By Eva Killeen
Eva Killeen is a Bristol-based Nutritional Therapist. She is also passionate about spreading the concept of healthy eating far and wide which is something she does in her marketing and events role with the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM).
The process of detoxification is your body’s way of neutralising, transforming or removing unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function, which means that it is constantly working and interacting with all other functions. When we talk about embarking on a detox there are two aspects:
1. Optimising your body’s own detoxification systems
2. Minimising the toxins you eat / drink / expose yourself to
After a Christmas of excess, January feels like the natural time to lighten the digestive and toxic load on your body. While the trend appears to be going all out on a one week deprivation drive, the truth is our bodies are constantly exposed to a barrage of harmful toxins, so the best thing you could do for your body is to implement a daily detoxification regimen. Here are a few simple suggestions worth including in your daily routine.
- Morning booster
Start the morning with a glass of warm water and 1⁄2 a lemon juiced. You have probably heard this 1000 times but that is because it is just so powerful. Just do it!
- Eat plenty of fiber
The soluble fiber from fruits and vegetables binds to toxins residing in your gut and helps flush them out when you have a bowel movement.
- Drink dandelion tea
It is a fantastic way to detoxify the liver, because the special compounds in the root help cleanse it by increasing bile production and improving digestion.
- Herbal helper
Try using a Milk Thistle tincture. This may help to improve liver function and protect the liver from toxins. It may also help to prevent depletion of glutathione, which is very important for liver detoxification.
- Eat clean
Clean eating is a surprisingly simple concept. Rather than focusing on more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer carbohydrates or more protein), this method is more focused on being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate. At its most basic, clean eating is about eating whole foods — those that are un- or minimally processed and refined, making them as close to their natural form as possible.
- Body brushing
Did you know that one of the skin’s primary functions is the elimination of toxins? To help circulate the lymphatic system, which is another major route for detoxification, and to stimulate the skin, which is the body’s largest organ of detoxification, take a stiff bristle brush and before you take a bath or shower, brush the entire surface of your skin, working from the extremities inwards towards the heart.
- And breathe
Deeply that is… Deep breathing can help to stimulate the lymphatic system which will encourage the body to rid itself toxins. If your abdomen moves more than the chest, then you are breathing deeply, but if the main activity happens in the chest, you are only shallow breathing. Try to introduce deep breathing into your everyday life and you will support your hard-working detoxification system with minimal effort.
On January 21st / 22nd CNM Bristol are running an intensive Food for Health weekend event. With CNM’s special one weekend ‘Food for Health’ course, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to make educated choices about the food you eat. You will broaden your understanding of the impact of nutrition in our daily lives, and gain practical tips for better health and wellbeing. This course is ideal for those who want to embark on a career in nutrition and want a feel for what to aspect while equally appealing to those who simply want to incorporate healthier eating habits in to theirs and their families lifestyles. Click here (http://www.naturopathy-uk.com/courses-eu/food-for-health/) to find out more.