4 Simple Ways to Get Your Body Clean

The spring is the perfect time to get your body clean by making some simple shifts to your everyday life. Many people are unaware of emunctories and their role in supporting the body in eliminating things it does not need. Below is a guide to help you further support your body by enhancing your own emunctories.

What is an emunctory?

An emunctory is an organ or duct that removes or carries waste from the body.

The beauty of emunctories is allowing the body to cleanse out the unwanted elements ( carbon dioxide)  or wastes ( stool) in our bodies. The body does this through the skin, urinary, digestive and respiratory systems. Sometime our bodies get a little overwhelmed and need a some help to get the emunctory systems working optimally. Here are a few of my tips:

  1. Sweat

  • There are 2 things I suggest to people to get sweating: one is exercising and the other if getting in a sauna. I personally love doing both and encourage my patients to do both. It maybe tricky to find a sauna ; however, usually one of the local gyms will a have a good clean one.

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2. Hydrate

  • We need to drink more water. A few years back, I had a 7 year old patient who was having constant headaches. After careful observations ( and a check with her ophthalmologist) we realized she drank no water. We switched her juice intake to herbal iced tea and water infused with lemons and oranges. Not only did she feel better, she preformed better at everything she was partaking in.
  • The kidneys filter the blood of toxins and through urination, they are removed from the body. Drinking more water helps the kidneys out a great deal.

3. Eat more fiber ( and colorful foods)

  • The simplest way to get more fiber in your diet is to color your plate. Challenge yourself to add a colorful whole food to every meal. The second way to add more fiber is to add seeds  ( flax, hemp, chia) and nuts to your smoothies, cereals, cookies and salads.
  • Fiber will bind to toxins in the body and will help them to be eliminated through the digestive system ( stool).

4. Breath

  • Take 3 deeps belly breaths and exhale out. This is hard for many as in general, we have a tendency to shallow breath.
  • Or if you have more time, try the one minute follow this breathing technique: Breathe in for 5 seconds, Hold your breath for 5 seconds, Release for 5 seconds, Hold for 5 seconds, Repeat
  • Deep breathing helps the lungs push out the carbon dioxide that the body has accumulated and it also, calms and centers us.

These four suggestions are simple, easy to implement and can really make a great difference in your health.

Does anyone else have any suggestions?

Be well,

 

 

Get Clean: Part one, click here.

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2 Important Ways to Begin Your Spring Body Cleanse To Be Healthy

It’s spring time and probably the best time to get your body clean by making simple shifts in your everyday living. The first place to begin s on your plate with whole colorful FOOD. Below are a few tips  and trivia on the importance of coloring our plate, organic foods, toxins in our foods and washing our foods.

1. Coloring thy Plate

If you are not coloring your plate already or have started to, I highly encourage you to add rich and vivid greens, reds, oranges, purples and yellows at every meal. This is the perfect time to begin eating more color with all the farmers market emerging.  Engaging yourself in this way of thinking not only fuels your body with more needed nutrients and fiber ( and pleasing your taste buds ) but also makes you more acutely aware of what you are eating on a daily basis. For example: If cereal is your morning meal ritual, try adding strawberries, peaches or blueberries on top?

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Eat organic … as much as you can.

There are three main reasons to eat organic:

  1. Organic foods taste better and in general, have more nutritious in them due to their nutrient rich soils.
  2. A healthier Mother Earth. Pesticide – free trees and plants are stronger and give us foods that are richer in taste and nutrition.
  3. A pesticide and chemical free world keeps us healthier as well. Less disease.

Pesticides and chemicals are constantly on everything and everywhere. We can not avoid them completely but we can do our best to lower our exposure with what we eat and what we use as cleaners etc in our houses.

Do your best to only buy these foods organic ( dirty dozen):

Apples, bell peppers, carrots, celery, cherries, imported grapes, kale, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries.

There are all highly sprayed with pesticides.

Also, make note to purchase dairy and meat products that are organic plus  free range to escape the added pesticides, hormones and others, as much as possible.  Another note is to avoid farm raised fish. In general, they are fed a diet that does not resemble their normal diet and are known to have a greater number of chlorinated pollutants in them.

Produce that have a lower amount of chemicals and are referred to as the clean dozen are:

Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, eggplant, kiwis, mangoes, onions, papayas ( although need to make sure they are not genetically modified), pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas, watermelon.

The Environmental Working Group has a more detailed list and lots of fantastic information.

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2. Wash your Produce

Washing your produce correctly  have a great impact of reducing your toxic exposure.

  1. Remove the skin off non-organic apples, pears, nectarines and potatoes.
  2. Create an acid wash. Mix enough water to mix with a cup of vinegar in a bowl. Place the produce in the bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Then scrub your produce gently.

Next week I will talk about opening up your emunctories. Not sure what emunctory is, then stay tuned!

Be well,

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