... Yes! Here is why.
The body is incredibly skilled at detoxifying and excreting unwanted and potentially harmful substances from the system. This process works very efficiently and does an excellent job. However, our environment has changed quite a bit and we are more and more exposed to exogenous and endogenous toxins that can have a negative effect on our health.
When we talk about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing the amount of toxins we put into our body while at the same time supporting our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs.
By following a few simple steps you can support your body’s detoxification making sure your body is clean and healthy.
Reduce the amount of toxins you ingest as a first measure. That means, avoid processed foods that can be fortified with chemicals, reduce the amount of stimulants such as alcohol, coffee and cigarettes that can be hard for your liver to process - your most important detoxification organ! Also, have as much fresh air as possible - avoid polluted streets, opt for quiet roads and parks whenever possible.
There is a lot you can incorporate into your daily life to avoid accumulating toxins that can make you ill. Small things such as starting the day with warm lemon water and having as many liver supporting foods as possible can do wonders. Liver supporting foods include brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, but also spices such as turmeric and cinnamon, leafy greens such as spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, watercress and green as well as dandelion root tea. Exercising daily or as much as you can and visiting the sauna once a week are other means to keep your toxins at a minimum and support your body's natural detoxification.
Each one of us is genetically and biochemically unique. Some of us are good at getting rid of toxins and waste, and others are not. It may take years for a person to develop symptoms of toxicity as it's a slow build up. Fasts and other means to support the body's detoxification as well as acquiring healthy habits are key for long-term health.
Health experts agree that regular detox programmes can help to keep the body clean and functioning optimally. Do yourself a favour and take that time out for yourself - once or twice a year. To look after yourself and feel light, clean and refreshed.
At Earth Yoga Village we run various detox programmes which are tailored to your own personal needs and leave you feeling rejuvenated and knowledgeable to continue on your healthy journey.
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