Detoxing the Body

by Miranda Murray

Published May 2017; Updated October 2017


From the air we breathe to the foods we eat, life as we know it is full of harmful pollutants, chemicals and toxins.  All of these toxins can be the source of disease, disorder and inflammation.  Your body is already equipped with an amazing ability to ward off dangerous toxins through the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract, but it is always important to make necessary lifestyle changes to ensure your body is equipped with the means to do so.  Detoxifying your body (cleansing your blood) and freeing your mind of stress is recommended for everyone and the benefits are infinite.  Why is it important do detox?  Restoring your body to optimum health…need I say more?

Detox Methods

Possibly the most important step in detoxing your body begins with drinking water.  And lots of it.  Your body absolutely needs water to function properly, especially our excretory system.  You can never over-hydrate, so drink as much water as you can!  And even better, adding lemons to your water will help to boost your immune system, cleanse the liver and reduce inflammation.

Detoxifying the body isn’t just about what we are trying to “eliminate,” it’s also about what we are putting into our bodies.  A proper diet can improve the function of the liver and kidneys, which are essential in removing waste and pollutants.  You’ll want to include these foods into your life to stimulate your liver’s functionality.  The foods listed below are packed with Glutathione, (I’ll help with this one, pronounced like glute-a-thigh-own) an antioxidant and detoxifier.  This website goes into depth about these cleansing foods.

  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Beets & Carrots
  • Green Tea
  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Avocados
  • Apples
  • Olive Oil & Coconut Oil
  • Quinoa, Millet & Buckwheat
  • Cruciferous Vegetables like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, & Brussels Sprouts
  • Lemons & Limes
  • Walnuts
  • Turmeric

I’m sure you’ve heard of a “juice cleanse,” and if you’re going to go this route, stick to juicing with fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables.  Avoid store bought juices because those are most likely just packed with sugar.  It’s recommended to do a juice cleanse for at least 3 to 10 days.

Another effective way to purge the body may be through the process of an enema to cleanse the colon.  This can be especially helpful to ease severe constipation – just be sure to consult a doctor before deciding to use this method because along with flushing your rectum of the “bad stuff,” you can also simultaneously wipe out the “good bacteria,” which could potentially be harmful.  Group Med Shop sells several personal cleansing items and you can check them out here!

Up next is one of my personal favorites – detox baths.  During a detox bath (a hot bath with Epsom salt) toxins will be released through your skin, your largest organ; all the while rejuvenating your mind and supplying your body with magnesium.   Magnesium helps to relieve muscle aches, prevent migraines, support proper blood pressure, calm anxiety and regulate calcium, potassium and sodium.  You can take a look at some detox bath “recipes” here – and I’ve also included my favorite in the photo below.  Not all detox baths require Epsom salt, but I always prefer to incorporate it because of its benefits.

Now let’s talk about detoxifying your environment, it can be just as important.  If you can’t splurge on an expensive air purifier, you could just do what I do…buy some plants.  They are nature’s air purifiers.  And the best part about this list, most of these plants are low maintenance.

  • Money Bonsai
  • Snake Plant
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Weeping Fig
  • Peace Lily
  • Cornstalk Dracaena
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
  • Dumb Cane
  • Aglaonema
  • Spider Plant
  • English Ivy
  • Boston Fern

You could also opt for a Himalayan Salt Lamp; these amazing little glow lamps have air cleaning qualities that can also relieve stress – yes, please.
I’m such a firm believer in taking the time to take care of yourself – we should all be a little selfish when it comes to our well-being.  Some say you should detox your body twice a year, but it’s never a bad idea to do it as often as you can!  Don’t forget about allowing yourself to de-stress.  Stress and anxiety can manifest itself physically, practicing yoga and meditation is an amazing way to just breathe and release your worries.  Namaste.

-Miranda Murray

Sources: Google, Global Healing Center, Pinterest, Sea Salt, Chasing Foxes

*I am not a doctor, nutritionist or scientist but I have spent the past 4 years soaking up information I’ve gathered through various websites, by attending numerous informational meetings and working with nutritionists and fitness trainers. 

 

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