NOW THAT IT’S A new year, we’re ready to implement our list of resolutions, most of which have to do with refocusing our health – and with that comes the practice of detoxification. Detoxifying the body has become as essential to health as brushing our teeth, since our exposure to toxins has become unavoidable. From the air we breathe, to to the water we drink and bathe in, a small amount of toxic build-up is inevitable. Even the cleanest diet and health-conscious lifestyle practices cannot prevent the build up of toxins, which is why detoxifying the body is necessary.
Toxins of all sorts are damaging to our cells, reducing the function of our organ and gland systems, and interrupting normal physiological processes. The good news is that by implementing simple detoxification practices into your daily routine, you can expedite the clearance of toxins, and prevent their build up. As a result, you can minimize cell damage, while also reducing the risk for disease and symptom occurrence. Therefore, we recommend incorporating these three simple detoxification practices into your daily regimen to ensure optimal health in 2014.
3 Easy Ways to Detox Daily
The skin is one of our largest organ systems and a key part of detoxification. Dry brushing removes the top layer of dead skin, opening the pores for a more effective elimination of toxins from the body. In addition, the process of dry brushing stimulates circulation and lymphatic flow, increasing the transfer of nutrients throughout the body as well as the removal of waste from adipose (fat) tissue.
Nasal irrigation is a powerful cleansing tool since it moves toxins from the sinuses and nasal cavity. By passing saline water through the nasal passages and its finely tuned hairs (cilia), inhaled irritants, including dust, fragrances, pollen, air pollution and chemical residues, are cleared. As a result, it prevents toxins from becoming trapped in the sinus cavity and accumulating in the body.
Sauna (infrared preferred)
One of our natural mechanisms for clearing toxins is through sweating. A 30 to 40 minute sauna raises your body temperature enough to induce a therapeutic sweat allowing for the eliminating of toxins that otherwise remain stuck in your tissues and bloodstream. Saunas have also been shown to stimulate the immune system and vasodilation, which promotes the clearance of toxins and any possible pathogenic material in the body.
I’ve been wondering if a steam room has the same or different effects than a sauna? What would the ideal time in a steam room be for optimum benefits?
The steam room and the sauna both heat the body and therefore improve circulation, but each have a slightly different effect. The steam room creates moisture which can be extremely beneficial for any respiratory issues including asthma, nasal congestion, throat or lung conditions. On the other hand, steam baths do not allow your body to cool itself by the evaporation of sweat on your skin — the air in a wet sauna is already saturated with moisture, making it more difficult to stay in the time needed to properly detox. As for a sauna, it allows more toxins to be cleared by the processes of sweating, and if you are in an infrared sauna (which heats the body from the inside out) you will be able to detoxify even more so. If you are going to be in a steam room, it is best to start with 15 minutes and to build up from there. You will sill receive its benefits.
Where do you fine a good dry brush?
Hi RH, we love Yerba Prima’s skin brush, which is available through Amazon and Vitacost!
When is a good time to dry brush? I think before a shower you’re still dirty so that wouldn’t be a good time. But after the shower your skin is damp so its not dry brushing.