People usually think of detoxing as simply changing what you eat or just buying a quick fix potion…and diet is the main detox tool – however, there are quite a few other things you can do to accelerate your detoxification. The main one being..
We live in a sedentary world these days with many people spending hours, day after day, week after week sitting at a desk looking at a computer. This has lead to a huge increase in the problem of Obesity and all its co-morbidities – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, IBS, cholesterol, high blood pressure and so on. Exercise of course helps to prevent all these, but what you may not realise is that all the toxins I have been talking about in the last couple of blogs actually get stored in the fat cells around your body.
By reducing your body fat, you are also reducing the amount of toxins in your body, this is partly done because as you exercise you increase the circulation of the blood and also the lymphatic fluid which acts like a drainage system around the body, hence making the removal of toxins all the easier, this also leaves your cells in a much healthier state & functioning more efficiently, so boosting your immune system and keeping illness at bay
Healthy Cells = Healthy You!!
You will also be helping to control your blood sugar levels & so be more able to ward off those pesky mid afternoon sugar cravings!
Other reasons Exercise boosts Detox…
- it will de-stress you, producing the feel good endorphins to lift your mood
- increasing lean muscle mass, burns fat more efficiently, less toxin storage
- exercise can stimulate bowel movements – instant detox!
- by exercising you improve your breathing technique, releasing carbon dioxide easier and taking in more oxygen, especially while practicing YOGA and PILATES
- Aerobic exercise with increase the amount you sweat, again releasing toxins through the skin, as well as increasing the heart rate, circulation and oxygen again.
It’s important to note however that you shouldn’t embark on a Detox if you’re pregnant, neither should you start a new type of training which will over exert yourself.
OTHER WAYS TO DETOX..
Colonic Irrigation, or Colon Hydrotherapy –
umm, it might sound a bit yucky, but, (so I’m told), can be quite refreshing! As mentioned we have the worst diet in the history of mankind and our bodies really aren’t designed to process all these toxins that we absorb or consume. A build up may occur in the intestines and colon and cause a range of medical problems, to your gut health and toxins being created within the colon, which today is a common area for cancer. With food getting ‘trapped’ inside this can cause bloating, constipation & wind from the food being putrified in the gut.
This concept actually began in ancient Egypt but has been used in the Western world since the early 1800‘s. You can now go along to a treatment centre or clinic and have the procedure where warm purified water will be sent via the anus up into the intestines, promoting ‘perperistalsis’ the muscle action used to excrete waste.
I have seen the pictures of what can come out and it really IS amazing – I can see how it can cause instant weight loss! But the benefits would include a healthier gut, better processing of waste & better absorption of nutrients from your food. Three to six treatments are recommended for best results, why not give it a go?!
Skin Brushing –
Now this is much less intrusive, but effective nonetheless. You simply need to buy a (good quality) skin brush with strong bristles and spare a few minutes each morning or night, preferably before bathing.
Skin brushing (like exercise) will encourage blood & lymphatic circulation, again aiding the release of toxins. It will exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells and then promote regeneration, giving your skin a refreshed look, its also said to reduce the appearance of cellulite – always a plus!
All you do is gently brush the skin, generally you go toward the heart on the torso and up the arms in small circular actions, I do this (when I remember!) and it really does make a difference – the hard part is just making it part of your routine!
Massage & Acupuncture –
Both these therapies work in the same way in the sense that they stimulate the blood circulation and the lymphatic system to release toxins – massage by stimulating hand strokes around the whole body and acupuncture by inserting wafer thin needles into ‘acupoints’ or points of energy in the body.
Seaweed / Algae wraps –
The ocean provides many amazing things to the earth, algae being one – it cleanses the sea and is also said to detoxify us – now I could not find scientific proof of these claims, and if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t believe in anything until there’s scientific proof, then fair enough, but you could be missing out on a beautiful experience. This can work either via the skin (absorption) or by taking it orally & algae’s have been used for hundreds of years in East cultures. The algae contains many nutrients & amino acids said to be great benefit to both the skin and internally for our cells.
Steam / Saunas –
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend you try and do a proper detox, they are not easy, they require will power, but you can see great results feel better all round. I do not recommend the quick fixes like the lemon detox as they have no long term benefits are incredibly hard to stick to and you feel dreadful while doing it!
Tomorrow – how we did on the IsoWhey office Detox last week!….