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5 Ways I Detox Every Day

I follow a simple set of healthy, detox rituals every day — they are part of my lifestyle and I honestly can’t imagine life without them.
Dec 30, 2016 | Joy McCarthy

I follow a simple set of healthy, detox rituals every day — they are part of my lifestyle and I honestly can’t imagine life without them. I travel with them too! I don’t lose my s*** if something happens and I can’t do one of them (for example if I forget to bring my DSB on vacay), I simply get right back on track the very next day.

These aren’t “rules” or “have-to’s”, they are habits that make me feel good and I know they are doing so much goodness for my body too. These are habits I recommend to you, my joyous reader.


I really believe that detox habits can be part of your every day! Not just once in a while.

In my latest video, I share five ways to detox every day. And I’ve outlined in more detail these rituals below.

5 Ways I Detox Every Day 

1. Drink a huge glass of water every morning when you wake uP 

Your body is approximately 60% water , your brain is 70% water and your skin is 64% water — have I convinced you already to drink more water?

If you’re a mama who is breastfeeding then you’re probably sipping water right now right?! 

If you want to detox effectively, lose fat, get glowing skin, think smart then drink water my friend. It’s as simple as that! And continue drinking lots of it all day. Water helps the body eliminate toxins and waste more effectively. It improves your digestion and prevents constipation. It helps the kidneys cleanse with ease and is essential to life. You can go days without food, but you can’t live very long without water. 

Make your water more detoxifying by adding freshly squeezed organic lemon or a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar

2. Add turmeric root to your diet

You might already know if you follow me on social media or you read this post that I take turmeric as a supplement every single day. But it also eat it often.

I love making this Turmeric Ginger Tea and in the summer I make an Iced Latte with turmeric. In the winter I love cooking up a pot of my Cauliflower Chickpea Stew. Turmeric has many incredible benefits from cancer prevention to stimulating liver detoxification. I’ve talked about it many times on the blog before so if you want more in depth then check out any of those recipes. 

Why do I do this? Because turmeric is a detox superfood. 

Turmeric is the most studied plant food in the world.

3. Eat more plant foods

It’s no secret that I recommend a plant-based diet. Does that mean I’m suggested you turn vegan or vegetarian? Nope, but that’s cool if you are. Labels aside, I just want you to eat more plant foods.

If you look at the recipes on my blog, or in Joyous Health or Joyous Detox, you will see this is what I recommend and how my family and I eat every single day. It’s not a “detox” diet or a fad, it’s our lifestyle. If you need some inspiration and guidance, then join the Joyous Online Detox in January!   

 4. Dry Skin Brush, Daily

I may not be able to get my hubs Walker to dry skin brush every day but I’ll still be singing the praises of it for all time because it’s a fabulous way to get your skin glowing and stimulate lymphatic drainage which means, detox baby! If you’ve got boobies then dry skin brushing should be as essential to your daily routine as brushing your teeth. I don’t mean to sound preachy here but it’s just that it’s so necessary. Russians have known about this for thousands of years, same with those who practice Ayurveda. 

You can read more about it here. I’ve done a lot of research to bring you only the best so this is the Dry Skin Brush I use and recommend. 

5. Just breathe

woman sitting in yoga pose by water

Last but not least is the one habit I can probably convince you to do because you’re already doing it! But… are you doing it with awareness is the question??

Your lungs are an organ of detoxification. Breathing with awareness brings you from fight or flight to rest and digest mode. The latter is the mode of your nervous system you want to spend most of your time in. 

Breathing with awareness can be done a variety of ways. I recommend you choose two times per day that you’re going to breathe deeply and with awareness. It could be first thing in the morning before you jump out of bed and then again at night before you fall off to sleep. Breathe deeply for 2 minutes. 

There you have it! My five ways to detox every day.

Before I go, I’ve got a new detox program launching soon that goes perfectly with my new book Joyous DetoxYou can watch the video about it here. 

Wishing you joyous health, today and always!

Joy xo


katie   •   February 2, 2017

Joy and team, I have been following Joyous Health for a couple years now. You are my favorite health blog. Keep up the good work y'all do. Also, I love the Joyous Health book and just ordered Joyous Detox yesterday. I can't wait to receive it. With love and appreciation, Katie in Alabama

Rachel   •   February 2, 2017

Joanne   •   June 1, 2017

Joy Joy Joy......I've been following you for quite some time now

Rachel Molenda   •   June 1, 2017

DonCallis   •   June 22, 2018

I'm glad you added Turmeric on your list. Probably the most powerful ingredient out there. I also use some specia red tea to detox my body, very useful. Check out the red tea detox : Best of luck!


Nancy   •   July 16, 2018

I love this blog. Really helped me out because I totally forgot about lemon water. Sometimes the most simple things in life are the most powerful. Thank you. Nancy @

Rachel Molenda   •   July 16, 2018

Lisa J Fletcher   •   August 31, 2019

Nice post. This is very informational.


Christine   •   June 1, 2020

Hello Joy , love your videos and recipes , I have very bad digestive system to the point I belch all day long can be very embarrassing as my botching is very long . And the I have the gut discomfort and bloating . Would like to hear your thoughts on that . Thanks so much. 🤗🇦🇺🙂

Joy McCarthy   •   June 3, 2020

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