Detoxing is a natural and normal activity of the liver and of other organs and systems in the body. This means that when we wish to detoxify our body we need to take a look at how the body detoxes naturally and then do what we can to assist that process.
Some people think because we detox naturally we don’t need to do any detoxing ourselves. This is like saying that because we eat naturally that we don’t need to learn to cook! The “detox deniers”, as I call them, ignore the flood of toxins in our environment too!
A Few More Detox Myths…..
Before we get going on how to detoxify I want to take a swipe at some commonly recycled nonsense about detox. There are lots of people and websites telling you to detox just by doing one easy thing – it might be a juice, a smoothie or a pill.
The truth is that…..Detox is not a quick and easy 2 or 3 day wonder!
A weekend of enjoying some green smoothies and salads is cool and it may help you to improve your health and clear the cobwebs away but it is not a complete detox programme!
Detoxing Your Body is not about Weight loss or slimming either. In all my health care training I never came across any clear connection between detoxing and weight loss or slimming.
The slimming and weight loss claims come from people who want to make a fortune from selling slimming plans and products.
Another thing…Detox is not about drinking 8 glasses of water a day either!
What is the connection between detox and water? Very little, really. Drinking water will not detox you and does not “flush toxins away”.
Anybody who tells you that drinking litres or glasses of water will flush toxins out of your system is a twerp.
I assume that you drink water every day anyhow. If it was this easy nobody would need detox
So having done a little “myth busting” let’s be positive and give you some action tips for you to use.
Detoxing Your Body
First step– for the time you are detoxing you pay special attention to what you eat and drink. In particular sugar and additives in food and drinks will act against your detox, so it’s best to avoid them. Avoid coffee for your detox and just replace it with some calming herb teas.
Instead of sugar use a substitute like Stevia or xylitol. I know it sounds like it is some chemical sweetener but it comes from the bark of a tree. it is not just natural but it helps to keep your intestines clean like the fibre in food does. It also helps to make your gums and teeth healthy.
Second Step– notice the weather. In hot weather your detox diet may focus on salads and easy to digest foods such as brown rice and quinoa or millet along with vegetables.
In cold weather focus more on hot soups and only eat salads if it feels right. If you follow an artificial detox diet and ignore the weather and your feelings you end up fighting your body and not detoxing it.
Third Step– to really detox you need a Detox Formula to help you. To deal with the unnatural flood of industrial toxins we need extra amounts of amino acids, vitamins and minerals found in a well formulated Detox Formula or programme.
Some formulas focus specially on the liver; some focus on the kidneys and others act on the colon. Some include a little bit of all 3 of these and act generally on the body.
They all have their place and may be just what you need at any particular time
Detox is helped by exercise too. It is not just about taking detox supplements. Walking and yoga will help the lymphatic system to move and flush and circulate. There is also a special type of massage known as lymphatic massage which is designed to help circulation and even ordinary massage is useful to some extent.
A few minutes in a sauna will also help your body detoxify.
You can do this any time you want and for as long as you want. If you are doing a short detox then you may be more restrictive on your food choices but do bear in mind your normal state of health. If you are poorly or hypoglycaemic then be gentle with yourself and avoid juicing sugary fruits like pineapple and watermelon.
Detox is part of a healing cycle not a form of punishment. Why not have fun along with your detox? Preparing for it and getting the produce you need before you start will help and detoxing your body along with a Detox Buddy is a great support.
If well planned there will be very little “side effects” such as headaches and do take vitamin C right through your detox. How much is hard to say but 2 grams would be quite a small dose even for normal daily use and I would take more during a detox.
If you have any real doubts on how to apply detox principles yourself it’s best to sort them out with your local naturopath; for general questions ask below in the comment section and also take a look at my Detox Book on Kindle