Detox and cleansing is a popular word in the holistic community nowadays, it doesn’t matter what the season.
Many of us are into detox: we want to try it, we all have opinions how to do it, we like it or we hate it. It might be a recipe for a drink, or a several day procedure, or maybe even for weight loss detox or fasting or profound cleansing with professional help. Well, the last two options are for very determined people, for those who more or less try to live healthier and be happier.
There should be no question whether to cleanse or detox our bodies. The question is how far we should go. Well, it depends. It depends on our current diet, our physical state and energy level, in other words, it depends on our individual lifestyle and needs. But what if we think that every it will be too complicated for us, or we don’t like to change our routine, or we simply cannot follow rules for a long period of time? What if….What if… What if…. I have a very simple solution for you, ladies: super simple detox, and it means eating “super foods”. We can do super simple cleansing ourselves without any extra help and without extra effort, and we don’t need to wait for spring, because we can cleanse our bodies with the seasons. Sounds interesting? Good, keep reading. But first, let us start from the beginning. What is a toxin? It is basically any substance that creates irritating or harmful effects in the body, which can sometimes even damage our tissues and organs. We always have to remember that toxicity depends on the dosage, frequency or potency of the toxin. We are all familiar with immediate symptoms, produced by pesticides and some drugs. But the most dangerous for our bodies are long-term negative effects, for example, asbestos exposure leading to lung cancer. We also have to understand that toxicity occurs on two basic levels: external and internal. A lot of people are not aware of the fact that everything we breathe, eat, drink, and even touch, contain toxins; in other words, we can acquire toxins from our environment by breathing them, by ingesting them, or through physical contact with them. Toxins can be poisons, heavy metals, pesticides, fungicides, cleaning solvents, smog, and many substances that we don’t even know are leeching into our bodies via our clothing our furniture, and even out carpets. Did you know that the worst toxins we can ingest are put into our foods as additives and preservatives? Our body itself produces toxins through its normal every day functions. Fats, free radicals, different irritating substances act as toxins on the internal level. Our body is very intelligent, it is functioning non-stop 24/7 and obviously there are toxins that need to be eliminated. When these substances are not eliminated, they can cause irritation or inflammation of the cells and tissues, blocking normal functions on a cellular, organ and whole body level. Detox is a relative term, because anything that supports elimination can be said to help us detoxify. As a matter of fact, our body cleanses itself by an absolutely natural process. If the body is working well with good immune and eliminative system, we can handle the basic every day exposure to toxins. But sometimes we need to change our dietary (healthier food choices) and lifestyle (clearing toxins by sweating, either from exercise or heat) habits to reduce intake of toxins and improve elimination. You may be amazed with the fact that simply drinking more water (filtered of course!) helps us eliminate more toxins. Shifting from the most congesting foods (sweets, diary products, bread, fats, fried foods, refined flours, meats, hydrogenated fats, drugs) to the least (fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and legumes) can help most of us detoxify somewhat and bring us into balance in general. And we don’t need an excuse to wait for spring to cleanse our bodies, we can detox using seasonable super foods, such as apples, artichoke, asparagus, beets, celery, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, grapes, leafy greens, lemons, onions, parsley, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, seaweed, turnip, watermelon. We need to include these fantastic fruits and vegetables in our routine and use one or two every day. Why? Because these fruit and vegetables purify our blood, purify and protect our liver, cleanse the intestines, help excrete heavy metals, improve the cleansing function of the glands, purify our gastrointestinal GI tract, help to rid the respiratory system of excess mucus, protect against free radicals, destroy intestinal worms, help clear liver and gall bladder obstructions, remove residues of radiation in the body. In case you have forgotten by now, we are talking about food- fruit and vegetables, not drugs or magic pills!!!! Amazing? Isn’t it? The power of food can make miracles! (contact me for a complete list of cleansing super foods with explanation of their qualities). From all said above, I hope you have made a very important decision already: to eat more fruit and vegetables-the high-water-content cleansing foods. It will be your first step to better and healthier you. If you want to take another step, you have to consider organic or local produce because of the high level of pesticides. Or at least to start buying the fruit and vegetables with lower levels in pesticides, such as pineapples, mangos, bananas, blueberries as well as cauliflower, asparagus, radishes, onions, etc., and avoiding non-organic apples, peaches, strawberries, cherries, spinach, bell peppers, celery potatoes, etc. As you can see, cleansing your body may involve some dietary and lifestyle changes, but it doesn’t have to be a torture experience. Simply eating cleanisng super foods every day can increase your energy, bolster your immune system and leave you with a healthy routine to live by all year long.
Irina Wardas HHC, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach and Counselor