The word ‘detox‘ has taken on a much broader and more dynamic meaning over the past two decades. We now know it to mean assisting the body with the removal of everyday physical and emotional toxins. Pollutants regularly permeate our food, air, water, personal care products, even the clothes we wear – all impacting how the body functions.
It has been estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals presently used in the United States.1 As we age, our toxic load continues to compound. Scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries within her or his body at least 700 contaminants.
When it comes to a well-rounded detoxification program, it is also important to consider not just the physical removal of toxins, but also the emotional aspects that may need to be released as well. Toxicity can build in many areas of life – from the social networks we keep,2to
Of course, as our knowledge about toxins grow, it becomes essential to assess our exposure. Take health into your own hands by finding safe ways to keep the body vital.
How To Detox Your Life In 3 Simple Steps
Follow these 3 essential tips to help you detox your body and mind:
1. Be Good To The Gut
It is best to begin any type of cleansing program by first ensuring that the intestines are in good shape so that you can excrete toxins without difficulty. Fiber is critical to effective detoxification. Fiber sources include: legumes, non-starchy vegetables, beans, fruits, seeds, nuts, and flax-seed meal. The general recommendation for fiber is about 30 to 35 grams daily.
When it comes to the emotional aspects of the gut, consider any outdated emotions that are stored in the body and need to be ‘excreted’. When we do not properly ‘eliminate’ unhealthy emotions, we can experience increased levels of stress. Stress not only causes inflammation, but can elicit poor digestive function.
Deep breathing is an example of one
2. Let The Fluids Flow
If toxins are not being excreted in stools, they can end up in urine and sweat. For this reason, drinking adequate water is an imperative for healthy detoxification. Fiber works best with fluid, and being properly hydrated allows toxins to move in and out of cells freely.
During detoxification, also consider any emotions that may need to be released. Tears are thought to help the body release inflammatory cytokines. In one clinical study by Dr. Ishii and colleagues at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, they showed that being easily brought to tears is associated with a better response for the immune and neuro-endocrine systems.3
3. Liven The Liver
Other substances that can help streamline the processing of toxins through the liver include: green tea, curry, and cruciferous vegetables. It is recommended to get at least one serving daily.
When it comes to emotions, traditional medicine would say the liver is about action, which is why anger is often associated with this organ. Anger is simply a ‘call to act’. It is a catalyst that prompts us to change something or make a statement about our boundaries. During the detoxification process, note the presence of anger. Is it easily expressed or stuffed down inside? Finding healthy ways to vent anger can be more beneficial than just reacting in a volatile way.
Detoxification is an essential
|↑1||Weiss, B., & Landrigan, P. J. (2000). The developing brain and the environment: an introduction. Environmental health perspectives, 108(Suppl 3), 373|
|↑2||Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., J-P. Gouin, and L. Hantsoo, Close Relationships, Inflammation, andHealth. NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV REV, 2009|
|↑3||Tanno, M., Nakajima, A., Ishiwata, T., Naito, Z., & Yoshino, S. (2004). Effect of general anesthesia on the abnormal immune response in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol, 22(6), 727-732|