A Toxic Cocktail
Every day we are exposed to an array of toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the chemicals we put on our skin. This culmination of toxins places a lot of pressure on our bodies to render them harmless and excrete them from our body.
Diets high in sugar, fatty foods, processed & junk foods, and chemically-laden foods also place a heavy burden on our detoxifying organs.
If we continue to bombard our body with toxins and if we continue to be deficient in the nutrients that help our body rid these toxins, then our detoxification processes will be compromised. This results in toxins being stored in our tissues or being pushed back into our bloodstream causing fatigue, weakened immune function, poor memory, foggy head, lowered mood, sensitivity to foods and damage to our cells.
- Lethargic, apathy, chronic tiredness
- Stodgy & overweight
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory
- Poor sleep
- Recurrent Infections
- Mood swings, anxiety, depression
- Anger & Irritability
- Muscle ache and weakness
- Sensitivity to environmental chemicals, odours, nutritional supplements, foods
- Poor dietary choices (i.e a diet high in sugar, processed food and junk food)
- Leaky gut
- Free radicals
- Lifestyle choices (alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs)
- Continual exposure to food additives, preservatives, colourings, flavourings, pesticide and herbicide residues
- Continual exposure to air pollution such as off-gassing from soft furnishings, household solvents and cleaning products, radiation, plastics
- Continual exposure to environmental pollutants such as traffic fumes, industry pollutants
- Spirulina & Chlorella are great to use to alkalise your body which supports detoxification and elimination functions. Chlorella is a great cleanser and detoxifier because it binds and flushes heavy metals, pesticides and toxins. Spirulina supports liver and kidney detoxification.
- Cleavers are a great herb to use to stimulate lymphatic detoxification and are specifically used for chronic skin disorders including acne, eczema, psoriasis (all conditions that indicate a stagnant lymph)
- Tumeric is a fantastic herb which balances the 3 stages of liver detoxification ensuring efficient effective detoxification without unnecessary side-effects or ‘healing crisis’
- St Mary’s Thistle is ‘tropho-restorative’ to the liver and reduces toxic load by supporting the liver to detoxify effectively and efficiently.
- Schizandra is a wonderful herb that supports the liver to detoxify effectively. Schizandra is specifically used when feeling depleted both physically and mentally and suffer with poor memory and concentration.
- Green Tea is a great herb to take whilst detoxing as it is a fantastic antioxidant ‘mopping up’ any free radicals before they cause damage. Antioxidants are central to successful detoxification as they help to reduce tissue damage and unpleasant symptoms.
- Aloe Vera Juice is great for any gastrointestinal inflammation, used to heal the gastro-intestinal tract to prevent a ‘leaky gut’
- Broccoli Sprouts: any herb from the brassiacea family works wonderfully on the 3 stages of liver detoxification, balancing them beautifully so as to prevent the production of free radicals.
- Zinc is a mineral well known for its ability to support gastro-intestinal health, as well as being important in detoxification processes. So it is very important that you have adequate zinc levels to successfully cleanse and detoxify. If in doubt ask for a zinc test
- Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and an essential trace mineral. Selenium supplementation is recommended to help ‘mop up’ any free radicals that will cause cellular damage. NB Australian soils are low in selenium
- Probiotic: for healthy gut flora. For many the gut will be the largest source of toxic exposure mainly due to foods and other chemicals ingested and this causes an imbalance of gut flora. Supplementation with beneficial bacteria can help to create a healthier environment within the gut.
- Glutamine is used to heal the small intestine and address ‘leaky gut syndrome’. It is important to ensure the digestive system is functioning optimally before working on the liver.
- Lipoic Acid: Alpha-lipoic acid is the only antioxidant soluble in both fat and water. Whilst it is an important antioxidant for mitochondrial protection against free radical damage, it also promotes the function of other antioxidants while assisting in heavy metal chelation.
- Protein, B6, B12, Folic acid, Taurine, Choline: The overall goal of the liver is to take substances that are toxic and lipid soluble and make them non-toxic and more water soluble so they can be excreted via the kidneys and bowel. They need to be bound first (coagulate) before they can be excreted. These nutrients are the ‘coagulants’, so unless they are present toxins are unable to be excreted and will then re-circulate.
Diet & Lifestyle
- Detox Diet: Foods to enjoy:
a) Vegetables (at least 3 cups/day)
b) Salads (at least 4 cups/day)
c) Fruit (2/3 pieces/day)
d) Nuts & Seeds
e) Protein in every meal (eggs, chicken, fish, vegetarian combinations)
f) Whole grains
- Detox Diet: Trigger Foods to avoid:
c)Sugar, processed foods, junk food
f)Processed meat and red meat (beef, pork, bacon, sausages, mince, deli meats)
- Drink Pure Water: One of the easiest things you can do to get your body detoxifying better is to drink lots of water. Ideally the water should be as pure as possible and you must drink a minimum of 2 litres per day (more when you are in a heated environment or exercising). A good rule of thumb is that unless your urine is clear, then you need to drink more water (or herbal teas). Water in alcohol, tea, coffee, soft drinks and ice blocks do not count (they actually have a diuretic effect). Avoid coffee (including decaffeinated), and non-herbal teas as they interfere with detoxification.
- Exercise: to help increase detoxification, you should aim for 30-40 minutes of exercise three to five times per week. This enhances blood and lymphatic flow and facilitates the clearance of toxins from the tissues. Recommended options include walking, swimming, yoga, tai chi. NB The type, level, intensity and frequency of exercise you do will be determined by the amount you are already doing before the challenge.
- Dry Skin Brushing: the skin is a major organ of elimination and if dead skin cells accumulate they can prevent the skin being able to remove toxins effectively. It is recommended that you do some dry skin brushing before showering to help remove dead skin cells and draw blood to the surface, helping to optimise detoxification via the skin.
- Lymphatic Massage: many massage techniques can accelerate detoxification, but lymphatic drainage is the most well known and specific for this task. It will help to cleanse the lymphatic system especially if you have lymphatic congestion.
- Detoxify your Environment: the home and work environments can be major sources of toxins. You must try to eliminate or minimise use of toxic cleaning products (natural cleaning products, vinegar, bicarb soda are suitable alternatives), antiperspirants with aluminium, pesticides, herbicides, petrochemicals, paints, solvents and hair spray. You must also try to avoid pollution from cars and factories, as well as mould and dust, if possible.
- Address toxic emotions and stress: our feelings and thoughts influence health profoundly. Now is the time to employ some stress management techniques (eg. Yoga, tai chi, gardening, reading, bush walking etc.) as negative energy-draining emotions and stress can impair detoxification processes.
- Minimise non-essential Medications: pharmaceutical medications such as NSAIDs and paracetamol, interfere with detoxification processes and increase toxic load. Therefore you should eliminate any non-essential pharmaceutical medications whilst on the Challenge.
- NB. all medication prescribed by your doctor should be taken as normal.
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