There are many methods we use to gently detox our bodies from toxins—a holistic way to aid healing. This series explored each of them.
WHY DO WE DETOX?
Detoxing helps take the load off our liver. Our liver does many things, one of which is to process toxins out of our bodies. In the simplest terms, toxins are anything that are not helpful to the body at that time. Gentle detoxing methods, including detox baths, can have a positive effect on symptoms triggered by inflammation: like allergic reactions, headaches, aches and pains, negative emotions, brain fog and fatigue.
GENTLE DETOXING WITH OIL PULLING
Oil pulling is swishing a small amount of the oil of your choice inside your mouth for a set period of time. You don’t swallow the oil, but spit it out in a trash can when you’re done.
GENTLE DETOXING WITH DETOX BATHS
Baths are a great way to relax! The warm water soothes us and helps put us into a meditative state. A detox bath is just like any other bath except that you add something to the bath water to help get rid of toxins through the skin. There are a variety of agents you can add to your bath to trigger a detox response. These natural materials will help your body detox gently.
GENTLE DETOXING WITH SUNBATHING
Sunbathing is simply the process of safely sitting in the sun and soaking up some rays. Sunbathing gives us Vitamin D in much larger quantities than we could consume from food. Vitamin D is a detoxifying vitamin that our bodies need and sunbathing is the best way for us to stock up.
GENTLE DETOXING WITH ENEMAS
Enemas can be helpful to relieve constipation and decrease the amount of toxins in the colon, which often cause detox symptoms.
Some people ﬁnd that enemas quickly remove their detox symptoms, and perform them when they feel they need it for their detoxiﬁcation, rather than for constipation.
GENTLE DETOXING WITH JUICING
Juices provide many nutrients in concentrated amounts, helping to remove nutritional deficiencies.
Only organic fruit and vegetables should be used, as non-organic contain pesticides and other agricultural chemicals; by juicing non-organic produce you will get a glass of concentrated amounts of those chemicals.
Juices are best taken on an empty stomach 20-25 minutes before food and 2-21/2 hours after a meal.
GENTLE DETOXING WITH GROUNDING
Grounding is putting your body in direct contact with the earth and having skin to skin contact with dirt, soil, or water. Have you noticed that we just don’t seem to spend a lot of time in contact with the earth anymore? We spend a lot of time indoors or, when we are outside, we’re wearing shoes!
As we go about our lives, our bodies start to build up a positive charge. The earth has a negative charge. Putting our positive bodies in direct contact with the negative earth brings us back to a neutral zone.