To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse?
22nd Jun 2017
Humans have become highly skilled at creating toxins - We pump them into the air from our cars, we spray them over our crops to make them last longer or ‘look nicer,’ we add them to food to make it taste sweeter and we allow them to pollute our tap water.
Most of us have a high tolerance to toxins and, as long as our immune system and cleansing organs are in good working order, we may be able to handle the everyday exposure to toxins. It’s when we’re run down or we’ve been exposed to too many harmful chemicals that the symptoms of toxic overload begin to surface with the most common of these being headaches, fatigue, allergies, skin problems and weight gain.
Long-term exposure to toxins is even more serious and is believed to play a part in causing certain kinds of cancer. We spoke to nutritionist and author Barbara Cox about the the best way to cleanse our bodies of toxins and stay healthy.
We are naturally extraordinary detox machines!
Our body handles toxins by neutralising them, transforming them into something harmless or eliminating them all together.
We try to cough up toxins that we breathe, while those landing on our skin may be washed away by sweat.
Toxins in our food are dealt with by the liver, gallbladder and colon, while those that dare to enter us in liquid form may be partially flushed out by the liver, kidneys and bladder.
There’s no need for fancy products and complex diets all we need to do is help our bodies along by following these simple, common-sense tips:
Steer clear of chemicals
- Buy organic food whenever possible and where budget allows. Growing your own window-sill tomatoes and herbs works well.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners (most contain aspartame - a chemical closely linked to cancer).
- Choose produce free from artificial additives: we’re natural beings – we’re not meant to consume man-made chemicals!
- Choose non-toxic household cleaners and personal care products. Make your own, it’s cheap, fun and effective.
- ‘Grow your own fresh air’ by buying plants for your house such as Peace Lilies and Spider Plants.
Exercise & Sleep
After exercising we tend to look and feel better, we have increased energy levels and our mood improves. One of the reasons for these positive feelings is that exercise helps to release toxins from our muscles, lymph glands and skin.
- Make sure you’re getting good quality sleep as some cleansing and renewal goes on while we’re asleep, so give yourself the best chance of having a good night’s rest.
- Give yourself enough time to unwind after coming home from work or putting the kids to bed.
- Listen to relaxing music.
- Avoid eating just before bed, you’ll use energy digesting your food.
Drink plenty of clean water
The majority of people ignore their body’s cry for water and often think they’re hungry when they really need to fill their stomach with a glass of clean water! Aim to drink around 2 litres a day if you suffer from heartburn, rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, migraine, high-blood pressure or weight problems.
Try juicing and sprouting
Fresh juice is great for cleansing because it helps flush the digestive system and restore important nutrients to the body. Juicing is especially good for cleansing the liver. Make sure you’re getting plenty of green stuff in the juice. As alkalising your body enables it to do its best natural detoxing.
Sprouting seeds is another great way of providing high quantities of essential nutrients. It’s easy and cheap and adds variety to salads, stir-fries and sandwich toppings.
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