Credit: googleJust browsing through the internet will show you that detoxing the body is big business. I have a college that regularly detoxes with some new liquid concoction that is going to work miracles but the truth is she is just making her body go into survival mode until she eats normally again. The cold truth is that you could be doing more harm than good.
Mary E. Pritchard, Ph.D. summed it up this way, "The only thing I've ever seen yo-yo dieting do is lead to weight gain and self-doubt."
“Mindful eating requires awareness, intention, trust, new skills, practice – and revolutionary thinking”. From Michelle May Author of the Eat what you love and love what you eat series of books.
I’m not really one for dieting fads and all the emotional blackmail that comes from following fad diets, but I am an advocate for healthy food and healthy eating. I believe certain foods to be medicine for certain health conditions. Did you know that 2 cups of strong black coffee can reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack and that avoiding dairy could reduce or even cure asthma symptoms due to undiagnosed intolerance? However I have never seen a detox diet that also includes your environment? No doubt somebody somewhere now is going to find one, but I wonder how much thought goes into the environment you live in, when you are considering a detox. Rather than our internal environment, there are plenty of small things we can do to improve our surroundings and at the same time reduce our exposure to toxins.Credit: google
Let’s start in the home, household cleaners are full of toxins that could have an adverse effect on your well-being and one story that comes to mind is Beth Greer's. Beth was diagnosed with a herniated disk that turned out to be a golf ball sized tumor in her chest that three surgeons agreed needed removal however this was in an area of the body packed with nerves and presented a very risky surgery. Beth weighed up her options and decided to avoid surgery to see if there wasn’t something she could do for herself. Beth has a good diet and exercises regularly, so it had to be something else, she decided she would find out everything she could about her condition and found that tumours grow in response to irritation and inflammation therefore eliminating environmental toxins that might be contributing to her tumours growth seemed like a practical first step. Long story short Beth cured her tumour by eliminating toxins in the home starting with common house hold cleaners. By throwing out all the products Beth had been using and replacing them with natural household cleaners instead, her tumour reduced in size and disappeared in 9 months.
Another product we all use that could be harmful is antiperspirant, sensational headlines can be found on the internet claiming “The leading cause of breast cancer is the use of antiperspirant. Yes, ANTIPERSPIRANT” and the jury is not out on this one, better to be safe than sorry, next time you go shopping try a deodorant instead or best of all a Crystal Rock Deodorant. Another product we use often is Shampoo or how about Hair Dyes both of which have been associated with numerous forms of cancer, but do not fear there are plenty of natural and safe alternatives out there too.
The point is should you feel the need for a good detox, before you delve into the latest detox diet, have a thought for what else you can do to detox YOU and at the same time do the whole family a favour. Open up your cupboards and read the labels on all the household cleaners, shampoo’s, hair dyes, cosmetics and antiperspirants you own and if they are full of toxins get rid of them, replace them with safe natural alternatives give it a few months and see how you feel.
Finally the best natural detox for everyone is to follow is a diet of fresh food grown in your area, remember “fresh is best forget the rest” and eat the food that is “in season” which means in winter eat mainly root vegetables that grow at that time of year and in summer eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables that grow at that time of year. Also try to eat a traditional diet from your country, I don’t mean don’t eat anything foreign, that’s fine to do so now and again but if you eat a diet that is familiar to you and your origins then you are less likely to have an adverse effect. Eat three times daily and the main meal of the day should include portions on your plate which consist of 2/3 fruit and vegetables and 1/3 meat/protein. The portion of meat/protein should be no bigger than your own fist. Drink plenty of fluids and exercise daily, a 30 minute brisk walk in the fresh air is best. Lastly the liver is the great body cleanser and the best food for the liver is anything bitter. Bitter foods stimulate digestion and a good functioning liver is what will detox YOU. The liver has a number of functions, but its main role in the digestive system is the processing of nutrients that are absorbed from the small intestine. Bile from the liver released into the small intestine also plays an imperative role in digesting fat.
Common Bitter Foods:
Chicory, Chard, Endive, Artichokes, Cress, Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Lettuce, Dandelion, Rocket, Cucumbers, Pumpkin, Melons, Mushrooms, Lemon juice, Grape fruit juice, Beer, Wine, Coffee and more….