How to Detox for Active People

You've heard of these detoxes or cleanses that remove all the impurities from your body and you'd like to try one. Get-Fit Guy has 3 quick and easy steps to detox without needing to completely quit exercising or spend your entire day near (or on) the toilet.

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #149

My Quick and Dirty Tips colleague, the Nutrition Diva, did an episode called How to Detox Your Body. In this episode, she has some great tips to reduce the burden of everyday life on your liver and kidneys, including…

"…moderate alcohol, avoid breathing engine exhaust, wood smoke, or tobacco smoke, avoid inhaling fumes from gasoline and other volatile liquids, air out dry cleaning before bringing it into the house, take prescription and over-the-counter medications only when necessary, avoid exposure to pesticides on fruits and vegetables and in your home and garden, use non-toxic pest control.".

If your body has ever been exposed to over-processed and refined foods, chemical additives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated water, artificial sweeteners or anything else that might remotely be considered “unnatural,” you may be wondering if it's time for a detoxification protocol in which you assist your liver by binding and excreting toxins, flush your intestines, and heal any damage done to your gut.

But for active people (like Get-Fit Guy fans!) there are two problems with many popular detox protocols:

1)    They contain lots of herbal diuretics that leave you feeling as though you always need to be within 20 feet of a toilet.

2)    They severely restrict calories to the point where you simply feel horrible every time you try to exercise.

In other words, it can be pretty tough to maintain a healthy active lifestyle while “detoxing”! So in this episode, you’re going to get 3 quick and easy steps to detox without needing to move to an expensive resort on a mountaintop, completely quit exercising, or spend your entire day on or near the toilet.

Step #1: Don't Stop Exercising, Just Take it Easy 

Switch your exercise routine so you’re mostly doing light, aerobic activity (such as an easy 20-30 minute walk each morning) combined with just a couple of weight training sessions per week. Stay away from stressful hard sprints, intense intervals, and voluminous training sessions as the impact, bouncing, jarring, and metabolic stress is not be the best scenario for a fiber-filled gut or a digestive system that is detoxing.


About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.