Sunday, March 13, 2011

Detoxification...yes please!

I love ridding my self of toxins. Before this whole organic lifestyle thing I thought getting a massage was the best way. I understood how your body gets stressed out & forms little knots of tension & a massage works out those knots by increasing blood flow to the area, breaking up toxins & b asically making you feel better. I also knew that it really important to drink lots of water after a massage because all of those toxins that were attached to parts inside your body are now floating around & the water will flush them all out.

Now I am learning about all the internal detoxiffications you need to do because of the chemicals in food, the environment & all that Taco Bell I ate in high school. According to Natural Awakenings Magazine, here a a few symptons that may mean you need to detox your body.

  • Chronic tension in the neck & shoulders
  • Feeling Tired & sleepy after eating
  • Waking between the hours of 1 & 3 am
Did you know that without at leas one bowl movement a day waste remains in the intestines & the body reabsorbs some of that waste causing headaches, fatigue & foggy thinking. A bowel movement if your body's way of flushing out toxins. You can do this daily by adding a few things to a routine.
  • Deep breathing for 10-15 minutes twice a day
  • Increase vegetables, fruits, & whole grain to add fiber to increase bowel movements.
  • Exercise so your skin can secrete toxins. Skin is the largest organ of our bodies! Who knew?
  • Drink lots of water so you are constantly emptying your bladder
  • Each morning for 2 weeks drink hot lemon water. The antioxidant D-limonine in lemon thins bile & is helpful in breaking down fat trapping toxins.
  • Sip on cran-water - about 64 ounces a day. Mix one ounce unsweetened cranberry juice & seven ounces of water & drink through out the day. Cranberry helps to balance PH, suppress hunger & combat cellulite & water retention, while drawing out fatty wastes by targeting lymph (a secondary circulatory system beneath the skin that works to rid the body of toxic wastes, bacteria, heavy metals, dead cells, trapped proteins & fat). Sipped daily, this antioxidant helps reduce bloating & melt fat from hips, thighs & waist. 
I am starting all of this right away. As I type I have been sipping on cran-water. Bring on the melting & untrapping!

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