Detox! Detox! Detox!
Detoxification – What does it mean?
This is a topic that can have enormous impact on your health. Detoxification is the term we describe for the process of your body eliminating things that it was not designed to have such as heavy metals and toxic chemicals and as technology advances these toxins accumulate more and more.
Despite most people’s best intentions, we still live in a very toxic world… we’re surrounded by toxins of all kinds, some worse than others. The good news is — there are many “green” efforts underway around the globe to help us all make better life choices… to cause less impact to the earth.
We are continuously bombarded with toxic influences in our environment. That’s why it’s crucial for us to use environmentally-friendly products that cause less impact to our planet. It is recommended that you commit yourself to eating all-natural unprocessed foods as much as possible. This should help limit your future exposure to environmental toxins. Plus, it’s important for you to start removing as many impurities from your body as possible.
When selecting different options for detoxing, opt for ones more natural and food based as these tend to have not as many side effects. One of my favourites is Daikon/Kombu/Shitake Tea (see recipe below). The proteins from the seaweeds bind to the heavy metals and excrete them from the body.
Our bodies are automatically detoxing every day. The body has natural physiological detox actions of its own: sweating, urinating and moving bowels for example. But in our modern era of pollutants, heavy metals, computer and mobile telephones radiations, harsh cleaning solvents, industrial sprays, chemical pesticides and so much more, the human body has become immensely overloaded with various toxicities and created many health issues.
TOP DETOX FOODS
• Vegetable juices & Marlene’s Miracle Mineral Teas
• Greens/Raw foods/Sprouts
• Wholegrains, Land Vegetables, Sea Vegetables Fruits, Beans, Pulses, Daikon, Shitake Mushrooms
Start Skin Brushing.
Dry skin brushing speeds up the rate at which toxins are expelled from the body, because it motivates blood cells and lymph tissue, two key physiological detoxification avenues. Skin brushing is not something you do in the bath or shower, but before you wash, you can bathe afterwards.
Breathing – The way you breathe can have a dramatic effect on your health. Please read my notes on breathing and learn just how powerful oxygen is as a detoxifier.
Exercise – Taking daily exercise is essential to properly detox the body.
Drink Water –Drinking fresh filtered still water is one of the most efficient detoxifying fluids we can give ourselves each day. I recommend 6-8 glasses of water at room temperature. Chilled water with ice chills the kidneys.
Wholefoods Plant Based Diet – This diet is a food and lifestyle plan that supports the body as it attempts to detox and heal itself. There are no miracle nutrients or natural magical bullets that do it all for you. The first thing you need to do is to make sure your diet and lifestyle are not aggravating your condition. Secondly, see whether your approach covers the following points;
1. Your diet should offer good nutrition
2. The foods you eat should help strengthen your natural Detox functions: the eliminative organs (liver, kidneys, intestines and skin). Their natural detoxing ability is channelled through your daily bowel and urinary discharge, exhalations, emotional expression, movement and sweat.
3. Your diet should help to regulate blood sugar, avoiding swings that contribute to diseases, cravings and moodiness.
4. Your diet should help to strengthen your biggest ally in healing – your immune system.
Food is best if made fresh and not frozen or canned. Thorough chewing and eating small amounts of fermented foods ensure good digestion and improved absorption.
A variety of nutraceuticals can help bolster immunity, aid the liver, support adrenal function, and provide solid nutrition. These nutraceuticals may include maitake, shitake and reishi mushrooms, astragalus, milk thistle, algae or barley grass products, trace minerals, various herbs, whole food source multivitamins and minerals and so on.
Daikon, Shitake and Kombu Drink
This is a great tea for detoxing and relaxing the body and it also helps the liver to open up and discharge smoothly.
1 dried shitake mushroom
Half cup dried daikon
1 inch strip kombu seaweed
3 cups spring water
Place the shitake, dried daikon and kombu in a small bowl, rinse and then cover with water. Leave to soak for about 10 minutes. Discard the water. Slice the shitake and place the ingredients into a pan. Add the water, cover and bring to a boil on a medium flame. Reduce the flame and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Remove and discard the ingredients. Drink the tea whilst hot.
Note; you can also add half cup of leafy green vegetables such as kale, cabbage or watercress. Add the chopped leafy greens at the end and simmer for a further 2 or 3minutes.
There are over 200 delicious recipes, home remedies and medicinal teas in my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ available on my website www.marlenewatsontara.com
In good health