The Basics of a Natural
Have you ever wondered how to do a natural body detox? There really are
some simple ways to incorporate natural cleanses for whenever you feel
the need to do some extra spring cleaning on the divineness that is you.
Do you need a natural body detox?
Most of us will agree that we
are subjected to many toxins in the air that we breathe, the foods we
eat, and the environment we live in day in and day out. These toxins build up in our body, cluttering it up and cleaning it out is a kind thing to do for yourself! There are basic
things we can do each day to help our systems work more efficiently.
you have been reading some of the articles on the Natural Health Cafe
site, you will have already read some information on how a natural body
detox is achieved through lifestyle choices.
Starting with what
we eat is a main concept that begins with being aware of the many toxins
that are in our foods that we are eating today. This is one of the many
reasons that organic and homegrown foods are recommended more often.
Okay. So lets talk about the icky stuff. Our
bodies are in a constant mode of cleansing itself by exhaling,
sweating, daily bowel movements, and urinating. These systems are built in to help keep the body
flowing properly. When these systems are not working efficiently, toxins build up and these systems slow down.
Have you ever
noticed how often a baby feeds and how regularly a baby eliminates? A
baby typically is fed simple and nourishing liquids and foods. As we
get older, we begin to put in a lot more substances into the body that
we would never put in a baby. Things like sugar, chemicals, caffeine,
alcohol, junk foods, etc. These substances can cause our bodies to get
bogged down as it must work overtime in a grand effort to try to get rid of these toxins.
is a common belief in the natural health arena that we begin to
have allergies, fatigue, frequent illnesses and many other health issues, some very significant,
that can be a reaction to the many toxins that build up in the system.
Some basic Natural Body Detox ideas:
- Exercise - Include some form
of exercise on a regular basis. Exercising your body will help the lungs
to expel stagnant air that can build up while shallow breathing such as
sleeping or sitting for hours at a time. Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed (even if its a little stress) that you are now breathing shallow? Note that you are not breathing deeply and take some deep breathes. Exercise helps with
circulation of the blood, lymph's, lungs and muscles of the body. And
exercise helps the body perspire which is another way the body can
- Breathe - Take time to note how you are breathing. Shallow breathing creates a buildup of toxins in your lungs. Every morning when I groan and turn off the alarm, I then take a few moments and take several large breathes to bring more oxygen into my body. I focus on my breathe and kindly dismiss the brain chaos, you know the million things that I want to get done that day. I then put my feet on the floor and let my mind take off running!
- Nourishment - Add
an abundance of greens in your daily meals such as spinach, collards,
kale, cucumbers and a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. Fruits
and vegetables provide the body with many nutrients and they can be
steamed, juiced, smoothies, or eaten raw. Aim
for 25 - 35 grams of fiber each day to help the body to eliminate
efficiently each day. If you are not having at least one regular bowel
movement a day, then your system may be showing signs of constipation
which is stagnation in the bowels. So you will want to make sure you
are consuming sufficient amounts of fiber from whole foods each and
every day. Be aware that meat, dairy and most processed foods do not
contain much, if any fiber.
There are many raw foodists that believe that drinking a green juice first thing in the morning detoxes the digestive tract, supplies immediate nourishment, and is a wonderful way to start your morning right.
- Drinking proper
amounts of quality water - will help the system stay hydrated which is
important as the body expels water and toxins through exhaling, bowels,
urine and perspiration. So aim for 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds
of your body weight to help replace the loss of fluids from these daily
body functions. And ladies..coffee and tea does not count!
- Dry brush your skin once a day - This will encourage circulation to the skin and lymphatic system, the two most important detoxifying organs in your body.
- Take artichoke leaf extract - This increases the flow of bile and protects the liver cells from damage.
certainly are more in-depth practices to do deeper cleansing and we will
explore them in the some of the following articles.
Additional Articles which can be part of a Natural Body Detox
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