Imagine if you lived in a very small space; What would it be like if you could only remove 20% of the rubbish you brought in? What would it feel like to be in that space after a week? What about after a month? Now imagine living in that space for a year! How does it feel to be in that space now? Uncomfortable, sluggish, unable to do everything you wanted to do?
Now imagine how your body would feel in that scenario?
In the modern world our bodies are put exactly into that situation. We are exposed to many toxins, which may lead to us experiencing toxic overload and your ability to release waste is compromised and may lead to toxicity.
What are the signs of toxicity?
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Bad breath
- Sluggish digestion
- Poor concentration
- Food Cravings
- Aches and pains
- Skin problems
- Disturbed sleep
Where do these toxins come from?
The toxins come from certain foods, our environment and even our lifestyle can make us toxic. On a daily basis, environmental chemicals in solvents, plastics, and adhesives; in make-up, moisturisers, nail polish, hair dyes and shampoos; pesticides, herbicides, parasites in soil, food, and water; ingestible chemicals in junk and processed foods and the toxins released by our bodies when under consistent stress all contribute to an ever-increasing lack of radiance and energy.
The human body has been designed to get rid of toxins however, when there is toxic overload, the toxins may find their way into organs, skin, and the blood stream or stored in fat cells, this is when we begin to see and feel some of the common ailments described earlier.
What can you do to support your body?
It is difficult to avoid exposure to toxins even when you eat an organic diet and are particular about your personal care products! The liver is the key organ involved in elimination toxins along with the colon, skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys and bladder, so it is important to give your body some additional support.
TEN TIPS to support elimination of toxins
- Water – Be sure the number of ounces of water you drink per day is equal to at least half of your body weight (i.e. 150 lbs. body weight = 75 oz. water per day). In the autumn and winter, it can be especially helpful and cleansing to drink warm water.
- Lemon Water – This is a gentle yet effective way to support and cleanse the liver, kidneys and colon, and help alkalise the body. It assists in breaking up mucus and provides energy via enzymes, Vitamin C, potassium and trace minerals. Squeeze the juice of quarter of a lemon into warm water to drink (please use fresh, ripe lemons, not prepared lemon juice).
- Body Brushing – This is one of best ways to stimulate the lymphatic system. It is energising, assists in breaking up cellulite, removes dead skin, stimulates circulation, and strengthens the immune system. To do this, you will need a natural bristle brush, which can be purchased at most health food stores or pharmacies, start at your feet and work up the body in long strokes towards your heart. Be sure to cover the whole body, but skip the face and the breasts. Do not feel like you need to spend a tremendous amount of time on this, 2–3 minutes prior to your shower is fine.
- Toxin Elimination Bath – Each evening, place 2 cups of epsom salts and one cup of baking soda in the bath tub, run the hottest water you can stand and add 8 drops lavender oil. Soak in the bath tub for 20 minutes and allow yourself to sweat. When you are finished bathing, wrap yourself up in towels, go under your bed covers and sweat some more. You should feel very relaxed and sleep soundly.
- Exercise – Moving will be a key component to your cleanse. Tune into whatever kind of exercise feels appropriate, rather than just doing what you usually do or what you think you should do. Walking, yoga, swimming, Tai Chi, hiking, biking and strength training are all great ways to get moving. A powerful exercise for removing toxins is using a mini-trampoline or rebounder to help enhance you lymphatic system.
- Fibre – Getting additional fibre is vital to supporting the colon in its role of toxin elimination. In addition to lots of fresh vegetables, soaked flax seeds and chia seeds are recommended. Ideally you should be having a bowel movement 1-2 times per day.
- Sweat! – Saunas and exercise are a good way to sweat.
- Eat dark green leafy vegetables – preferably raw or lightly cooked every day (e.g. “green juice”, a big green salad and green food supplements). Eat lots of celery, watercress, broccoli, kale, cucumber, spinach, romaine, fresh herbs like basil and coriander.
- Eat a small portion of protein at every meal – your liver requires protein to support the detoxification process. Choose organic sources of meat, poultry, fish, eggs and plant based protein e.g. tofu, edamame beans, chickpeas, beans and pulses, rice or whey protein powders.
- Eat an early dinner – 3 to 4 hours before bedtime or even earlier if you are able to, occasionally try having a full 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, give your digestive system a rest, this will allow time for maintenance and repair.