Detoxification – What does it mean?
By Marlene Watson-Tara
This is a topic that can have enormous impact on your health. Detoxification is the term we describe for the process of your body eliminating things that it was not designed to have such as heavy metals and toxic chemicals and as technology advances these toxins accumulate more and more.
Despite most people’s best intentions, we still live in a very toxic world….. we’re surrounded by toxins of all kinds, some worse than others. That’s why it is important to use environmentally-friendly products that cause less impact to our planet. But even if you try to “go green” environmentally, you may still end up with unwanted toxins inside your body.
Committing yourself to eat all-natural unprocessed foods as much as possible will certainly go a long way ot limiting your future exposure to toxins. Is is important to you to start removing as many impurities from your body as possible.
When selecting different options for detoxing, opt for ones more natural and food based as these tend to have not as many side effects. A favourites is Daikon/Kombu/Shitake Tea (see recipe below). The proteins from the seaweeds bind to the heavy metals and excrete them from the body. I also use a Barley Grass Supplement.
Our bodies are automatically detoxing every day. The body has natural physiological Detox actions of its own: sweating, urinating and moving bowels for example. But in our modern era of pollutants, heavy metals, computer and mobile telephones radiations, harsh cleaning solvents, industrial sprays, chemical pesticides and so much more, the human body has become immensely overloaded with various toxicities.
Our bodies need a little help every so often. Implementing simple detox steps can help with the following problems:-
- Ovarian cysts
- Low Sex Drive
- Joint pains
- Bad breath
- Brittle Nails
- Skin eruptions
- Poor memory
- Excess weight
And most important, they feel great with renewed health and vitality.
Top Detox Foods
- Vegetable juices
- Raw foods/Sprouts/Greens
- Fruits, Vegetables, whole grains, seaweeds, daikon, legumes, seeds
Avoid or keep to a minimum
- Fried foods
Start Skin Brushing. Dry skin brushing speeds up the rate at which toxins are expelled from the body, because it motivates blood cells and lymph tissue, two key physiological detoxification avenues. Skin brushing is not something you do in the bath or shower, but before you wash, you can bathe afterwards.
Breathing – The way you breathe can have a dramatic effect on your health. Please read my notes on breathing and learn just how powerful oxygen is as a detoxifier.
Exercise – Taking daily exercise is essential to properly detox the body.
Drink Water –Drinking fresh filtered still water is one of the most efficient detoxifying fluids we can give ourselves each day. I recommend 6-8 glasses of water at room temperature. Chilled water with ice chills the kidneys.
Wholefoods Plant Based Diet – This diet is a food and lifestyle plan that supports the body as it attempts to detox and heal itself. There are no miracle nutrients or natural magical bullets that do it all for you. Important points to note:-
1. Your diet should offer good nutrition
- The foods you eat should help strengthen your natural Detox functions: the eliminative organs (liver, kidneys, intestines and skin). Their natural detoxing ability is channelled through your daily bowel and urinary discharge, exhalations, emotional expression, movement and sweat.
- Your diet should help to regulate blood sugar, avoiding swings that contribute to diseases, cravings and moodiness.
- Your diet should help to strengthen your biggest ally in healing – your immune system.
These are the most important factors of any diet.
Food is best if made fresh and not frozen or canned. Thorough chewing and eating small amounts of fermented foods ensure good digestion and improved absorption.
This diet assumes that you think of your food as medicine, so you shouldn’t dwell on what you may be missing and would like to indulge in. It’s about healing and the need to do it in a focused way for the benefit of your body’s honest reaction.
A variety of nutraceuticals can help bolster immunity, aid the liver, support adrenal function, and provide solid nutrition. These nutraceuticals may include maitake, shitake and reishi mushrooms, astragalus, milk thistle, algae or barley grass products, trace minerals, various herbs, whole food source multivitamins and minerals and so on.
Principle foods – The essential foods that provide your nutritional basics and make up your main dietary percentages are wholegrains.
- Principle foods – The essential foods that provide your nutritional basics and make up your main dietary percentages are wholegrains.
- Secondary foods – The foods that supplement your diet and enhance principle foods.
- Pleasure foods – The special foods you allow yourself to enjoy in small amounts.
- Swing foods – The idea of a swing foods is to take more of what appeals to you, not so much due to taste but instinct.
We spend a good portion of our lives processing organic matter. We consume food, which then travels through various digestive stages designed to reduce its size and extract its goodness simply for the purpose of sustaining us. It’s very simple, really – if you stop eating you die. But also it is important to absorb the most nutrients from what you consume in order to thrive, not just survive.
Seaweed Bath and Its Benefits
Many will know the seaweeds purify and maintain the ecological balance of the ocean. They can perform the same purification process on your body too. The rejuvenating effects of eliminating toxins from the body can refresh us physically and mentally. A seaweed bath can create an invigorating effect by balancing the vital ingredients that constitute the body’s chemical structure. They are highly recommended for treatment of psoriasis and eczema.
Seaweed is said to possess an electrolytic magnetic action and so releases excess body fluids from the congested cells, dissipating fatty wastes through the skin pores. In addition, they also replace depleted minerals such as potassium and iodine, boosting thyroid activity and help to maintain adrenal regulation and hormone balance.
Seaweed therapy is recommended by its proponents for those affected by insomnia or sleep apnea. By improving the quality of sleep, it automatically enhances your immunity levels and helps you feel relaxed and fresh. A regular seaweed bath can minimize cellulite development on the skin by purifying it and giving your body a healthy toned look.
Seaweed body wraps help in toning up body muscle and speeding up the metabolism. They improve circulation, whilst ejecting the toxins out of the body. Seaweed therapy also aids in providing relief from joint and muscle aches and is of immense help in treating conditions such as arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.
Countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Greece have facilities known as thalassotherapy spas (loosely translated from the original Greek word as ‘sea therapy’). T The presence of sea weed, such as bladder wrack and kelp, help in conditions such as psoriasis and the detoxification of the body by opening up the pores, ejecting toxins, accumulated grime and dirt from the skins layers.
How It Works - The minerals and trace elements released by seaweed in hot water are absorbed through the skin through a process called osmosis.
Minerals are very important to vitalise body cells. However minerals cannot be produced or restored inside of the body. Thalassotherapy enables the body to replenish essential revitalizing natural elements and mineral salts. Seaweed contains mineral salts that can help the skin to hold its moisture better, which helps to smooth fine lines.
How To Take A Seaweed Bath – Place half a bag of bladder wrack kelp or knotted wrack kelp seaweed in a bath of hot water. The seaweed will turn a beautiful spring green and the water will turn a rich brown as the seaweed release their minerals. You can add a herbal bath oil, if desired, to help hold the heat in and pleasantly scent the water. Let the bath cool enough to get in. As you soak, the gel from the seaweed will transfer onto your skin.
Spa Detox – This coating increases perspiration to release toxins from your system and replaces them by osmosis with minerals. It also helps to rejuvenate your skin, de-stress, stimulate the thyroid, help weight loss, eases eczema, reduce the appearance of cellulite and relax the whole body and mind.
Seaweed Body Wrap – You can also make a seaweed wrap by adding bladder wrack to a bowl of hot water leaving to soak then placing a bandage in the gel ,wrap the bandage around an area to be firmed up (buttocks or belly or arms) leave for 30 minutes and then remove. Why not try a detoxing seaweed foot spa? Wash well as seaweed may contain sand and bits of shell.
Kelp Seaweed will stay fresh if you keep it in the fridge, for up to 10 days or freeze.
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