Detoxification: Going Deeper
As we learned in the Basics, detoxification requirements should match our unique toxin load. Regardless, these daily practices will support any and all bodies in gentle daily detox. Let's go deeper.
A quick note on the home
I think by now most of us are familiar with the power of decluttering your home that was reignited with the work of Marie Kondo, and if not, how awesome do you feel after a deep cleaning and tidying of your home? Detoxing your home is an important step in detoxing your mind and body. Get rid of all the clutter and excess. Donate clothes you haven't worn in over a year. Put everything back in its place before you go to bed. Keep it simple, or your version of simple. Your mind and body will thank you.
Cleansing is a pretty mainstream practice nowadays with the abundance of juice cleanses and meal delivery services on the market. Although I do not typically recommend juice cleanses, I do support and recommend any type of practice that provides a reset for the way we treat our bodies and minds, mainly through what we put in to it. If you decide to do a cleanse, know that a juice or broth cleanse, or eating an abundance of clean fruits, veggies, and high quality fats and proteins will actually all yield the same result when done properly. Cleansing can be done weekly, monthly, seasonally, or yearly--its entirely up to you. For help with figuring out what type of cleanse would work best with your system, genetics, health conditions, and more, make sure to consult a licensed healthcare professional that has experience in this area.
Giving your water a boost
Water, water, water. We talked a lot about this incredible elixir for life in the Nutrition + Hydration module, but as a reminder, adding any of the following to your water can boost your detox pathways and support your body's natural ability to round up toxins and eliminate them.
1. Freshly squeezed lemon. Add a 1/2 lemon per glass of water, 1-2 times per day. Extra bonus if you start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon.
2. Liquid Chlorophyll. The benefits of Chlorophyll are seemingly endless, but detoxification is high on the list. Add a dropperful or two to your water or any other beverage.
3. Activate charcoal. Similar to lemon and Chlorophyll, the benefits and uses of activated charcoal extend in and outside of the body. Add a pinch to your water with lemon.
Want to take things to the next level? Add all three together to make a detox lemonaide. A pinch or two of charcoal, a dropperful of Chlorophyll, and 1/2-1 freshly squeezed lemon per 8oz glass of water. Sip slow and enjoy.
If you think about it, a large portion of detoxing occurs in the bathroom (and I'm not just talking about pooping and peeing). Epsom salt baths, dry skin brushing, and contrast hydrotherapy are 3 of my favorite ways to stimulate gentle yet profound toxin elimination. Read on to learn a little bit more about each of these practices, and head to the Bonuses module for instructions and handouts on how to do these at home.
1. Epsom salt baths. Medicinal salts have been used for thousands of years to heal the body. Salts help draw toxins out of the body, promoting a gentle detox. However, it is incredibly important to remember that if we sit in that bath water too long, we will actually end up reabsorbing those toxins through our skin! Keep detox baths to 20 minutes, then drain and pat the skin dry.
2. Dry skin brushing. By keeping the skin free from dry, dead skin cells, efficiency of the skin to remove wastes from the body (aka detox) is enhanced. It also stimulates and mechanically moves our lymphatic fluid! For more on how to dry skin brush properly, click here.
3. Contrast hydrotherapy. This is definitely one of the lesser known methods of detoxification, but one of my favorite. The idea is simple: alternate between hot and cold water while you shower to stimulate your body to heat itself up and cool itself down. This temperature contrast helps strengthen and normalize the nervous, circulatory, endocrine (hormonal), musculoskeletal and immune systems and is excellent for helping the body cope with physiological and psychological stress. To learn more, click here.
prepare your body for battle
For those that enjoy a night out (or two), one of the best things you can do is detox before you retox by prepping the body for whats to come. First and foremost, make sure that your immune system is strong and you've got no lingering colds as a night of partying will certainly push you over the edge. Get a good nights sleep, and hydrate thoroughly. Supplement appropriately beforehand (Vitamin C to boost the immune system and aid in detoxification, Chlorophyll in your water), and if needed, supplement afterword as well (neurotransmitter support, IV therapy, etc). Get as much sleep as possible the night after, and use the supportive nutrition and detoxification therapies described in this module as well as the sleep and nutrition modules!
In order to help you fully integrate all of this information, please enjoy the detoxification bonuses for handouts on contrast hydrotherapy, dry skin brushing, and more!
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