Move into 2020 fresh, detoxified and ready to go!
Christmas and the summer holidays encompasses so much fun and celebration-family, friends, travel, sun, surf, parties and over indulging in all the scrumptious rich, fatty food while regularly consuming alcohol until we are more than merry!
During this festive time, our lives (and stomach) can feel fuller and more satisfied than ever and our moods may be lighter and smiles brighter. However, the holiday habits of over-eating, excess sugar, alcohol and lack of sleep can impede on the body’s detoxification processes.
Our bodies come equipped with several natural detoxification systems, however we need to support these systems and allow them to do their job well. The beginning of the year is a good time to invest some energy into supporting these, otherwise how can we expect to have a vibrant and healthy year?
Intermittent fasting is eating within a specific time period, and fasting the rest of the time.
· Start the eating clock at 9am and stop eating by 7.30pm.
· The closer to sunset we stop eating, the faster our body will rebound and metabolise to help us burn unwanted fat and lose weight
· Other benefits include increased energy, improved memory, and brain function, increase cellular repair, longevity and reduced insulin resistance.
Our liver, kidneys and sweat glands are the primary players in our body’s ongoing effort to remove toxins and waste products naturally.
· Many chemicals can be stored in our fat cells. Exercise is a great way to shrink and change our fat cells thereby removing content and potentially removing contaminants in the process.
· Sauna therapy can also impart some of these benefits by increasing sweating.
Adequate vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phyto nutrients (nutrients from plants) are imperative for adequate detoxification.
· Fill up on fruits and vegetables-the richer and more vibrant the colour, the greater the anti-oxidant load.
· The liver is highly involved in the detoxification process. Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, bok choy and broccoli), beets, pomegranate, green tea and flax seeds all can support your liver.
· Herbs such as coriander, rosemary and turmeric are detoxifying and can be added to your cooking.
· Increase fibre intake to keep your bowel regular. Your bowels are now considered the 3rd detoxification organ.
· Fermented foods such as plain yoghurt, kombucha and kimchi will help increase the amount of healthy bacteria in our system as well as a good quality probiotic supplement.
Deep breathing, meditation, yoga and exercise are great ways to promote healthy and normal breathing patterns.
· Many of us may often find ourselves holding our breath or taking shallow ‘mini’ breaths much of the day. Instead, we want to optimize the lungs ability to circulate oxygen to aid in the removal of unwanted contaminants.
Dry Body Brushing
Improve your lymphatic system, increase circulation and encourage the detoxification process by dry body brushing.
· Dry body brushing sheds dead skin cells, stimulates the nervous system and encourages the discharge of metabolic waste so the body is able to run more effectively.
Water carries nutrients to the cells, aids digestion and flushes out toxins via the kidneys.
· In general, drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and your urine is colourless or light yellow.
Improve GI Tract function
Digestion and general GI tract function may be disrupted by dysbiosis (imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria).
· This imbalance causes damage to the mucousal layer of the GI tract, consequently activating our immune system, causing inflammation, food sensitivities and a myriad of symptoms both in the GI tract and throughout the entire body.
· Identifying food sensitivities through an elimination process or through functional testing can also aid digestion and the health of the gut. The most common food sensitivities are dairy, gluten, eggs, soy and corn and not far behind, nuts.
Recent research has identified the ‘glymphatic system’ which removes cellular waste and toxins from the brain.
· This system is most active when we sleep and for this cleaning process to be successful, we need to get sufficient amount of good quality sleep.
These are a few general lifestyle and dietary detoxification tips. For a more comprehensive treatment, herbs and specific nutrients can be taken.
Sometimes it may be more than just the dietary excess of the festive season that needs to be detoxified. Mould, heavy metals and chemical exposure are more severe substances that need to be removed from the body and an accumulation of these have more serious, longterm affects. If the above general detoxification recommendations don’t bounce you back into optimal health or you suspect that you have been exposed to more harmful toxins then further investigation may be required.
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