Tuesday , 25 July 2017
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How to Detoxify Your Body

How to Detoxify Your Body

Body Detox

It’s a great idea to do a whole body detoxification at least twice a year (usually at the turning of a new season). By doing this you will give yourself renewed energy, regenerate your cells and organs, while optimizing your capacity to function. When toxins are allowed to accumulate they create an host of difficulties including sluggishness, skin and digestive problems, trouble losing weight, impaired nutrient absorption and by not correcting this inefficiency is where other issues may arise.

As part of a whole body detox, these are a few methods and lifestyle practices that will help your body reach its optimal level in no time.

Remove Obstacles

It’s pretty self-explanatory why you wouldn’t detox and still be adding toxins to your body. This means eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes (this includes cigars and hookah), saturated fats, simple carbohydrates, refined sugars, sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, and preserved goods. Providing fewer toxins for your organs to process will give them time to rest and regenerate. Hopefully though, you can eliminate this list for good. However, I never protest the occasional glass of red wine (there is a compound called resveratrol in the skin of red grapes {used to make the wine} and it’s benefits include the following effects: anti-aging, cardio-protective, anti-diabetic, neuro-protective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral). Viva la Vino! Only 1-2 glasses per day though, as over-doing it will be more destructive than provide any additional benefit.

Reduce Your Stress Load

Stress has the potential to exhaust your body physically, mentally, emotionally, as well as trigger the onset of latent illnesses. If not dealt with, stress will lead to burnout, which is a phase of exhaustion where your body is most vulnerable. Never let it get to this point and always pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Make more time for YOU.

Drink Plenty of Water

About 2 Liters a day is an ideal goal to have. If you don’t like the taste of water on its own (I’ve heard this before!), feel free to infuse it with fresh cucumbers, throw in some mint, or a few slices of orange. Just please don’t use those pre-packaged flavors that are likely to have some sort of sugar or sweetener, which will totally go against what you’re trying to achieve with this.

Eat fibers, fresh fruits and vegetables

Locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables are ideal since they will be the most nutrient dense. Start the day with a tall glass of lukewarm water with lemon; wait half an hour, then eat your desired seasonal fruits. This will give your body some time to cleanse from the previous day, while fruits I recommend first because they should always be eaten away from meals (if eaten together they will ferment in your intestine, creating much unpleasantness). Eating plenty of fibers (with water, you don’t want them to get stuck) will push through any lingering waste and regulate your bowel movements.

Cleanse your Liver

Since your liver is the main vehicle in which toxins are broken down and eliminated, it is highly beneficial to keep it working as efficiently as possible. The following herbs are excellent for liver detoxification: burdock, milk thistle, dandelion root, boldo, artichoke, and green tea. They can be taken in tea, capsule, or tincture form—I prefer the “Liver Tea” by Clef Des Champs, 3 times per day when cleansing.

Exercise

One-hour daily of light to moderate exercise is a fantastic way to improve your body’s metabolism and its ability to cleanse itself. If you are an individual that is typically under stress, it will be of much benefit to take up yoga (here you will also practice deep breathing, which allows more oxygen to reach your body’s tissues), Qigong, Tai Chi, and meditation as well. However, if you’re worried about time pressures, you’ll feel better knowing that a bit of exercise everyday will actually make you more efficient in your daily tasks, potentially even saving you time. Not to mention the increase in endorphins will make you happier, less stressed, clear mental fogginess, and you will have fewer food cravings. Sounds like a win-win.

Increase your Vitamin C intake

This helps your body to recycle glutathione, a key (actually, critical) component in the elimination of toxins, reduction of oxidative stress, and the prevention of chronic illness, as well as aging. Toxins actually stick to glutathione, where they are then carried out of the body. Problems occur when there is toxic overload on the body, glutathione gets depleted, and a destructive imbalance occurs. The reason why you can’t simply take a glutathione pill is because your body will digest it as a protein, not allowing you to receive the intended benefits. Instead, you can capitalize on supplements that support its production, one of the main ones being Vitamin C. You may also increase your intake of sulfur-rich foods (only downfall is their obvious odor): garlic (not just for your skin and colds;)), onion, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

I take a daily dose of 2g of vitamin C, although you can take a lot more if you were adamant about really increasing your intake, since it’s a water-soluble vitamin (there is no toxicity and it will just get flushed out). You will know your body isn’t absorbing it anymore once you have a watery bowel movement, so at this point you’ve reached your limit. My nutrition professor actually told us to experiment and take 1-2 g every hour (never all at once), to see what our own limits were. When you’re sick, you require a lot more than if you weren’t and there are studies that show actively taking Vitamin C decreases the time it takes to get over a cold, whereas taking NSAIDS (Advil and Tylenol) will actually prolong your illness period. For example, if you have a fever an NSAID will bring it down, but your body actually requires the fever to kill the pathogens that have invaded your body. This dramatically hinders your body’s ability to fight the infection (while falsely making you feel better), requiring a longer period of time for your health to improve.

Dry Skin Brushing

This revitalizing process stimulates your skin, promoting circulation and tone by sloughing off its dead cells. Using a loofah or massage brush, begin brushing from your feet upward in light circular motions, going clockwise on your abdomen, and doing figure-8s on your chest. This whole process should take 3-5 minutes and is most beneficial if done in the morning before your shower. Once you enter the shower, rinse your skin with cold water for one minute before proceeding to warm (this will ensure all of the dead skin cells are removed by stimulating your pores to close).

Epsom Salt Bath

This is a great way to both de-stress and eliminate toxic waste from your body through perspiration. Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulphate, relaxes your muscles (especially useful after exercise {reduces muscle cramping} and/or a massage {prolongs its effects}). It works by stimulating the release of lactic acid, which is the principal waste product of muscle tissue metabolism. Simply add 2 cups to 1 kg of Epsom Salts (only—don’t add any other soaps or bubbles) to a hot bath (38-44 degrees C) and soak for approx. 20 minutes. It will also be helpful to keep a cold towel around your neck will you bathe to ensure the heat doesn’t become over-powering. Also have a glass of water on hand in order to re-hydrate since all the toxins will be released through sweat and you’ll be losing fluids. After your bathe it is very important to cool off either in a cold shower for one minute or using a cold cloth or sponge to wipe down your body (from feet upwards). Then, off to bed you go!

Practice Hydrotherapy

Alternating hot and cold water in your shower has proven to be a powerful method to both eliminate toxins and strengthen your immune system, if done correctly. All you have to do is crank up the hot water for 3 minutes and then blast yourself with cold for 45 seconds, repeating this up to seven times (at this point you’re becoming a pro!), and finishing off with cold—ALWAYS. The bigger the contrast between hot and cold, the better, although I know this may take some time getting used to so just be patient. Once you get addicted to the feeling of invigoration it brings, you won’t have a problem with it. This technique improves circulation bringing blood to your capillaries, flushes out your organs, aids in reducing blood pressure, strengthens your nervous system, clears out accumulated toxins, and gives you a huge pang of energy to start the day.

Disclaimer: Consult your health care practitioner before engaging in any detox program, this information is intended for educational purposes only and cannot replace medical counseling.

Erica Grenci BA (Hons), ND (CAND)

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  1. Keep the skin moist (called lubricating or moisturizing the skin). Use ointments (such as petroleum jelly), creams, or lotions 2 – 3 times a day. Moisturizers should not contain alcohol, scents, dyes, or other chemicals. Using a humidifier in your home will also help. Moisturizers and emollients work best when they’re applied to skin that is wet or damp. After washing or bathing, pat the skin dry and then apply the moisturizer right away.,.`.

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