We go out of our way to put garbage in our bodies. We eat things that our bodies can’t use like preservatives and chemical dyes. We wash our clothes and clean our homes with substances that are full of toxic chemicals that seep into our skin and food. We even breathe in toxic chemicals in our offices, in our homes, and outside if we are city dwellers (just think of all those chemical room sprays we use). To top it off, we apply chemicals to our skin and seem surprised when we feel sick later. Those chemicals can’t be used by our bodies so they are hoarded… stored away. These stores cause just one thing: ILLNESS.
In order to create a Non-Sick lifestyle, you have to begin by cleaning up your current reality. In other words, it’s time to detoxify.
Where to begin?
You can start with what you put in your body voluntarily… food!
Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Where possible, go organic and above all, READ LABELS. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient and don’t know what it is, then you shouldn’t eat or drink it.
Be aware of what goes into your body involuntarily!
Look at your cleaners. These are just as dangerous to your health as toxic foods since chemicals can seep through your skin. An easy rule of thumb: if it’s chemical based, it’s not good for your body. Avoid things that contain ethylene-based glycol, terpenes, hypochlorite or sodium hypochlorite, butyl cellosolve, and crystalline silica. All of these are known carcinogens and have been shown to cause cancers and breathing illnesses.
Be aware of your hygiene items as well. Many of them contain the chemicals listed above. Go for natural alternatives instead. You’ll get the added bonus of saving a TON of money.
Once you’ve cleaned up your personal “environment”, add in these three toxic cleansing activities.
1. Adequate sleep! Sleep is when the body does most of it’s self-cleansing. Get enough sleep to allow your body to perform a full cleanse cycle. That means a minimum of 6 hours a night if you are an adult.
2. DRINK a minimum of 80 oz of water a day! The body flushes toxins better when there’s a solvent involved. Water not only aids in cleansing the body but it keeps your body hydrated, helps eliminate cravings (for those toxic substances), and decreases your hunger. Trying to use coffee, tea, juices, or soda as a solvent, just won’t work. Water is the only thing the body recognizes as a solvent for cleansing and besides, all soda and many coffees, teas, and juices contain chemicals you shouldn’t be putting in your body.
3. Exercise properly! There are specific exercises that promote detoxifying and they are great for increasing mental health,overall flexibility, and enhanced mood. Make use of them to help the body cleanse itself of residual toxins.
You’ll find that cleaning up your “personal environment” will give you more energy, improve your health, and will actually save you money. A win/win, don’t you think?