Living a Detox Lifestyle
Detoxification is a continuous physiologic process that your body depends on for survival. There are complex cellular detoxification mechanisms that are constantly at work for you all day, every day. Natural and synthetic chemicals are processed by this complex system of cells, organs, and organ systems to keep you healthy in the face of a virtually constant barrage of toxic material. Our program is an excellent tool to improve your detoxification in the short term. The following suggestions will help you keep your body’s toxic burden low and your detox mechanisms working for the long haul.
Heating foods in plastic releases harmful chemicals. You should never heat food in plastic...use glass or ceramic instead.
Skin Brushing To aid in lymphatic drainage, use a dry, natural fiber shower brush or loofah to massage your entire body before you shower or bathe. Start at the toes, and gently scrub using circular motions toward your heart.
Clean Water Public tap water is often contaminated. Drink and cook with only pure filtered water and consider adding a filter to your shower.
The convenience of microwaves is indisputable, this method of heating can disrupt chemical linkages in otherwise healthy foods and decrease the nutritional value. Heat on a stovetop or oven whenever possible and use a cast iron pan. Avoid Teflon and synthetic non-stick coatings.
Exercise One of the best ways to increase your metabolic activity is to simply use your body. Daily exercise has innumerable benefits including building lean muscle mass which helps you burn more calories at rest. Consider jumping on a mini trampoline for 3-5 minutes a day to give a boost to your health and vitality. Sweating also releases toxins.
5 Fun and Easy Tips for Enhancing the Detox
Drink 1 cup of hot water with 1/4 lemon and 2 pinches of cayenne pepper first thing upon waking (on an empty stomach). This is very simple but you would be amazed how many people say they can't live without it once they start!
Use a 'dry brush' to massage your entire body before getting into the shower. Use a circular motion and work towards the heart. Then shower or bathe. This facilitates circulation and toxic elimination through the skin.
Take a warm bath with Epsom salt added to soothe, relax and detox. Additionally you may rub on the salt with a warm, wet washcloth in bath or shower-very invigorating.
Jump on a rebounder (mini trampoline) for 3-5 minutes at a time. This shakes up your whole body and is particularly useful for stimulating your lymph drainage system, thereby moving those toxins OUT!
Try your own 'hydrotherapy' in the shower by alternating hot/cold. This stimulates circulation and your immune system. You can also do a sauna/cold shower/sauna etc., if you belong to a gym. This is not for the squeamish, but it is very invigorating! You'll feel like a million bucks when you're done. Of course, just a sauna and a shower are beneficial as well.