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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 September 28, 2020

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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