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Detoxification: Simple ways to detoxify the body


  • Simple ways to detoxify the body
  • How do you know you need to detoxify?


Simple ways to detoxify the body
~Punch Nigeria. Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

Detoxification is a necessary process to promote full body health; this is especially true if you are not the healthiest eater. The process removes harmful or toxic substances from your body, leading to better health and a great starting place for a new healthy lifestyle. If you experience any of the following, it is the likely time for a detox.

If you chronically feel stressed out, it may be a sign that your body needs a detox. Your body is trying to tell you something is wrong.
Detoxification helps to improve our overall health and vitality. It increase our energy levels, improves digestion, and reduces weight and the risk of many chronic disease.
Generally, detoxification leaves you renewed, rejuvenated, even as it can prolong your life.
Here are some simple ways you can reduce the amount of toxins in your system.

Wipe your feet
Your shoes can play a vital role in detoxifying your home. Pesticides and lead-contaminated dust, not to mention annoying pollen during allergy season, tend to settle on the ground and stick to footwear. Wiping your feet on an abrasive, high quality doormat before walking inside can keep toxins from invading your space. Better yet, make a habit of taking off your shoes at the door.

Food preparation
Food containing protein and carbohydrate are good, however do not boil or microwave them too much, overcooking may destroy the toxin-fighting compounds. When you eat boiled egg, the soft-boiled egg is better because when the egg is over boiled, it denatures the protein and therefore removes the nutritional value.

Eat properly
The way we eat can bring about toxins into the intestinal system. Most of the time, we swallow our food instead of chewing until it is in a semi-liquefied or paste form. This will lead to the stomach expelling semi-solid food into the intestines. These will create obstruction that causes fermentation and putrefaction. The result will be potbelly, intoxification, erectile dysfunction, bad breath, flatulence, infertility and more.

Protect your liver
Your liver is a toxin-clearing machine but, it is not perfect and it is mostly overwhelmed and under-rested. Many medications, including common drugs such as the pain-reliever acetaminophen, can damage the organ. According to the American Liver Foundation, you shouldn't take more than three grammes of acetaminophen a day, the equivalent of six extra-strength pills for more than a few days in a row. Take only as small a dose as you need to feel better. For the elderly, greater care should be taken while taking the dosages, as their liver can handle even less stress.

Body detoxification
The removal of the above toxins can be facilitated by regenerating the body through body cleansing and toxin elimination in a detoxification programme. This can be done in a medical spa, the first in Africa being the Mart-Life Detox clinic in Lagos, Nigeria.
A detox programme would determine your body's intolerances and deviations from optimal health and then spell out different therapies you need to address these shortcomings and intolerances. Even when we think we are healthy, a check up at a detox clinic can tell which organs in the body are stressed or weakened even when not in the diseased state.

These detox therapies include the Avant-Garde hydrotherapy baths and lymphatic massages as well as the Piroche lymphodrainer treatments, clay masks and body wraps. They help to detoxify the body from the inside out, dealing with fluid retention and even excessive body fat while facilitating removal of toxins from the body, regulating hormonal imbalances and metabolic processes. Also, the Piroche Bioenergetic ElectroStimulation, Diamix and Ultrasonic Xcell therapeutic machines, which respectively simulate the age-old Chinese therapeutic acupuncture, help in opening up energy pathways in the body to relieve both acute and chronic pain, moulding and re-contouring the body back into shape, while destroying body fat, without the pain that comes with undergoing surgery.

We cannot overemphasis the importance of keeping our body toxin free to live a full healthy life. We should hence, be conscious of our environmental exposure, the kinds of food we eat and the way we treat our organs and as such, treat our body right.

Start with water
Drinking a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning. Lemon helps re-hydrate the system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body.

Move your body
Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system. Doing so will also enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body. It's a proven fact. People who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems.

Drink a lot of tea
Not only is tea full of antioxidants, it hydrates you (especially if it's herbal) and fills you up.This means you will be less likely to overeat or eat the wrong things!Keep in mind, the caffeine in tea is different than the caffeine in coffee-it's gentler on your system. It'll also give you a pick-me-up minus the jitters.

Eat organic
A colourful variety of fruits and veggies should be the main focus of your diet, along with whole grains, beans and legumes, and small amounts of nuts and seeds.

You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.

How do you know you need to detoxify?
Written by Oladapo Ashiru

IF you have two or more of the following signs and symptoms, you may require detoxification:

Headaches, backaches, runny nose, fatigue, joint pains, itchy nose, nervousness, skin rashes, cough, frequent colds, sleepiness, hives, wheezing, irritated eyes, insomnia, nausea, sore throat, immune weakness, dizziness, indigestion, tight or stiff neck, environmental sensitivity, mood changes, sinus congestion, anxiety, bad breath, body odour, circulatory deficits, fever, depression, constipation, high blood fats.
Now, how can we prevent toxicity in the body?

Be smart down there

Many have suggested that tampons have dangerous levels of dioxins or asbestos. Can this be correct? No, it is a myth. But do not ignore the small-but-real risk of toxic shock syndrome (several dozen women get it each year), a potentially fatal condition caused by poison-producing staph or strep bacteria.
Lower your odds by changing your tampon every four to eight hours and avoid absorbent types (often labelled "ultra"). Protect your ovaries while you are at it, by limiting exposure to per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) often in the coatings of non-stick pans and many other items like clothing, furniture, and packaged-food containers, which may double the risk of infertility, according to a study in Human Reproduction.

Don't party hard

There are concerns that chemicals found in plastic bottles and food containers have estrogen-like effects and can slightly raise the risks of breast cancer. But so far there is no real proof. What do we know that really does boost breast cancer risk? Alcohol. A new massive study from England suggests that just one drink a day is linked to 11 additional cases of breast cancer per 1,000 women, and each drink after that increases the dangers. Even then, the risks remain small. Your overall lifetime risk is 12 per cent. But if you think of alcohol as a toxin, then you should think twice before getting a frequent buzz.

Use plenty of soap on your body

The one skin product every toxin-conscious person should have is soap. Sodding up your skin everyday (with extra washes for your hands) will help to clear away toxin-producing germs, including methicillin-resistant.

Don't fool with fire retardants

Flame-retardant chemicals, common in foam products such as mattresses and electronics like our televisions, have found their way into virtually every human body.
No one is sure if that is a problem for humans, but animal studies show that these chemicals, known as polybrominated diphenylethers, may interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland and immune system. To be safe, seal up any rips in old foam cushions or mattresses (which may have been treated with the retardants) or get new ones, since many companies are phasing out the PBDEs.

Stay smoke-free

Many who smoke know that regular smoking is a killer but think the occasional smoke cannot cause any bodily damage. This is not true. The University of Arizona researchers found that just one cigarette impairs blood flow in the heart. A Norwegian study showed that women who smoked one to four sticks of cigarettes a day tripled their risk of dying from heart disease and saw a fivefold jump in the risk of dying from lung cancer. The threat of second-hand smoke is no less scary! Exposure to fumes from smokers by non-smokers kills nearly 50,000 adult non-smokers every year. There are even new worries that third-hand smoke (what is left in your hair or your clothes after being in a smoke-filled room) is harmful, especially to babies. Sadly, you cannot stop other people from smoking. But you can help your rebound by eating a lot of broccoli and cauliflower.
These cruciferous vegetables (which also include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and watercress) contain sulforaphane and other compounds linked to lower disease risks. Studies suggest that people who regularly eat these vegetables enjoy protection from lung cancer. Three to five servings a week should do the trick.

Use friendlier ways to freshen the home

The use of some air fresheners may be harmful. It may be polluting your home with chemicals that can irritate your eyes and lead to headaches and nausea. Aerosol cleaners are equally guilty. Instead of covering up unpleasant smells, open the windows when weather permits especially after a rainstorm or during a non-windy rain like drizzling rain. Get some fresh air in your home, office too, where ultrafine particles from laser printers can escape into the air. Try to green up your home with indoor plants such as Areca palms, Boston ferns, and English ivy; they help to purify your air. When you are cleaning, try natural solutions like baking soda or vinegar.

Eat safer fish

Heavy metals can be hard on the heart. Mercury, for example, may raise your risk of atherosclerosis or a heart attack. Ironically, we get the vast majority of our mercury from fish, a supposedly heart-healthy food because of its high omega-3-fat content.
The Food and Drug Administration urges women who are pregnant or nursing to avoid mercury-rich fish including shark, swordfish, and king mackerel. It is probably wise to go easy on slightly less-tainted types such as tuna, too.
Experts believe that this advice actually makes good sense for every adult. To cut down on mercury, stick with cod, flounder, and salmon, as sardine and small sized fish. That is if you are not allergic to small fish. If you love sushi or other types of omega-3 fish, limit yourself to one or two meals a month, and do not always choose tuna.

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