The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
Let’s face it, our world is not as pristine as we would like it to be, and we are all exposed to toxins on a daily basis. Depending on your diet and lifestyle choices some are exposed more than others.
If you eat conventional farmed foods including fruits, veggies, meat, dairy and eggs that are grown with chemicals instead of choosing organic varieties then your body has some level of toxins stored in the tissues. Even if you eat mostly organic foods you are exposed to toxins from other sources.
But it’s not just the foods we eat that create toxins, poor water quality, environmental toxins, household cleansers, body care products all add to our toxic load. In addition negative emotions such as stress, anger, fear, worry and guilt create toxicity as well.
Good news! Our bodies have an amazing ability to cope with living in a world that is not as clean as we would like it to be, and you can support your body to eliminate stored toxins and to rejuvenate your liver (the janitor that cleans up the toxic mess in your body) by participating in a seasonal cleanse.
Some Signs You Need A Cleanse
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight gain
- Skin rashes and irritation
- Digestive issues
- Muscle fatigue and soreness
- Foggy thinking
- Bad breath
Six Simple Ways to Cleanse
For five to seven days try the following: If your diet relies heavily on caffeine, sugar and or alcohol ease into eliminating them by taking several days to slowly remove them from your diet.
- Drink plenty of water and start your day with a mug of warm lemon water.
- Eliminate the Big 5: all animal products (meat, dairy, eggs); grains containing gluten; sugar; alcohol and caffeine.
- Eat plenty of fresh, organic fruits, veggies, whole grains and lentils.
- Get adequate rest; rise by 6 AM and be in bed by 10 PM
- Take a media break. Shut down all computers, turn off the phone, no texting, facebook or TV from 8 PM – 7 AM.
- Take an Epsom Salt bath in the evening.
Taking a few days to simplify your diet and lifestyle will reset your digestive fire, recharge your liver and leave you feeling energized and lighter in body and spirit.
If you are interested in more support for your seasonal cleanse or to go a little deeper in cleansing I am happy to support. Please check out my seasonal cleanse specials.
Laughing Buddha Fall Cleanse Workshop – This is the 5th iteration of the seasonal cleanse workshop at the studio and every time we dive a little deeper. I have add new techniques, more recipes, an expanded guide including a 10 day meal planner, guest speaker and more! Check out Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio’s events page for details and registration. You can also register in studio.
Clean and Clear Special – I have five spots in my personal cleansing package at the special Fall rate. No worries if you don’t live in the Seattle area: long distance sessions are possible by phone, Skype or Google hangout.
Wishing you toxin free-living!