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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 January 3, 2020

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

    7. Positive people smile a lot!

    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

    Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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