But, yet… my body is still toxic!
How is that possible?
We live in a toxic world.
No matter how healthy you eat, or where you live (big city or in the country), or what your lifestyle is, you can be exposed to toxicity in the water, soil, food and air.
That’s one of the reasons why, no matter how healthy I think I may be, I do a liver cleanse 1x per year to help my body’s natural detoxification process.
Now, here’s where the trouble lies. Many people, especially in the health and wellness communities are cleansing too often. This can create an overly sensitive body that is highly reactive to EVERYTHING it comes in contact with: food, pets, people, water, air – you name it, their body over reacts in an unhealthy way.
We all know these folks. They can’t eat anything or go anywhere or do any activities, for fear that their body will produce some sort of negative reaction. They are over-detoxifying their body with too many “healthy” foods.
This is not healthy.
There is a time and a place for intentional detoxification.
Becoming aware of toxicity is the first step to improving health.
Toxins can be physical, chemical or microbial elements that damage living organisms.
If you are alive and breathing and reading this blog, your body is susceptible to some level of toxicity.
Toxins can be by-products of what we eat and drink, and they could also be from exposure to agents in our external environment.
- Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides in our food and water
- Metals in our food and environment (arsenic, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, lead, etc.)
- Chemicals in our hair care and body products
- Flame retardants (in rugs, couches, mattresses, etc.)
- Air pollution (factory waste, air/car transportation)
If your elimination pathways are in tip-top shape, your body will naturally discharge many of these toxins. The problem with our modern world is that our body is bombarded on a daily basis and toxins can accumulate.
Symptoms of toxicity include:
- Muscle and Joint pain
- Endocrine dysfunctions (infertility, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, diabetes)
- Poor immunity and chronic infections
- Skin problems like eczema, acne, and psoriasis
- Digestive ailments (allergies, constipation, nausea, bloating, weight gain)
Your body is designed to remove toxins through various pathways of elimination:
- Solid waste through your digestive system in the form of feces
- Liquid waste through the kidneys, bladder and urination
- Carbon dioxide from your lungs as you breathe
- Sweat and oils through your skin and integumentary system
Here’s five easy ways to naturally detoxify your system without losing your ability to live healthfully and happily while you’re on the planet.
- Breathe Fresh Air – Get outside, no matter what the weather is, and walk around the trees, shrubs or plants. Trees give us oxygen and we give them carbon dioxide – it’s a symbiotic relationship. Breathing air around trees, shrubs and plants can help your body naturally cleanse. And, if you’re feeling groovy, hug a tree! It’ll benefit both you and the tree.
- Daily Exercise – Take a daily walk to stimulate peristaltic muscle contraction in your intestines to help move your bowels. If your bowels are not moving on a daily basis, purchase Yellow Dock; an herb that can get your bowels moving without compromising digestive health the way a laxative sometimes can.
- Improve Digestion – Eat bitter foods and herbs to help enhance digestion, and eat probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt and kimchi on a daily basis to keep intestinal flora flourishing. Be careful with using probiotic supplements, it may be too much bacteria for your body to handle at one time.
- Stimulate Your Skin – A daily dry-brush routine or regular massages (2-4x per month) can help move your lymphatic fluids and keep your immunity and cardiovascular system flowing.
- Do a Cleanse – Every year in the spring, do a liver cleanse. You can also do one in the fall – just don’t “over cleanse” yourself. Intentional liver cleanses are one of the best ways to improve the health of your elimination organs and keep the detoxification pathways running smoothly.
The main idea here is to do the best you can to nourish your body’s natural detoxification process, and then do an intentional cleanse to support your elimination pathways.
What do you do to clear toxins?