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What is your body trying to tell you?

The secret language of our body – Signs your body needs to Detox

bodyLiving a truly healthy life and really feeling well, goes beyond fuelling your body with nutritious food, energizing the muscles with regular exercise and nourishing the cells with water, it’s also about being in touch; knowing when you are feeling out of balance, understanding what your body needs and recognising when you need a break, or, a detox!

Today, I want you to take some time to really get to know yourself. You can start by standing in front of a mirror, smile, and simply saying, hi, how are you feeling today? And if the answer isn’t great or you can’t even bring yourself to smile, then perhaps it’s time to give yourself a break, and revitalise yourself with some simple spring cleansing actions.

Take a minute to observe. Our bodies have a very specific way of communicating – if you experience or can see any of the following signs there’s a good chance that’s your body screaming, “it’s time for some self-care!”

Tongue; a white/yellowish coating on your tongue

Eyes; Sore, red, itchy eyes

Dark rings; ‘Bags’ under your eyes

Skin irritations; eczema, hives, urticaria, acne, heat rash

Liver Roll; also known as the spare tyre and an inability to lose weight no matter how much you exercise or diet.

Excessive body heat; flushed face, particularly the cheeks or red palms and soles of your feet

Other symptoms you probably can’t see, but indicate you’re a little out of touch with your body.

Headaches

Body odour; bad breath, flatulence & foul smelling stools

Bowels; Constipation, dry, hard, pallety stools or greasy, sticky stools

Digestive disturbances; bloating, cramps, especially after eating

Mood & Emotional Well-being; short tempered, irritability, depression

Hormonal imbalances; irregular or painful heavy periods

Not one detox fits all; Juice fasts, Vegetarian, Alcohol free, No dairy, Gluten free, Avoid Coffee, Cut the sugar – there’s so many variations involved & it can all be a little overwhelming if you’ve never actively Detoxed before, which ultimately creates uncertainty, and the thought of a detox merely becomes associated with the things we have to sacrifice. The best way to avoid the confusion is to speak with a trained professional, they’ll be able to assess the degree of toxicity your system is polluted with and based on your constitution what guidelines will best suit your body.  You’d be surprised just how much variety you can eat while detoxing if you simply think outside the square.

Detoxification & the ‘Healing crisis’

It is believed, that a ’Healing crisis’ occurs when the body is moving from a diseased state to a state of wellbeing.  In this case, the presentation of the condition can often get worse temporarily as the body undergoes this healing transition.  When the Detoxification process is stimulated by a specialized eating or supplement  program, waste products and toxic metabolites are removed from the body at a much faster rate, exposing  your cells to higher levels of free radicals, inflammatory mediators and chemicals, which if not eliminated effectively can irritate and damaging your tissues, creating debilitating symptoms; headaches, skin rashes, fatigue etc  This is often confused with a healing crisis, however there is no ‘healing’ in this sort of ‘crisis’ nor any benefit in exposing your body to these chemical stresses for a longer then desired period.

The original ‘Laws of cure’, which depicts the true meaning of the Healing crisis is based on the premise that “All cure starts from within out, from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared.” In the case of ‘skin conditions’, the rash may get worse once the healing is taking place as the symptoms move from inside- out the body. When you  up-regulate the liver function in the case of a detoxification program, it is important to support this process by flooding the body with plenty of water, antioxidants,  anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients and ensure all channels of elimination are open and working effectively, otherwise these toxins will circulate through the blood and be re-absorbed, creating more damage in the tissues leading to the ‘perceived healing crisis’ or side effects of a poorly executed detoxification program.

Simple do it yourself Detox tips

Focus on Fresh, organic if possible vegetables; think 10 serves daily, they’ll fill u up and take place of the processed wheat products, refined sugars you should be avoiding.

Stick to natural fruits and sweeteners such as Agave syrup and gluten free grains; Quinoa, brown rice, millet and buckwheat.

Consume good quality proteins; fish, free range poultry, legumes, raw nuts and seeds

Dairy – keep away from it for the time being, although a little natural Greek yoghurt is ok.

Caffeine, coffee and alcohol, if you really want to give your liver a break and cleanse the system, avoid it for the duration of your detox

Drink freshly squeezed vegetable juices, herbal teas and water only

Stick to low intensity exercise like walking or yoga while undergoing a detox.

Sleep – Aim for 7-8 hours a night

Speak to a professional or a local Health food store about a Supplemental product to support your eating which will stimulate the liver function, cleanse the system,  encourage elimination and mop up those harmful detoxification by-products.

Sample Daily Detox Diet

Upon Rising – 2 Glasses of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice

B – Fresh fruit Salad with Ground Linseeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, chia seeds & 1 tbs of Organic Coconut Cream

MT– Vegie sticks with fresh Avocado dip & Lemon grass & Ginger herbal tea

L – Roast Pumpkin & Quinoa Salad

AT – 30gm raw mixed nuts & herbal tea

Dinner – Grilled Salmon with stir-fried Broccoli, Cabbage, coriander, garlic & grated ginger (great detoxing vegies) seasoned with wheat free Tamari sauce & sesame seeds

Supper  – 1 piece of fruit.

Don’t forget to drink 2 litres of water throughout the day.