Are you feeling Toxic? The signs of toxicity in your body may surprise you: headaches, fatigue, sluggish thinking, weight gain, poor digestion and muscle pain all indicate the need for detoxification.
Come on – let’s stimulate that liver!
Life is too short to feel like crap all the time.
The 5 steps to help stimulate and support your liver to move accumulated toxins out with the bile are Diet, Herbs, Nutrients, Exercise and Hydrotherapy.
#1 ~ Detox Diet: Let’s keep this easy, simple and enjoyable. Personally, I prefer to skip the weird hot sauce honey lemon juice concoctions and just clean up my choices. I have nothing against lemons, Red Hot or honey, but I am not drinking that shit together. And, I still want to eat! No fasting for this natural me, I’ll take my food please.
So here’s the detox diet basics:
Eliminate white sugar and white flour products.
Limit wheat, dairy and meats containing hormones and antibiotics.
Eats lots of whole, fresh and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Chew food properly and don’t eat on the run.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of purified water every day.
#2 ~ Detox Herbs to Help the Body Deal with Toxins: Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Ginger and Garlic.
Eat ’em, juice ’em, put them in your tea. Just get ’em in ya.
#3 ~ Detox Nutrients to Support Cleansing: Vitamin C, Lipoic Acid, B-Complex vitamins, Probiotics (friendly bacteria) and Psyllium fiber.
Any other favorites of yours? Please share.
#4 ~ Exercise to Eliminate Toxins: Yes, you must get your booty moving. Raise your heart rate for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week to stimulate blood circulation and movement of the lymphatic fluid to help remove waste products.
Exercise can also help reduce overall fat reserves which are the primary storage sites for toxins.
Ugh – toxins in fat? Great. Now I have to try to sleep at night knowing my ass is not just pudgy, but poisonous too! Good to know, I guess. Maybe it will help motivate me to work out and sweat!
I’ll have to remember to stretch too because the optimal detox exercise is Yoga, which encourages the proper circulation of blood and lymph fluid, enhances digestion, reduces nervous tension, strengthens the endocrine system, lubricates the joints, reduces excess fat and improves concentration. Downward dog anyone?
#5 ~ Hydrotherapy and Skin Cleansing with Dry Skin Brushing, Saunas and Detox Baths: pampering is a fab way to encourage detoxing within our largest organ, our skin.
Dry skin brushing: Take a natural-bristle dry skin brush and brush your body with short, brisk strokes towards your heart. This feels so good. Enjoy dry skin brushing every day before your shower to increase your blood and lymphatic circulation.
Saunas: Help stimulate detoxification through the skin. By sweating, you will release a wide range of toxins stored in your fat and blood and excrete them through your skin.
Detox Baths: Warm baths with baking soda, Epsom salts or sea salt can help eliminate toxins such as heavy metals. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes and then gently scrub your skin with a herbal soap on a natural fiber.
Follow the above 5 steps to cleanse, nourish and rest your body from the inside out. By enhancing the function of your liver and lymphatic system, you are promoting your health, strengthening your body and revitalizing its ability to cleanse and heal itself.
Detox and have fun. It’s time for internal spring cleaning.