Daily detox­i­fi­ca­tion to make the most of your life

Detox­i­fi­ca­tion is an essen­tial process for most in­di­vid­u­als nowa­days due to the in­creased toxic bur­dens we carry. There are ways to make the most of daily detox­i­fi­ca­tion through foods and drinks that as­sist in the func­tion­ing of the gut and liver. In­clude

Living Now - - Issues - By Deanna Minich

The word ‘ detox’ has taken on a much broader and more dy­namic mean­ing over the past two decades. We now know it to mean as­sist­ing the body with the re­moval of ev­ery­day phys­i­cal and emo­tional tox­ins. Pol­lu­tants reg­u­larly per­me­ate our food, air, wa­ter, per­sonal care prod­ucts, even the clothes we wear – all im­pact­ing how the body func­tions. It has been es­ti­mated that there are over 80,000 chem­i­cals presently used in the United States. As we age, our toxic

1 load con­tin­ues to com­pound – sci­en­tists es­ti­mate that ev­ery­one alive today car­ries within her or his body at least 700 con­tam­i­nants.

When it comes to a well-rounded detox­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, it’s also im­por­tant to con­sider not just the

phys­i­cal re­moval of tox­ins, but also the emo­tional as­pects that may need to be re­leased as well.

Tox­i­c­ity can build in many ar­eas of life – from the so­cial net­works we keep2, to the stress we ex­pe­ri­ence, to the quan­tity and qual­ity of our sleep.

Of course, as our knowl­edge about tox­ins grows, it be­comes essen­tial to as­sess our ex­po­sure and take health into our own hands by find­ing safe ways to keep the body vi­tal. It’s best to be­gin any type of cleans­ing pro­gram by first en­sur­ing that the in­testines are in good shape so that you can ex­crete tox­ins with­out dif­fi­culty. Fi­bre is crit­i­cal to ef­fec­tive detox­i­fi­ca­tion. Fi­bre sources in­clude: legumes, non-starchy veg­eta­bles, beans, fruit, seeds, nuts, and flaxseed meal. The general rec­om­men­da­tion for fi­bre is about 30 to 35 grams daily.

When it comes to the emo­tional as­pects of the gut, con­sider any out­dated emo­tions that are stored in the body and need to be ‘ex­creted’. When we don’t prop­erly ‘elim­i­nate’ un­healthy emo­tions, we can ex­pe­ri­ence in­creased lev­els of stress. Stress not only causes in­flam­ma­tion, but can elicit poor di­ges­tive func­tion. Deep breath­ing is an ex­am­ple of one way to aid in mov­ing the gut. When we breathe in deeply, the di­aphragm moves down gen­tly, mas­sag­ing our in­testines, and when we ex­hale, we cre­ate space in the gut area, al­low­ing waste to move through us. ma­te­ri­als to get tox­ins pack­aged for their exit out of the body.

Other sub­stances that can help stream­line the pro­cess­ing of tox­ins through the liver in­clude: green tea, curry, and cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles. It is rec­om­mended to get at least one serv­ing daily.

When it comes to emo­tions, tra­di­tional medicine would say the liver is about ac­tion, which is why anger is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with this or­gan. Anger is sim­ply a ‘call to act’.

It is a cat­a­lyst that prompts us to change some­thing or make a state­ment about our bound­aries. Dur­ing the detox­i­fi­ca­tion process, note the pres­ence of anger. Is it eas­ily ex­pressed or stuffed down inside? Find­ing healthy ways to vent anger can be more ben­e­fi­cial than just re­act­ing in a volatile way. n

Dr. Minich has a PH.D. in Med­i­cal Sciences (Hu­man Nu­tri­tion and Me­tab­o­lism) and a M.S. in Hu­man Nu­tri­tion and Me­tab­o­lism. Dur­ing her sci­en­tific study, she also stud­ied an­cient heal­ing arts such as Ayurveda and tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine. She will be vis­it­ing Aus­tralia in April to speak at the 4th An­nual Bio­ceu­ti­cals Re­search Sym­po­sium.

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