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Healthy Detoxing

Optimal elimination of metabolic wastes and accumulated toxins is an important factor in maintaining overall health & wellbeing. The body is able to achieve optimal elimination when all organs of elimination are healthy and functioning effectively.

These channels of elimination include:

  • Intestines (the gut)
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Skin
  • Circulatory system
  • Lymphatic system

When any of these organs or systems aren’t functioning properly, or are overburdened by excess metabolic waste and tissue toxins, ill-health or sub-optimal health may result. Nearly all chronic health conditions, and many acute illnesses are associated with an accumulation of waste material in the body.

By implementing a daily routine that focuses on promoting the healthy functions of the elimination pathways, we can assist our body with its daily processing and elimination of toxins and waste.

Promoting elimination via the intestines

Ensure that you include soluble and insoluble fibre, and resistant starch in your daily diet. These are important for the health of the gut generally and for promoting daily elimination of wastes via the bowels.

Soluble fibre is found in:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
Insoluble fibre is found in:

  • Wholegrain cereals
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Wheat bran
  • Skin of vegetables and fruit
Resistant starch is found in:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Cooked starchy vegetables
  • Grains that have been cooked and allowed to cool (eg cooked rice/potato/pumpkin included in a salad)

Promoting elimination via the Kidneys

Consume at least 2 – 2.5L of pure water daily. If you exercise strenuously, live in a hot climate or don’t consume many fluid-rich foods (think fresh fruit & vegetables) then increase your water consumption. Air-conditioning and heating will also increase your demand for fluid.

Optimal fluid intake, especially from pure, filtered water, is essential to healthy kidney function. The kidneys are responsible for the elimination of most metabolic and ingested wastes and toxins from the body. Fluid consumption is also important for healthy bowel movement.

Promoting elimination via the Liver

Our liver is the organ most important to the processing and breaking down of toxins and metabolic wastes in the body. It metabolises these toxic substances into forms that can be eliminated via the kidneys, lungs, skin and bowels.

Including the following bitter-tasting foods to promote liver function:

  • Rocket
  • Chicory
  • Endive
  • Radicchio
  • Kale

Additionally – foods of the brassica family such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage & cauliflower, contribute to a healthy liver.

Many herbs have bitter principles and can be taken as herbal teas or fluid extracts mixed in water. Angostura bitters is a readily available traditional herbal formula to enhance:
Add 8 drops in a 250ml glass of water and sip before meals or
Add 15 drops to your water bottle and sip throughout the day.

Promoting elimination via the Lungs

We can eliminate considerable amounts of waste metabolised by the liver via the lungs. In our busy day-to-day lives, we tend not to use our lungs as well as we should. Stress, poor work-related posture, and insufficient physical activity result in shallow, irregular breathing habits.

100 slow, deep conscious breaths each day will improve lung function and enhance elimination of waste metabolites via the breath. Do them all at once, or break them up over the day, taking moments to pause… and breathe!

Promoting elimination via the skin

Like the kidneys and lungs, the skin is also responsible for elimination of water-soluble wastes. Additionally, every minute we lose between 30,000 – 40,000 dead skin cells! These are a form of body waste.

Dry skin brushing is an effective way of enhancing the skin’s function as an elimination organ. It not only removes dead skin cells to make way for new healthy ones, but also stimulates circulation of blood and lymph.

Brisk – but gentle – brushing of the arms, legs, abdomen and trunk of the body for several minutes prior to a shower or bath, at least twice per week, is an effective way to promote elimination and a healthy, glowing skin.

Promoting elimination via the Circulatory & Lymphatic Systems

Both the circulatory and lymphatic systems play critical roles in waste & toxin removal from the body tissues. If they aren’t performing optimally, and accumulation of the toxins and wastes can occur.

Regular physical activity is important fro promoting good circulation of blood & lymphatic fluid throughout the body. Rebounding, skipping and, to a lesser extend walking and jogging are effective ways of improving the removal of toxins/wastes via the capillaries and lymphatic vessels. Daily movement is essential.

If you need support with your Daily Routine for Promoting Systemic Eliminations, then please feel free to get in touch.