Feeling sluggish, overweight, and fatigued is no way to start a new year! And those digestive issues, skin problems, and aches don’t need to transfer over either. Taking care of all these issues really doesn’t need to be a big deal… there is actually a really simple solution to it all.
It is no secret that that many cultures, for thousands of years, have used detoxing and cleansing practices as part of their normal health routine to keep the body/mind/and spirit living at an optimal level. Statistically it has been shown that removing toxins from the system and leading a healthy lifestyle can minimize or eliminate disease completely.
Because there are so many different ways that one can go through this transformational process, it is important to make sure you have all the right information and support, so that you are safe and your efforts have a long-term, positive result.
What is a detox?
The best place to start is to make sure you understand what a detox actually is. In a nutshell, it is when you remove toxins or impurities from the body. If there is an accumulation of toxins in the system, then the body cannot release them as it was designed to through the liver, lungs, lymph, skin, and kidneys. In turn, every single cell is then compromised.
Although the body has its own built-in cleansing process, it is still a great idea to support it through detoxing, so your organs can get a rest, your circulation can improve, you can shed extra weight, increase your energy, regulate your sleep, streamline your way to your health goals, and more.
How do I know if I should detox and when should I do it?
If you are breathing, it is probably a pretty good idea for you to detox. The reason for this is because in this day and age, we are constantly bombarded by chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, parabens, dyes, etc, that pile up in the system and quite bluntly… aren’t supposed to be there. Often times you can read a food label and not recognize any of the ingredients and probably don’t even know how to pronounce half of them.
For this reason it actually is more crucial than ever to make detoxing a normal part of your health routine. A good rule of thumb is to detox at least once a year, but personally I like to do it with the changes of the seasons, as prescribed in ayurveda. It is a nice way to gift myself through the transitions around me, let go of what isn’t serving me and make room for something healthier and more supportive.
Always remember that tuning into your body to see what it is calling for is important, as is consulting your health physician if you are unsure if a detox is the right thing for you. If you are nursing, pregnant, a child, or have other severe diseases, it is cautioned against, especially without the proper support.
What’s my first step?
Starting your detox doesn’t have to be difficult or take much time. There are some very easy things you can do right away to support your body/mind/spirit.
Begin eliminating things that are having a toxic effect on your body, such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, and soy. It is important here to realize that this is temporary… so don’t get overwhelmed by thinking you can never have these things again, just lighten up the toxic load temporarily to give your body a rest.
Other ways to support your body is to reduce the stress in your life, eat plenty of fresh fiber, hydrate, use supplements that support cleansing, sweat in a sauna, dry brush, move your body, and breathe deeply.
Where do I go from here?
Now that you know some basics around detoxing, it is most important that you understand that getting the proper support is crucial. You do not want to go through or come off a cleanse incorrectly, creating more stress for your system.
I want to answer all of your detoxing and cleansing questions. I have mapped out four specific cleanses that I do on myself and with my clients… I know one of them will meet your needs. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can jump on a quick phone call to see what level of support you need!
All my holiday love,
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