Are you feeling tired all the time for no good reason? Maybe you have noticed your energy levels are not what they use to be? Well…… this could mean your body needs a detox?!
What is a detox?
Toxins are harsh chemicals and waste that need to be eliminated by the body. This usually happens in the liver where a substance will be converted into a less toxic form and then the body will excrete it via the kidneys. There are so many toxins in our society today such as pollution, harsh household cleaning products, skin care, processed foods and loads more. Stress is also very toxic to the body causing the adrenal glands to secrete hormones such as cortisol, which keeps our body very stimulated in our primitive “fight” mode and also is responsible for that stubborn belly fat we all know too well.
Do I need a detox?
Detoxifying the body on a regular basis is considered to be critical to maintain ones optimal health as stated by head coach at Pro Path Performance, Anthony Toth. Anthony says, “I regularly incorporate detox methods into my clients programs to not only help them lose weight but to also increase their energy at training and in their everyday lives.”
Toxins that build up in the body can be an underlying cause for symptoms such as;
Skin and acne problems
Puffy eyes and allergies
General aches and pains
Along with healthy eating and reducing your alcohol, coffee, sugar and processed food consumption, here are five ways to assist your body to detoxify.
Far infrared light is part of the suns invisible light spectrum that our body uses to heal and repair. An infrared sauna uses this light and converts it into heat in order to penetrate deep into the tissues to remove and eliminate toxic build up through the skin. Compared to a standard sauna that heats up the air around you, the infrared sauna heats up the body from the inside. This stimulates the removal of toxins from deep within the tissues that ordinary saunas cannot do. Usually most people can comfortably tolerate this dry heat for up to 30 minutes. The cost usually varies from $30-$40 per treatment.
Ionic Detox Foot Spa
This old Chinese medicine detox method is fascinating and one I use quite often. An electronic device sits in the foot spa and ionizes the water by positively charging the negative ions in the body which are slow to exit, these are usually toxins within the body and this method helps facilitate the bodies own natural detox pathway. After only 15 minutes most people will see the colour of the water change. Different coloured water will depend on which part of the body the detox is helping most with. For example, brown water usually is associated with the liver and white foam is associated with the lymph system. A 30 minute treatment will usually cost around $35- $45.
Drinking tea is an easy detox method everyone can incorporate into there daily life. Different types of tea will help with different parts of the body to assist with the natural detox pathway. One particular type is African mango tea. Known to help detox the body, assist with weight loss, maintain blood sugar, aid with digestion and loads more. You can check out their website here; http://africanmangotea.com.au
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic massages are carried out by trained professionals who apply rhythmic and light pressure to certain points of the body to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for the bodies waste disposal. The lymphatic system has no connection to the heart and therefore it can easily become clogged and backed up especially when you are tired or ill. Lymphatic massages help to remove built up toxins, waste and fluid and is perfect when cleansing the body.
The perfect way to become in tune with your body, relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. Yoga is all about stretching your body and deep breathing, which will improve oxygen circulation and assist in the removal of toxins and waste. It is also a form of mediation and reducing stress. If you haven’t tried it yet, now may be the time.
By Vanessa Thomson-Pride
Nutritionist and Public Health Speaker