In a recent phone conversation my client asked “Why is it that every time I say I am finally ready to put begin my program or put greater effort into it, I get sick?” That was a great question! And one that makes perfect sense. The human body is an incredible healing machine and when given the support it needs, will heal itself, since all healing comes from within. Thus being smart, the body will hold on, and hold on, and hold on, until given the command to do something different. When a person states, “I am ready for change”, the body says “Yippeee.. I CAN FINALLY HEAL!” (translation: I can finally let go of all of the junk i’ve been holding onto.)
The body will heal itself when given the support it needs. Part of this healing process is to assist the body in the elimination of accumulated or trapped toxins thus providing a way for the whole body system to regain balance, harmony and alignment. This process can be called cleansing or detoxification. For ease on your brain, I am going to split this article into three parts. Part 1 will focus on the Skin, Respiratory Tract and Lymphatic System. Part 2 will focus on the GI Tract, Liver and Kidneys. Part 3 will bring in detoxification via the Emotional Body.
Toxins accumulate from a variety of reasons including but not limited to: stress, the use of antibiotics; the misuse of alcohol; improper diet including a high intake of refined wheat, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, too much of, or a lack of protein; and a lack of stomach acid. One of the prime functions of stomach acid is to facilitate the breakdown of proteins. Low stomach acid may prevent the complete breakdown of proteins, preventing them from being fully assimilated thus leaving food for bacteria to grow.
There are a variety of ways we can cleanse or detoxify the body and assist it in eliminating those toxins. Methodologies can include the use of eliminative herbs that act as laxatives, diuretics, diaphoretics (promote sweating) and blood purifiers; the use of enema, colemea or colonics to assist the bowel in the elimination of the toxins; and the use of skin brushing, movement, and meditation.
On a physical level, the body will eliminate toxins via the SKIN, our largest cleansing organ; via the RESPIRATORY TRACT which includes the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea and lungs; via the LYMPHATIC SYSTEM; via the GI or gastrointestinal TRACT which includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine (bowel line) and rectum; via the LIVER and via the KIDNEYS.
I could talk/write for hours on detoxifying the body (just ask Jim, hee hee hee hee). My intuition says you would find greater value in knowing a few ways within each of the above listed avenues to explore this wonderful process of letting go of what is not you. So here we go.
Our SKIN is also known as our third kidney and considered to be the largest cleansing organ.
Dry skin brushing: is one method which greatly enhances detoxification and cleansing. Brush dry skin immediately before showering or bathing. Start with the feet and gently brush up toward the heart. Brush from the extremities toward the center. Brush gently in a circular motion around your abdomen and breast/chest area. A proper dry skin brush is made of vegetable bristles that are neither too stiff nor too soft. It shouldn’t scratch, but you should feel some friction against the skin. It takes approximately ten minutes to dry brush your entire body. This process feels invigorating as dead cells are allowed to sloughed off the body. Another ‘method’ of skin brushing or scraping can be enjoyed while sitting in a Dry Sauna. The Dry Sauna will soften the skin and allow the body to sweat. As toxins are leaving the body via the skin, you can use a brush or your finger nails to ‘brush’ or ‘scrape’ off the top layer of skin. Again this will feel invigorating.
Bath Soaks are another wonderful method used to release what we are not!.
We can provide elimination pathways for the RESPIRATORY TRACK and LYMPH System with exercise. Each and every time you challenge or expand your Lungs, you are allowing the body to release toxins. Lymph, transports nutrients to the cells but also exports toxins. Lymph grabs particles too large to enter the bloodstream, then those particles get attacked by immune cells in the lymph nodes. The lymph system has to be stimulated unlike our blood, which has to be pumped. Ways to stimulate the lymph are through skin brushing, massage, and exercise. You have lymph nodes in the arm pits, and femoral arteries so it makes sense that you will stimulate those nodes when you move your arms and legs. Note: water consumption is critical for lymph flow.
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I told you I could talk or write about detoxification for a while. Hopefully all of this information will have value for you. I am going to end here with Part 1 of the Tools for Detoxification series. In Part 2 will will explore detoxification via the GI Tract, Liver and Kidneys. As knowledge grows, you have a better understanding that by detoxifying the body, we can optimize the well being of our healthy cells. We optimize the well-being of our immune system and provide an avenue for alignment, balance, and harmony with who we truly are.
As always, if I can be of service to you on your nutritional path, I am a phone call or an email away.
PEACE during your cleansing process + GOOD WILL and harmony within your cells and being + JOY to you as you step into all that you are. Much Love awaits you.
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