Detox — What does that mean?
What comes to mind when you hear the word detox? A 7-day cleanse that literally cleans you out and necessitates you staying home? Not necessarily. A detox is commonly used as a short-term solution to rid the body of toxins quickly. Some common reasons we need to detox our bodies on a daily basis are: heavy metals, pesticides, environmental chemicals, and products we use on our bodies. There are quick 7-10 day detoxes available to help you jumpstart your health journey. You can also detox your body at a slower pace and still benefit. I prefer this type of detox. Here are some ideas for the slower ways to detox the body.
Infrared sauna has many benefits, including detox. The sauna helps the body: release heavy metals, improve circulation, recover after workouts, and produce white blood cells rapidly to aid in fighting illness and killing viruses. I recently began using an infrared sauna and enjoyed it so much that I invested in one so I can continue to improve my health. Sweat is good for the body. I first learned about infrared saunas in a book written by a naturopathic doctor who struggled with heavy metal toxicity. This fascinated me since I struggle with heavy metal toxicity.
Nutritious food is essential for detoxing the body. Your first priority should be to reduce harmful foods that are causing inflammation and toxins in your body. Otherwise, it will be a continuous cycle of inflammation and toxins. By making one change at a time in your eating habits, it will become a lifestyle and not a diet. Some foods that aid in detoxing the body and that many people are willing to eat are: broccoli, kale, collard greens, beets, spinach, and onions. If you prefer to jumpstart your body and do a 7-10 day cleanse, there are many options to choose from. Please do your research before attempting these cleanses though. I have been following an eating lifestyle for the past 7 years that has worked for well for me because it helped me to shred bad eating habits and created healthy eating habits. Thankfully, if you have days where you eat poorly, you can pick right back up again: the 80/20 rule ~ eating healthy 80% of the time to start.
Bodywork Techniques are helpful in releasing the body of toxins as well. I often explain to my clients that after a session there is a possibility in the next day or two, you can feel as though you did a workout by having some soreness or feeling a little achy. This is common when the body is detoxing and rebalancing itself. Even though the moves I do are mostly light touch, they can work deeper into the body. I do my best to remind my clients to drink plenty of water after a session to aid the body in flushing the toxins out and with the muscle recovery. There are moves in both Bowen and Emmett Techniques that are used for detoxing the body as a whole.
But I want to jumpstart my detox
If you prefer to jumpstart your body and do a 7-10 day cleanse, there are many options to choose from. Please do your research before attempting these cleanses, though. There are some “quick start” detoxes out there that are not good for anyone. I have been following an eating lifestyle for the past 7 years that has worked well for me. This eating lifestyle helped me shred bad eating habits and created healthy eating habits. Thankfully, if you have days where you eat poorly, you can pick right back up again: the 80/20 rule — eating healthy 80% of the time.
How you know it’s working
Here are some responses your body may experience when doing a detox, especially if done quickly: headaches, irritability, tiredness, bad food cravings, bowel irregularity, bloating/intestinal pain. These should not be a deterrent. Just be aware of them, so they don’t stop you. You can always adjust the detox as needed. Happy detoxing!
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Christine Cosby, CHC, EP, PBP, LMBT
As the owner of Holistic Body Therapies, I seek to improve my client’s health and movement with nutritional support & bodywork techniques. I am proud to offer bodywork, nutritional support, and health coaching to my clients. The two primary bodywork techniques I use are Bowen and Emmett Techniques, which help to reset the nervous system using light touch. In addition to these techniques, I am also excited to offer nutritional guidance to my clients as a certified health coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
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