Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Detox you've put off...
Detoxify today, feel better tomorrow... (well... maybe not exactly tomorrow...)
Demystifying the elusive detox doesn't have to be as difficult as it seems at first.
It doesn't have to involve a bunch of different boxed supplements, or cayenne pepper, or only liquids.
In fact, not only can detoxification can be much much easier than that, it can be something gentle that you incorporate gradually. It can be a seasonal affair that you implement quarterly to help ease your transition into Spring, or Winter. It can be more specific dietary changes and restrictions that you apply for a specified amount of time. But whatever way you choose to detoxify in this toxic world, it is something that we all could use!
In my opinion, gradual detoxification is the healthiest way to detoxify. Radical detoxification, while it certainly has its place (as an adjunct to Cancer treatment, for example) is too extreme for those of us blessed with relatively good health.
Here's how I choose to detox seasonally:
Eliminate wheat, dairy, meat, alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, refined carbohydrates, and anything canned or that comes in a box (this is pretty much covered by the previously listed restrictions.)
These foods are, to speak generally, pro-inflammatory. The aim is to take the burden off the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, and the kidneys.
This may sound extreme - but it really isn't that hard. All it takes is a little preparation and a stocked fridge. The aim is certainly not to go hungry!
These changes leave room for almost anything that grows in the ground! Fruits and vegetables in abundance. (All preferably local and organic.) Brown rice. Nuts and seeds. Healthy oils. Seaweed.
In addition, I try to get plenty of sleep, drink LOTS of water, get my exercise in, and if you have one accessible, sauna and sweat out those toxins!
I generally detox for 1-2 weeks and incorporate specific homeopathic drainage remedies depending on symptoms and season.
Book a consultation and we can chat about what remedies and detoxification program would work best for you!