It’s Spring. The Great Purge is on!
So, you’re thinking about doing a detox. Or, a cleanse. Or… something to shake the cobwebs and weight of winter off. Do you know where you’ll begin? Knee Deep? Up to Your Neck? Or, All In? First, there’s a lot of disagreement about what it means to detoxify the body and, whether we even need to detoxify the body.
Let’s talk about whether we need to detoxify for a moment. The body has five natural pathways of elimination and detoxification that are most commonly recognized: the skin, lungs, kidneys and liver and colon. These organs know what to do. These geniuses have been doing the detox thing way longer than we have.
So, if the body has the detox process mastered, why do we feel compelled to “help” it along with things like skin brushing, rebounding and lemon juice in our morning water? Well, it probably has something to do with marketing and the pills, powders and programs promising perfection: perfect digestion, perfect weight, perfect skin, perfect lives and on and on.
So… why? Would you want to detox or cleanse? Our body knows how to do the work, but we are unrelenting in the garbage we pour into and lather onto our bodies. Our food is filled with preservatives, pesticides and other extras our bodies were not designed to handle 24/7- throughout a lifetime. Add to that the products we put onto our skin and into our homes and we increase our toxic load with a variety of ingredients recognized for their neuro-toxic and endocrine disrupting ways.
I always think of the Batman movie with the Joker’s plan to kill Gotham city by creating a chemical cocktail that was activated by using deodorant and shampoo and toothpaste (for example) all together. One of the arguments against the dangers of chemicals in our environment is that the amounts involved are way too small to matter. We can play with that possibility while reminding ourselves that it’s not just food we’re eating, but, also soap for our bodies and faces, make-up, deodorant, cologne, fabric softener, floor wax, carpeting etc., etc., that we live with day to day.
Yes, our body needs a break.
Our body can sort through good and the bad, but more and more, the bad ends up stashed away in our tissue somewhere. Some of the signals our bodies give when over worked include headaches, migraines, fatigue, insomnia, poor digestion, foul breath, constipation, diarrhea… all the fun stuff we love talking about.
There are levels to a detox. You can name them what you want - I like Knee Deep (entry level); Up to My Neck (intermediate) and All In (as in, you’ve done this before).
You deserve a break. I’ll let you know how to decide where you are, and where to begin, in the next post. A two-parter, kinda like those old comic books...
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