Every tissue and system in your body is vulnerable to damage from poor dietary habits, lifestyle choices, stress, air pollution, pesticides, toxins from indoor products which leach from floor coverings, building materials, printers, photocopiers, cleaning products and furniture, cosmetics, hygiene products and plastic compounds. If that wasn’t enough, you also have the toxic burden that comes from within the body which is created during normal chemical reactions in your body, and with many also originating from an unhealthy gut.
Toxins are an unavoidable part of living as they are in the air we breathe, the food we eat and are a by-product of normal metabolism in the body.
The good news is that the body is designed to remove these toxins. The liver, your chief cleansing organ which performs a vital role in regulating, synthesising, storing, secreting, transforming, and breaking down many different substances in the body along with the other helpers, your kidneys, lymphatics, skin, and intestines generally have it covered. However, sometimes this cleansing team doesn’t run as smoothly as they should and the pathways that help the body to cleanse become overburdened.
When this happens, the body sends out warning signals that all is not going as well as it should. These signals may range from the more common symptoms such as but not limited to:
- non-specific headaches
- constant fatigue
- mood disturbances
- constant bloating
- constant wind
- constant bad breath
- fertility issues
- menstrual irregularities
- constipation or diarrhoea
- intolerances or sensitivities
- muscle aches and pains
- poor concentration and brain fog
- a constant runny nose or sinus congestion
- skin rashes, acne, itchy dry skin
If your body is giving you any of the above symptoms, it may be time for some cleansing support.
To take the load of these cleansing organs here are a few tips to help the body keep at its cleansing best ツ
- Dry skin brush to boost circulation and improve the flow of the lymphatics.
- Saunas are a super way of removing toxins through the skin and improving circulation.
- Increase circulation by way of exercise. Exercise will get the blood moving around the body and stimulate the lymphatic system to help move the toxins out of the body.
- Where possible avoid pollution. This includes cigarette smoke.
- Limit your exposure to chemicals in the workplace.
- Avoid the harmful compounds found in plastics (xenoestrogens) as they play havoc with your hormones and the liver is the major site of detoxification for these.
- Eating plenty of fibre rich foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains as this helps to bind to toxins so you can poop them out of the body.
- Wash your fresh fruits and vegetables well to minimise exposure to pesticides. Make a 10% salt solution. Just mix up about one-part salt to nine-parts water (make sure to rinse all of the salt off before eating).
- Eat plenty of protein from fresh fish, organic eggs, nuts, legumes all which provide amino acids to help cleanse the liver.
- Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) provides super support for the liver. As a digestive bitter Dandelion root helps to stimulate the digestive juices and bile thereby improving digestion, absorption and elimination. Dandelion root is also used to support the liver in removing metabolic wastes and hormones. Makes a great herbal tea or taken as a digestive bitter.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) excels at cleansing the lymphatic system and supporting the immune system.
- Burdock root (Arctium lappa) nourishes and strengthens all the body’s filtration and waste management systems (kidneys, liver, skin and lymph) to aid in cleansing the blood and supporting the flow of the lymph.
- Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) is an excellent tonic for helping the kidneys gently cleanse metabolic wastes from the body.
- Add to your salads fresh, young, green, spray free, edible weeds such as Dandelion leaf and flower (Taraxacum officinale), Yellow Dock leaf (Rumex crispus), Chickweed leaf and flower (Stellaria media), and Cleavers leaf (Galium aparine).
These tips are just a few of the many lifestyle, nutritional tips and herbs to keep your body at its toxin-fighting best helping to reduce the many toxins you experience on a daily basis.
If you feel it is time to embark on a cleansing programme or would like to know more I would love for you to head on over and ease yourself into my Gentle Cleanse Programme. This Gentle Cleanse Programme gently tends to all the cleansing organs of the body and is a great starting point for your journey to a healthier state of mind and body.