Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world — including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By eliminating toxins, then feeding our bodies with healthy nutrients, detoxifying helps protect us from disease and renews our ability to maintain optimum health.
On a literal level, detoxification means cleaning the blood and involves removing impurities from the blood. The liver is the primary organ for processing toxins for elimination but the body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin.
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- De-Clutter your environment.
For some people the practice of Feng Shui helps to detoxify their living space. Many cultures believe this impacts health, too.
- De-Clutter your schedule.
Consider blocking time to work on projects and even allocating when you take phone calls and answer emails. Contrary to popular habit, multi-tasking is not more efficient. For an entertaining read, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
- If you have “old stuff” weighing you down, look into some of the many ways you can let go of the things cannot change, and move into a future of health and happiness. Many wonderful personal and business coaches work with people just like you every day. Click here to see some of our favorites.
- Moderate exercise is an excellent form of stress relief, especially outdoors. Golf. Swim. Hike.
- Visit with friends in person or make calls when you are not multitasking or driving. Let them know you care enough to call them even when you are not doing something else and enjoy that in return.
- Practice gratitude. Make a list of all the good in your life. Do this daily for a week, or a month, and enjoy what happens.
- Take a break from stress that is out of your control by turning off the news.
- Notice how you talk to yourself. Would you use those words with someone you love? Do you compliment yourself, or run yourself down?
- Create something. Try cooking for pleasure, knitting, scrap-booking, model building, or art of any kind.
- Find activities that stimulate your mind just for fun and without a screen. Try puzzles, books and magazines.
- Attend an event in person such as a high school athletic event, a play or musical performance.
- Visit the places people come to your city to see: Museums, theater, parks and landmarks.
- Take a nap.
- Schools, community centers and food shelters always need help. Could a friend or neighbor use help? Give to a cause you feel strongly about.
- Let go of fear and worry. Understand that fear is using your imagination in the worst possible direction. Redirect your thoughts to what you want instead of what you don’t want.
Even our bodies need a break once in awhile.
- If you exercise regularly, especially with intensity, take one day off per week.
- If you exercise consistently and vigorously, take a full week off at least quarterly.
- Many athletes find they actually become stronger or faster after taking a break.
Nutritional detoxification has taken hold as a popular idea in modern culture because there is a greater need for it than ever before. The food we eat, the air we breathe, even the water in our faucets and shower heads are frequently loaded with unnatural chemicals supposedly, ironically, to make it “clean.” In fact, sometimes it is so “clean” that there are no remaining natural and necessary minerals.
- Consider a quarterly detoxification program which supports your liver and other organs to rejuvenate, rest, and restore. Our aVivoPur Liver Support and Colon Cleanse are a good start.
- Some people fast occasionally. There are many ways this can be done safely by people with normal health. If you have never tried a fast, and have good general health, a 24 hour fast experiment can be illuminating physically, mentally, emotionally, and for some people even spiritually.
- Consider filtering your drinking and showering water. Chlorine in some cities is so strong you can actually smell it as it comes out of the tap or shower head. Chlorine is added to kill off potentially dangerous microorganisms, but unfortunately can also kill off the billions of beneficial bacteria your body needs for proper digestion. Adding a regular probiotic supplement can help restore a beneficial balance.
- At aVivoPur we recommend filtering to remove toxins and chemicals but do not use a reverse osmosis system. These systems remove valuable trace minerals from the water and your body needs the minerals water should contain. If you drink water without minerals, the water will absorb minerals from your body and carry them out of the body.
When we are young and up to and through our twenties and sometimes thirties, we tend to feel pretty good most of the time. But as we age and as aches and pains sneak up, as injuries occur, as heartburn bothers us or vision blurs, don’t ignore it and hope it goes away. There are many ways to seek help with injuries and illness.
Going to the doctor is one approach, and we’re conditioned to believe it’s the best way, but there are many other health professionals, options and non-medical approaches available.
Consider these Non-M.D. professionals and therapies:
- Physical Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- Cranial-Sacral workers
- Magnetic Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Nutritional Supplementation
In addition to the R.I.C.E method (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate), consider incorporating valuable and effective knowledge from other cultures.
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- Do you think of watching television or surfing the web as down-time? Research shows that “screen time” doesn’t give us the relaxation we really need.
- Plan to do something fun on your weekend. Keyword: Plan. Be intentional. Give yourself something to look forward to that is good for you as well.
- Turn off “the screens” 60 minutes before you want to go to sleep, and you may find you sleep better as well. The suggestions above are excellent ways to relax and rejuvenate for better health!
- If injured, rest and elevate, but not too much. Movement and stretching are actually key elements to recovery and long term mobility.
- Incorporate magnetic therapy to self-care and/or other therapy. It is a wonderful way to support the body’s efforts to repair, reduce inflammation, and heal itself from injury and illness.