It has long been the backbone of naturopathic belief that a toxic load is at the core of many diseases. Naturopathic practitioners use methods such as herbal medicine, skin brushing, nutritional supplementation and dietary guidance with cleansing foods to support the body back to health. If you are feeling that you are not performing at your optimum, it might be time to seek some guidance from your Naturopath.
It is no surprise the world is becoming more toxic than ever before. We are exposed to industrial chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides and radioactive elements to name a few. These can take a toll on our systems demonstrating detrimental effects that can present as disease. Some examples can be hormonal dysfunction, not just reproductive hormones but adrenal and thyroid as well. We are breathing and ingesting toxins every day. Toxins can accumulate in different organs and tissues of the body especially lipid (fat) deposits. These unfortunately store and build through our natural life as the body alone has minimal ways to rid these from the fat tissue. It is therefore feasible that these may contribute to a range of common disorders including some of the common cancers which originate in fatty tissue, neurological disorders, autoimmune conditions etc.. There are several methods in which a practitioner can measure toxic load (hair,urine etc.) and then be able to develop a 'detox' plan to help rid the body of the stubborn build up.
Teas and infusions may be beneficial in a maintenance or prevention programme and are easily made at home. Detox waters are another way that may benefit and are an ideal alternative to the sugary drinks and yes even those ‘diet’ drinks all of which are toxic to the system.
Some signs of a toxic overload can include:
Detoxing can help support the liver with ridding the body of the toxins, increase energy, aid weight loss/gain, stimulate skin health and enhance mental alertness. So why not include detox waters into your daily routine. I have put together some simple recipes below.
A few guidelines for you are:
Adding the ingredients to approximately 1 litre of water and leaving 4-5 hours or ideally overnight
Lemon is great for liver cleansing as is a dash of raw applecider vinegar (if you can handle it)
Berries (when in season) have high antioxidant properties
Cucumber has diuretic properties and helps to stimulate the liver
Watermelon is low in calories but adds the sweetness you may craving
Mint great for digestion and has high antioxidant properties, also antimicrobial
Ginger is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant
Rosemary can enhance bile flow making it a great detoxifier
Dandelion leaves increase urine production and have a mild laxative effect
Aloe vera gel can reduce inflammation, aid digestion, soothe the GIT
Coriander can be a good detoxifier for heavy metals
Great combinations are:
Lime, mint and 1-2 cups diced watermelon
Lemon, cucumber and mint
Raspberries, blueberries and lemon
Lemon, ginger and coriander
Cucumber, cayenne pepper and coriander
Green tea (brewed and cooled), mint and strawberries
Add some ice and chill , perfect for a hot day! I guarantee you will feel more energised and light by swapping your sugary drinks with ‘detox water’. Try some of your own combinations and let me know how you go I would love to hear from you.
As always if you answered 'yes' to several of the above signs of a toxic load please make time to see your Naturopath. After all it has taken time to accumulate and ridding your body too quickly can be risky if not done with the gentle support and guidance your body craves.
Love, laughter and healing
Fi Fi xx
Information is not intended to diagnose or treat. Please consult with your healh care practitioner before undertaking any advice enclosed within.