Free & Easy Detox - Top 5
For me, an ideal detox is about increasing physical and emotional vitality.
I’m not spruiking miracle cures for weight loss, turning into a supermodel, or a quick fix for a long term problem.
If you give your body what it needs, it will look after itself as it’s designed to self-heal. Just think of when you scraped your knee or cut your finger, your body just did its thing and healed it.
Your body loves you.
What are toxins?
Toxins are substances that cause irritation and/or harmful effects on the body. (Elson. M. Hass)
“Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle exposes us to an increasingly complex (and deteriorating) environment, so that our detoxification systems must work overtime just to process the toxins we encounter in everyday life. Many of us have exceeded our capacity for cleansing.” (M. Hyman)
Our physical systems simply can’t keep up. So imagine the “free energy” available to you when your body isn’t using extra energy every day to get rid of its chemical/toxic load!
1. DRINK WATER
Our kidneys are awesome detoxers, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They help flush out (via urine) waste products that come into your body through food, air & water.
We can help our kidneys by drinking water. The average advice seems to be 8 cups a day, but do what feels right for you. A free indicator of a well hydrated body/drinking enough water is your wee. Aim for wee that is pale yellow and clear.
TIP – If you’re not one for easily drinking water, set your phone alarm as a reminder and drink small glasses of water more frequently throughout your day.
We are lucky in Australia to be able to turn on a tap and get free clean drinking water.
You release a small amount of toxins with sweat.
How to promote sweating –
1. Any exercise. A free bonus is endorphins (feel good hormones) are released when we exercise!
2. Gardening. Fresh air and movement.
3. Put on some music and dance around.
TIP – Sweating is natural but it doesn’t mean smelling! Our reminder to you is to use a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants block off your sweat glands under your armpits. Read your product labels carefully, do you recognize the ingredients on the label
3. GO BAREFOOT
Earthing – walking around bare foot. It’s based on the principal of discharging oxidative stress (a build-up of energy that naturally occurs). When you plug something electric into a wall, it has a circuit connected to the ground. When you walk barefoot, you are connecting your circuit to the ground.
Walk on the sand, find a patch of grass, take your shoes off in the forest or bushland. All completely free & fun too.
If you doubt that the soles of your feet are inherently connected to your body as a whole, try rubbing raw garlic on them and see if you can taste it! I wasn’t sure if it was phony theory, so I tried it for myself. Because it didn’t happen straight away, I forgot. I was sitting down reading a little later, when I tasted it. Took me a moment to figure out why I could taste raw garlic, then it dawned on me, and my doubt was gone. So, think about where you choose to walk barefoot!
4. EAT FIBRE
Your intestines host a huge amount of helpful bacteria that neutralize toxic substances before sending them out with your poo. Fibre seems to be a favourite food for helpful bacteria.
Foods high in fibre are:
Insoluble fibre ensures your lower gut has the fuel it needs. Brans, legumes, and my fave are psyllium husks, all help you poo regularly and easily.
Soluble fibre attracts water and turns to gel during digestion, slowing it down so you feel fuller for longer. Soluble fibre is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables.
Sugary and processed foods are generally low fibre and may disturb the balance of helpful/non helpful bacteria.
Did you just take a nice deep breath? I did.
Deep breaths help the release of toxins through your respiratory system. Deep breathing helps you to calm down, it triggers your parasympathetic nervous system which defuses stress. It also helps with pain. When we breathe deeply, we oxygenate our blood, which triggers our brain to release endorphins. Ahhh, those endorphins.
Breathing is automatic, but did you know if you are stressed or unhappy, you are more likely to breathe shallower. So, to release some stress focus on a nice long free deep breath.
Happy free detox every day. Eat well, drink well, breath deep and walk around bare foot!