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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:09 pm    Post subject: 10 Ways to Detoxify Your Body Reply with quote

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Three naturopathic physicians share insight on why and when to detox, what type of detox program is right for you, and 10 ways to start.
Thanks to Deborahann Smith (gaim)

Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Having skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Straying from your healthier habits lately? It might be time for a detox.

Practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world — including ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.

"The body has its own natural healing system," says Peter Bennett, N.D., medical director of Helios Clinic in Victoria, B.C., and co-author with Stephen Barrie, N.D. and Sara Faye, of 7-Day Detox Miracle (Prima Health). "Detoxification enhances this system," he explains.

How Does Detoxification Work?
Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren't properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

A detox program can help the body's natural cleaning process by:
1) Resting the organs through fasting;
2) Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
3) Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
4) Improving circulation of the blood; and
5) Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

"Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual cells, the smallest units of human life," says Bennett.

How Do You Know if You Need to Detoxify?
Bennett suggests that everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying program is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health. However, Bennett cautions against detoxifying for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.

Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, "it's critical to detox," says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author of Detoxification (Healthy Healing Publications). Page recommends detoxing for symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach even if the rest of your body is thin; menstrual difficulties; or mental confusion.

Where Do You Begin?
First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives.

Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the "adrenaline rush" to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. So it's a good idea to detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body. Yoga and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.

Which Detox Program is Best for You?
There are many detoxification programs, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because, as Bennett explains, "it takes the body some time to clean the blood." His program involves fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefully-planned five-day diet to allow the digestive system to rest. He also advises supplements, herbs, exercise, and practices such as dry-skin brushing and hydrotherapy to enhance circulation.

Page recommends a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.

Other popular detoxing programs include:

* Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on the market, with easy-to-follow instructions.
* A routine of drinking only water one day each week — an ancient practice of many cultures.

10 Ways to Help Your Body Detoxify
After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices.

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily.

5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.

7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

9. Dry-brush your skin or try detoxifying patches or detox foot spas / foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.

10. What is the most important way to detoxify? "Exercise," says Bennett. "Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day." Also try qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.
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Detox Yoga How-To Sequence -- thanks to by Sadie Nardini

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Detoxing after the holiday “re-tox” — no matter how much carnage was left on that Thanksgiving dinner table, or how much stress crept into your weekend — is as easy as unrolling your mat. No matter when or on what level you could use a little realigning, this sequence is for you.

Follow the how-to and photos below for this fast and effective 10-minute yoga for detox sequence for firming up, de-bloating, resetting the metabolism and cleansing the inner body. I’ve also included a simple stress-relief tool: a heart-clearing meditation. Use them during the holidays … or anytime you need to take an express trip back to center.

You’ll do this with Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, a style I created for multitaskers to get more from every minute of the practice, so prepare to use my signature Core Postures to move, play, and get your health back on track … today. Why wait?

You can do this sequence as a separate practice, and repeat it as many times as you like, or insert it into your own sessions for a calorie-torching addition to your regular routine.
The Practice: Holiday Detox

Instructor’s note: If you are doing this sequence by itself, please warm up with 3-5 rounds of Sun Salutations (look for my Core Salutations coming soon!) Breathe Ujjayi — slow, deep inhales and exhales through the nose. Keep the pelvic floor muscles, Mula Bandha, gently lifting for the duration of the practice until the Child’s Pose rest at the end.

Benefits of this practice: Burns calories, reduces water weight, tones thighs, rear, abdominals and arms. Releases lower back and shoulders. Inverts and oxygenates the body for optimal detoxifying and supports stress release. Builds lean muscle for a higher metabolism.

Shakti Kick 1

Shakti Kick 2

Standing Shakti Kicks: Step to the front of the mat. Reach down and plant palms or fingertips at shoulder distance. Maintain your core strength by lifting the navel and low ribs toward the spine as you exhale and bring the right knee into the chest. Inhale here. As you exhale, kick one foot into the air, open your mouth and strongly sigh, roar, or vocalize as you wish to release old energy and bring in the new. Inhale to stretch longer into the splits, and exhale knee back into the chest. Alternate 5-10 times, then switch sides.

Down Dog Splits

Down Dog Splits: From the Shakti Kicks, Plant your hands and walk back into Downward-Facing Dog Pose. Press hands and fingertips firmly into the mat, and lift the right leg. Middle fingers point forward to align the wrists. Square the hips and face toes towards the floor to access your navel lift. Press energetically out through your top heel. Pulse your leg higher 5-10 times.

Core Plank

Core Plank: From Down Dog Splits, Exhale and sweep your right knee into the chest. Bring your shoulders over the wrists, and round up through the back and hips, the higher, the better. Lift your navel into the spine, hold, and breathe for 3-5 breaths. Alternate a few single breaths with Down Dog Splits for the best results.

Twisted Lunge

Twisted Lunge: During the last Core Plank, exhale and lightly step your right foot to the right thumb using this higher place of strength. Lift your back thigh up to make space, then curl the tailbone down, finding an inner wave from the pelvic floor, navel and low ribs to reach up into a high lunge. Bring the palms together at your chest. Keep the back leg active and pull the navel in to move the front hip crests back. Place your left elbow on the right knee. Maintain squared hips, and roll the top shoulder back, deepening the twist from the heart slightly on each exhale. Take 3-5 breaths here, then return to Down Dog.

Bow Pose

Bow Pose Waves: From Down Dog, come forward into Plank Pose, and lower onto the belly. Bend your knees, and either reach for your feet or catch hold of the outer ankles. Maintain the shins and feet over the thighs and press the feet back and up as you lift the heart and shoulders into a backbend. Inhales bring you up higher, exhales lower your forehead back down to the floor. Repeat 3-5 times.

Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose: From your final Bow Pose, press your hips to heels, back rounded. Touch your forehead to the floor or make fists under it and rest. Breathe deeply into the back body for 5-10 breaths or more.

After your Child’s Pose, return to hands and knees, and repeat the sequence on the left side. When you return to Child’s pose for the final time, try the following meditation practice.

“Drop the Baggage” Meditation

As you rest and breathe, take this precious moment to let go of anything you’ve been carrying: stress, limiting beliefs, a critical self-image, other people’s choices. With every exhale, allow more past resistance to release, making room for inhales of freedom and possibility. Then go out there, and fill up with all the thoughts, words and actions that are the most meaningful, and empowering, to you!

Now that you’re back on track, what will you choose next?
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