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.
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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