I’d like to follow up my last post on Eliminating toxins from within your body with some additional (and favorite) strategies to assist you as you continue your RENEW Total Body Detox program. Easy, practical, effective.
Focused Liver Detoxification
This is a completely different type of cleanse program as it is focused on specifically the liver. Liver cleansing can be completed after a Total Body Cleanse, or even as a stand-alone program.
Why do we need to target the liver?
The liver uses a 2-part detoxification process to get toxins (chemicals, prescription drug residue, alcohol, recreational drugs, and even over the counter like ibuprofen, etc) out of the body. In order to do this efficiently the liver needs certain nutrients which most people are not even aware of. While a Total Body Detox at least 2x a year is needed for vibrant health, a specific Liver Detox is extremely important for everyone who lives in our toxic environment today.
Many people do not think they have a liver problem unless they go to the doctor and their liver enzymes are elevated or the doctor does a sonogram and sees a fatty liver. Let me tell you 80% of liver function can be impaired without a single symptom. Yes, 80%!!
So after a Total Body Cleanse completing a specific Liver Detox only enhances your health.
The ideal Liver Detox will supply the necessary nutrients that support the 2-part process of ridding the body of stored toxins in the liver.
- Protect the liver from chemical toxins.
- Provide antioxidant support that becomes depleted due to everyday food choices and environmental stressors.
- Stimulate the bile to release toxins to the gallbladder.
- Cleanse the kidneys for safe toxin elimination.
What to look for in a complete Liver Detox Formula
Alpha Lipoic Acid, Artichoke, Dandelion, Green Tea, Methionine, Taurine, Milk Thistle, Selenium, and Turmeric
Belleric Myrobalan fruit, Boerhavia Diffusa root, Eclipta Alba root and herb, Andrographis, Piccorhiza.
The Liver Detox formulas do not create colon elimination so remember – regular bowel movements are critical during this program. Also added fiber is necessary to pick up toxins being dumped into the digestive system.
Liver detoxification may be the most overlooked and critical component of a healthy lifestyle in our world today.
With the skin being our largest organ of our body, it is a prime participant in elimination of toxins. Because of its size and area, it actually eliminates more cellular waste, through the pores, than the colon and kidney combined. And it does this through sweating.
Some people have told me that they don’t sweat. As a matter of fact they avoid sweating as much as possible! We have gone from a population that is outside and sweating to being inside in a climate-controlled environment as much as possible.
Let me tell you this – if you don’t naturally sweat, you are not detoxifying well. You MUST encourage your body to sweat. Either go outside for activities or use a sauna. Eliminating toxins through sweating is a must!
A sauna will accelerate the removal of toxic metals as well as pesticides and chemicals that are stored in the fatty tissues of the body and are not easily dislodged.
I prefer the infrared sauna. You can actually buy a one-person portable infrared sauna that you can use in the privacy of your home.
Dry Skin Brushing
Another way to further your goal of eliminating toxins already in your body would be to use a dry skin brush before taking your morning shower.
Dry skin brushing increases circulation and helps the immune system function at optimum levels.
Soaks and Baths
Detox soaks and baths at home are both relaxing and cost effective. You’ll want to fill a clean tub with hot filtered water (a shower filter or whole-house filter is recommended). Make the water as hot as you can comfortably tolerate. There are a number of therapeutic substances that can be used in your bathwater.
Epsom salts contains magnesium to relax muscles and sulfur to aid in detoxification and help increase blood supply to the skin. A quarter of a cup of salts is a good start with a gradual increase to as much as two to four pounds per bath.
Ginger root helps the body to sweat, so toxins are drawn to the skin’s surface. To prepare a ginger bath, place half-inch slices of fresh ginger in boiling water over a stove; turn off the heat, and steep for thirty minutes. Remove the ginger, and add that water into a tub already filled with hot water.
Colon hydrotherapy has shown excellent benefits for detoxification. Colon hydrotherapy irrigates the colon and removes waste from the body very safely and quickly similar to sweating and urination. For more information, please visit the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy’s website at http://i-act.org/.
Hydrate with Water
I know you’ve heard this before – drink more water! There is a huge benefit in making sure your body is properly hydrated – just please don’t drink the unfiltered tap water.
Water helps detoxify the kidneys, helps to dilute toxins, and it is imperative to have enough water to transport nutrients in and waste out.
Adding lemon to your water is a great way to help stimulate bile and cleanse your kidneys.
Eat and Drink Your Greens!
Eating plenty of raw foods including greens and beets as well as blending your veggies into smoothies are extremely beneficial habits to put in place. Greens and high quality veggies supply your body with the antioxidants and nutrients it requires for eliminating toxins. Blending rather than juicing allows you to benefit from the fiber that is so important in your veggies. A clear, flavorless fiber supplement added to your blended drink can greatly increase your ability to clear toxins as well. Be advised, in order to properly breakdown vegetables into the most delicious smoothie consistency it is best to use a high-speed blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix.. For a less expensive option, check out the NutriBullet.
The purpose of these suggestions is to assist your liver and the channels of elimination function at their peak level to rid your body of toxic buildup.
In my next post look forward to N for Nourish as you continue cleansing inside and out with your RENEW Total Body Detox program!