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
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When it comes to the emotional aspects of the gut, consider any outdated emotions that are stored in the body and need to be ‘excreted’.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.