Hello SOTGC community,
t’s the start of a fresh year. You are committed. You have new health goals. Where do you begin? A great place to start for the mind and body is a detoxification. These days, we live in a very toxic world, and no matter how ‘clean’ we eat or live, we still accumulate toxins that affect digestion, mood, mental agility. Here are some tips for 2014 to support you in your approach to detoxify, cleanse, and eliminate that which no longer serves you.
Have regular bowel movements: Daily bowel movements support your body’s ability to eliminate the toxins and to keep your colon healthy. Increasing fiber and hydration can support you in accomplishing this goal. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables are a natural fiber source, and other options such as flax seed and chia will assist in keeping you regular and maximizing the detoxification process.
Support your liver: The liver, a main organ in charge of eliminating toxins, can be supported in several ways. Alcohol, prescription medications, and other substances in our environment often require the liver to process and breakdown toxic by products for elimination. Once broken down, they are eliminated via urine, sweat, or feces. Supplements such as milk thistle and antioxidants support the liver in doing its job and can assist in the elimination process. For a healthier, more energetic you, it is about reducing the toxic burden as well as supporting the liver with nutrients and minerals required to do its job. Sometimes, when the body has been overburdened, I guide my patients through a month long comprehensive cleanse to reboot their body back to an optimal state. Whatever your lifestyle, remember to be mindful of your liver.
Hydrate: The foods and liquids we put into our body can accelerate dehydration, especially if it isheavy in processed foods, salt, and preservatives. Stress, lack of sleep, and long work hours can also affect optimal hydration state and precipitate constipation, slowing down the elimination process. When we get busy, we may lose track of how much water we actually ingest in a day, so its important to track this in a simple fashion. I like to fill a large water bottle up and leave it at my desk and make note of how many liters it holds. At the end of my day, I can easily see the total amount I have consumed. When using water bottles, be sure to stick with BPA-free plastic bottles, or stick with glass jars to avoid plastic toxin byproducts. Don’t leave plastic bottles in the sun, and if the bottle contains cracks or scratches, discard it and purchase a new one. Surface damage and heat can affect the composition of the plastic, potentially leaching byproducts into your water. Finally, stick with filtered water. Unfiltered water sets your body up to be the filter.
Sweat: Sweating is a way to eliminate toxins and exercising accomplishes this goal. A 20 min brisk walk, a cardio run, hot yoga, whatever your schedule accommodates. These days, infrared saunas are popping up everywhere as a way to eliminate toxins. Whether it’s a regular or infrared sauna you are planning to build into your cleansing regimen, remember to start low, go slow, and remember to hydrate afterward.
Declutter your life: How does decluttering assist in cleansing you for a healthier mind and body?Your environment and the people in it play a big role in your energetic and emotional state. This often ties back to your level of stress, feelings of stagnation, and ability to feel motivated, empowered, and vibrant. Let go of physical items, memories, and situations that no longer serve you. Hanging onto things take up space in your sacred domain and can bring your energy down, sometimes even affecting your body’s physiological state. Try decluttering your home or your garage, and make note of your energetic state afterward. I like to clean out the freezer and refrigerator at the end of the year, and restock it with fresh wholesome foods as a way to kick off the commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables in small quantities, and frequenting the farmer’s markets to support local produce can be a way to weave a mindful practice into the commitment to cleanse, refresh, renew, and declutter.
What will your intentions be as you commit to detoxifying for 2014?
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