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In the world there are many different kinds of people; shy, outgoing, quiet, talkative, gregarious and anti-social. I am definitely a talker and a sharer. Some times I over share. I run in a few different circles, but when I am around my health and wellness buddies, or my mommy friends, eventually I end up sharing my story. The one where the doctors told me I was infertile and had to go on all these drugs and do a medical weight loss plan consisting of 500 calories a day and lots of shots of drugs and vitamins to stay alive. (Sounds sustainable right?) Instead of doing that I decided to do some research and live a more natural, healthy life style instead. You know, that story. When I tell this story I use the phrase “detoxifying my life” a lot.

The word detoxify or “detox” has gotten a bad wrap recently with all the hype and fad diets and detox plans that are killing or maiming people who chose to trust blindly in something without doing research. I am not a medical professional, nor do I play one on TV so please go out and take control of your own health and do your own research.

When I say I am “detoxifying my life” I mean I am taking slow sustainable steps in living a less toxic life style. And yes, this does mean that my body is going through a slow detox too. When you are not adding and storing excess toxins your body will slowly start to leech them out of you.

What changes am I talking about?

The first change I made was buying organic produce and hormone/antibiotic free meat. I also stopped eating fast food as often and cut out refined sugar from my diet. I also started drinking (well trying to any way) half my body weight in ounces of water per day.

With just making this small change I felt much healthier. I also got pregnant 6 months after making the switch SANS the drugs the doctor wanted me to take.

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Once I got pregnant I started switching to more environmentally friendly less toxic cleaning products. I was buying them, but have started making my own. There is not much out there more effective than vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.

This led to more natural body care. I will give more specifics later but my natural body care routine every morning includes dry skin brushing, oil pulling, showering with natural soap (usually goats milk with fresh herbs from the farmers market), no shampoo or conditioner (poo free) or this homemade shampoo for my self and the kids and this anti-dandruff shampoo for my husband , oil cleansing method for my face followed by my home-made face scrub, and almond oil or coconut oil for moisturizer.

These things all cause a natural and gentle detox to the body. This detox is not a big quick detox. It is not quickly releasing all those toxins stored in your fat cells into your blood stream at once.

Let me make a quick note. Our fat cells store good things that our bodies need, like hormones, energy stores, and essential nutrients. It is a great storage system. So great that it stores things that we don’t need in our bodies like environmental toxins, (PCB’s, BPA, insecticides etc.). Fat cells also expand and retract depending on how much they are storing at a time. This means you can have a significant loss in weight and size without loosing fat cells, instead they just shrink.

So when we detoxify the body we are pulling those toxins out of the fat cells. If we can do this slowly and methodically, working with the body to improve metabolism of these nasty substances, we can improve our lives without that nasty detox feel. If you have ever done a crash detox you know what I mean. The head aches, body aches, cravings for bad bad foods, and over all wanting to curl in a ball and die.

My morning detox routine makes me feel good and invigorated. I have never once felt the gross crashing feeling like you do when doing a 10 or 30 day detox. This is a life time detox routine. Every single day we introduce toxins to our bodies. Do you breathe? Eat? Drink? Then you are introducing toxins to your system.

I have been asked by many people if it is safe to detox while pregnant and breast-feeding. The answer is this: It is not safe, at all, to do a crash cleanse or detox while pregnant or breast-feeding. The cleanses or crash detoxes work well, but they release a lot of toxins from your cells at once, and those toxins go into your blood stream and into the rest of your body. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you should know that anything in your blood stream could potentially get into your milk or your baby via the placenta. This is why you do not do a big cleanse or detox while pregnant or breast-feeding. Those toxins don’t hurt your baby while stored in your fat cells. A gentle, daily, preventative health routine that gently pulls toxins from your body and helps assist in the expulsion of those toxins can be beneficial to your health, and in my non medical opinion, would not pose a risk to your child. Like I said, do your research, talk to your midwife and doctor, and form your own conclusions.

Again the only changes I would suggest making while pregnant or breastfeeding are the ones above (healthy food, healthy house, less chemicals on your body, and assisting toxin removal via oil pulling and dry skin brushing). By taking these simple steps I believe we can drastically improve our health, happiness, and longevity simply. I also like this routine because it is sustainable in the long run.

I will be doing a series of posts to explain how these simple life style changes can help detoxify your body, improve your health and save some money.

How do you detoxify your life?

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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10 Responses to My Gentle Detox Routine

  1. This is great! Thanks so much for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesdays! 🙂

    That’s so amazing what you were able to take control of your health and nurse yourself to a strong, healthy mama for your new baby! Blessings…

  2. Michelle says:

    This is an excellent routine, and I already use most of it, but you have inspired me to greater detox efforts. However, my research shows that you can safely (but slowly) detox while pregnant and breastfeeding because your womb and mammary glands are not detox organs. Your body is smarter than that! Detox happens through skin, lungs, colon, kidneys. Not through your baby.

  3. […] my previous article about my gentle detox routine I mentioned that I try to dry skin brush every morning. I do this to open up my pores, get rid of […]

  4. I love this idea of “gentle detoxifying”. I’ve never done an actual detox before because of the reasons you mention; but I’ve definitely gone through this process of removing toxins gradually from my life. Thanks for sharing with Healthy 2Day Wednesday; come back tomorrow to see if you were featured!

  5. jamie says:

    Ive always been really skeptical of writing on blogs like this. Am kind of nervous doing it now. I stumble across you page and have been really pleased with everything ive read. I was having a series of stomach issues a couple years ago and a friend talked to me about changing the way i was eating. This open the door to a “whole new world” that for some reason i was unaware about. Never did i think that eating healthy, more greens, fruits and veggies would make such a difference, it was all foreign to me. Anyways i started reading up on all that i could find about eating green and kind of raw and then started doing it. Man not only did i feel great but it opened my eye to the many wonderful benefits of eating natural and what it does for you i truly felt healthy, had never felt that way before (I have always been really sickly and like i said before that i was really struggling health wise) I didnt have the support of my family, im Hispanic and we have alot of traditions and stuff with food, they looked at me like i had 2 heads but i kept doing it and reaped alot of benefits. I however got pregnant last year about 4 months after i had started my new “lifestyle” and because of severe morning all my healthy eating went down the toilet, no pun intended. I had my baby 4 months ago and want to eat and feel like i was before i got pregnant but i cant seem to get back the enthusiasm i had when i started the first time. That and im nursing and dont want to do anything that might hurt the baby. I love juicing and have done that several times already. What other things do you suggest? Ive read your post on dry brushing, and oil pulling and i want to give those a try too. Along with the OCM that i started to try but broke out really bad and stopped. But that was a couple months ago. the first time i changed my diet i didnt get any adverse reactions from it. When i tried this time around i broke out in hives. Can that be because of all the hormones and stuff related to postpardum. I dont want that to happen again so i dont know where to start. Would like to hear your opinion on it. Also so for the book. Like i said its my first time commenting on someone blog.

    • Amanda says:

      I find my kids are my best motivation. I live this life and make my dietairy changes so I can be healthy for them! The more nourishing my diet is the more nutrients my breast fed baby gets too. Win win!

      As for the oil cleansing method a lot of people brake out when they start. You go through a detox phase when your body is getting rid of the nasties that have accumulated in your system. I find this usually happens with people who need to clean up their diet or have been using chemical face cleaners and hair products. Liver congestion can also be a cause of the cystic acne. Your body is trying to remove toxins but it can’t if the liver is clogged. Again the solution is to remove processed food and eat clean real food. Also, the breakouts normally stop within 2 weeks max.

      Switching to homemade non toxic cleaners, hair and body care, and removing toxins from your home will also help you and your little one.

      Congratulations on your journey! I hope you find great success and I am glad to help!

  6. jamie says:

    Thank you. Hes such a cutie and thanks for your response so quick.
    After reading it i realized thats been my goal all along i guess i just need to have someone point that out. As for homemade cleaners and hair and body, what are things can use. Do you have recipes for that. I dont think saw any others besides the face scrub.

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