Creative Eldering: And Trash the Rest

Last month this series focused on eating what you are made of. The follow-up to that idea will be this month’s topic and surround the principle of detoxification. Now that you may be implementing the idea of “eat what you are made of,” we can “trash the rest.”

Most people are aware of and may even diligently check food labels for toxic ingredients. You may not be as familiar with checking your cosmetics, body-care products, household cleansers and even textiles for their composition.

In regard to detoxifying your physical body through your diet and nutrition, drinking a sufficient amount of purified water will help your system purge the normal biological toxins it produces, as well as some that you acquire from your environment. Water is the ultimate solvent and the best one to expose your body to. A good tip to evaluate the adequacy of your hydration is to observe the color of your urine. Discounting the times when you first urinate in the morning, or soon after taking B vitamins and/or medications that discolor your urine, your urine should appear to be clear or clear with a very pale, yellow tinge. Drinking pure water is a wonderful way for you to consistently flush toxins and impurities from your body.

While on the subject of water, bathing for detoxification purposes is another simple and effective means you can incorporate into your regular routine. You can help your body to cleanse and “trash the toxins” by using a skin brush prior to your bath or shower. A skin brush is a long handled natural bristle brush that is used it to gently scrub and exfoliate your limbs, torso and neck. Brushing your body in a circular motion as you move from your extremities (fingers and toes) toward your heart promotes proper circulation and removes dead skin and surface toxins while stimulating your skin’s pores and oil glands.

Typically, people follow their skin brushing regime with a shower or a bath. You can make the bath more cleansing by adding 2 or more cups of apple cider vinegar or 2 cups of Epson salts. Both of these techniques can promote detoxification and pamper your skin.

In order to really effectively implement the detoxification lifestyle, the best principal to follow is to avoid bringing chemical and toxin-laden items into your home. In addition to checking your food and beverage labels for several syllable words, acronyms and words that you cannot pronounce, you may also chose to more carefully scrutinize and investigate the labels on your other products such as hygiene and household cleaning products. Simplicity is a great principal to employ.

One proactive step you can takes is to get a quart-sized spray bottle and fill it half full with water and the other half with white vinegar. This creates a non-toxic, multipurpose household cleanser that has disinfectant properties. Be sure to label this bottle. This simple cleansing product is great for countertops, appliances, floors, mirrors, windows and most other surfaces in your home, office and car. This nonhazardous, simple cleanser can substitute for several containers of noxious substances and save you many dollars.

You may also seek out organic cotton bedding, towels and clothes. They are soft and do not have pesticides and chemicals to outgas. After toxins from fabrics and textiles in your home are released into your indoor environment from outgassing, you may absorb them through your skin or breathe them in. This causes your liver a great deal of extra strife as it works to clear these unnecessary chemicals from your system.

Houseplants offer another simple means for effective detoxification in your immediate environment. Indoor plants, especially tropical bromeliads, bamboo palm, Janet Craig, mother-in-law’s tongue, and marginata are natural, living air filters that both clean and slightly moisten the air within your home or office.

I hope you are inspired to look for more ways to detoxify your physical body and home and work environments. Resources on this topic are abundant. Please enjoy your new detoxifying lifestyle during summer’s heat and all year around.

Article written by Susan L. Levy, D.C., Author or “Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition” and “Your Aging Body Can Talk”
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