Take it easy on yourself during this Detox. Detoxification means: to remove a harmful substance (Merriam-Webster.com, 2019). Environmental pollutants and other toxins are stored in fatty tissue. The body stores these toxins as far away from our vital organs as possible to protect them. When we begin to support our cells, built up toxicity has the chance to get released from the cell and enter the lymphatic system. The toxins move from the cell, into the lymph and then into the blood. The blood flows around the body to the liver which extracts the toxicity from the blood, discharges it into the bile and moves it into the gall bladder. From here it travels into the duodenum (first section of the small intestine), goes through the small intestines into the large intestine and finally gets eliminated out of the body (Wren, 2009). This process can result in feelings of nausea, headaches and other detox symptoms. Be aware of this and know it will pass.
Another key consideration is stress. Ongoing stress can alter the balance of our microbiome (gut microorganisms). This can lead to all sorts of issues including lowering our immunity and ability to absorb nutrients. As we all know, stress affects our time management and food cravings, resulting in poorer food choices and less time for ourselves. I am a firm believer in self-care. How can you look after anyone else if you cannot look after yourself? If you are stressed, use the 5 days of Detox to focus on yourself and your needs. Be brave and start setting better boundaries for yourself. Trying to be a good mum, dad, husband, wife, daughter, son, friend, colleague etc. can be exhausting and overwhelming. If your adrenals are depleted from chronic overproduction of the stress hormones norepinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol, you are much more likely to suffer from fatigue and menopausal symptoms (Northrup, 2020). The intensity and frequency of stresses in your life don't necessarily come directly from your environment. Sometimes it is the perceptions you hold about your life and learned patterns of behavior that can be holding you back. The following techniques will support you to use this time for reflection and restoration.
Helpful tips to support detoxification:
- Use a Dry Brush on skin regularly to help shed old skin and stimulate lymph flow. Brush in the direction of the heart. I find doing this before the shower is easiest.
- Have a couple of baths. Pour 100g-500g of Epsom salts in and soak.
- Hydrotherapy; To stimulate the lymph and the production of endorphins turn the tap to cold after your shower. Return to hot. Return to cold etc. Do this three to four times.
"Detoxify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detoxify. Accessed 29 November 2019.
Northrup, Christiane. (2020). Womens Bodies, Womens Wisdom: creating physical and emotional health and healing. S.l.: BANTAM.
Wren, B. (2009). Cellular awakening: How your body holds and utilises light. London: Hay House.