An A to Z List of Detoxing
With the end of year fast approaching, it will soon be time to gorge ourselves on way too much of the type of food and drink that’s not necessarily the healthiest.
I can already taste the succulent fresh meat, seafood and produce Australia is well known for, washed down with a couple of gallons of Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley.
This will then be followed by a remorseful January when new gym memberships spike and people vow to cleanse and diet their way to fit into the size 10 jeans bought at the black Friday sale.
However, nowadays, people not only want to lose weight and exercise to look better – in fact the trillion dollar global wellness market (no you didn’t misread that, $3.7 TRILLION dollars!), is growing at 3 times the predicted forecast back in 2011. Source.
The reason? People want to live longer and feel better while doing it.
My Grandmother used to say, “I only want to live to be 100 if I can stay as healthy as I am right now!” And most people would agree, what’s the point of living longer, if you don’t have the energy to enjoy it?
Detoxing and detoxing products and programs have become very popular over the past decade. You’ve probably heard of some of the more common detox products; juice cleanses, shakes, perhaps even an all lemon juice and maple syrup concoction.
But today there are hundreds, if not thousands of detox products to choose from, ranging from skin detoxes, mental health cleanses, massage, teas, supplements, and even machines.
You’ll find all the information you need on our site for all the detox products out there so you can make an informed choice on what will work best for you and your family while fitting in with your budget.
Here’s our quick A to Z of detox products to get you started:
While perhaps not considered a detoxifying product on its own, it certainly can be.
Chinese medicine is founded on the belief of bringing the health of an individual back into equilibrium. Acupuncture gives the body the required tools it needs to restore it to perfect health. So if elimination is required in your body for optimal health, than Acupuncture will push your organs to detoxify.
Bentonite Clay is formed from volcanic ash and water and due to its unique ability to absorb negatively charged substances is a great detoxifier for bacteria, viruses, intestinal worms, heavy metals, toxins, free radicals, pesticides and herbicides.
Can be used externally on your skin or as a supplement for a thorough colon cleanse.
Coffee isn’t just for drinking – it makes a great exfoliant and teamed with Himalayan rock salt, is great for detoxing your skin.
Dates, along with a lot of fruits and vegetables, are packed with essential vitamins, including B, A, K and C, while also being a good source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and copper plus many more trace minerals.
The high fibre content of dates make them a great promoter of digestive health.
The build up of toxic materials within the bowel can cause a condition known as auto-intoxication as the poisons in the bowel are absorbed into the blood stream, which ends up toxicating the entire body.
There are a variety of different enemas you can try to detoxify the bowel. Wheatgrass, coffee and even Vitamin C are just some of the detox enemas available.
Fish (Omega 3)
Fish is obviously a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
However, imported fish quite often contains high amounts of mercury and other heavy metals, so limit the amount of canned tuna and salmon you eat and instead eat fresh fish from your local supermarket that comes from Australian and New Zealand seas (Coles and Woolworths legally have to label the country of original for their fresh fish).
Gum arabic (Acacia)
Gum Arabic, also known as acacia gum is a natural gum consisting of the hardened sap of the acacia tree.
As a supplement, its often used to aid weigh loss because of its elimination properties.
Himalayan Sea Salt
While its great on our food, this pretty pink salt is actually a medicinal mineral containing more than 60 trace minerals. Some of its benefits include improving hydration, reducing muscle cramps, helps balance blood sugar, supports adrenal and thyroid functions.
Ionic Foot Baths
Ion cleansing footbath aims to eliminate toxins by using electrically charged ions, which resonate through the body in order to stimulate cells and rebalance the body’s pH levels. The process is perfectly safe and requires that you place your feet into a footbath, which has low-level electrical current passing through it. The feet should be submerged for around 30 minutes.
Probably one of the most well-known detox products or programs is the Juice Fast. There are infinite number of combinations and varieties.
Kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any plant you can eat and can help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and detox the liver.
Lemons are so good for you even the American Cancer Society recommend a daily glass of hot lemon water to clear the bowels. Lemons contain Phytonutrients that have antioxidant and antibiotic properties, as well as limonin, a compound found in citrus fruits with possible anti-viral and anti-obesity benefits.
This herb is most widely used for liver detoxification and is readily available. Milk thistle can help to regenerate liver cells and provides vital nutrients for the liver in helping it to expel toxins and metabolic waste. It also helps to produce bile, which assists in supporting digestion.
This wonder herb is commonly found in natural dental products due to its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties, making it a great addition to any detoxification regime. Neem is also great at purifying the blood and helping to rid the body of unwanted metabolic waste.
Omega-3 fatty acids
You would have to be living under a rock to not have heard about the numerous benefits of eating regular servings of fish due to their high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. However, what you may not know is a recent study has found that Omega 3s can help to reverse the cellular damage caused by pollution. Source
Helps the body expel parasites and is also highly nutritive, containing beneficial linolenic acid.
COQ10 is a naturally synthesized antioxidant that is essential to the detoxification of the liver.
Red clover is a very strong blood purifier. It is used as a tonic for the nerves and as a sedative for nervous exhaustion.
Slippery Elm is used to neutralize stomach acidity and absorbs foul gases and toxins. It draws out impurities and heals and soothes all parts of the body. Especially the mucous membranes, adrenal glands, stomach, bowels, lungs.
Detox tea is very popular at the moment as it’s a tasty and convenient way of cleansing your insides. There are dozens of different tea formulations available, however most contain at least the following herbs; green tea, matcha tea, ginger, peppermint, stinging nettle and lemongrass as being highly detoxifying plants.
Sometimes referred to as Bearberry, Uva Ursi has a long history as a supplement for the health of the kidneys and often used to treat bladder and urinary tract infections. Its sometimes featured in detox tea blends to support successful elimination through the kidneys when detoxing.
Violet leaf is an alterative, antifungal, demulcent, diuretic, and laxative. It is safe and soothing, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C. Wheatgrass
1 ounce of wheatgrass juice contains 9 essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals equivalent to the nutritional value of more than 1kg of vegetables. It promotes the removal of toxins and impurities in the body.
Yarrow acts as a blood cleanser and opens the pores to permit free perspiration for elimination of waste, relieving the kidneys. It also helps to regulate the function of the liver, tones the mucous membranes of the stomach and bowel, heals the glandular system.
Zinc is a strong antioxidant that works to destroy ‘free radicals’ in the body. Zinc also helps in removing heavy metals from the body.
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