We are all full of crap. Really, there is no point in denying it. We are surrounded by chemicals in the environment, apply them to our skin, ingest them in our food, and absorb them from our clothes, jewelry or metal amalgams. Our food alone has been injected (quite literally in some cases) with hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, preservatives, coloring, flavoring and contaminates. We are all full of crap.
Our bodies are storing enormous amounts of toxic material, stored in our fat and organs, and stuck in our digestive system. But there are ways to prevent a build up of these toxins, which can cause a whole host of health problems. Once we have leeched large amounts of these toxins out of our system, we then need to avoid reabsorbing, or producing, large amounts again to stay clean and healthy on the inside.
I am a massive fan of detoxing through the skin, I can really feel the benefit of some of the methods I use, so here’s a few that might be useful, especially if you are undertaking a diet or drug and supplement treatment for health problems. Common toxic overloads are associated with bacterial overgrowth and heavy metal toxicity. A good detox can go a long way to avoiding nasty die-off symptoms if you are treating bacterial or fungal overgrowth (e.g. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth [SIBO], Candida, Klebsiella), and relieve the symptoms associated with heavy metal build up.
Detox methods – cheap and easy detoxing at home
- Dry-skin brushing – simple, quick and invigorating, dry-skin brushing has a host of health benefits. We often forget that the skin is an organ and it’s doing a huge job for the body, including eliminating toxins. I try to do a 10 minute whole-body skin brush once or twice a day. It’s invigorating and I feel less foggy and get less gland swelling when I brush daily. A decent brush is only around £10. There are lots of instructional videos on Youtube on the simple method, and check out this website for an overview of the benefits.
- Detox baths – simple, not too time consuming, and cheap if you buy the detoxing substances in bulk. I have a really hot detox bath at least once a day. Sweating will naturally help get toxins out of the body, but you can make a bath into a super effective detoxification method by adding other ingredients like either Epsom Salts (my favorite – I can feel the benefit immediately after use), Bicarbonate of Soda, apple cider vinegar, seaweed or sea salt. These additions can be quite expensive, but there are online companies that deliver in bulk which makes them entirely affordable (albeit an initial outlay if you can foot it). Try http://www.westlab.co.uk for Epsom Salts and sea salt (and Himalayan Sea Salt for eating). It works out about 10 times cheaper than buying Epsom Salts from high street shops – amazing!
- Exercise – if you are able to exercise, it’s a fantastic way to get toxins out through sweating and getting the blood moving. Also, encouraging weigh loss can help to get rid of toxins stored up in body fat. And you’ll be healthier. And super trim. Everyone’s a winner!
- Antioxidants – they help protect the cells in the body and get rid of the nastys that can make us feel ill. An antioxidant-rich diet is important throughout life, and in times of illness and stress extra supplements can be added to help the body protect itself.
- Organ support – when I was on the Anti-Candida diet under a private doctor, he gave me natural tinctures to help support my liver, kidneys and pancreas function. Your organs must be functioning well for the body to detox. One readily available supplement is Milk Thistle, which supports the liver. Speak to a doctor or nutritionist to find the ones most suitable for you.
- Remove toxins from your environment – swap chemical cleaning products for natural ones like Ecover, or homemade cleaners using lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. Deodorants, soap, shampoo and beauty products can contain many chemicals and substances that are absorbed through the skin and cause toxic build ups, like aluminium in deodorant. Swap to products that only include natural ingredients – a common piece of advice from the health community is to only put on your skin that which you would eat. Make your own moisturizer by mixing beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil – cheap and delicious!
- Have fun! – anything that gets your blood flowing is good for you. Laugh, play games, run up the stairs, dance when no ones looking, make love, skip, clap and get excited. What’s good for your insides is good for all of your sides!
I’ve found that regularly practicing detoxification really helps me to feel better in myself. How about you? What’s your favorite detox?