Over a decade ago now, I stumbled upon a book that opened my eyes.
It was called ‘Detox Your World’, and by the end, I felt like my body was swimming in chemicals and poisons gathered from the processed foods I was eating, the water I was drinking, the mobile phone I was using, the clothes I was wearing, the carpet I was walking on, and even the toothpaste I smeared on my teeth each day.
I remember feeling anxious about the health risks I had exposed myself to by consuming things, unaware of the risks they posed! So, with knowledge came power and I decided to take steps to introduce a more systematic approach of cleansing and detoxing my body to reduce the health and performance risks an overexposure to toxins can post.
I took the approach that it’s better to do more things right, than everything right and based on this philosophy and 10 years down the line, here are 10 healthy habits that could reduce your toxic load by 50%, giving you more energy and increased performance:
- Keep the exits clear.
Your body is designed to get rid of toxins through the main exits: the skin, lungs, bladder and large intestines. If the way out is blocked, the toxins can’t get out and will have no choice but to go deep into the cells of your body.
- Drink green tea instead of coffee.
I know, if you’re a coffee lover, this suggestion is going to get you saying ‘no, no, no’, but hear me out. Swapping your coffee for green tea will still give you the caffeine boost you need, and provide important antioxidants that your body needs to cleanse. I made the swap 10 years ago, and haven’t looked back. Try it for two weeks and see how you feel. You can always go back.
- Eat organic.
Organic food has less chemicals than non-organic food, but is often more expensive. So if your budget can’t stretch to organic everything, then start with foods that are highest in pesticides and preservatives and can therefore be consumed and ingested by you. The top three to buy organic are apples, celery and strawberries.
- Replace a meal each day with a detoxifying smoothie.
When it comes to naturally cleansing the body, a method that works for many people is replacing just one meal a day with a healthy smoothie. By healthy, I mean one with natural ingredients at the core, not one that is made up of of ice cream, chocolate and peanut butter. As delicious as that may sound, this recipe will certainly help add plenty of toxins, rather than reduce them. Sorry. For inspiration, here’s a link to interesting info on why should drink green smoothies and here's a great smoothie recipe that has proved popular with our team.
- Drink, drink, drink.
70% of our bodies are made up of water, so drinking regularly is a good habit to get into. All water, though, is not equal. At the 'premium end' of the water market is pure spring water, freely available from springs, so if you live near a spring and are happy to fill up your glass bottles with this pure substance, your body will thank you. Check out our article on buying bottled water plus a great resource to find your closest freshwater spring. Chances are, though, that this habit is going to be hard to implement, so instead, consider installing a water purification system to remove ions, molecules and particles from your drinking water. There are lots of nasties in tap water, so a one-off investment will make a big difference over time.
- Remove amalgam fillings.
An overload of mercury in the body can cause all kinds of health issues, and amalgam fillings is a significant contributor. If you’re concerned about mercury overload, you can find out what level of mercury you have in your body and then take decisive action to reduce it. We will be writing about mercury and fillings soon, so keep an eye out for our blogs and future newsletters.
- Protect yourself from electromagnetic radiation pollution.
With the exception of my parents, virtually every person I know are pretty dependant on their smart phone, and with this dependency has come a dramatic increase in electromagnetic radiation pollution. To protect yourself, one option to consider is using a Bio Protective System such as the one I use.
- Brush your skin.
18% of toxins leave your body through the skin, so helping them along by brushing your skin with a fine bristle brush after a shower, starting with the feet and gradually moving your way up your body is a good, daily habit to get into.
- Move your body.
Exercise is good for us, we know that, but as well as leading to improvements in fitness and body shape, all of that sweating and panting speeds up the cleansing process too. According to health guru, Elwin Robinson, as much as 88% of toxins leave the body through the lungs and skin. So keep moving!
- Fast every week.
OK, if you’re still with me, this one may lead you to click away! Giving your body a break from eating can really help the body cleanse itself. I’m not suggesting that you head off to a retreat and live off pineapple juice for week, but just incorporate some simple intermittent fasting into your lifestyle. Missing breakfast for a day or two per week, for instance, or eating just fruit until 3pm are examples of intermittent fasting in practice. Try it for one week and see how you go.
Finally, whatever you do, remember the goal is to do more things right, than everything right, so pick one new cleansing habit and do it consistently until it becomes a normal part of your life, you can then move on from there to create significant transformation.
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