Kelly Spencer - Happy Healthy YOU
(A wellness column by Kelly Spencer: writer, life coach, yoga & meditation teacher, holistic healer and a mindful life enthusiast!)
Detoxification is the removal of toxins. Toxins are capable of causing disease and imbalances in our life. When we limit and remove toxins we are able to operate at our potential and maximum capability. This is a five-part series on detoxifying your life: your body, mind, heart, relationships and your home.
Let’s start with the body. Our physicality is a powerful vessel to which we experience this life. The multiplying of cells forming vital organs, muscles and bones while within the mother’s womb is nothing less than a miracle.
There is wisdom within our body that communicates by showing us imbalances and lack of alignment when it is not operating at its homeostatic capacity. The body is geared to seek and maintain balance as well possesses miraculous healing capabilities. There are obvious ways to detox the body by limiting the toxins we encounter. Kick your smoking habit, limit your junk food and sugar content, eat more vegetables, exercise regularly and work to eliminate chemicals in your food and bodycare products. Those are the more straight-forward paths to having a healthier body.
Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, "it's critical to detox," says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., author of Detoxification. Page recommends detoxing for symptoms such as fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies, low-grade infections, puffy eye or bags under the eyes, bloating, menstrual problems, mental confusion and overall health.
Here is a list of ways I recommend to detoxify the body: Eat organic and 'closest to source.' Whenever possible, eat organic food… or as your grandparents called it – FOOD. In attempts to be more efficient and reap bigger crops we have added chemicals, fertilizers and created genetically modified (GMO) food. If these chemicals/GMO’s must be handled with gloves, mask and apron. How on earth can we think its okay to ingest them? Much research is being done with results showing many toxic side effects. Food is one of our oldest and most important medicines and many foods offer healing properties. Eat fresh and closest to source, eliminate processed food and eat non-GMO and organic, whenever possible.
Detoxifying Smoothies: Juicing and smoothies are becoming very popular. The reason being that you can get a large amount of detoxifying nutrients in one glass or meal. Greens, vegetables and fruits can be added to smoothies for antioxidants, to reduce risk of cancer, lower cholesterol, support cardiovascular and digestive systems and detox the liver. Make your own and avoid buying from places that use sugar syrup for flavor. Try replacing one meal a day with a fresh, organic detox smoothie.
Warm Lemon Water: I start my day with a glass of very warm water with one fresh squeezed lemon. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C assisting the immune system as well warm lemon water boosts liver enzymes, balances the pH levels of the body, helps to reduce inflammation in the joints and knees, and boosts sluggish bowels, and the potassium content helps to nourish the body and brain. Warm lemon water aids in production of digestive enzymes, so try drinking warm/hot lemon water with or after your meals instead of cold water.
Lots of Water: One of our most natural ways to detox is to flush out the toxins. However we often misinterpret the body’s desire for water as hunger and eat instead. So try drinking a full glass of water half hour before your meals and make sure you get in five more glasses during the day. Get a large glass pitcher and fill it with your daily water goal and see if you can empty it by the end of the day!
A Good Massage: We tend to think of a massage as a special pampering treat for the body, but did you know it’s been around for its healing properties for centuries? Toxins build up and store in the body and an intense deep massage can not only bring balance to the musculature but assists to release toxins.
Ion Foot Detox: The ultimate benefit and purpose of Ion Detox Footbath is to assist the body in removing unwanted toxins. It protects your immune system from overload. Treatments are a relaxing therapy that aids the body’s own natural defenses by removing harmful toxins.
Less Caffeine, More Green: We tend to love our caffeine drinks, especially that morning coffee. However, too much caffeine can dehydrate the body, upset the stomach, make us jittery, irritable and sleep less. Try minimizing caffeine intake and replace one coffee a day with a detoxifying green tea instead. Add ginger and lemon for added benefits.
Wild Salmon: The key word here is “wild.” Wild salmon is healthier than farmed salmon which can contain contaminates and toxins, and there is even talk of GMO salmon. Salmon is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids which is good to improve artery elasticity, allowing for healthy blood flow and heart health.
Hot Baths with Epsom salts, Dead sea salts, Himalayan salts: Salt baths play a number of roles in the body including reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches. A couple times a week is not only detoxing but relaxing.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn.
Our bodies’ wisdom is truly profound, but we must remember that how we choose to support our bodies is the key to long term healing and health.
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