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10 Ways to Detox the Body in Shanghai

***After an over-indulgent holiday season of consuming mountains of mooncakes and liters of booze, it might just be the perfect time to detox your system. *** The word "detox" gets thrown around a lot, but it's nothing to be scared of. Our bodies are powerhouses when it comes to naturally cleansing the system of toxic materials. The body has five major organs which are capable of detoxification including; the skin, liver, kidneys, bowels and lungs. There are loads of [hardcore detox programs](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html) out there which can help bring your body back to health. However if the thought of committing to a program scares you, there are simple things you can do daily to help cleanse the body. Try some of these techniques from [Gaiam Life](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html) to help support your organs and make the process of releasing unwanted toxins more effective.
***Watch what you eat***
[Eat plenty of fiber](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html), including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It's hard to eat healthily when out. [M on the Bund](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/fusion/has/m-on-the-bund/) has a super healthy and super tasty lunch set menu at the moment. For RMB98 you get a fresh organic carrot and ginger juice, healthy arugula salad, poached chicken with walnuts and a dessert of fresh pineapple and mint. Eating healthy has never been more decadent. ***Take supplements***
Help [cleanse the liver](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html) by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle and drinking green tea. It's always best to speak to a doctor or a naturopath first as some supplements can interfere with some medications. There are some great online resources for buying supplements in China. Jump online to [World Health Store](http://www.worldhealthstore.com.cn/en/) and get them delivered straight to your door. ***Boost your vitamin C levels***
According to [Gaiam Life](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html), Vitamin C can help the body produce [glutathione](http://www.healthvitaminsguide.com/aminoacids/glutathione.htm), a liver compound that drives away toxins. For a natural source, drink some freshly squeezed orange juice from [Element Fresh](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/american/has/element-fresh/), where they make their juices on the spot. ***Drink more water***
Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to help flush out toxins in the body. [Beijing based Dr. Melissa Rodriguez](http://www.myhealthbeijing.com/prevention/wellness/detoxification-101/) says that drinking fluids such as water and tea is one of the easiest ways to detoxify the body. Don't just drink any water, jump online and order some "premium water" from [vosswater.com](http://www.vosswater.com/). ***Breathe***
[Deep breathing](http://zenhabits.net/breathe/) delivers oxygen to the system. Try your hand some meditation classes at [Raja Yoga Centre](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/sports/yoga/has/raja-yoga-center/) or invest in a series of reiki sessions at [Frank *n Sense](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/health-and-beauty/massage_bath/has/Frank-n-Sense/). ***De-stress***
[Eliminate stress](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html) from your life by emphasizing positive emotions. Positive emotions seem to come about more easily when your feeling good about yourself. Treat yourself to a day of pampering at [Quan Spa](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/health-and-beauty/massage_bath/has/quan-spa/). Let the friendly staff work their magic hands and be transformed from a state of stress to a state of bliss. ***Try Hydrotherapy***
According to [Gaiam Life](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html), you can practice hydrotherapy to detox the system. Jump in the shower and start by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes. ***Sweat it out in a sauna***
[Using a sauna](http://www.myhealthbeijing.com/prevention/wellness/detoxification-101/) helps the body eliminate wastes through perspiration. Try [Le SPA](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/health-and-beauty/massage_bath/has/le-spa1/) at the [Le Royal Méridien](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/travel/hotels/has/le-royal-meridien-shanghai/) for their luxury infrared detox sauna. ***Dry-brush your skin***
[Dry brushing](http://www.naturalnews.com/025240_skin_brushing_toxins_detox.html) helps unclog pores and assists in the elimination of toxins through the skin. Head to your nearest [Sephora](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/shopping/cosmetics/has/sephora1/), grab a brush and get buffing. ***Exercise***
This is the [most important way](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html) to detoxify your body; it gets the blood pumping and sweats out all your sins. Try some yoga classes at Yoga 109 and whip your body back into shape. Have you tried a detox program here in Shanghai? Share your stories with us below. For more information on detoxification see this article from Beijing based Dr. Dr. Melissa Rodriguez: [Detoxification 101](http://www.myhealthbeijing.com/prevention/wellness/detoxification-101/). Or head to [Gaiam Life](http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html), the inspiration for this article.


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Hi, if anyone is interested in relaxing, come see me for a Reiki session! My email address is acu.shanghai@gmail.com.. looking forward to hearing from you!
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Yeah, this isn't how to detox, it's how to buy more crap that makes you feel like you're doing something. Voss water? Get your Vit C from Element Fresh? Gimme a break- this is just a list of high priced purchases grafted on to a rewrite of the Gaiam life website.


Wait a second, what ever happened to good old fashioned outdoor exercise? My detox is to head to Moganshan (or the like) with my mountain bike then bike for 4-5 hours. I swear by it. All the bad stuff gets sweated out and what you replace it with is clean clean air.
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