Cleansing

The body’s natural cleansing system is an integral part of physiology. It is designed to process and eliminate internally-generated toxins that result from the digestion process, as well as externally-generated toxins found in the environment.

In this era of widespread chemical use, the organs of elimination have become overburdened with unprecedentedly levels of toxins, which are found in the soil, air, water and food supply, as well as synthetic body care products and textiles.

Exposure can be reduced by choosing a diet rich in organic foods, natural body care products, good sources of water as well as natural fabrics. In addition, supporting and enhancing the cleansing process has become invaluable to maintaining good health.

Diet is very important. On a daily basis, eating plenty of colourful vegetables, greens and fruits provides an array of nutrients beneficial to processing toxins.

Additional steps can be taken to optimize digestion (see article on digestion) which helps to limit the internal toxic load.

Once or twice a year, in the spring or fall, it is recommended to follow a supplemental or herbal cleansing program that actively supports the organs responsible for flushing out toxins in the colon, kidneys, liver, skin, lungs and lymphatic system.

The liver is responsible for neutralizing toxins.  If exposure to toxins is a major concern, consider a regular supplement that helps support the liver.

Kristina’s pick

Greens+ daily detox

Kristina staff pick 2014 GreensI love this product as it is a cleanser and energizer all in one. It offers a daily cleansing support system comprised of greens, which are naturally rich in cleansing and regenerating nutrients, as well as an herbal support formula that specifically aids the liver in managing toxins. The delicious apple flavour makes it an easy product to integrate into a daily routine.

How to enhance elimination of toxins from the body

Toxins leave the body via the outward breath, perspiration, and bowel movements and urination.

Ways to enhance these pathways of elimination:

 

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise and or take saunas or hot baths to promote sweating
  • Ensure regular bowl movement by including fibrous foods in your diet
  • Dry skin brushing

Dry Skin Brushing

We all know that skin is the largest organ of our bodies. And since it’s on the outside, it’s our first line of defense against invasion as well as being a huge player in toxin and waste elimination. When we cleanse, rashes, blemishes and excess perspiration, to name a few annoying and sometimes painful conditions, often occur. As healthy as we may try to be, there’s no avoiding the everyday environmental toxic exposure that our bodies incur. However, we do have the ability to strengthen our bodies in order to eliminate these toxins faster and prevent their passage through the skin. All you need is one simple little tool: A dry skin brush!

Dry brushing is essential for sloughing off dead skin cells which can clog pores and prevent adequate elimination. It also stimulates local blood and lymph circulation, bringing waste to the surface to be removed through the skin. Systemically, superficial blood and fluids are pushed back to the heart, clearing up stagnation and increasing our immune system’s awareness of dormant invaders. Additionally, the extra blood flow gives the skin a beautiful radiant glow, and a clear, even tone. The exfoliation and stimulation smooth and tighten the skin and improve the mechanical function.

Dry brushing is easy to add to your shower routine. It takes 5 minutes to treat your entire body and, after the initial ‘scratchiness’, your skin will warm up to and even begin to crave a good brushing. Do it right before you shower (at least three times a week), starting with arms and legs and then moving to your core, always directing your strokes towards your heart.  After your shower, finish off with a paraben and chemical free moisturizer or skin oil while your skin is still slightly damp. Your skin (and the rest of your body) will love it!

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