It seems like every time we pick up a newspaper there is talk of how all of the new chemicals in our environment are poisoning us. We are surrounded by toxins at every turn and it is easy to get overwhelmed with what it can take to keep our bodies clean. Take heed, there are many things you can do on a daily basis to keep those nasties from settling in. Don’t feel overwhelmed, add one tip at a time and it will seem quite easy.
~Drink your (pure) water!
I know I harp on this, but it is my #1 tip for staying healthy. We need adequate clean water to bring nutrition to the cells and transport waste out. This is a non-negotiable if you want to be healthy. Make it your 2016 Resolution to consume at least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of clean water daily if you are not already doing so.
~ Dry Skin Brush before you shower.
Dry skin brushing is a simple technique to help remove dead skin and toxins, as well as stimulate your lymphatics to move toxins out of the system. Use the brush (purchased easily online) in a circular motion on dry skin working toward the heart. Pressure should be firm, but not painful.
Yes, Grandma was right! Our bodies move loads of toxins out through the colon and when we don’t move them out, the body can re-absorb them…re-toxifying ourselves. Aim to go as many times as major meals you consume daily – usually 2-3.
~Eat fermented foods daily.
Probiotics not only help keep you regular and support your immune system, certain probiotics help to break down harmful toxins in the intestines. Don’t go for the sugary yogurt, try some kombucha, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, kvass. Many are becoming available in stores and farmer’s markets, or, better yet, you can try making your own.
~Include detoxifying foods/teas in your diet.
Foods like red beet, asparagus and artichoke are excellent for the liver to help detoxify, as watermelon and pumpkin seeds are beneficial for the kidneys. Dandelion and parsley teas are also great for the kidneys and turmeric is, well, amazing for the whole body, it seems. Try drinking warm water with fresh lemon first thing in the morning to help the liver and kidneys move waste out.
Your skin is your largest organ and sweating is a great (and essential way) to remove toxins. Be wary of anti-perspirants, as these prohibit that detoxification process and can clog up your lymph nodes (the ones right by your breast tissue, no less), as well as add toxic aluminum to your body. There are some good natural deodorants out there and we are happy to give you some ideas. (Hint – body odor is usually a sign of toxicity). The Far Infrared sauna is a fantastic way to eliminate toxins through the skin, especially heavy metals. The detox Foot Bath is also helpful.
~Pamper your skin.
The skin is more of a sponge than a barrier. We soak up what we soap up with and slather on. Ideally, we should not put anything on our skin that we would not put in our mouths… There is no shortage of excellent organic skincare on the market – try it, you will be pleasantly surprised.
~Filter your bathing water.
Your body absorbs more chlorine and chemicals from your bath water that many other things. Your skin is your largest organ and the hot water just open those pores to soak up those chemicals. The chlorine will destroy our natural antioxidants (you know, the ones that protect us from the damaging rays of the sun and the pollution in the air). There are great filters on the market you can attach to your shower head if you cannot purchase a whole-house filter.
~Don’t forget to breathe.
The lungs are major detoxifiers. If we do not breather deeply (from the belly), we cannot eliminate toxins properly. That said, make sure you are breathing clean air as much as possible. Most toxins come from inside the home (VOC from paint and furniture, mold), so quality air purifies are very helpful.
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