5 Tips to Get Clean
Detox, short for detoxification, is becoming a main stream term and way of life for many. Our environment is drastically different now then ever before with so many new chemical exposures, cars, electromagnetic fields (EMF's), etc. The human body is naturally designed to always return to homeostasis, however, it can be trouble some when it is over burdened with a toxic environment and way of life. There are 2 detox pathways that are used by the liver, both of which require plenty of nutrients, including folic acid, glutathione, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamins A, C, & E, and amino acids, amongst others. A detox can range from a few simple changes, or can be a complete program lead by a physician. Here are a few things you can do on your own that will help clean up your act:
- Abstain from Alcohol: All toxins, medications, supplements, hormones, etc get processed by your liver. The liver works very hard at just the normal day to day stuff and alcohol is very toxic. Go on a 3 week hiatus from the booze, now is a good time before the holidays hit!
- Be Aware of Your Environment: Do you live in an old house? Are you remodeling? Do you wear perfume? Do you breathe in smoke? Problems like mold, or off gases from new carpet and other textiles can release lots of chemicals in your home. Have some house plans such as a spider plant or certain ferns that clean up the air. If you like wearing a scent, switch to essentials oils which are free from toxins. Do you best to breathe in clean air.
- Your Mind Matters: Do you have negative self talk? Our emotions and beliefs can effect the expression of our cells (Book: Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton). Do you have old emotions, like those from childhood, that still cause stress for you today? Your mind is most likely your best asset. Take care of it, and go talk to someone to sort out any stresses that are here.
- Eat Liver Supportive Foods: For your next grocery store trip, if you shop at a large retailer vs a natural foods store, shop on the perimeter of the store, hitting the produce and meat areas. Pick up spinach, asparagus, avocado, bananas, oranges, pomegranates, chicken and salmon. All of these foods are higher in the nutrients your liver needs for the detoxification pathways.
- Home Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is an ancient healing technique that uses water, sometimes in the alteration of hot and cold applications to help blood perfusion and thus bring oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Take a warm bath and add Epsom salts (contain magnesium) to it. (Caution: do not do if you have heart trouble, diabetic or feel tired and weak.) Pat dry vs rub so the toxins that have seeped out onto the skin get on the towel and not rubbed back in. Remember your skin is like a sponge, what you put on it, soaks in.
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