Today’s civilized and, thus sadly, mostly hectic life contributes to the fact that we put too much needless things into and on our bodies, which cumulate in our cells as toxins. We take them in, for example, by unbalanced nutrition, cosmetics, chemicals, or even by the pollution in the air we breathe. If we manage to change our daily habits and consciously spend time to consume and use as many top quality, clean products as possible, we can put a barrier to the possible unpleasant consequences from toxins in our bodies. However, this is easier said than done. This is why we have put together some helpful detox guidelines for you.
What is a detox?
The essence of a cleanse is to liberate the organs from the piled-up toxins in the guts, lymph and blood vessels and in this way make our body more resistant to pathogens, meanwhile strengthening the immune system. Let’s see some examples of how we can ease this purification process.
Our detoxifying organs, without prioritizing are: kidneys, liver, skin, lungs and the guts.
- Skin, including the sweat glands: one of our biggest detoxifying surface. Can be supported by regular sauna, baths, essential oils, rubbing, scratching and massages.
- Kidneys’ most comforting aid is consuming adequate amount of quality water. Note, that our body’s energy belt is located around this area too. Try to keep the kidneys warm and wrapped to have your ‘power-storage’ safe. If this part cools down, the body loses energy.
- The liver is our metabolic centre, playing an important role in filtering the blood flowing from the guts. It is a relatively easy self-healing organ, nevertheless it is always grateful for some supportive herbal tea.
- Our lungs’ best friends are special breathing techniques, like pranayama, sports and comfortable forest walks.
- Several cleansing methods exist already for the guts, from light detoxing to colon treatments. Herbal tea, especially vegetable juices, and drinking cures are always beneficial for those who would avoid the Spartan cleaning ways.
What should we detox our body from?
- Chemicals (from medicine, pollution, cosmetics, food, …)
- Heavy metals
- Toxins from electronics
- Household by-pass products
- Stress-related negative emotions
When is the ideal period to detox?
Literally, spring renews life. Therefore, this period is excellent to clean and detoxify our body, too. We should not want to get a ‘dream body’ in 1 or 2 days, though, because – let’s face it – it just never works. However, a few days or a week of mindful detoxing helps a lot to get rid of the cumulated toxins and to rejuvenate.
Why is it important to detox?
- Remove toxins from the body
- Reduce inflammation
- Boost the immune system
- Help lose weight
- Improve the skin and the condition of our hair
- Prevent chronic diseases
- Increase energy
- Improve concentration and focus
- Improve sleeping patterns
- Increase absorbing ability
- Slow down the aging process
What are the key ingredients to an essential detox?
- Plenty of quality drinking water
- Healthy diet with more fibres and probiotics
- Eliminating processed food
- Salt bath
- Scrubbing and exfoliating
- Herbal tea
- Birch water
- Oxygen therapy
- Relaxation, Meditation
- Spend time outside!
When does the body certainly need a detox?
Whenever you feel the need, but mainly if you suffer from one or several of the following symptoms:
- Continuous joint pain, Arthritis
- Skin disorders (like acne, itching, rashes…)
- Digestion problems
- Unpleasant body/mouth smell
- Hormonal imbalances
- Too much sweating
- Water retention
Although a detox once or twice per year is extremely beneficial for the body, I would still recommend maintaining an on-going healthy lifestyle in general. We, by which I mean Spa & Wellness lovers, should be a good example of a healthy way of life. I do believe that we should try every day to make the continuous detox part of our daily and weekly routine, which will result in a better well-being and overall health.
If you would like to have these guidelines as one overview, have a look at our infographic summarizing the most important aspects of this article.