Detoxing isn’t just a dramatic one-time event, or something you do when you’re at a detox spa. It’s an ongoing process. And you can do much of the important work of detoxing at home by changing the way you eat and taking a closer look at what you put in — and on — your body.

This not only helps us cleanse our body but also aids in losing weight! Nice!

Detox to do #1:

Drink eight to ten glasses of water (preferably filtered) every day. This flushes your system and replaces the water your body loses day just through respiration and elimination.

Detox to do #2:

Stop eating sugar and refined carbohydrates like white flour. They lack nutritional value and give you a sugar “high” that leaves you hungry and craving more sugar. Explore substitutes like agave nectar.

Detox to do #3:

Break the caffeine habit. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant to your central nervous system. Like sugar, it sends the body on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. It can also interfere with healthy sleep.

Detox to do #4:

Get healthy fats into your diet. Essential fatty acids can be found in unrefined flax seed oils and walnuts. Avoid unhealthy saturated fats (Big Mac!) and hydrogenated fats, often found in processed foods like crackers. (So eating Sky Flakes all the time to diet is also not good)

Detox to do #5:

Increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive and intestinal tract. (Ditch your Fruit Loops and start eating whole wheat grain cereals. Aww shucks)

Detox to do #6:

Stop overdosing on protein. Eat less dairy and meat, especially factory-farmed products loaded with hormones and antibiotics. Focus on tasty, non-animal sources of protein.

Detox to do #7:

Reduce your exposure to toxins by reevaluating the products you use at home. Green your beauty routine, green your kitchen, and green your cleaning supplies.

Commit to a “detox lifestyle.” Choose healing foods and practice mindful eating. Help your body detox with saunas, steam, colonics, skin brushing, epsom salt baths, and massage. Learn how to lower stress through meditation, visualization, relationship-building, short and long-term goal-setting, yoga and laughter.