There’s a bit of a stigma attached to the term 'detox' and an association with juice cleansing/only drinking liquids for a few days. Although that may be one way to ‘detox’ we've put together a few alternatives that you could build into your daily or weekly routine, today!
But first, why do we need to detox?
Detoxing doesn’t always have to follow a festive season after we’ve eaten too much, or coming into summer to get rid of unnecessary weight gained; although this is usually good motivation. Detoxing could also be used to remove the build up of hidden everyday toxins that come into our lives and get absorbed into our bodies and cells.
So what do these include?
Here’s a little (scary) list of toxins that we absorb daily:
· Car emissions
· Air pollution
· Beauty products (makeup)
· Skin care products
· Nail polish
· Air fresheners
· Office buildings that lack ventilation
· Petrol fumes
So you may be thinking, ‘I’ve been living for more than a few decades now and have been using skin care and working in an office for a lot of that time – and I’m healthy – so why do I need to detoxify these things from my body?’
What's the motivation?
The motivation is the rain barrel effect, a theory developed by Dr Stephen Cabral, a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor. The theory follows the analogy of a rain barrel which is a barrel that sits at the bottom of a gutter to collect rainwater, but no one checks how full the barrel is until it starts to overflow and spill onto the ground. This analogy reflects the build up of toxins in our body that you may not notice until you feel disease in the body. This is a point where it is too late to use simple detoxifying methods, and can result in health issues that include immune imbalance, bacteria, viruses, gut dysfunction and inflammation to name a few; which all lead to a trying time and can send you bed ridden where you don’t event make it to 3pm at work to feel the slump!
Now we don’t want to make you too alarmed, the positive is that our body is naturally built to eliminate toxins from our body so these recommendations aren't far fetched!
Here are three simple things that cost next to nothing that you can implement in your weekly routine to work on removing the toxic load:
Sweating can help release toxins built up in the body and is a natural process for us. The problem is that we aren’t sweating everyday to feel these effects. It’s been studied that humans have originated from hot climates and that we were sweating throughout daily activities, however in today’s age, some are lucky to hit their 10,000 steps let alone break a sweat. If there’s a way for you to do a bit of a power walk, hit a hot sauna room, opt for a workout that gets the body temperature raised, you will see benefits from this.
2. Lymphatic massage
Sounds fancy? This is a short massage you can do on yourself.
· Using moisturiser start at the bottom of your legs and massage your legs in an up towards direction, towards your heart. Focus on this area for a few moments before moving on
· One you’ve massaged both your calves, work on your upper thigh and continue to massage in the upward direction towards your groin.
· Then focus on your stomach by massaging in a circular motion.
· The next spot would be your arms that you hold above your head to massage in a downward direction, again wanting the lymphatic system being guided towards your heart.
· Once you’ve done both arms massage your neck and upper chest in the downward direction.
The ultimate aim is to guide the lymphatic system towards your heart to help get to your heart and purify the toxins held.
3. Eat or Drink Turmeric
Turmeric naturally holds detoxifying properties. You may typically see turmeric used in curries so it might be hard to think how else you could use it in your weekly meals. We have linked a few recipes from Sarah Wilson (you may know her from the I Quit Sugar books) with 7 ways you can incorporate this blessing of an ingredient into your meals! 7 Favourite Ways to Use Turmeric by Sarah Wilson