Ah, detoxification. A term that has been getting major play over the past few years. From juice cleanses to cutting out booze, everyone has their own way of detoxifying. But what does detoxification really mean?
Detoxification is just a natural part of the metabolism. Whatever we take in needs to be broken down, and anything unneeded has to be earmarked for disposal.
Take carbon dioxide, for example. While we need small amounts in the blood, too little or too much can be toxic. If we have too little our bodies instinctively slow down our breath to hold more in, and if we have too much, our breath quickens to release more. This kind of detoxification happens through our lungs when we exhale.
In a very different way, prescription and over the counter drugs get broken down and detoxified in our livers and then go out through kidneys and urine or through our digestive tracts in our poop.
Other toxins like alcohol are a problem because they are damaging to our cells on the way in, and, their breakdown products damage our cells again on the way out.
But certain toxins like heavy metals and preservatives like parabens are harder to get rid of than others. While in very small doses these toxins might not cause problems, when our bodies are challenged to get rid of them on a regular basis, problems can result.
Some of the most dangerous toxins are those that are stored in fat tissue, because these toxins accumulate in our bodies and cause dysfunction as they build up.
Now that we know the facts, what can we do about it?
Well, our first thought is to clean up our diets and remove the food and drinks that may be wreaking a bit of havoc. Yet, the products we use on our bodies and in our homes play a huge part as sources of dangerous, fat-soluble toxins.
From body lotion and hairspray to air fresheners and bleach, applying or breathing these things in on a regular basis could be causing a toxin overload.
Studies show that products that contain the following have been linked to cancer, asthma, reproductive toxicity, and allergies amongst other things. So be sure to read all labels and eliminate them from your medicine cabinet and cupboards.
You’ll also want to avoid anything that says “Hazardous to humans and domestic animals,” if that wasn’t obvious enough!
By removing these products from your household, you are no longer exposed to the toxins that may be interfering with your body’s natural detoxification system. This, combined with a diet filled with a wide array of brightly colored organic, phytonutrient dense vegetables, healthy fats, and clean proteins, plus limited alcohol and processed foods is sure to give your body the ability to detox much more easily.
At this point, you may be wondering, “What products can I use on my skin or on my counters?”
Well, these are our favorite clean skin care brands. All of them are completely toxin free. And the cleaning brands that we trust most are:
- Seventh Generation
- Green Shield Organic
- Mrs. Meyers
- The Honest Co.
While you are tackling the Thanksgiving day aftermath and are scrubbing away with our Parsley approved toxin-free products, it’s a great time to start thinking about detoxifying your body and resetting your mindset too. Follow our tricks for leaving the holidays fresher than you started and stay tuned for our 7-day detox challenge that will leave you feeling fully energized and debloated after the holiday week!