Did you know that one of the best and easiest ways to detox is simply by taking a walk?
Walking is a great way to spend time with your loved ones but it also is really great for our own self care. One of those reasons is because it helps you detox!
There are four detox organs that are at work while we are taking a walk.
When you start moving and you start exercising, you start releasing sweat.
Sweat is one of the most potent ways that we get toxins out of our body. There have been studies on the contents of sweat and they often find BPA, environmental toxins, and other gunk that we don't want in our body.
What most people don't know is that sweat is not just water that's cooling us off. It's actually a pathway for detoxing chemicals.
You don't necessarily need rigorous exercise to get the benefits of detox from walking. Just moving and walking leisurely causes the muscles in your legs to contract, such as your calves, hamstrings, and quads.
Because those muscles are so strong, they're squeezing all the lymph vessels to create movement in our lymphatic system.
When we are stagnant, we get a build up of junk in our lymph nodes. As we are moving and our muscles are squeezing, our lymph is also moving and starting to drain.
It doesn't have to be rigorous exercise like Crossfit, running or high intensity exercises that cause sweating. Just simply walking is draining our lymphatic system and getting toxins out.
While we're walking, we're taking deeper breaths, and in effect we're getting more oxygen, fresh air, and we're letting out carbon dioxide.
The movement of our bodies and abdomen also help our diaphragm expand and fill our lungs more deeply. Often, when we're sitting all day, our diaphragms get compressed and restricted and unconsciously we start taking shallower breathes. Walk helps stretch and expand all that out!
The fourth system that we're helping with detoxification when we go for a simple walk is our guts.
When we sit around all day, our insides and our organs are not really moving very much. Food and toxins get stuck when not given the movement they need inside our bodies. This is especially important for people who have constipation problems, as they are not moving the toxins out of their bowels when sitting still.
When you start walking, your organs begin to move around and it assists in digestion, gut motility and lead to having healthy bowel movements.
This is one of the reasons why if your dog is having issues with evacuation, you just take it for a walk and all the movement helps it have an easier bowel movement.
When we walk, we're not only moving our muscles in our body, but we're actually moving all our internal organs and getting toxins out with that route.
Walking is a great way to spend some time meditating, getting outside, getting some fresh air, clearing your mind, but also clearing your body. The best part about taking a walk is that it is totally free and everyone has access to it.
On top of that, we're also getting exposed to fresh air as well as getting exposed to natural light. Artificial light is super unhealthy for people and can throw circadian rhythms off. But getting sunshine helps our circadian rhythms reset. This also keeps us awake, alert, and keeps our hormones on the right cycle, plus it also benefits our skin. We receive the infrared rays from the sun and we produce the vitamin D from natural sun exposure.
So next time you feel like you need to get an extra detoxification boost in your life, just step outside and go for a walk with your loved ones.
Even better, join me on my most recent walk with my husband, Dr. Titus Chiu and our beloved dog, Koba where walk and talk detox!