With spring coming, many people are working to get in shape and achieve ideal body weight. Everybody knows that the basics are exercise and diet, but there are detoxification methods that can also help us lose weight and improve our overall health, and they’re safe.

Although detoxification methods are used for general health and cleansing of the body, these gentle methods can also contribute to achieving our target body weight. The six best methods of detoxification for weight loss are sudation (sweat) therapy, dietary modification, organ cleanses, lymphatic therapy, cupping and acupuncture.

For sudation therapy, we can sweat by exercising and through hard work. We can also sweat by doing saunas, steam baths and constitutional hydrotherapy with hot and cold compresses. These procedures raise the core temperature of our body, destroying bacteria, viruses, fungi and other toxins. The hydrotherapy also moves our lymphatic system and toxins through our organs of elimination, such as the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. These therapies can also improve the quality and health of our skin.

Classically, in the detoxification methods of Ayurveda, naturopathy and Chinese medicine, dietary therapy wasn’t about restricting calories or the amount of food we eat but rather the shifting around of the types of food ingested in order to improve digestion, assimilation and metabolism. Choosing foods according to constitutional body types allows us to gently detoxify and lose body weight while not starving ourselves.

The main organs targeted in body cleanses are the liver, kidneys, bowels, lungs and skin. The liver, kidneys and bowels are easily and gently stimulated by food-grade botanical formulas known to improve the function of each of these organ systems. Breathing exercises can be focused on the upper, middle and lower lobes of the lungs, increasing respiration and oxygenation of the body. The skin is best detoxified by skin brushing or oleation, the oiling of the skin with herb-infused oils.

Cupping therapy is the application of cups, or gentle suction devices, to special points on the body. This therapy is found in Asian, Middle Eastern, European and Central American medical systems. It can improve blood circulation, lymphatic movement and cellular regeneration and detoxification. Its effects on the health of the skin and lymphatic movement for weight loss is remarkable.

Acupuncture can be used for appetite control, weight loss and improvement of metabolism. Organs can be stimulated individually for improvement of liver, kidney and digestive function. It is a proven therapy for both detoxification and weight loss.

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