7 ways to detox your life and feel amazing

You don't have to go to a fancy salon or day spa to detoxify your life

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  • You don't have to go to a fancy salon or day spa to detoxify your life. In fact, detoxification isn't a single event, rather a process that takes time and involves every aspect of your life, from your skin to your home to your friends. Here's how to get started.

  • Recycle

  • You probably know recycling is good for the environment. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency points out, recycling conserves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces landfill waste and conserves natural resources, which means you're helping keep the planet green for yourself and future generations.

  • Detoxify your body

  • There are harsh preservatives, antibiotics, high-fructose corn syrup, and all sorts of dreadful ingredients in a vast majority of foods. By detoxing your body, you could potentially increase your metabolism, lower your risk for disease, improve your overall health, and feel at your complete best. The M3 body system by Modere, offers natural supplements that easily cleanse your body from the inside out, and will open the door to a cleaner and healthier future.

  • Purify your friend list

  • Whether on social media or in life, cut out people who don't bring you joy. There's enough drama and difficulty in the world without inviting it in. If you have a large Facebook friends list, start by cutting 10 percent of your friends (such as your acquaintances from high school you haven't talked to in years).

  • Use natural household cleaners

  • How often have you wrinkled your nose at the scent of household cleaners? They're more than a harsh smell you're scrubbing into your countertops and floors - many of the sprays and wipes used in daily cleaning are loaded with chemicals like ammonia, bleach and phosphates. Shop for household cleaners with natural ingredients. Look for products free of parabens, dyes, fragrances, chlorine and nonylphenol ethoxylates (commonly called NPE) to benefit your family and the environment.

  • Make new habits

  • It may feel impossible to break unhealthy habits, but it's necessary for detoxification. Whether you eat too much when you're depressed, visit places or people that bring out the worst in you or consider it exercise to lift the leg rest on your recliner, it's time to make a change. Bad habits prevent you from living to your potential, so replace them new, healthier habits.

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  • Exercise for 10 more minutes per day

  • If you don't work out, adding 10 minutes of exercise to your day will pay you back with dividends of energy, muscle tone and weight loss. A recent study, as reported by Oprah.com, found women "who walked an average of 72 minutes a week at two to three mph - that's about 10 minutes of mall-pace striding a day - had significantly improved heart strength and general fitness, nearly matching the efforts of women exercising almost twice as long." Once you've added 10 minutes of exercise, it will be easier to increase workout time and improve your physical fitness over time.

  • Protect your skin

  • If you've been to a big city, you've probably seen smog in the air and smelled car exhaust in the streets. However, pollution doesn't have to be visible or smelly to be harmful. In fact, your own home is likely filled with pollutants. "The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners," according to WebMD. "Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls."

  • Wherever you are, protect your skin from pollutants by using skin products with ingredients like botanical extracts and pre- and probiotics which help detoxify your skin and protect against free radical damage. You wouldn't go out in the sun without sunscreen, so why would you let your skin go without pollution protection? Visit modere.comto find out about more green, naturally-sourced products that will help detoxify your life.

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Katie Nielsen received her bachelor's in English with an emphasis in technical writing. She has taught English and is a published writer.

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