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Best Detox To Get Rid Of Toxins

Best Detox To Get Rid Of Toxins

Our primal ancestors had a tough life. They were constantly hunting and fishing for their next meal. And they scrounged the countryside for nuts, roots and berries. But at least they had pure, clean air, food and water.

We can’t say the same.

Toxins in Our Environment

We’re bombarded by more than 80,000 chemicals used in our industrialized world. These toxins are in everything from your clothes to dental fillings to carpeting, computers and plastics.

It’s impossible to avoid them. When the CDC tested about 2,400 people a few years ago, it found 215 toxic compounds in their urine and blood. Almost every single person had measurable amounts of the toxic fire retardant BDE-47.1 And nearly 40% of Americans have toxic levels of lead in their bodies.2

The Effects of Toxins

When you accumulate enough of these chemicals you might suffer with fatigue, headaches, muscle soreness, bloating and depression. You could also develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

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Our bodies just weren’t designed to live in this toxic soup. That’s why it’s so important to detox.

The Best Detox

Our primal ancestors relied on a good sweat to get rid of whatever toxins they encountered. A combination of exercise and time in the sun naturally raised their temperature. That triggered their bodies to perspire and release toxins.

A good sweat is still one of the best ways to detox.

About 30% of your body’s waste passes through your skin. In fact, your skin is designed to release nearly two pounds of toxic waste daily through perspiration.3

But we don’t sweat the way our primal ancestors did. We’re not as physically active. We don’t spend as much time in the sun. Our homes and offices are climate-controlled… to avoid sweating!

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How to Sweat It Out

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    I recommend infrared saunas and showers to sweat out the toxins. I have an infrared sauna at my house and an infrared shower at my clinic.

    Here’s what’s so great about infrared heat…

    Far infrared rays are part of the sun’s invisible spectrum. We can’t see these energy waves but we feel their heat.

    Benefits of Infrared Heat

    And unlike other heat, far infrared light easily penetrates deeper into human tissue — as much as several inches — and heats your body. This deep penetration activates and releases debris from the fat just beneath the skin. It also allows your body to free toxins stored in other organs and tissues.4

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    Infrared saunas are more efficient at detoxing than traditional steam saunas. In one study, sweat from a traditional sauna was up to 97% water. But sweat released in an infrared sauna was only 80% to 85% water. The remaining 15% to 20% was made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins.5

    You can get far infrared heat by sitting in the sun. But at the same time you’d be getting ultraviolet rays. Overdoing it could burn your skin or cause cancer.

    That’s why far infrared technology is so amazing. It harnesses the healing heat of the sun without the damaging effects of UV radiation.

    Is Infrared Therapy Safe?

    Far infrared therapy is completely safe. It’s the same heat neonatal units use to soothe infants and keep them warm.

    To get the full benefits of detoxification, here are some pointers I give my patients:

    1. Build Up Slowly.

    Start with no more than five minutes. If you have a heavy toxic load, you don’t want to dislodge those chemicals too quickly. You could get a reaction that feels like the flu.

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    Add 30 seconds to a minute each session. Work up to 15 or 30 minutes. Start with once a week and work up to a daily session.

    2. Brush Your Skin First.

    Before your sauna, vigorously dry-brush your skin with a natural fiber brush. This removes dead skin cells and stimulates circulation. It helps unblock pores that have been clogged with soaps, lotions and creams. After skin brushing, take a quick warm or hot shower just to rinse off.

    3. Hydrate.

    Be sure to drink plenty of mineral water before, during and after your sauna session to replenish both lost fluids and minerals.

    4. Post-Sauna Shower.

    Following the sauna session, gently scrub the toxins and sweat from your skin in a warm or hot shower. Finish with 30 seconds or more of cold water to close your pores. It may take some getting used to. But before you know it, the cold water will feel less shocking and more invigorating.

    As long as you are reasonably healthy you should have no problems with an infrared sauna or shower. But if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor first.

    Featured photo credit: Minghong via commons.wikimedia.org

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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