Is detoxing really necessary?
Up until the 1940’s there was little in the way of chemical pollution in our environment. Since then around 100,000 chemicals have leached there way out into our world, 214 of which are commonly found in us! This cocktail of heavy metals, hormone disrupting plastics and poisonous biocides are getting into us by way of our food, water, household and cosmetic products, medications, etc.
Along side this toxic load is the modern diet, which in general contains an excess of proteins, salt, sugar and denatured (damaged) fats. All of which add to the toxic load and act like sludge in the system slowing everything down.
The result of all this is very simple. The toxic load of the body exceeds the body’s capacity to detoxify it. This is compounded by deﬁciencies in the nutrients necessary to feed the detoxiﬁcation pathways of the body.
So in answer to the question is detoxing necessary? Most deﬁnitely Yes. That backlog of toxins is causing people fatigue, pain, anxiety, irritability, brain fog and if it is not dealt with it could lead to more serious dis-ease.
Detoxing means giving your body time, space, energy and nutrients necessary to deal with this backlog.
What beneﬁts will I feel? The beneﬁts are fantastic. An increase in energy, vitality, weight loss, a clear head, looking well (people will comment) and beyond that avoiding getting unwell! Common viral and bacterial infections such as the ﬂu only thrive in a toxic body. They actually serve a purpose in helping cleanse the body, so if you want to avoid being ill then detox before an infection gets in there to do it for you!
When should I detox? You can detox anytime. But it can help to follow nature’s rhythms. The autumn and spring equinox is a natural time for your body to want to cleansing in preparation for the transition between winter and summer.
How do I detox? There are many different ways to detox but there are 2 things it is important to ensure.
1) That you give your body the space and time it needs to do the job. This means cutting out foods that are challenging to the digestive system and the liver. A good list to start with is: Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Meat and Salt. Even if you cut out one or two of these things you will get some beneﬁts. The optimal time for detoxing is 2-4 weeks. Your body will be more inclined to detox with a waning moon. So starting a detox at or just after a full moon is very beneﬁcial. Some detoxes may require longer periods of time, such as specialist heavy metal detoxes that can take up to a year, but this involves a very different regime.
2) Make sure you are giving your body the nutrients it needs to detoxify efﬁciently. This includes foods that are nutrient dense, high in anti-oxidants and soluble ﬁbre to ensure that the blood and liver are cleansing well and the digestive tract is moving efﬁciently to prevent any reabsorption of toxins. A high proportion of vegetable foods is best. As much of it as possible raw. Accompanied by foods like brown rice, quinoa and root vegetables. Smoothies are great especially with superfood supplement to boost your nutrient intake. You can use super-detoxiﬁers like the chlorella to help the liver and digestive system get rid of toxins quickly and safely. Green vegetable juicing is the ultimate detox food as it really gives a massive boost to the cleansing capacity of the liver – the body’s pivotal detox organ, see the recipe above. Also really useful are detox elixirs like Viridian’s Equinox elixir – a herbal mixture to stimulate lymph, blood and liver cleansing.