Let’s face it—chicken parm, wings and beer may taste delicious but may not always be beneficial for our waistline or our health. “If it tastes good, put it down,” is the popular jest and mantra of many dietitians and nutritionists. Every so often we overindulge and more often than not we are exposing our bodies to environmental toxins from pollution and from the preservatives, hormones and pesticides in food, which is why periodic detoxification is necessary for optimal health.
While some experts recommend extended or regular cleanses, it’s just as easy to perform some simple, daily actions that encourage our body to detoxify. It is best to try to eliminate or reduce some of the toxic substances over which you have some control, such as coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, hydrogenated fats, sugars, and chemicals from personal care products such as parabens, which is known to cause hormone imbalances.
Eliminating toxic relationships also “detoxifies” your mental/emotional energy, which greatly reduces stress. Avoid gossip, complaining and negativity and instead direct your energy in self-care and fostering positive relationships. It is easy to allow distractions (people, materialistic desires, drama) to cloud our mind. Make the conscious choice to spread only positive things to your environment. Choose gratitude, love, abundance. Release anger, hostility, fear.
When you reduce these toxins, you’ll make it easier for your body to detox on a daily basis. Here are some simple ways to detoxify your body for optimal health and happiness:
Dehydration prevents your body from being able to rid itself of accumulated waste. When you drink enough, you help flush those toxins out through elimination. You should be drinking half your weight in water on a daily basis. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you need 100 ounces, or 12-8 ounce glasses of water daily. You may need more, depending upon the level of activity you perform each day and the temperatures in which you work or work out.
It’s a great replacement for that caffeine to which so many of us are addicted, and it’s great for you. The lemon alkalizes your pH, which makes your body inhabitable to disease, and stimulates your digestion and liver cleansing function.
When you eat whole foods rather than packaged, processed food items, you avoid all of those chemicals, preservatives, and additives found in processed foods. You also gain natural vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and enzymes that assist your body in working to flush toxins and combat the damage done by poor food choices, stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to environmental toxins.
Ideally, we’d all eat organic foods all the time, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. If money is a concern, or if you can only access some organic foods but not all, don’t fret. Just try to eat organic when consuming foods listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen (Plus) list: apples, bell peppers, blueberries, celery, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, imported nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries. Other good items to buy organic are green beans and kale, so eat those organic if possible.
Soluble fiber from vegetables and fruits binds to the toxins in your gut and helps flush them out via elimination. Also, fiber keeps you full
When you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, which can be as simple as a brisk walk, your lungs can eliminate pollutants, dust and minimize the chance of you having allergies, colds, viruses and bacterial infections. This helps pump toxins out on a continual basis via sweating. Any form of exercise is beneficial, since your largest organ to eliminate toxins is your skin.
This involves brushing your skin to remove dead skin cells and scraping your tongue to get rid of toxins. This stimulates the lymph canals, particularly if you use a soothing soap with natural essential oils like lavender.
Green tea is rich with antioxidants that help rid your liver and body of toxins. Coffee can be irritating to the skin and stomach, but also has numerous health benefits. If you cannot give up the coffee completely, choose to drink one cup a day and sip green tea for your “second fix.”
When you submerge your body in a hot climate, your blood vessels increase in size and this improves the blood flow and therefore improves the transfer of nutrients and waste. Utilizing a skin brush can help to slough off dead skin and increase healthy regeneration of skin.
Mindfulness allows us to slow down and focus on the present moment. Meditation practice harnesses our attention and brings deeply submerged emotions to the surface so they can be released through breathing. This is a powerful tool to use on a daily basis to lower stress, anxiety and safely eliminate pent up emotions.
Dr. Christina is a Licensed Pharmacist, Health Coach, Reiki Energy Healer and Published Author. She works with clients who have diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic health conditions and want a complementary or alternative for medication. Her personalized approach includes mindfulness based stress reduction, nutrition coaching and energy healing modalities. Contact her for a FREE 30 minute health consultation at 631-336- 9132 or email at email@example.com. Visit her website at www.christinatarantola.com!