“Detoxing” is the wellness trend-du-jour.
Many argue that “detoxing” by way of diet, fast, supplements, or other therapies; is flat out unnecessary. Why? Because your body is adept at detoxing itself.
In fact, it has numerous systems and processes by which it does so: the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs all play a role in detoxification.
A compelling counterargument to this, though, is that our modern world is far more toxic than the human body is evolved to handle. In other words, our food, water, and air inundate us every day with a harmful chemical load that may surpass what our detox systems can manage.
Bottom line: we live in a world with an unprecedented level of toxins, and how efficiently and effectively our bodies filter out these toxins makes all the difference to our health and vitality.
WHAT ARE TOXINS?
Here are some common toxins we encounter in modern living:
- Heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium.
- Chemicals used in industrial manufacturing, farming, cleaning products, skincare and makeup, and plastic storage containers.
- Air pollution due to urban exhaust fumes, factory and agriculture emissions, cigarettes, and jet fuel.
- Mold produces mycotoxins that can be toxic in high or chronic exposure.
- Drugs, alcohol, and medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, antibiotics, birth control, and vaccines.
- Food additives like preservatives, artificial colors and sweeteners, and flavor enhancers (MSG).
- Bacteria, fungus, and yeast. While these are important components of the body’s ecosystem, they can become unbalanced and produce toxic byproducts.
- Certain foods can become toxins if you have a sensitivity or allergy to them, especially common allergens like gluten, soy, dairy, etc.
- Chronic stress and emotional trauma can act as a toxin in the body by disrupting the endocrine system, creating inflammation, and contributing to imbalances in the microbiome.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT DETOXIFICATION?
We are not separate from our environment. As the environment becomes increasingly polluted, the toxic burden on our bodies increases as well. This is why it is so important to support our detox organs and systems, like our liver and digestion.
Eating plenty of organic, colorful vegetables and detoxifying our home environment can help reduce our toxic exposure and provide our detox pathways with the necessary phytonutrients to eliminate toxins and fight free radicals.
Get a lymphatic drainage massage.
Lack of sleep, stress, sedentary lifestyle, dirty city air, and poor nutrition are major challenges to healthy lymph function. Basically, lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. This technique is known for its ability to detoxify the body: the lymph nodes hold onto pollution found in our water, air, and food. The purpose of lymphatic drainage massage is to accelerate the drainage of lymph via the liver. Stimulating your body’s lymph nodes gives your body’s natural detox process a boost, reducing bloating and promoting a sense of well-being.
With these little efforts in your daily routine, you can ensure a healthy immune system. A healthy body is not just about being healthy on the outside but also making sure you have a strong immunity and these natural ways to boost your immune system can help you achieve the goal of a healthy body. Following these tools will reduce the toxins in the body and will provide the needed nutrients which are essential for your health.