How to lower your body’s toxic burden
Detoxification is a continuous physiologic process that your body depends on for survival. Complex cellular detoxification mechanisms are constantly at work for you all day, every day to keep you healthy. But in our modern environment there are just too many sources of toxins bombarding our body from everywhere, so sometimes it needs our help. Here’s what you can do to aid your natural detoxification process.
Avoid using plastics
Plastic containers and kitchen-ware are full of harmful chemicals. Heating plastic in microwave releases those chemicals, so you should avoid it. But even when your teeth scratch the surface of plastic forks, spoons or spatulas, you still ingest plastic particles. Use glass or ceramic ware and metallic or wooden cutlery instead.
Brush your skin
Your lymphatic drainage needs stimulation, so use natural-fiber shower brushes such as loofah (sponge cucumber) or sea sponge. Massage your entire body with dry shower brushes before you shower or bath, gently scrubbing the skin.
You can do your own hydrotherapy session in the shower by alternating between hot and cold water. This stimulates circulation and your immune system. This can be too extreme for some people, but you’ll feel great afterward.
Take Epsom salt baths
A warm bath with Epsom salt is a great way to relax and detox. You may also rub on the salt with a warm, wet washcloth in the bath or shower. This is very invigorating. It provides a great source of topical magnesium, which can soothe the muscles and soft tissues of the body.
Use filtered water
Tap water is usually contaminated with bacteria, harmful chemical elements and toxins. You should not only drink and cook with filtered water, but also consider installing water filter to your shower.
Avoid cooking in microwave ovens
Although microwaves are pretty convenient, this method of heating can disrupt chemical linkages in otherwise healthy foods and decrease their nutritional value. Heat food on a stove top or oven whenever possible, and use a cast-iron pan. Avoid Teflon and synthetic nonstick coatings. If you use a microwave, do not overheat the food.