Exercise And Sickness (3 of 6): How To Workout While Detoxing


Hi! In this post, you are going to learn how to exercise while going through a detox. I hope that you are enjoying this series of posts related to exercise and sickness; how to exercise while under different types of health conditions.

First off, let me apologize for not sending out a post last Sunday. My life has been a bit crazy since I found out about Hurricane Florence that is on its way over here, so I’ve been doing nothing but preparing to get hit, basically.

Also, I’ve learned that the best days to send out blog posts are on Mondays and Thursdays… Do you agree with what? Why don’t you tell me what you think?

Stress, The Number One Cause Of Diseases

Now that you know how stress can affect our health and weight, and how to exercise while under stress, you are more than ready to learn about Detox and Cleanses.

As you learned in my previous post, our bodies react to all types of stress (physical, chemical, and emotional) in the exact same way. Stress is the NUMBER ONE cause of disease because, when we are under any type of stress, our bodies become very acidic from the release of so many hormones. Then, our body systems become reactive rather than performing at their best potential in an appropriate environment for them to do so (that’s why stress and fatigue walk hand in hand).

Whether we are emotionally drained, or smoke a pack of cigarettes/day, or have lost a limb in a car accident, our bodies will release the same hormones to balance our cells out so that it keeps its homeostasis, so that we don’t die.

But forget the hormones, that’s just another stressor. Think about all of the things that you eat, put on your skin, breathe, etc that contains synthetic substances that are extremely detrimental and acidic to our bodies, causing different diseases, even cancer. Some examples are parabens in shampoos, aluminum in deodorants, dyes in foods, pesticides in produce, and even fluoride in the water that we shower with!

Just so you know the extent of the danger that we are in, the pH level of our blood is 7.4 and the pH level of the water Aquafina is 5.96! And Aquafina is a store-bought water bottle that comes from the Filtered Municipal Waters! (Click here if you would like to check out the pH level of the water you usually consume).

60% of our bodies are made out of water. Now imagine if that water is “polluted”… In this context, we are what we eat, drink, and expose our bodies to, because all of those toxins end up accumulating in the water that we are!

Detoxing and Cleansing Is Important!

Throughout my years of coaching, every time I would say the words “Detox” and “Cleanse” people would freak out. And they would freak out not because they were afraid of seeing what was about to get out of their bodies, but because they didn’t want to be hungry during the detox or cleansing process.

There are MANY different types of detox and cleansing programs out there. After a lot of trial and error, I have mastered my own detox and cleanse programs that target the body in different ways. The best part? People do not go through hunger while detoxing! Since my programs have had A LOT of success, I will be sharing them with you in my second book and in my upcoming retreats. 🙂

If you are interested in this subject, please let me know and I can write more blog post about cleansing and detoxing.

But anyway, it is SO IMPORTANT to make sure that we detox and cleanse our bodies at least 2 times/year! We NEED to make sure that our bodies are being able to work with ease!

Think of yourself as a fish swimming in a river. The river needs to be clean for you to be able to swim further using the least amount of energy possible. –>The more amount of energy we use to do basic things, the less energy our bodies have to heal themselves on their own, and the faster we age.

So, even if you eat a clean diet and only use natural products on your body and around your house, cleaning “your river” at LEAST a couple of times a year is really important so that we can make sure that your body is performing in a good environment.

That’s why when you detox, you have to make sure that you are not adding any more stressors into your life and body. If you are doing a 7-day Detox, you have to take that week to respect the process of elimination of toxins. That is a great time to observe how your body is reacting as it gets rid of toxins. It’s such an amazing self-understanding time!

There are many symptoms that we go through when we detox: from having headaches to throwing up and breaking a fever. Everything will depend on your body’s level of toxicity. Again, if you would like me to talk more about this subject, just shout!

Detoxing And Exercising

So, knowing what you know now, especially after reading my last post, what do you think is the best way to exercise when you are detoxing or cleansing?

You guessed right! You shouldn’t exercise!!

Here I am again, telling you to not exercise. Am I the best coach in the world or what?? — just kidding!! Ha! But in all seriousness, isn’t exercise so good for us? Yes, but only when our bodies are under minimal stress, or in acute stress situations… NOT under CHRONIC situations, and NOT when you are detoxing or cleansing!

If you do exercise when you are detoxing/cleansing, your body will have very little energy left to spend with detoxing, because you spent energy exercising.

Since you have probably already worked out while detoxing (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading my post), ask yourself: were you tired during the week that you were detoxing your body and exercising?

It’s a no-brainer. During the time that we detox, every cell in our bodies requires energy (calories) to eliminate toxins. When we exercise, we end up burning those calories that our cells so much require. So, besides being extremely tired working out during a detox week, our bodies won’t even have much energy left to actually detoxify themselves!

Sounds really counter-active, doesn’t it?

Move your Lymphatic System

A detox is actually even more successful when we do activities that will move our lymphatic systems. But doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise. I wouldn’t even recommend you to go to the gym during that week at all.


  1. go for a walk in a park,
  2. ride your bike outdoors,
  3. stretch your body,
  4. swim on the beach (not the pool because of the chlorine! You are detoxing, remember?),
  5. practice conscious breathing,
  6. visit a sauna for 30 min every day (or every other day) during your detox week,
  7. get a massage (Learn more about massage benefits here. This is one of the best ways that we can help our bodies during a detox. Massages are very effective in moving our lymphatic system),
  8. become friends with a dry brush. Dry brushing is so good for our lymphatic system and releasing toxins from our bodies. All you need is a bristle brush like this one and brush yourself towards your heart. Here is what you do with it:
    • In circular motions, lightly brush your dry skin from your limbs, towards the center of your body.
    • Start with one foot –> bottom –> top –> calf –> shin –> hamstrings –> quads –> buttocks
    • The the other foot, etc
    • Then one hand –> palm –> top of the hand –> forearm –> arm –> shoulder
    • The other hand, etc
    • Back
    • Belly
    • Face (use a lighter scrubber)
    • Neck (use a lighter scrubber)
    • Chest.

See how much you can do to help your body?

When it comes to our physical, emotional, and  mental selves, ALWAYS ask yourself this question before doing anything: “Am I helping or harming my body by doing this?”

Now, go buy a dry brush and schedule that much-needed massage, will you?  🙂

Wishing you a life full of scrubs,

Gabi Brandao

Disease Prevention Advocate, Blogger, Author, Speaker, Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and Licensed Medical Massage Practitioner by the Virginia Board of Nursing

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