DETOXIFICATION GUIDE - A LOOK AT THE BODY’S DETOX CHANNELS
Are you confused about 'detoxification'? and what it means, what it involves?
Detoxification isn’t all about ‘shredding’ and ‘losing that last 2kg of belly fat (although this may happen after as a result”) it’s the body's sophisticated way of keeping our blood clean ( interstitial dialysis) and our system free of undesirable metabolites.
This is a process of purification that occurs daily, but is increased and supported when using Actively Nourish Detoxify. This method can assist the excretion of waste from your system when the system has been in a constant state of overload, however the body is designed to be in constant state of “detoxification” as a means to maintain equilibrium and homeostasis (balance). This is why we starts to see inflammatory issue and disease patterning happen. Due to our modern day exposure to environmental toxicants, poor diet, dehydration, lack of sleep and exercise, these pathways can become impaired and decreased in their capacity to function. And what about chronic stress, that is a killer. When our body has to cope with all these issues, it can become bogged down and heavy.
There are several routes the body uses to remove waste from the system. These operate via our six main organs of elimination; the skin, the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, the lymph and the colon.
Let’s break down how these pathways operate and what purpose they serve in the body’s overall detoxification process.
THE SKIN - THE EXCRETER
The skin is one of our largest organs (the skin was originally thought to be our largest organ, but has now been superseded by the fascia, whoa! how cool is that!) The skin removes waste from the body through the action of perspiration, aka sweat. So get moving people!
WHAT WE SUGGEST:Jump in a sauna if you can, infrared preferably. If you suffer from common skin issues, it's very likely your detoxification pathways are blocked.
THE LUNGS - THE PURIFIER’S
The lungs filter the air we breathe via our inhalation and exhalation, this removes airborne toxins, carbon dioxide and fumes. The ancient yogis and Taoists were onto this long ago, and now modern ambassadors for learning to harness the breath, like the inimitable Wim Hoff, are gaining popularity.
WHAT WE SUGGEST: Salt Cave Therapy.
Benefits of Salt Therapy
Research has shown that Salt Therapy helps in freeing up mucous from the airways, aids in mucous clearing, sustains clear airways, provides anti-inflammatory and antibacterial affects throughout the respiratory tract, reduces bronchial sensitisation and assists to clear foreign inhaled particles.
Your skin will reap the benefits of Salt Therapy through exposure to the salt room's microclimate. The anti bacterial, anti fungal and antihistamine effects of Salt Therapy has shown to improve conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis, as well as improve the general health and appearance of your skin.
Salt Therapy also promotes stress reduction, relaxation, boost immunity and helps with insomnia through exposure to the high level of negative ions.
Salt Therapy Helps the Following:
General health & well being
Sleep and snoring issues
Salt Therapy is a drug-free, natural, therapeutic treatment of respiratory and skin conditions.
Though it should not be considered as a replacement for established medical treatment regimens, as a supplemental therapy it is effective in reducing the need for the use of medications and enhancing their effectiveness, as well as providing the preventive measures and rehabilitation our bodies need. For day-to-day breathing, learn to breathe with your belly if you can. This means that you'll be using your diaphragm AND you'll be toning the abdomen with every breath, which assists your body's ability to detoxify. So breathe deep my friends and circulate that beautiful fresh energy! Our top lung-supporting herbs are SuperFeasts Cordyceps, Astragalus and Tremella.
THE LYMPH - THE SEWER
The lymphatic system is a vital component of the immune system. Here, potent immune fluid called lymph (that clear stuff that comes out when you cut yourself or squeeze a zit...we've all been there!) is circulated from our tissues into our bloodstream and vice versa by a network of blood vessels and lymph nodes which operate via our lymphatic organs: the spleen, thymus, and bone marrow.
The human body is exposed to undesirable microbes and toxins on a daily basis. When these guys enter the body they make their way into the lymphatic fluid (it also carries white blood cells, glucose, salts and protein molecules etc around the body) - here these bad guys get trapped inside the lymph nodes, allowing the the immune system, specifically the white blood cells, to launch an attack and destroy anything it identifies as a threat to the system.
WHAT WE SUGGEST: Exercise, an anti-inflammatory diet, infrared saunas and body work such as massage really help to prime the lymphatic system and keep it pumping along. Legs up the wall. Super easy, literally just lay on the floor (or your bed) and place your legs vertically up the wall. You can also gain the same benefits by placing a bolster under your hips and holding your legs in the air. Try it, I dare you! It's a great pose, also wonderful for calming the nervous system and relieving that monkey mind. Reishi is also a fabulous spirit calmer.
THE LIVER - THE PROCESSOR
The liver’s main function is to cleanse our blood of undesirable metabolites. The liver does this primarily via 3 pathways known as phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 liver detoxification. Here, the liver unpacks and reassembles mostly fat soluble metabolites into water soluble metabolites to be excreted from the body through the bile, the gastrointestinal tract and the urinary system. The liver rocks a series of enzymatic conversions including hydrolysis, oxidation and reduction. After phase 1 liver detoxification the converted metabolites are highly reactive and require the activity of the phase 2 pathway to neutralise and remove these harmful toxins in order to prevent tissue damage. Once these metabolites are processed by the liver, they are carried in the bile to the gallbladder, ready to be excreted in the stool concluding the phase 3 pathway.
WHAT WE SUGGEST: The liver has a big gig in the body, so love her up and treat her fine. Our top picks from the Actively Nourish Range is Detoxify and the regular bi monthly usage so that all three phases of detoxification is supported through step 1 ( Activated Carbon is clinically proven to cleanse and purify the blood through interstitial dialysis and is in recent years been proven of benefit for patients awaiting dialysis for acute renal failure) and the key ingredients in step 2 replenish and neutralise the acidity when the body releases.
THE KIDNEYS - THE FILTERS
The kidneys filter the blood and excrete waste from the body via the urine. Environmental toxins and drugs along with chemical byproducts such as urea, ammonia and creatinine are removed. The kidneys maintain the body’s acid-alkaline and electrolyte balance, as well as regulate blood pressure and blood volume.
WHAT WE SUGGEST: It is important to keep well-hydrated to assist these bean-shaped wonder organs in performing their super-important duties within the body. Aim for around 2 litres of spring or filtered water per day (you may need more depending on climate, body volume and exercise frequency).
THE COLON - THE TRASH CAN
The majority of our toxic exposure comes from the foods and beverages we consume on a daily basis (this is why it’s so important to eat a clean, chemical free diet!). For this reason, the colon, or large intestine, serves as a key pathway for toxin excretion. The colon not only serves as a site of elimination for ingested toxins, but it also processes the removal of secondary metabolites that are reintroduced to this area from the activities of the biliary organs, aka the liver and gallbladder.
The colon plays a very important role in the elimination of the body’s overall toxic load and therefore it is crucial that this pathway is clear and running smoothly. Fibre is a key element in the expulsion of toxicity from the digestive tract. Here it teams up with the bile, absorbing the bile's toxic cargo, from the liver, a marriage that facilitates the successful toxin elimination. Fibre reduces faecal transit time and minimises any toxin recycling that may occur due to insufficiencies in any of the processes mentioned above.
WHAT WE SUGGEST: Eat your leafy greens people, and up your daily fibre intake, 1 tsp of Actively Nourish Renew meets your daily intake needs for both fibre and also leafy greens, she isn’t your re- Ph - resh for no reason ! Chia seed, flax seed and psyllium husk are all great options to include in your diet. Don’t forget to increase your water consumption when increasing your daily fibre intake, as it makes for a smooth passage. H2O is a go!
So there you have it folks, detoxification, not a fad, not a foe, just another one of the body’s intelligent methods in keeping our blood clean and our system rocking towards epic health.
Now what are you waiting for 💁🏼♀️🙌