Whether you are on #TheGr8Cleanse or not, here are a few suggestions to reduce the burden of toxins in your body. These healthy habits will have gr8 benefits for you in the long run—pick one or two and see if you can consistently work them into your lifestyle.
Guest Post From Brandi, Fit Mind N Body
Wellness Coach, Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer
Detoxification is a continuous physiologic process that your body depends on for survival. There are complex cellular detoxification mechanisms that are constantly at work for you all day, every day. Natural and synthetic chemicals are processed by this complex system of cells, organs, and organ systems to keep you healthy in the face of a virtually constant barrage of toxic material. #TheGr8Cleanse is an excellent tool to improve your detoxification in the short term. The following suggestions will help you keep your body’s toxic burden low and your detox mechanisms working for the long haul.
Notes on Plastic: Heating foods in plastic releases harmful chemicals. You should never heat food in plastic...use glass or ceramic instead. Use only BPA free plastic water bottles and storage containers as well.
Skin Brushing: To aid in lymphatic drainage, use a dry, natural fiber shower brush or loofah to massage your entire body before you shower or bath. Start at the toes, and gently scrub using circular motions toward your heart.
Clean Water: Public tap water is often contaminated. Drink and cook with only pure filtered water and consider adding a filter to your shower. Buy a Brita or use a filter attached to your sink and fridge.
Microwave Ovens: Although the convenience of microwaves is indisputable, this method of heating can disrupt chemical linkages in otherwise healthy foods and decrease the nutritional value. Heat on a stovetop or oven whenever possible and use a cast iron pan. Avoid Teflon and synthetic non-stick coatings.
Exercise: One of the best ways to increase your metabolic activity is to simply use your body. Daily exercise has innumerable benefits including building lean muscle mass which helps you burn more calories at rest. Consider jumping on a mini trampoline for 3-5 minutes a day to give a boost to your health and vitality. Sweating also releases toxins.
Protandim: Taking the herbal pill Protandim Nrf2 has be clinically proven to reduce the oxidative stress in your body caused by toxins and free radicals by 40% in 30 days. Unlike eating antioxidants, Protandim Nrf2 turns on your body’s own antioxidant making gene to produce your own antioxidants which clears the toxins at a much higher rate.