[By Kenna Lynn]
It’s easy to overdo it in this city. Sometimes that includes seven consecutive nights of overtime work costume or a court citation–and sometimes it just means a hangover. But whatever you’ve done this time, you can always try and wash it away with a good detox. With plenty of my own misdeeds to erase, I set out this week to find the best detox program for a detox newbie.
The two phases of detox
According to detox experts, the body detoxifies in two phases. In the first phase the body releases the toxins from the tissues where they are stored. In the second phase the body eliminates these toxins through the sweat, feces and urine.
The second phase of excretion is dependent on amino acids (from protein) and if these are not readily available this whole process slows down or stops. This creates a lot of reactive intermediates also knows as oxidative stress which in turn creates inflammation.
Experts call this “auto toxicity” which means you are freeing up the toxins and now they are roaming around your body which is a far worse situation than leaving them where they were sequestered in the first place. If you are doing a ‘cleanse’ or detoxification program and you feel terrible this is probably what is happening and it means you are making yourself worse not better!
Ideally, we should be detoxifying on a daily basis. Detoxification is a continuum. It starts with gut function which means an average of 2-3 normal bowel movements daily. Here are some good detoxification habits that can help you achieve a cleaner, healthier body inside out.
Fiber is vital to cleanse the insides of your gut. Fill up with fiber – 50 grams or more a day.
Drink 8 or more glasses of water between meals. Try distilled water, and avoid sugared drinks at all costs.
Supplement with 1 or more servings of a green drink daily. A green drink means a vegetable juice and not a fruit juice. If you are not used to having a pure vegetable drink, you can mix vegetable with fruit for a healthy yet tasty concoction. Try celery, beetroot, carrots and orange.
Increase sulfur containing foods including garlic, onions and eggs (providing you don’t have a sensitivity to them). They are great ways to help your body detoxify itself fro the inside out.
Eat some high quality clean lean protein at each meal. Whey protein is fantastic as it is a natural heavy metal chelator. You can also take an amino acid blend containing all of the phase two amino acids. These can be purchased at your local health stores.
Eat 5 or more servings of organic non-starchy veggies and 1-2 servings of low glycemic fruits per day.
Dry brush before your bath or shower
Sweat via exercise or far-infrared saunas
Increase circulation via exercise, massage and/or lymphatic drainage
Take supplements that support good liver and gall bladder function including phosphatidyl choline, lipoic acid, dandelion root and milk thistle.
Take nutrients that support overall detoxification including lipoic acid, selenium, chlorella, n-acetyl cysteine, green tea extract, copper, zinc and MSM
Take baths with Epsom salts and baking soda
Set aside some time each day to meditate or do yoga. This will keep your mind centred. Remember a heathy mind is a start of a healthy body. If you clear your mind of clutter, you will be able to clean your body of toxins as well.
Consistent daily detoxification can help overcome weight loss resistance, improve thyroid and overall hormone function, improve skin and help with overall mood and brain function. Make detoxification a daily habit as you are getting inundated with toxins on a daily basis. As far as toxins go … better out than in!