in detoxification processes by undoing some of the damage caused by toxins9.

Lastly, sauna therapy can provide the heat you need for contrast therapy involving cold showers (as mentioned above). You could do a few minutes in the sauna, followed by a one-minute cold shower, then alternating between the two, providing even more detoxification effects!