Established in 2010
One of the key things that came out of my visit with my Naturopath last week was the need to detox my body. Her explanation was that my lymphatic glands were either underactive or overactive and that this illustrated they needed help to flush stuff out. She described it as excess fat in the lymphatic system.
By the way, if you want to get a really good test to see where ALL your organs are at with their healing, have a Naturopath do a Thera Test on you! It is much more scientific and yes, it reminded me of that Star Wars machine that can read out all your problems in one go.
I have also been reading a book by Elaine Hollingworth and she states that to cure any disease, we only need a good detox — her words! Well, together with these two thoughts rolling around in my head, I have come to an interesting theory. Perhaps all it takes is a really good detox? Now, I know what you’re thinking… I have done a good liver detox in the past and it did help but it certainly didn’t cure me of anything. Detoxing is not just about one of those quick, 3-day/2-week things. Imagine how much crap we have accumulated over our lives, all the xenoestrogens we have exposed ourselves to that may still be sitting in our bodies right now. There are going to be heaps and yes, a 3-day detox might help but it is still a massive mound that the liver is working through and unfortunately I don’t think those even scratch the surface!
The thing that really became apparent with my appointment with my Naturopath is how we are pretty much predisposed to our genetic make-up of our parents. So, for me that was a massive eye opener. My whole family has a predisposition to poor liver function. Now, once that is there, it doesn’t take much to create an imbalance within the liver function. In other words, I am much more likely to develop liver-related conditions than the next person. Chances are, you are the same as me, since we have already established the close relationship between Endo and our liver function.
What does this mean though? Well, it means our liver is going to struggle and it needs help. Strong emotions, poor eating habits or heaps of toxins will make our poor livers struggle and though we can protect ourselves from these elements, some of them might have crept up on us! I know I gave my liver a good dose of all of these for many years.
So, what is the best way to detox the body?
Here is a list of things that can detox the body, from every angle:
Food and Drinks
- Green Smoothy. You can use this as a regular detox drink if you want to give yourself that instant “clean feeling”. Get equal amounts of green beans, celery and zucchini. Boil the lot in some water. Cook until soft. Let it cool down before you blend the lot and drink. Don’t add any spices or honey as this defeats the purpose. It tastes really “green” but it does wonders for your healing.
- Avoid fats completely — I mean the bad ones. No meat, dairy or junk food. The liver hates these. Eat heaps of green stuff as the liver loves those. Parsley is fantastic!
- The dry brush is a fantastic way to release toxins from the body. Get yourself a loofa sponge or one of those exfoliating gloves and scrub the skin surface before showering. It allows the skin to breathe again and to release toxins from the body. The skin is an organ and part of its job is to release toxins too!
- Avoid putting new toxins on the skin. It absorbs everything. That means nasty chemicals, unnatural skin products, cleaners — you know the ones I mean.
- The reason we sweat is to flush out toxins. It is important to let that happen naturally. Don’t use any deodorants that contain aluminium or use the words “anti-perspirant”. We need to perspire, that is normal. The best deodorants are crystal sticks. They are all natural and stop you being all smelly.
- Get sweating more. Ideally do some exercise, also go for a sauna or have a hot bath. Your body will heat up and sweat, flushing those toxins out more!
Release those toxic thoughts and emotions:
- Sit down and focus on the pain you feel. That emotional pain in your gut. Focus on it and let it out. Cry. It is okay. Focus on it and cry. You will feel better once it’s out!
- Work at your anger. If you feel angry and get worked up often, this is hammering your liver. Get into kick-boxing or boxing to get it out or go the other way and calm it down with yoga or meditation. I find much of my anger actually comes from a feeling of “not coping”. Doing “The Warrior Pose” in Yoga makes me feel so strong and like I can do anything, that somehow it calms down that anger instantly!
Help the liver with some herbs!
- The liver loves dandelion — yes, I know I have touched on this one a few times. It was great because my Naturopath suggested this one too! Take some dandelion supplements three times a day and it will help the liver detox so much easier. It works on activating the bile production of the liver, which flushes out excess fats in the body.
- Magnesium is a natural detoxifier. You can get magnesium oil and soak your feet in it (add some Aloe Vera to the water to prevent any stinging) or you can just get some epsom salts for the bath. These methods are the best ways to absorb magnesium. Unfortunately, we only absorb about 20% of supplement forms of magnesium.
It’s funny because one of the things that I recognised with people who go on a Raw Food Diet is that they go through a process of detoxing. Within that process many people go through emotional release as well as detoxing the body of toxins. I found this quite interesting as perhaps the emotional healing is all part of detoxing.
So, I am doing most of these and really trying to get into running — a little challenging when it is raining and cold.
What have you tried and how did they go? Have you done a full-on 3-day or week cleanse before? I am a little scared to try those but maybe I should. Please share your thoughts.
I am going to keep searching for more detox methods we can use! Flush it out baby!