Home Practices and Remedies for Regular Detoxification

In the Total Life Cleanse 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul, we learn what a cleansing diet is (the dos and don’ts of a healing diet), and how to cleanse and detoxify in support of your body’s mechanisms to nourish and heal itself.

But there are good reasons to continue a regular practice of detoxification outside the periods of time when we actively cleanse.

How do you go beyond diet when cleansing?

Here are some simple home practices and remedies that you can incorporate for regular detox throughout the year, or ramp up while focusing on a dietary detox.

Sweating for Skin and Lymph Detoxification

: The body releases hundreds of chemicals and toxins through the skin in our sweat. In this way, sweating benefits the lymphatic system, kidneys, lungs, skin, liver and blood. Sweating can be achieved through exercise, sauna or bathing.

Dry Brushing and External Oleation

Using a dry brush, which can be purchased at most health food stores, removes dead skin cells from the surface. After dry brushing, lightly massaging the entire body from head to toe with sesame or coconut oil is extremely nourishing for the tissues, assists the body with drawing out fat-soluble toxins and rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin.

Tongue Scraping

: Another handy device that can be found in most pharmacies and health food stores, a tongue scraper removes the toxic coating that builds up on your tongue, especially when used first thing in the morning.

Nasal Rinsing

Using a neti pot first thing in the morning, every day, will eliminate particulates, toxins, bacteria and common allergens from your sinuses and enhance circulation of air, blood and energy in your body.

Regular media cleansing

: We are not able to digest an unlimited amount of food; neither are we able to process an unlimited amount of energy and information. While it is obviously beneficial to avoid ingesting unhealthy foods, it’s also extremely beneficial to avoid unhealthy sensory, informational and emotional input, and to limit the amount of input we are exposed to.

Media is generally a source of excessive input. It is not only stimulating but also stressful and mind-numbing or depressing.


The guidelines listed above are generally excerpted from my new book, Total Life Cleanse: A 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul.

I also talked to Liz Harroun and Kelly Brogan, M.D about the Total Life Cleanse program, and why detoxification is so important. Read their article in Austin Fit Magazine here>



Jonathan Glass, M.Ac. Ayurvedic Practitioner

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