Ok, after this blog post we are now a little suspicious, that a toxin build-up is responsible for our weight gain and brain fog. What you can do for daily detox.
First of all we can try to reduce the amount of new toxins coming in. That will give the body some time to catch up on the old stuff. After that a next step could be a detoxification diet or a cleanse/fast for a specific period of time. But don’t lets get ahead of our selves. Cleanses are a very specific thing. It has to fit your schedule and body type. It needs some planning and organization. There are aggressive ones and gentle ones. Let’s take one step after another (even though I did try a 5 day juice cleanse for R&D* purposes. Stay tuned for my crazy boundary pushing experience).
Anyway, it is extremely difficult to say with certainty how much toxins everyone has to deal with on a daily basis. Some of the toxins we simply can’t avoid, like fumes from traffic. Therefor it is wise to limit the exposure to toxins that we can control to help the body detoxifying the stored stuff.
So here are 27 things you can do to detox daily and reduce toxins build-ups. No worries, you don’t have to implement them all at once. Maybe dedicate one thing to each day. Write it on a post-it and double tape it to the fridge, computer screen or front door. Then just do it. Commit to the one thing you’ve picked. Things that are easy to you do more frequently.
Things you can DO for a daily detox and prevent toxin build-ups:
- Drink more pure, filtered water from glass bottles. Water helps to eliminate toxins. Ditch the plastic bottles. Plastic does weird things in the body.
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy organic if possible.
- Have a fresh vegetable juice once in a while.
- Eat fresh, wild caught fish and organic poultry.
- Eat seasonal and local.
- Add spirulina or chlorella do your diet.
- Swap these sugar substitutes for refined sugar.
- Cook in iron, stainless steel, glass or porcelain. Throw out scratched Teflon pans.
- Change the filter of the air condition and vacuum cleaner.
- Install a showerhead that filters out chlorine.
- Instead of using painkillers for a headache try an alternative approach like drinking more water and walking in fresh air.
- Wear gloves when handling house cleaning products and switch to environmental and human friendly cleaning products.
- Throw out cosmetics that made it to the bottom of our cabinet. Apparently you’re not using them. It’s too late to re-gift them. They have an expiration date, too.
- Relax. Listen to music, have a nap, do yoga, meet friends, laugh. Enjoy a Epsom salt bath.
- Move. Find an exercise you enjoy. Walk more and take public transportation. Stimulate lymph flow with dry skin brushing, a massage or trampoline jumping.
- Sweat it out. Enjoy time at the sauna or steam room.
- Breath in clean oxygen, go for a walk in the park, forest, fields, countryside.
- Get adequate sleep, eight hours are great.
- Fast overnight. Have dinner at 6pm and breakfast the next morning not before 8am. Drink only water and/or herbal tea during that time.
Things you might want to AVOID to support daily detox:
- Cigarette smokes and exhausts fumes.
- Perfume and cosmetic with chemicals (e.g. aluminum in deodorant).
- Giving your cloth to the dry-cleaner.
- Using plastic containers to store your food or to heat food in the microwave. Use glass wear instead.
- Stimulants like coffee, black tea and alcohol (for a little while).
- Cured and processed meat and milk products, which contribute to congestion.
- Processed “white foods” (aka white table sugar and white flour), (partly)- hydrogenated fats, fried and canned foods.
- Beverages and foods with artificial sweeteners.
- Foods with a long shelve live and foods with MSG, additives and food coloring.
- Toxic relationships, toxic media and stress.
* R&D = Research and Development27 things you can do for a daily detox by Tanja Knapp