Here at THE CLEANSE we pride ourselves on encouraging our clients not only to incorporate colonic hydrotherapy into their health and well being routine but to look at the many ways that we can help our systems. The human body is truly fantastic and in a perfect, stress free, additive free world would need no help! However in today’s fast paced world we sometimes need to take time out to help it along.
Here are just a few, brilliant detox tips to help aid our systems of toxins…….
Infrared saunas help flush out heavy metals found in our body. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared heat triggers the release of waste from the subcutaneous fat just underneath the skin. It allows the body to slowly remove toxins from organs and connective tissues, which make their way to the fat tissue beneath the skin – to then be flushed out through sweating.
Dr A J Adams of the International Institute of Holistic Healing, writes in a report that traditional saunas expel up to 97 percent water – while the sweat from an infrared sauna emits only 80 to 85 percent water. The rest of the 15 to 20 percent contained heavy metals, sodium, ammonia, fat-soluble toxins, and sulphuric acid. Plus, listen up gout sufferers – it also releases gout’s best friend – uric acid. All of these toxins compromise our organs, especially the liver and kidneys.
Infrared saunas speed up the detoxification process by heating your tissues several inches deep – purging the toxins that are making us sick and unhealthy. According to the medical director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, Dr Brian Clement, “Infrared saunas help release every toxic contamination you have in your body; most notably mercury and lead.”
As an added bonus, you can burn as many as 300 to 600 calories during one 30-minute session. I always leave the sauna feeling like a new woman. Remember to consume adequate electrolyte and mineral replacements to prevent dehydration and mineral loss. I recommend drinking coconut water during and after a session.
CORIANDER (CILANTRO) AND CHLORELLA
These two miraculous superfoods are heavy metals worst nightmare. They bind with heavy metals and yank mercury, cadmium, lead, and other chemicals right out of your body. “Initial studies indicate that fresh cilantro may be extremely effective in flushing heavy metals out of the blood,” states Robert C Atkins, MD. “Taking 400mg of cilantro daily can pretty much clean out heavy metals out of the body in just two weeks.”
Kale, watercress, wheatgrass, sea vegetables, and spirulina are also awesome detoxifiers. This is a favourite recipe.. I add one bunch of fresh cilantro, 1-tablespoon chlorella powder, 2-3 tablespoons of hummus, 1-2 garlic cloves, and 1-2 avocados in a high-speed processor. After pureeing, I add some “already soaked” pine nuts, Himalayan sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, some lime juice, and sprinkle nutritional yeast on top. You can mix this with some brown rice pasta, a large salad, or spread it on rice cakes.
Another way to rid your body of heavy metals is by eating iodine rich foods. Your thyroid needs iodine to function properly. Since our bodies do not store iodine, we must consume it regularly. Eating foods containing iodine will make sure your thyroid is able to manage metabolism and detoxification. Some foods that thinning is caused by heavy metal toxicity.
Your liver is the biggest internal organ, and did you know it is the only organ that can regenerate itself? Look at it as your body’s lab – where it handles toxins, fats, and hormones. The liver works harder than you can imagine – performing more than 500 important bodily functions! For example, it combats infections, defeats toxins, controls blood sugar, burns fat, and bile transports the garbage away from the liver, helping it to detoxify the blood.
What is bile? Bile is a yellowish-green liquid produced by your liver and stored in the gallbladder. It assists in digesting last night’s meal. Bile is released into the small intestine, where it helps with the digestion of fats. “Bile is composed of cholesterol, water, pigments, lecithin, and salts (electrolytes), including calcium,” says Rupa Seetharamaiah, MD at Baptist Health South Florida.
Sadly, the typical modern lifestyle puts a lot of strain on our liver. How many of us stress out about things? Well, stress negatively impacts the liver.
What if your liver is in the pits? A run-down liver hinders the movement of bile, resulting in faulty toxic elimination. An improved liver will allow it to process fats, toxins, and hormones better. The quick expulsion of waste means your body will have the time to handle other tasks, such as growing healthy hair – instead of focusing all of its attention on poison removal.
Your body will work really well, and you will look and feel healthier. Your hair will look radiantly healthy, and your cleaner blood will then improve circulation – allowing for the nutrients from your “new and improved diet” to do the jobs they are meant to do!
Drink lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The lemon juice dissolves the mucus in your body and supports the liver.
Cut out or seriously reduce your caffeine intake – BUT if you must drink your coffee, at least read my article on how to drink it the right way.
Try and do a 1-3 day juice and smoothie fast or a 3-day raw food “only” diet as both are effective at reducing the body’s toxic overload.
Drink at least 2 litres of pure water a day, but never with food. Sipping on water during meals will only dilute your digestive enzymes, which help you digest food efficiently. Shunning water can increase your risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gallbladder.
Invest in some milk thistle since it protects your liver’s cells from chemicals and alcohol.
Spice your food with turmeric, an ancient Indian spice. It possesses fantastic anti-inflammatory effects – helping your liver fight off infections and viruses.
Back in the day, people treasured dandelion root for healing their sick livers. Dandelion root improves liver function by eradicating toxins and normalising hydration and electrolyte balance.
Look into Methionine, an essential amino acid that is vital for optimal liver health. A study done on rats showed that they developed steatohepatitis (a fancy name for “fatty liver”) when fed a diet devoid of methionine. Methionine forms part of a group known as glutathione, an antioxidant that protects the liver and other cells from destruction. Glutathione attaches itself to toxins and flushes them out of the body. It is found in brussel sprouts, garlic, carrots, grapefruits, avocados, asparagus, and spinach. There is one catch though. You must eat them RAW (uncooked). None of the foods I just mentioned contain this potent antioxidant once cooked. Raw Food For The Win!
Get in the choline. It helps keep your liver in tip-top shape. Choline aids in evicting unwanted fats inside your liver. Vegans and vegetarians need this B vitamin in their diet since animal products are the best dietary sources of choline. You can get choline in supplement form or via foods, such as organic egg yolks, salmon, organic beef, lecithin, kale, spinach, broccoli, wheat germ, brussel sprouts, and almond butter.
Look at your transition to eating healthy as an adventure. I know it can be boring and heavy going sometimes but this challenge will result in you feeling the best you have ever felt, with amazing skin, glowing hair and an abundance of energy.
Do your own research – even if you give yourself 30 minutes a day to learn something new – you will soon stop being a skeptic! Your body is you. It should be treated as a temple not as rubbish dump.
Love YOU From The Inside.