Human bodies are so amazing. We have all sorts of mechanisms for naturally repairing, rejuvenating, and detoxifying ourselves. Our bodies are always trying to heal themselves, in spite of our actions and environment. When you consider your body as your best friend—it makes you want to take better care of it, right? Our ‘bestie’ body needs pure water, clean air, and nutritious food in order to sustain health.
While we do not exist in a toxic free world at present, with some effort, YOU can control limits to the effects of toxins. Avoid as many toxins as you reasonably can and undergo regular cleansing periodically, just as your ancestors have done before you (only sometimes for different reasons, such as abundance and famine!)
Superfoods are the beginning of the journey in this regard because Superfoods are sustenance without toxicity – they are actually detoxifying! I recommend doing additional cleanses twice a year during the transitional seasons of spring and fall. It is about balance, which is not always the easy way, but always the most beneficial way of life.
Here are 10 ways you can start to cleanse naturally on your own:
Eat Certified Organic Local Raw Inspired Superfoods!
Load up with greens! These veggies add fiber to the diet and act as an additional cleanser, like a brush from the mouth all the way through the digestive tract.
In spring the first greens to show up on the forest floor are alliums: first garlic, then wild leeks or ramps. We consume, just as our ancestors before us, these beautiful signs of spring in mass quantities, and by doing so give the body a nice detoxification to start the local growing season. Spring greens, especially, are cleaners include “blood purifiers” and “reducers” that are full of revitalizing, detoxifying phytochemicals and antioxidants, mild liver detoxifying laxatives and mild kidney cleansing diuretics – ramps and dandelions are among my spring favorites.
Fermented foods help maintain healthy gut flora, which in turn helps extract nutrients from our food, supports our immune system, detoxify, and even synthesize some of our essential vitamins for us.
Drink Pure Water – Earth Juice!
If you must drink and cook with tap water, filter it (and change your filters). The Environmental Working Groups Water Filter Buying Guide is a tremendous resource. Drink and eat out of stainless steel or glass.
Breath Fresh Air
Use non-toxic home cleaners like these from ThankYourBody.com.
Learn yogic breathing techniques.
Get Outside And Be Active
Exposure to plants and trees – which release oxygen and other compounds including phytoncydes which actually support our immune systems, the organic compounds which keep them healthy – is simply good for us: also it nurtures the delicate balance of systems. People the world over actually forest-bathe (or spend time in the forest) to breath in phytoncydes – you should too.
“We have to learn to live our life as a human being deeply. We need to live every breath deeply, so that we have peace, joy and freedom as we breathe.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Not only is nature balanced, but human nature is, as well. We need our feeding states to be interspersed with activity, socialization with solitude and introspection. And our mental activity with its purposeful opposite – keep that in mind. Our elders demonstrate the importance of mindfulness (through mediation or purposeful activity or inactivity!), stress minimization and respecting one’s elders.
Cat’s Claw has antioxidant properties and is an excellent bowel cleanser which helps to reset proper flora balance in the intestines. As a result, cat’s claw enhances the normal physiologic functioning, lymphatic drainage, and detoxification of the body.
Matcha is alkaline (the opposite of coffee) and contains chlorophyll which is anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and also good for detoxification and purification.
Dry Brush Your Skin
Our skin is the largest organ in our body that plays a role in detoxification. Dry brushing increases circulation, removes dead skin cells and encourages skin renewal, improves lymphatic drainage, stimulates the nervous system, and unclogs pores. Learn more about how to dry brush from Osmosis.com.
Oral Oil Pulling
“When you put [oil] in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.” ~Dr. Bruce Fife, The Coconut Oil Miracle
Detoxify Your Home and Bathroom Products
The products you use to clean your home and body can be laden with toxic chemicals. It’s imperative, and even easy, to use basic ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and castile soap to clean your home and body. Don’t forget the lotions and pastes that are used on your body as well. Your skin will absorb whatever you rub into it.
You can utilize coconut, olive, almond, and avocado oils to keep your skin soft and supple. Here's an extensive list of home and body products that you can make yourself which will help keep you toxic free. Don't forget my Super Toothpaste to keep your smile bright!
21 Day Purification Program
Spring is a perfect time to participate in the 21-Day Purification Program. If you live in Ohio you can join us for one of our guided cleanses at Great Lakes Health Institute. You can also look to your local community of healers, Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Doctors of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Holistic Doctors to help you on your way to being your body’s best friend!