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Detox your every day with simple changes

Tamsin Edwards

For the past two weeks we've been talking about spring cleaning your health in this section: making the switch to spring eating, and beginning to eliminate processed and refined sugar from your diet in order to expel toxins from your body and in turn cleanse, nourish and support your liver during the change of season.

It's easy to doubt the necessity of a cleanse: doesn't my body naturally expel toxins? Yes, we are all bombarded with a multitude of ways to "detoxify" through social media, health websites, targeted ads and more, but should you be making a quick fix cayenne + lemon water, green- juice-only kind of attempt or taking a more holistic approach to make your every day routine a little cleaner and kinder on your body?

In today's modern world it's almost impossible to avoid toxic products and polluted environments. From genetically modified foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, to the formaldehyde found in your nail polish, poisons are everywhere. Buildings that house dental offices, nail salons and mold can all affect your health through the chemicals contained in them; if this is your place of work, then it's not always easy to avoid these environments.

Our bodies are designed to push out the bad stuff with adequate nourishment, optimal health and good hydration, but unfortunately we don't all consume the best diet, or live the ideal lifestyle to allow this to happen. As we talked about last week, poor dietary choices including rich, greasy, fried, sugar laden, processed food can have an adverse effect on the function of the liver, causing it to slow down and become inefficient at dispelling poisons.

The higher the level of toxicity in our body, the more likely it may be that we get struck down with an autoimmune condition, suffer from a mental illness or just find ourselves operating at a less than ideal level. Who really wants brain fog, fatigue, aching joints and sluggish digestion? Not me.

Individual genetics play a big role. There may be people you know who ate white bread and spam while smoking 40 a day until they were 90 and life was great. Others are much more susceptible to even minor toxins and stressors. We all have a different threshold when it comes to our ability to process such things. But quick-fix week-long efforts might do more harm than good for some people and ultimately aren't an ideal way to reach a long term health goal.

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Let's think about the everyday practices you can begin adopting to initiate change. There's no point living in fear of the toxicity in the air you breathe — we are resilient beings and it's better to just embrace and cultivate a cleaner, greener lifestyle overall so that we can help support our bodies in the best way possible.

"By using specific food medicines and functional medicine tips and tools, you can support your detoxification pathways so your body can do what it is designed to do naturally: thrive," said William Cole, D.C., Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Clean up your cleaning products

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great resource for checking up on the toxicity of the brands you use https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners. With some simple ingredients like distilled vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, it's amazing what natural products you can come up with to make your home sparkle.

Say so long to artificial scents

Essential oils are a purer, healthier way to make your home and your self smell delicious. Packed full of healing properties, studies have clinically shown that some can kill the airborne flu virus and many have antibacterial properties. Diffuse them in your home daily to help cleanse the air, kill toxins and eliminate odors.

Beautify your beauty cabinet

Your skin is your biggest organ so why wouldn't you want to nourish it with natural oils and herbs instead of irritants and pollutants? There's an ever growing market filled with all natural options — try the EWG again for assessing the true toxicity of products. Even better, make your own! Pinterest can supply you with all you need to know about homemade bath salts, skin scrubs, salt sprays, toners and moisturizers. It's much easier than you'd think.

Go green

Bring plants into your house to help clean the air: peace lilies, bamboo palm, spider plants, aloe vera and dracaenas are all purifying in nature.

Up your intake of superfoods

Parsley, cilantro and garlic are three of the easiest ways to support your body's detoxification processes. Throw fresh parsley into a smoothie or a salad, add cilantro to your eggs or tacos and garlic, well that goes in just about anything. If you know you have high levels of metal toxicity in your body, garlic is your go to with superpowered detox benefits. It also aids in methylation, a biochemical process that occurs more than 1 billion times a second to keep you alive and healthy. Those with immune issues may have impaired methylation function and therefore struggle to detox on their own. Foods such as garlic can help with this. Leafy greens, as always, are another go to for supporting detoxification as they contain high doses of folate — gently sautethem for easier digestion. Plant power to the max!

Just move more

Embrace an exercise routine that gets your heart pumping and breaks a sweat. Hot yoga is having a moment right now and all that sweat will start moving toxins swiftly out of your pores quicker than you can vinyasa.

Join us this Thursday, April 26, for a Spring Cleanse Tea Party discussing all the myths and truths about detoxing in greater depth, 7 p.m. at Elevate Wellness Center, 2034 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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About the Author

Tamsin Edwards is the Office Manager at Elevate Wellness Center. To schedule an appointment, call us at 530-541 9355. Visit us at 2034 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe and online at http://www.elevate-wellness.com.