Detoxing to Cleanse of the Body of Toxins
When our bodies are in good condition, it will flush out toxins as they are digested or consumed. It’s a natural process for the body to eliminate toxins through the liver and/or kidney. In fact, the body is constantly flushing out toxins as it becomes exposed to pollutants and chemicals from the air, water, food and products we use on our skin.
- Pollutants in our AIR can include industrial and car exhaust, air spray, pesticides, gases, second hand smoke, dust, perfumes, aerosol sprays, paints and varnish.
- Pollutants in our WATER can include sewage waste, algae, volcanoes, agricultural runoff, industrial runoff, oxygen depletion affecting marine and wildlife, bacteria, lead, and trash.
- Pollutants in our FOOD can include bacteria, spoiled, over processed, meats cooked over well-done (carcinogenic), pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, formaldehyde, food processing errors, packaging materials, food cooked in plastics, handling, and storage temperatures.
- Pollutants on our SKIN can include ingredients in make up such as heavy metals, oils that can grow microorganisms, smog, smoke, contaminated dirt, contaminated water, UV rays, bug sprays, metals found in make-up products.
Before you start any detox program, think about your current diet and environment. Are there changes you can make that may inhibit the consumption of these pollutants? I think we can all list out several of these pollutants that we can avoid entirely if we just made the effort. But if you can’t, then it’s time to think about a detox program. However before you proceed, it’s always best to consult your physician to make sure there are no complications with other health matters.
There are two types of toxins within the body, water-soluble and fat-soluble toxins. Water-soluble is usually flushed out naturally in healthy bodies. Fat-soluble toxins are harder for the body to flush and can end up being stored within the fat cells. Ensuring the body is operating efficiently and effectively can help remove these toxins. Unfortunately, sometimes the body can’t keep up. And when it can’t keep up, it weakens the immune system. But there are ways to help the body combat this process.
Eat Fiber Enriched Foods
To help the body detox naturally, eat plenty of fiber. Fiber enriched foods help the colon to detoxify the body. It also assists with eliminations. Start including fiber rich foods such as unrefined grains (steel cut oats and brown rice), legumes, apples, avocados, oranges, bananas, berries, spinach, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, seaweed, spirulina and chlorella.
Drink organic coffee, teas and spring water
Stop drinking sodas; especially diet sodas with lots of chemical additives. Move to organic coffee, teas and spring water. If you really need the added flavor, use citrus fruits, cucumbers or even honey.
Take your Vitamins
Take your essential vitamins daily and add in extra Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body produce a liver compound called glutathione. Glutathione is produced naturally by the liver and is also found in vegetables, fruits and meats. It helps to drive away toxins and assists the body in tissue building and repair. The recommended daily dietary intake for Vitamin c is 65 to 90 milligrams a day with the upper limited is 2,000 mg a day. The body generally can hold and use about 250 mg of Vitamin C per day with any excess excreted in your urine. If you take too much Vitamin C, it can cause diarrhea, nausea and headaches. But in times of illness, recovery, or other stresses to the body, the body can take higher doses such as the upper limit of 2,000 mg a day. Talk to your doctor about what is right for your better health.
Drink at least 64 ounces of Spring Water per Day
Most experts say you should drink at least 8 cups of clean water per day. This amount keeps a normal body under normal conditions sufficiently hydrated. However if the body is running hotter than normal, whether it’s through exercise, sickness or environment, drinking more water will assist the body in cooling itself and remain sufficiently hydrated. A good way to monitor your body’s hydration is through the urine. Generally speaking, the more hydrated the body, the clearer the urine. If the urine is darker dull color, then you are more than likely dehydrated.
Burn the Toxins Out
Breaking a sweat through exercise allows your body to sweat out toxins through the body’s pores. Exercising at least 3 to 5 times a week for 30 minutes will help burn the fat cells that may toxins. If you are unable to exercise, then consider alternative ways to break a sweat like a sauna or steam bath.
Contrast hydrotherapy is using alternative hot and cold water, in any form, to improve the circulation and quality of the blood. Always begin with heat and end with a cold application. The amount of time of hot or cold may vary, but an effective recipe is to begin with 3 minutes of hot water application, followed by 30 seconds to 1 minute of cold application. Repeat the sequence the sequence 7 to 8 times. After completing the sequence gently pat the skin with a dry towel. Afterwards, the body may need to warm up. If so, wrap the body in a blanket so the body can adjust to the preferred temperature. Useful techniques include using a heating pad with an ice pack on the abdomen area. However, if there is any pain within the abdomen area, do not use any heat or it may exacerbate the issue. Otherwise showering with hot and cold-water combinations will work best for the body. Afterwards the body will feel invigorating, as the heat application will bring oxygenated blood to the area to carry out toxins. The cold application will limit swelling, pain and slow the metabolism. Together the sequence can help the blood flush out toxins in the body for rapid healing.
Caster Oil Packs
Caster Oil Packs stimulate liver detoxification and are helpful for increasing eliminations and lymphatic circulation. They are also used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, swelling and nervous system issues. However it’s not suggested if there is any abdominal pain, menstrual bleeding or pregnancy. Always check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.
To make a Caster Oil Pack, use a oil from a bottle of pure cold pressed caster oil. Saturate piece of wool flannel cloth large enough to cover the abdominal area after being folded at least 2 times. Place the soaked wool cloth over the entire abdominal area. Then lay a piece of plastic over the cloth so a heating element can be applied on top. Use a hot water bottle or heating pad over the area for at least 60 minutes. For intense recoveries, the pack can be left on for several hours. Afterward the treatment, rub baking soda on the body to effectively remove the oil from the skin. Repeat every night for 2 to 3 nights with a one-night break. After 8-10 days of applications, take a small dose of olive oil (one ounce 3 times in one day) and body will assimilate.
Dry Brushing Skin
Before bathing, take a natural bristle brush and gently brush the skin in a rotating manner for at least a few minutes per area (feet, lower legs, upper legs, core, arms and upper torso). Avoid the face where skin is thin and more sensitive. Some experts suggest following a pattern such as the flow of blood from the right side of the body through to the left side of the body to help be in sequence with the body’s natural rhyme. This technique will eliminate dead skin cells, help new skin to regenerate, stimulate the lymphatic system to increase blood circulation to detoxify the body.
Balneology or Balneotherapy
Balneology or Balneotherapy is basically bathing therapy. Bathing therapy has long been used as an acceptable treatment from ancient Rome to current times for a soothing relief for the body. Bathing in warm to hot water with Epson salt can balance the saline content solution within the body and draw out toxins through perspiration. The minerals are then absorbed and carried through the body for assistance with proper eliminations. Epson salt can also help break down lactic acid build up after a robust work out or a tough physical activity.
In an average size bathtub, ranging from 40 to 60 gallons of water, follow the directions on the Epsom Salt carton. Typically one bath will require the entire usage of a large Epsom Salt carton. Soak in the bath between 15 to 45 minutes, but do not overdo as to weaken the body. Depending on the condition, weekly baths should be sufficient but daily baths can be taken for more aggressive therapy.
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To fast is to completely abstain from all food and drink, except for water over a given period of time. Juicing is another form of fasting, where fruit and/or vegetable juices along with water are allowed for a period of time. Allowing the body to pause on the continual digestive process, the body can then focus on eliminating toxins, building the immune system and balance the metabolism. Also the body will turn to the fat reserves for energy and thus removing any fat-soluble toxins from the skin. Fasting can be dangerous if fasting for longer than a 12-hour period, so always consult your doctor on a best plan for your individual health needs.
Now that you have an understanding of what pollutants become toxins to the body and how the body can eliminate those toxins, try incorporating these into your monthly regime to ensure your body is operating efficiently and effectively especially if you think you just need something to recharge your body’s system. Detoxing can help the body revamp from both the outside in to the inside out for greater overall health benefits.
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