Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Below I will list a few simple ways to cleanse and rid your body of toxins. Some of these methods will help to clear the skin, and purge the vital organs. I will admit, none are quick fixes, but all are simple lifestyle changes that will enable one to safely lose weight and re-energize the body.
Breathing - Taking deep breaths seems simple, but it is a wonderful way to lower cortisol levels and relieve stress. Cortisol is known as 'the stress hormone' because it is secreted by the adrenal gland when one needs to manage a mental or emotional situation. To relieve stress and anxiety, get quiet, close your eyes and gently inhale, then exhale. Do it for count of five. Repeat as needed. You will feel the soothing effects, and this can be done anytime, anywhere.
Eating - Ingest super foods, those items like blueberries, apples, broccoli, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes. Foods of this type contain fiber, which enable one to maintain regularity. They also contain compounds that heal and naturally detox the body. Leafy greens that are brimming with fiber as well as vitamins and minerals may also protect against heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer.
Skip Sweetners - We’ve heard it for years, processed sugar (white) is no good for us, for any number of reasons. So what will one do? Try raw honey or unfiltered which is the least processed of all refined sweeteners. I’ve recently learned of coconut sugar! Agave, derived from a perennial, a plant is another alternative, as is Stevia, and brown rice syrup. Lessening your sugar intake will not only aid in detoxing your system, but it will help lower blood pressure. This I know for a fact!
Get Unplugged - Sometimes to do so is very necessary in our high-tech environment. We have computers, cell phones tablets, e-readers, games and a host of other electronics from which we should take a break every now and again. Why? Because electromagnetic pull can and does often interfere with the body’s magnetic fields, thereby causing us to feel imbalanced.
Sate the Soul - I know it’s very Oprah-esque, but keeping a journal and jotting down feelings, can relieve troubled emotions. Unlike telling another person, you won’t worry that it will be repeated five minutes later. Toxic emotions like anger, sadness, forgiveness and grief can be released, assessed and let go.
Take a Nap - Lie down; we used to do it when we were kids. A siesta, even for a few minutes can prove to be reinvigorating. A little down time, even in one’s car, can decrease stress levels, thus detoxing the surrounding atmosphere.
Meditate - It greatly relieves stress and clears the mind. To detox, why not listen to a Deepak Chopra wellness CD? With the soothing sounds of the ocean in the background, meditation offers a break from drama and free-wheeling thoughts. Meditation which is not new happens to be an ancient practice that aids one to surrender, heal, reinvigorate, and renew the laws of attraction.
Saute - Another way to ingest healthy vegetables and leafy greens is to sauté them in stock. (Try low sodium chicken, fish, or vegetable stock). Homemade is best, but most any grocer carries a variety. Use this method for steaming veggies instead of heating them in oil. Why? Because oils at high temperatures can create toxins which we are attempting to avoid ingesting.
Stimulate the Skin - Were you aware that dry-brushing the skin can jumpstart detoxification? Using a brush with soft bristles will stimulate the lymphatic system which includes all the structures in the body that are dedicated to circulation. Gently rub the skin all over, not forgetting the extremeties. A soothing warm shower should follow. We want a healthy circulatory system, seeing that it processes an average of 20 liters of blood per day.
Ethnic Beauties, in the coming days and weeks, we’ll discuss more ways to detox and regain lost energy. Should you want to share your methods, please do so in the Ethnic Beauty Forum, click on the upper right icon.