Eliminating the toxic build up in our bodies is key to living a life of energy. To do this we must reduce our exposure to toxins in the environment and optimise the processes used by the body to deal with and remove toxins in our cells.
DETOXING OUR ENVIRONMENT
This can difficult as we don’t have complete control over what we are exposed to: car fumes, smoke, chemical cleaning products, tap water and even the food we eat all contain harmful toxins that build up in our cells and cause oxidative stress (basically cell damage reduces the amount of energy we can produce). What we can control, however, is what we choose to buy and use on a daily basis – shampoo, deodorant, moisturisers, toothpaste, laundry detergent, food – these products often contain a lot of harmful chemicals (fluoride and aluminium are common in toothpaste, tap water and deodorant and are neurotoxic).
Glyphosate is a pesticide that is routinely sprayed on GMO crops, the plant uptakes this chemical and stores it within its cells and we consume it, washing your veg won’t get rid of it! The problem with glyphosate is that it kills beneficial bacteria, and when you consider that bacteria outnumbers human cells 10-1 in our body, this is bad news and can create conditions for bad bugs to run wild. It leaves us susceptible to the growth of nasty pathogens and fungi within the body, which in turn increases toxic build up, which leads to inflammation that eventually results in reduced energy, reduced brain function, and in many cases, an autoimmune disease of some sort.
I don’t believe it’s a case of if you are are toxic or not, it is a case of how toxic you are and how effectively your body can cope with the toxic burden of everyday life. How many toxins you expose yourself to and how efficient your system is at removing them is key. Fortunately, we can optimise both.
As your body begins to remove toxic build up you don’t want to give it any more toxins to deal with, so choose natural products that are gentle on the body. It is also well worthwhile to invest in a water filter. A reverse osmosis system that fits under the sink is the best.
Eating organic is another measure I strongly recommend – so much conventionally farmed food is full of fungicides, pesticides and hormones that wreak havoc on our body. Switch your personal care products to ones that only contain natural, beneficial ingredients (a lot of products contain chemicals known to cause damage, I wouldn’t want to be putting it on my face and spraying myself with neurotoxins). Start looking at what you are buying and what you are using, there are plenty of awesome products out there that look, taste and smell great and made using ingredients and methods that don’t harm the planet and your health.
DETOX YOUR BODY
For this, you will want to start slowly. It is best to ease into it and not to shock yourself with a big change that will leave you with cold turkey symptoms. Firstly, begin to eliminate all the harmful foods in your diet (I found this can be quite difficult to start with and takes strong will power, something can be trained and improved).
For me, I had to leave my job and friends, for as long as I lived in that environment I struggled to change my habits. I was tasting everything I was making (regardless of what it was composed of), overindulging in alcohol and being in the stressful environment of a busy kitchen. I made the decision to put my health first and invest the time into healing myself, I moved to Australia to live with Nellie and began detoxing and healing. Once I removed myself from my usual life and patterns of behaviour it was a lot easier to make the food and lifestyle choices I needed to.
After 3 days I felt awful – I suffered fluey symptoms and struggled to leave the bed. 3 more days my brain felt better but my body was weak. 10 days later I felt in the best condition I’ve ever been in. That is not to say I am completely healed, I am still continuing to detox and remove heavy metals from my tissues. I estimate the whole process to take about 2 years. (If you suffer any medical condition always seek the help of a trained practitioner when detoxing). This process is ongoing and I’m constantly learning new ways to adapt and live this lifestyle in an often demanding environment.
Integrating daily habits for diet, mindfulness and exercise will greatly help the detoxification process. It is always best to start slow and easy and build up as you are ready for it.
When we live consciously, not only do we gain more energy and feel more vibrant, we treat ourselves with the respect we deserve, which in turn leads to treating others and our environment with more compassion.
We live in a toxic world; but we have the power to change it. It starts with the choices we make everyday, what we put on our skin and on our plate, the companies we choose to support or neglect, how we interact with each other.
When we heal ourselves; we heal the planet 🙂
Go Green and keep performing,