Mother Nature is in her resting period and during this time of the year we can eat too much of the wrong foods, exercise little, feel restless, lethargic and generally unwell. If you can relate to this, then it is time to give your body a well-deserved cleanse.
At this time of the year I often discuss with my clients the benefits of ‘cleansing’ rather than ‘detoxing’ because for me, and indeed for some of them, the word detox sounds far too complicated and a lot of hard work.
The body eliminates toxins through the skin, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs and lymph. A cleansing process cleans the blood by removing impurities from the blood in the liver where toxins are processed for elimination.
During a cleansing process, drink plenty of water, green tea, fruit or vegetable juices; increase your intake of sprouts, salads, vegetables, fruits, nuts, brown rice, quinoa and oats. Avoid processed foods such as alcohol, chocolate, refined sugar, coffee, saturated fats, fried foods and meat and dairy products.
Some excellent cleansing foods readily available at your local supermarket are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, onions, garlic, red and green vegetables, radishes and seaweed. Beans are also important when cleansing (kidney beans and soybeans) and are a good source of protein and fiber.
Cleansing herbs include milk thistle, dandelion root and burdock. Vitamin C assists the body to produce glutathione (often referred to as the master cleanser) a powerful antioxidant essential for the elimination of toxins.
It is important to keep the bowels moving and some good colon cleansing herbs are buckthorn bark, slippery elm, flax seed and psyllium husks. Living clays cleanse the bowel, stimulate the immune system and improve the body’s elimination processes by acting as a bulking agent encouraging intestinal peristalsis (moving food, toxins and stool through the bowels). If you drink clay, you will be amazed at the difference it makes to your skin and your general health and wellbeing.
Some other simple forms of cleansing are dry body brushing before showering and then taking alternate hot and cold showers, detox clay body wraps and foot baths are simple yet effect forms of eliminating toxins from the body.
Hydrotherapy treatments are fantastic for cleansing the body and so at this time of year alert your clients to the hydrotherapy treatments available on your menu. Regular saunas help eliminate toxins through perspiration. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), Bamboo Massage, Balinese Body Palming and Hot and Cold Stone Therapies are among the top four cleansing therapies.
The body also eliminates waste and toxins through movement so gentle exercise is a must as it encourages lymphatic flow. Sleep, relaxation and deep breathing exercises are necessary to calm a busy mind and circulate oxygen throughout the body to encourage cleansing.
Detoxing simply means to cleanse the body of dietary and environmental toxins. Cleansing takes place when you rest the body from food for short periods of time and it is all about resting, cleaning the blood and nourishing the body from the inside out. The golden rule is to lower your fat intake and introduce more fluid and more raw food; it’s as simple as that.
Living Clay Cleansing Juice
1 Cup of Organic Orange or Apple Juice
1 Tablespoon of Living Clay.
Stir well and drink.
If you or your client are on medication, pregnant or are under medical supervision for a health condition it is imperative to check with your medical practitioner before embarking on any form of detox or cleansing regime.