There is a school of thought that you can't actually detox your body. The argument is that the body itself is fundamentally a detox machine and almost every single organ in our body has the main job of detoxifying whether we like it or not. To be honest with you, I kinda agree...
But can you massively support your body in it's detoxifying process?
Can you supply your body with powerful nutritional tools to aid the detoxifying process at a deeper more profound level?
Well, yes, of course! The argument that you can't detox your body is a poor excuse. Of course what you eat and drink and how you do so will either support your body's detoxifying process or hinder it.
In this special guest blog GAPS trained nutritionist and Systematic Kinesiologist Ella Carey shares her excellent tips for successful and safe detoxing.
By Ella Carey from Full Spectrum Health
With the winter well behind us it is a traditional process at this time of year to give our body what is commonly known as a spring clean - the act of releasing toxins accumulated over the colder, darker winter months for renewed energy and vitality as we move into lighter, warmer climes.
As a nutritionist I work with patients at my clinic in South London - Full Spectrum Health - to create bespoke detox and cleanse programs based on what their individual body needs. Because everyone is bio-chemically different I use the amazing language of Kinesiology muscle testing to discover food sensitivities, which specific detoxifying supplements will best support their system, and what they should and shouldn't be doing to fully make sure they are happy and healthy during their detox process.
It is essential for our health and well being that we do not just dive head first into a detox. It can place a lot of strain on our internal organs putting us at risk of symptoms like headaches, stomach cramps, mood swings and result in surrendering to intense cravings and ultimately giving up.
So here are my 5 top tips for a safe and successful detox...
1. You Are The Boss
Go at your own pace, and listen to your body. If you've been drinking 5 coffees a day for example, don't go cold turkey. The body learns to rely on stimulants for (fake) energy. It is advisable to cut down daily by one unit (i.e reduce by one cup per day) until you're free from the habit and need. The gradual easing off of the stimulant will allow your body to adjust its metabolism accordingly avoiding dramatic withdrawal symptoms - and you'll feel all the better for it!
I know it's an obvious one, but it's so easy to forget! Sip between 2-3 litres of filtered water throughout the day to help the cleansing process. We are 80% water, and your cells and brain can not function optimally without it. Your body will be cleansing and flushing deep toxins and drinking more water regularly throughout the day will simply get them out quicker!
In the first few days the foods you'll crave are usually the foods which are causing you the most harm! Having a bottle of filtered water to hand, especially jazzed up with some squeezed lemon, lime or ginger (or all three!) will give you a distraction each time you have a craving, and you'll hydrate at the same time. Win!
TOP TIP: If you are craving sweet things or your blood sugar dips - chromium helps to balance it. You can take true food chromium supplements in between meals along with licorice root to balance blood sugars and fend off cravings. Or perhaps eat foods rich in chromium like apples, molasses, brewers yeast, oysters, chicken and bananas. Also eating protein rich food will help to balance your blood sugars. Make your morning smoothie with a base of hemp milk or add in a spoon of tahini to your dips & cruditès. Cravings will only be a temporary experience during the transition between energy sourced from stimulants and real, sustainable and nourishing sources of energy.
3. Greens Greens Greens
Green plants are deeply cleansing and nourishing and provide optimum nutrition such as essential fatty acids, iron, vitamin C, calcium, zinc and many more trace minterals as well as vital energy in the chlorophyll. They are blood cleansers and benefit the livers' filtering ability. Choose spirulina, cleavers, sorrel, wild garlic, chlorella, dandelion greens and nettles for nutrient dense food and drink.
4. Clear The Gangway!
Keep your elimination routes clear! When we detox, it is essential that the pathway of elimination from cell to skin, colon, liver and lungs is clear to fully expel toxins. Dry skin body brushing is an amazing to support these processes. Before a shower remove dead skin, stale sweat and expelled toxins by brushing with a gentle natural fibre body brush all over the skin towards the heart (this is best for lymphatic drainage and circulation). Gentle exercise like walking, yoga, swimming, cycling & saunas are great and an extra treat. Enemas keep the colon clear and castor oil packs on the liver stimulate lymph flow through the liver, avoiding congestion in this area. Epsom salt baths are a great way to encourage detoxification throughout he skin.
Sleep is an essential part of everyday life and any health care programme. It allows our bodies to heal, repair and regenerate. If you feel rested you won’t crave stimulants or false energy as dramatically as when you are tired, and you'll feel the benefits of your detox more. Aim to get into bed for 10.30pm to be asleep before 11:00pm and turn off any electronic devices such as phones, tablets, computer a good two hours before going to bed. Warming epsom salt and lavender baths will relax you for a deeper sleep and also aid in the detoxing process. Reading, meditating, or gentle sorting through drawers and cupboards are all relaxing activities that will aid in feeling physically and emotionally clear.
Good luck in your detox journey and please contact me to ask my advice or book yourself a consultation with me!
Ella is a qualified Nutrition Advisor and GAPS Practitioner, Kinesiologist and Metamorphic Technique practitioner.
A proud mother of three boys, Ella is passionate about children's health and wellbeing. Much of her work centres around supporting children's health and development naturally.
Training & Qualifications
College of Natural Nutrition
The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology
Full Spectrum Health
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