DETOX is such an over-used and over exploited term, and it really does not have to be scary or an expensive stay at an exclusive spa/clinic. Think of it as spring cleaning! We naturally think to do this in our homes this time of year so why not take it to other areas of our lives also? What better way to lead into a new season than with a clean home, clean body and mind.
Q: How do I know if I should do a detox?
A: If you are having frequent headaches, experiencing skin irritation/rashes, are bloated, have improper bowel movements, if you have mood swings, bad PMS or overwhelming ‘tropical moments’ due to menopause, the cause could be an over load of toxins.
Q: Why would I have toxins in my body?
A: Our body encounters toxins in various ways every day, from the air we breathe, food we eat, to the skin care products we use. These toxins get filtered out of our blood through our liver therefore the purpose of cleansing or detoxing is to clean out the liver so it can continue to purify our blood.
Q: What can I do to eliminate toxins?
A: Some of this we cannot change such as the pollution in the air, but here are some ways you can make improvements:
1. Breathe & Sweat
Exercise is so important for expelling toxins from our lungs and through our skin as we sweat. Exercises that include bouncing (such as our mini-trampoline class) are very beneficial in getting the lymphatic moving which is another way the body collects and removes toxins.
2. Drink Filtered Water
Filtered water, free from chlorine and fluoride, is highly beneficial in reducing our toxin intake as well as flushing out toxins. The more we drink, the more we pee. (When we are sweating from exercise we need to keep the body hydrated also).
3. Use Natural, Non-toxic Household Cleaners
Vinegar and baking soda are a couple of inexpensive, all-purpose cleaners but if you do not have time to make your own, Dirty Girls Farm has many health-friendly products to choose from.
4. Use Lemon in your Water & Salad Dressings
Lemon is a natural cleanser both for your body and your home. Lemon juice can be mixed with various oils for a tasty, cleansing salad dressing as well as adding it to your glass or cup of water for a refreshing, cleansing beverage.
5. Source your Foods from Local Farmers
We can source out meats that are raised without the use of antibiotics & hormones (as with many of our local farmers). We can eat organic produce (found at local Farmer’s Markets), grow our own or at the very least wash our fruits and veg with cleaners to remove many of the harmful pesticides on them. Every little bit helps.
In Chinese medicine there are teas and particular foods that assist with cleansing the liver, which is our ‘oil filter’ organ, collecting impurities in the blood. These foods are often bitter greens such as dandelion and milk thistle to name a couple. You can add these to salads or find them in tea form to drink.
If you would like to learn more about simple ways to reduce toxins in your home attend our Young Living Essential Oils Workshop, Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m. with guest speaker Diana Johnson, Ounces of Prevention business owner and certified Clinical Nutritionist.
Learn how essential oils can be used as detoxifiers and healers both for our body and environment. You will also have the opportunity to make a safe, chemical free, essential oil based insect repellent to take home. ($15 to cover supplies.)
Do you have another detox-related question? Feel free to ask below or contact us privately.
Miriam | Owner
Women's Only Health & Fitness