The idea of detoxification is growing increasingly popular. The basic idea is that your body accumulates more toxins in the modern world than its natural detoxification system (your liver, kidneys, lungs and skin) can get rid of.

Proponents say that chemicals from household cleaners, pesticides, cars, pollutants in the air, plus food additives, colorings, preservatives and stabilizers, herbicides and pesticides all build up over time and cause disease. By assisting natural detoxification process in the body you will slow down the ageing process.

How we can do body cleanse properly?  I will give you few Detox Do’s and Don’t’s:

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Don’t

Don’t drink the water.  I mean tap water.  “Keep in mind that the problem with municipal drinking water, isn’t just the fluoride residues, but the 600+ disinfectant byproducts get into it, all of which are known to be toxic to the body”, points out Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo. Switch to filtered water, vegetable broth and add green vegetable juices to encourage detoxification in your body.

Do

Break a Sweat and De-Stagnate the Lymphatic System

Sweating has long been known as a source of bodily, if not also spiritual cleansing. Now research confirms that sweating detoxifies dangerous metals, petrochemicals BPA and phthalates.

A groundbreaking 2011 study published in the Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology says: “Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body.”[1,2] As far as practical implementation, what are the best ways to sweat? Exercise and Sauna Therapy.

Don’t

One of the worst things that you can do for your body in terms of detoxification is doing a prolonged fasting. That was the idea about 20 or 30 years ago, but we know now that your body actually needs specific nutrients to be able to perform its job of detoxification.

Prolonged fasting can trigger blood sugar crashes, starvation-mode cravings and immediate binging s.  But I don’t mean that you should snack every few hours.  Continue through your day until you are truly hungry (not morbidly craving nutritionally dead gunk, but actually need to eat).

Do

One of the best way to optimize your detoxification systems is to stop eating before sundown and let your internal organs rest, detoxify and rejuvenate. In the evening between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., the liver begins its daily washing cycle.

According to researcher Frank Scheer from Harvard Medical School, every cell of the body has an internal clock that regulates the body’s metabolism. Studies have shown that the liver secretes more glutathione peroxidase and other antioxidants at night. It’s like the janitor that comes in every evening and cleans the floors and washes the windows.  To let the liver do its job in the evening, it is best to get to bed early before the “janitor” arrives. [3]

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Don’t

… attempt to cleanse if you are going through a very stressful period in your life because your adrenals may be “tapped out” and you will do more harm than good for your body. Toxin overload can burden our liver, triggering Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) and retard its recovery.

But if you are already in an AFS state, doing detox may bring more stress to your body and worsen adrenal function.  Support your adrenals first than do the body detoxification.

Do

… allow yourself to have some “Me Time” – TLC. When we burn our fat cells, we release old patterns of behavior that we find ourselves repeating over and over again. “Molecules of emotion, such as anger, fear, sadness, jealousy, etc., are lipophilic, which means that they take safe haven and store in our fat cells, causing physical and emotional disturbances for years and years”, says Ayurvedic specialist Dr. Douillard.

A good way to heal is to take a ‘staycation’ (stay at home holiday) even when you are going to work. Schedule lymphatic massage, do some meditation, deep breathing, extra rest and sleep.  Simply ‘slow down’.

Don’t

… forget about personal care and household products.  The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals, many of which we are unable to see, smell or taste. Indoor air is typically 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Home insulation, so wonderful for keeping our homes warm in winter and cool in summer, doesn’t allow fresh air in, so we’re constantly breathing in the same stale air. Detoxify the area you live and work in.  Taking more care to reduce our exposure to both internal and external toxins, by detoxing our bodies and our living space allows the body’s own detoxification to function more efficiently.

Do

Eat real, whole foods. Focus on detoxifying foods and herbs, eat plenty of fiber. A clean diet consists of food that is organic, grown without hormones and pesticides, isn’t processed, and doesn’t contain refined sugars. Read labels on everything – if it has more than four ingredients and contains things you aren’t familiar with, it’s not worth eating. Kris Carr suggests, “If it’s made in a lab it takes a lab to digest. If it has a shelf life longer than you, don’t eat it.”

Enjoy the journey!

References:

[1] Stephen J Genuis, Detlef Birkholz, Ilia Rodushkin, Sanjay Beesoon. Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2011 Aug ;61(2):344-57. Epub 2010 Nov 6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21057782

[2] Stephen J Genuis, Sanjay Beesoon, Detlef Birkholz, Rebecca A Lobo. Human excretion of bisphenol A: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. J Environ Public Health. 2012 ;2012:185731. Epub 2011 Dec 27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22253637

[3] The 3-Season Diet. Douillard. Three Rivers Press 2000

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