Natural Ways To Detox Your Body And Mind

Detox

Detox, detox, detox. It’s such a buzz word right? I hear it all the time. Plus it’s a little extreme and I am totally into extremes. However, since I’ve had a a baby my stance on a whole range of wellness-y things has changed including the way I detox. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I seriously don’t have time to sit and meditate for 20 minute blocks a day (and would prefer to sleep.) Or harsh workouts just really aren’t my jam anymore (when I don’t get my full eight hours sleep)…or maybe it’s just because I put my babes’ wellness above my own and am choosing to take the back seat.

Hmm… actually maybe it’s a little from column A, B and C. HA. I love to massage him on the daily.

So wellness peeps, I love that you can meditate for so long and it’s so Zen and lovely, but please report back when you have a newborn K. Thanx. Bai.

On that note I AM on a bit of a detox RN. But not one of those ones where I just eat lemons for weeks or hibernate in the wilderness hoping to find myself. I’m just eating normal food with WAY MORE GREENS (I’m pretty much a piece of Kale), minimising my social media use (I’m on the verge of becoming Buddha) and doing extra detox-y things like dry body brushing, face masks, using essential oils and meditating (for 10 mins max) to help me sleep/reduce my stress. I’m also taking herb-y supplements by Isowhey (which I am planning to report back on in a couple of weeks for ya’ll) but they kind of feel like insurance. Plus they’re helping with my mindset which is weird.

Also; when my husband takes my baby to his swimming lessons (You should see him! my babe is pretty much Michael Phelps… minus the pot) I am using my time to sit in the sauna with all the Asians (seriously, they know that a sauna is a manmade gift for skincare) to sweat! I don’t know why saunas aren’t more popular in Aus. They should be on every freakin’ street corner! (Told you I was into extremes).

Anyway, the moral of this story is that having a baby has turned me into a grandma and there are safe/easy ways to detox that won’t turn you into a stabby person who thinks people look like chocolate you want to lick. I am totally into these tips, tricks these days and thought I’d remind you of fun ways to get your detox on too. Which is why I sat down with Erika, a qualified Naturopath and Holistic Nutritionist at Fusion Health to share the easiest, less time consuming ways to do it/why we should etc…because it’s so true! You can totally get your detox on without having to pack your lemons for a dinner date!

Can you tell us a little about the body’s natural ways of detoxing? Why is it important to detox further than this and what are some natural ways for us to do this?

Our body is designed to naturally eliminate waste and toxins via skin, lungs, gut, lymphatic system, kidneys and liver. The liver plays the most important role in detoxification by turning toxic compounds into safe substances before being eliminated from the body.

In today’s modern world we are exposed to more environmental pollutants than ever before. The overload of toxins slows down the body’s ability to remove them and they are often stored in our tissues. This is why it’s important to cleanse or detoxify on a regular basis.

We can help improve natural detoxification by minimising exposure to toxins and incorporating specific lifestyle practices. This can be done by choosing to eat clean organically grown food, drinking plenty of filtered and mineral water, using natural skin and body care products, avoiding conventional household cleaning products, increase sweating through daily movement, use of sauna, dry skin brushing, regular massage and spending plenty of time in nature.

What foods should we turn to during times of stress or when we’re feeling overwhelmed?

Eating nutrient-dense whole foods is especially important during times of stress or overwhelm. The food we eat provides information for our cells. During stress the body is utilising higher amounts of nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids and magnesium just to name a few. Eating foods rich in these nutrients as well as supplementing with good quality nutritional and herbal medicine can be very beneficial during times of stress.

Another important point to consider is how we eat when we are feeling stressed. Avoid eating on the run. Try to sit down, eat slowly and chew your food well to improve digestion and enhance the absorption of nutrients from your food. Long term stress creates bio-chemical changes which increase production of damaging free radicals. Eating foods high in antioxidants, such as brightly coloured seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices is recommended to combat these free radicals.

Are there any herbs or teas you would recommend to help with detoxification?

There are many herbs that can assist with natural detoxification processes, cleansing and waste elimination. In Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs such as Asian dandelion, Barberry, Bupleurum and Phellodendron are often utilised to clear Heat and toxicity from the liver and drain Dampness. Rhubarb is a gentle herb which helps to support bowel movements and elimination of toxins.

The South American herb Pau D’Arco has been used for more than 1000 years and is excellent during a detox, often used in the management of intestinal dysbiosis, including mild fungal infections. This herb can also be drunk as a tea. Since the liver plays a major role in the detoxification process I recommend utilising herbs such as Milk Thistle, which has a protective and regenerating effect on the liver. One of my favourite teas to use during a detox is Nettle tea. This nutrient rich herb has been used in Western herbal medicine for hundreds of years and has a great stimulating effect on the lymphatic system.

What would you recommend as the best activities to detox your mind?

Generally speaking any physical activity that changes the focus from your mind to your body can help to turn off the mind chatter. Other ways to help detox the mind include journaling your thoughts, meditation practice, deep breathing, use of positive affirmations and time spent in nature. I am also a big proponent of minimising the use of electronic devices and social media to help reduce the amount of information we are exposed to daily.

How often would you recommend we go on a social media break?

I think this really depends on how much time one spends on social media and how it affects their life. Studies have shown that increased use of smart phones is associated with symptoms of anxiety, low mood, behavioural changes and sleep disturbance in adolescents and adults. Going on a social media break for one-two days per week can be a good start for most people. I usually schedule this break for the weekend so I can spend more quality time with my friends and loved ones.  And two-three hours before bedtime each night.

Can you please tell us why it’s important to keep electronics/phones out of our bedroom and especially right before bed?

Electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, television etc. emit blue light. Recent research demonstrates that blue light exposure before bed suppresses the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that controls sleep and wake cycles. Based on the research I recommend switching off these devices two to three hours before bed and if possible remove them from your bedroom altogether to ensure better quality sleep.

Erika is a qualified Naturopath and Holistic Nutritionist. She has over a decade of experience working within the natural therapies industry and continues to educate herself to grow her expertise. She is part of the technical services team at Global Therapeutics (Fusion Health) providing expert advice to consumers, practitioners and retailers alike. She is also a founder of an online natural fertility coaching business, educating and supporting couples on their fertility journey. She is especially passionate about empowering and supporting women to live a nourished, fulfilled life and can be contacted at www.erikamorvay.com

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Tell me babez, what do you do to detox your body or give your mind a break?