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Demystifying Detox

We've all heard about detoxing - if you don't know someone who has done one, you've likely heard about it from health-conscious celebrities. But is a detox necessary? Is it difficult? Do you really need to stop eating? To demystify detox, we had Selene Wilkinson, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine on the show!

What is detox?

A detox is a way to rid the body of toxins that build up in our bodies from the air we breath, the food we ingest and the toxins we are exposed to in our office and homes.

Why detox? 

Getting rid of all of the toxins that we breath in, ingest and are exposed to.
Gets the body and organs in optimum shape so that they can do their job which will increase metabolism and therefore support weight loss - shed those 5-7lbs that the average person gains over the holidays or get you feeling ready for that bathing suit.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a detox. If we start out eating healthy and treating are bodies well right from the beginning, we will know how great it is to feel healthy and are more likely to continue to do so for the rest of the year.

Are there types of detox to avoid?

Any detox that just includes liquids can put stress on the body and should be avoided. It is better to stick to a detox that allows food. Also, detoxes that make you have to go to the washroom all day should be avoided as they can strip the body of essential nutrients and can cause dehydration.

Selene's 5 Step Home Detox:

1) Lemon Water and Herbal Tea

Drink an 8oz glass of warm water with the juice of half a fresh squeezed lemon first thing in the morning. Drink 2-3 cups of dandelion, milk thistle, green or white teas during the day. This will stimulates the liver to move toxins as well.

2) Dry Skin Brushing

Skin brushing before you shower to shed dead skin cells. The skin is the biggest organ in the body and therefore we need to keep it healthy to allow it to rid the body of toxins. This will exfoliate and will make your skin glow and increase circulation through your lymphatic system (lymphatic system is a detoxification and immune system in the body). During the shower alternate hot water for 3 minutes, then cold for 30 seconds do this 3 x and end in cold. This will increase circulation and lymphatic flow.

3) Increase Fibre Intake

 Eat whole organic foods with lots of fibre, include a little protein with every meal and include foods with high amounts antioxidants. Cut out or decrease sugar, processed foods, gluten-containing foods (many people have sensitivities to these - it can cause bloating & constipation), caffeine, alcohol and red meat. The fibre will help move toxins through your bowels to rid the body of toxins. But don't forget to drink lots of water - without it, the fibre has no positive effect. Cutting out the other foods will decrease inflammation and keep blood sugar levels regulated. Start taking a good quality multi-vitamin.

4) Get Your Heart Rate Up

Exercise encourages weight loss, increases lymphatic circulation, releases endorphins (so it makes you happy even though you are not able to eat/drink some of the foods you want!), and it makes you sweat (which also releases toxins).

5) Breathe Properly

Your lungs release toxins in the form of carbon dioxide. Breathe properly by expanding your lungs and sticking out your abdomen. This will increase detoxification, decrease stress, and can decrease your blood pressure by 10 points.

Though this plan is safe to do all year long, a 2-3 week commitment is all you need for a healthy refresher!

How long should I be on a detox?

A detox such as this way should be done for 2-3 weeks, but things like lemon water in the morning, skin brushing, exercise and breathing properly can be done all of the time.


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