Detox It All: Springclean Your System
Doctor Christie Pilossof of The Advanced Integrative Medical Centre says you can detox and springclean your system – even in the middle of summer.
We are living in an extremely toxic world. There has been a dramatic increase in our exposure to environmental toxins over the past few decades. These include industrial chemicals pesticides and herbicides, air pollution, tobacco smoke, plastic compounds such as BPA, chemicals in our water, prescription medicines and heavy metals.
It is well recognized that this toxic burden can wreak havoc on one’s hormones, lead to chronic inflammation, and increase one’s risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative conditions. Luckily, our bodies come equipped with highly sophisticated systems to deal with all of this toxicity. The liver is the most important organ responsible for removing and metabolizing toxins so that they can then be excreted via the kidneys, bile, gut and skin.
However, depending on your genetics, you may be more or less efficient at metabolizing certain toxins or have impaired detoxification pathways. This factor, combined with the tremendous load of chemicals encountered in the environment, may lead to too much strain on your liver and it may fall behind on its detoxification workload. This results in toxins spilling over into your bloodstream and causing cell damage, inflammation and ultimately disease.
What Does It Really Mean To “Detox”?
“Springcleaning” our home is a great analogy for a detox. Even though we clean our home on a daily basis, every now and again we need to do more thorough clean to get rid of accumulated waste. In the same way, our body can sometimes do with a focused and thorough “detox”. Simply, detoxification means the removal of toxins from the body.
What To Include:
- Eat a rainbow! Aim to include all of the colours of the rainbow in your diet, including the blues and purples, which people often lack. Colourful fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are packed with micronutrients, phytochemicals and fibre to support detoxification pathways.
- Lots of water (preferably filtered) and herbal tea to keep hydrated and assist the kidneys to excrete toxins in your urine. Starting the day with a large glass of water and lemon also helps to get your digestive system and bowels moving.
- Exercise is great for promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage. Sweating is another way the body excretes toxins, so make sure to work up a sweat while exercising, and consider using an infrafred sauna too.
- Supplements can be a beneficial addition to your detox plan, but should be personalised and discussed with a healthcare practitioner.
- Protein. Some of the important detox pathways in the liver rely on amino acids from to function. If you eat meat, try to choose free-range, organic and grass-fed to avoid hormones and toxins. If not, make sure to eat a variety of nuts, seeds, legumes and gluten-free grains to get enough protein.
- Adequate sleep – ie a minimum of seven hours a night. Rest, relaxation, deep-breathing, time in nature and laughter. Click here to find out how sleep can “detox” your brain.
What To Remove:
- Caffeinated beverages. Replace with an array of herbal teas, such as peppermint, fennel, ginger, dandelion root and rooibos.
- Sugar, refined carbohydrates and all processed and packaged food.
- Dairy, wheat, gluten-containing grans, and any other foods you feel you may react to. Other common food sensitivities include peanuts, soy, shellfish and eggs.
- Minimise your exposure to toxins in your environment. These can include your household cleaning products and cosmetics, plastic food containers and water bottles, and your water supply. Consider changing to more natural products and installing a water filter. Don’t let this be overwhelming. Start by making some small changes, which will eventually add up to big results.
- And last, but not least, avoid “toxic” thoughts and relationships. Clear out what is no longer serving you.
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