Detox tips and tricks to remove everyday toxins
(without having to spend large on a juice cleanse)
Everybody is toxic. Every day, women are bombarded and exposed to environmental chemicals. From the water we drink, to the food we eat, to the air we breathe. We are lathering and slathering our bodies with toxic lotions and potions in the name of beauty. At the same time, according to research, we are absorbing and consuming pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, parabens, phthalates on a daily basis.
These toxins are affecting us in many ways. From hormonal problems such as infertility, heavy bleeding, PMS, and thyroid dysfunction. Chemicals affect our moods and mental health, cause allergies, and immune system issues. Fatigue, joint aches, chemical sensitivities are all associated with our environment. A WHO report in 2008 stated that 24% of disease was related to environmental causes, add to that, are pharmaceutical drug and alcohol. Toxins called obesogens have been found to increase risk of diabetes and lead to weight gain and obesity. All of these need to be detoxified from our bodies. Phthalates and parabens and bisphenol A to name a few, act as estrogen mimickers and have been linked to breast cancer, and endometriosis.
So why is everyone not sick? Age, genetics, lifestyles, nutrition, and our liver health, all affects us to different degrees. The liver is the main detoxifier in the body. Think of it as our detox machine.
The liver helps eliminate and metabolize our hormones. It is essential for hormonal balance.
So what are some ways to detox naturally?
Choose nutrients and foods for detoxification.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B family
- Cruciferous vegetables-broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower
- Limonene containing fruits-orange, lemon, tangerine
- Sulfur containing foods-garlic, onions
- Milk thistle is a great herb to support and protect the liver and enhance detoxification
Drinking lots of filtered water
This helps flush toxins out of the system. It will also keep you regular so toxins are being removed via the bowel.
Sweat, saunas & exercise all help remove toxins.
Choose your food quality wisely
Eat organic, whenever possible, avoid additives and chemicals in your food.
Be a label detective
Incorporate body brushing into your daily self care routine
Dry body brushing with loofah or natural bristle brush this improves circulation and the lymphatic system.
Bath it up
Relax and soak in an Epsom salts bath for 20 minutes. This is a natural source of magnesium and will also help you relax and sleep soundly.
Add more fibre to your diet, approximately 25-30 grams (g) a day. This helps balance hormones and detoxify excess estrogen and prevents constipation which helps eliminate toxins. Good sources of fibre are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Most of us consume too little fibre in our diet.
This goes for both for cooking and drinking. Use glass containers whenever possible.
We are all living in a toxic world. It’s impossible to eliminate all the chemicals which are added daily to products. So, limit your exposure, read labels, and love your liver!
About the author
Irene Stronczak-Hogan is a National Certified Menopause Practitioner; Nutrition, Natural Medicine, and Anti-Aging Specialist; and a Professional Compounding Pharmacist. She has worked in women’s health for over 20 years and has built her women’s practice through consulting at DayNight, Rexall, Stonechurch, and Postmaster Pharmacies.
Irene offers drug reviews, weight management, nutritional and natural medicine advice, and post and peri-menopausal recommendations. For more information, visit her website at www.hotchixshotsex.com.