Without realising we start accumulating toxins, we eat fatty foods, we exercise less, we get stressed, we drink too much and all of a sudden – bam! You are fat sick and nearly dead. So this is why keeping on top of detoxing daily is such a great way to take charge of your health. And it is as simple as incorporating some small yet significant steps for better health.
Why is detoxification important?
Toxins are built up in the body from environmental factors for example pollution, diet factors and stress factors. The accumulations of toxins block path ways in the body, most in particular the liver, the main toxin processing organ in the body. Once toxins have built up in your body to an extent your liver cannot push out. When toxins cannot be excreted by the liver, then inflammation sets in. Inflammation leads to weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, gastro intestinal problems and even cancer.
Sunlight to detox – Vitamin D3 does a fantastic job in killing off bad bacteria, just 20 minutes of sunshine a day will produce anti-microbials which kill off bad bacteria, funguses, viruses, parasites throughout your body while also ridding your body of the waste left behind by these nasty critters. Research is becoming more prevalent that Vitamin D is a cancer fighting agent, which actually kills off cancer cells. Try and incorporate 20-30 minutes of sunshine every day. Split up a 20 minute session into two sessions, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon. If you are an office worker, this is something that you should do everyday – the risk of catching colds and flu’s are higher for people who are constrained to a dingy office all day. Eat your lunch outside in a park, or go for a walk.
Earthing and grounding – Detoxification is not just limited to toxins that are clogging up our body and liver. But also toxins such as electrical charges that often create havoc in our bodies. We literally become positively charged because we have not earthed ourselves sufficiently, we wear shoes inside the house and all day long without touching the ground. By touching your feet on the ground you instantly discharge this electrical build up from your body.
Exercise – exercising promotes sweat and sweat is responsible for release toxins built up within the body. Exercise also drains the lymphatic system, which is the largest circulatory system in your body they act like a drain, and they are commonly clogged up with toxins. Another way to detoxify the lymphatic system is to use a rebounder , which is a small trampoline. Toxins are also stored within fat cells in our bodies and can be present for a very long time, the aim is to lose this excess fat so that toxins will pass through the body.
Reduce stress – Reducing stress can come easily through breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation. Meditation works extremely well with release stress, which is a key culprit in promoting inflammation in the body. A very good form of meditation to discover if you aren’t meditating yet is mindfulness meditation. Juice feasting/ fasting and smoothies – alkalize your gut with a diet using juiced vegetables and fruits. Eat plenty of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables in your juices, the more you eat the colors of the rainbow the more crucial antioxidants and phytonutrients you will be receiving, both of which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. If you don’t have time to eat all the colours of the rainbow then juicing and smoothies are perfect for you to incorporate into your day. Drink warm lemon water – water is one of the easiest and fastest ways to detoxify. You can eliminate toxins through urine. Mixing warm water and freshly squeeze lemon juice creates a perfect toxin remover. Drink this in the morning as soon as you wake up, it will help pass the toxins through your body that have accumulated through sleep.
Detoxification from sugar – detoxification from sugar is just as critical as our other methods. Just by exercising will power every now and again will allow you to stop sugar addiction and weight gain. If you are a big drinker of soft drinks, cut down your consumption until you are down to one, then go with out for a 2-3 weeks and see how you feel – I guarantee you will feel and look much better.
Herbs – Mushrooms such as Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps mushrooms, milk thistle, dandelion root or even leaves (juiced), burdock root are powerful adaptogens and liver cleansing herbs. Drinking plenty of high antioxidant Matcha Japanese green tea acts as a great toxin release.
Detox bath – A detox bath helps leech toxins from your body through your skin. Use natural ingredients that are known anti-inflammatory’s and detoxifiers and add into your hot bath bath. Adding ingredients such as apple cider vinegar and essential oils are great to get the detoxification processes going. These baths also help you unwind and relax after a long day sometimes you may even find yourself nodding off! Perfect before bedtime for a deep restful sleep.
The aim is to marry all these different detoxification methods on a daily basis. A daily detox plan can fit into your day readily easily. A daily detox plan would look something like this:
Upon Waking: Drink warm lemon water
Breakfast: Have a green juice or smoothie and some Matcha tea
After breakfast: Exercise and then meditation
Lunch time: If you are at work sit outside in the sun for 20-30 minutes, try and find a park and sit on the grass without any shoes on.
Throughout the day: Avoid sugar!
Arrive home: Have a relaxing detox bath We hope that you will use these simple principles to maintain your body at an alkalized state everyday so that all your organs can function in unison and help you get the best out of your bodies.
If you have any daily detox routines and tips you would like to share please feel free to write them below!
Thanks and stay well = )
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