After this crazy event Germans really should be detoxing.
On November 11th at 11:11 am of each year a hard to explain event, starts in Germany (and I guess in Austria and Switzerland). It’s called “Fasching”, “Karneval” or “Fastnacht” and is considered the 5th season of the year. A mock government of eleven guilds along with a carnival prince and princess rules it. It reaches its climax seven weeks before Easter, with street parties, celebrations and parades. People dress up in costumes and women storm into and symbolically take over city hall.
For many this weekend is a great excuse to enjoy a few cold beverages. For others it’s a celebration that symbolizes the end of winter and its evil spirits. For the real committed, it’s a festive season of food and fun before the fasting period begins that lasts until Easter.
Well, the people I knew didn’t really fast (aka avoided solid foods) during that time but they restricted their intake of alcohol, sweets and other foodstuff that would be considered a luxury. Today from a nutritionist point of view I find this approach healthy, invigorating and worth exploring. It’s like spring cleaning for the body. Let me explain.
Why you are in trouble too and should think about toxins in your life.
Nowadays we are all exposed to new and stronger chemicals in our environment and food supply. When we breathe in oxygen we also breathe in the fumes that are in the air or the cigarette smoke from our buddy. When we eat food we also get a share of pesticides, hormones, preservatives and food coloring. When we shower our skin is exposed to the chlorine in the water. When we wash our hair the pores on the scalp may absorb cancer-causing chemicals that linger in shampoo. We ingest aluminum with aspirin and pancake mix. We indulge in alcohol, stimulants, sedatives and drugs. We move less and deal with a lot more stress. Some studies say that your body becomes home to over 700 toxic chemicals. To make a long story short, our body has to work hard to neutralize and eliminate all these extra toxins in addition to its usual task keeping us alive.
The good news is the body comes with an awesome build-in detoxification kit. And if you are standing upright and can make sense of what you are reading, chances are good that it is working or at least doing its best (aka keeping you alive). But honestly how can you tell if something is working efficiently when you don’t have a clue what it does exactly, what else is involved and what tools are needed.
Weight gain and brain fog? Your build-in detoxification kit might be in stress.
Yeah, I hear you shouting, the liver, the liver, the liver! And that is right. Somewhere on our educational path we learnt or think we heard that the liver is somehow involved in filtering out alcohol from our blood. So maybe that’s the place where our body deals with other toxins, too. But how does the liver do that? What does the liver need to work efficiently? What happens to the toxins after the pit stop at the liver? And what if the liver is busy with other things and can’t deal with the extra pesticides from lunch right now? Do you think your life is stressful? Ask your liver!
By the way I think the liver is the most underrated organ in our body. Did you know that it has 500 different jobs to do that keep you healthy and alive? Detoxification is just one of 500. How many different tasks are required from you every day at work? You would think just neutralizing toxins is a tough enough job!
The lungs, skin, kidneys and colon also help with showing toxins to the door. But if the exit is blocked you’re in bad luck and the toxins return to your body’s system and mingle with the new arrivals. At this point your liver gets very upset and if it could it probably would volunteer to work somewhere else. It’s like you finishing a task at work and your boss keeps handing the folder back to you to do it all over again. The final solution to this problem is simple. You put it in your desk drawer to look at it later. That’s exactly what your body is doing with extra toxins. To minimize the damage to vital organs chemical waste gets stored in fat cells. Losing weight becomes difficult and things just don’t run as smoothly as they used to. Is anyone complaining about a stubborn muffin top or hips like the Michelin man? Or does it feel like your brain takes a little longer these days to figure things out?
Here is how you can tell if your detoxification apparatus might be in trouble.
Do you experience some of the following signs?
- Trouble losing weight or weight gain
- Brain fog, lack of mental clarity, headaches
- Acne or other skin irritations
- Low energy in the afternoon
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Bad breath and/or body odor
- Mood swings, bursts of anger
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Signs of early aging
- Poor digestion, bloating, gas
- Hormonal imbalances, PMS
Attention! Here is how you can get started reducing a toxin build-up on a daily basis and achieving a healthier and happier you.Weight gain and brain fog are signs you might need to detox by Tanja Knapp