Do you need to detox?

short answer yes, long answer below.

by: Deedra Helenna

Holistic Nutritionist & Reiki Practitioner


We have all tried them or know someone that has tried a cleanse or detox program or product of some sort at least once and we struggle through it and then let's be real we are all guilty to going as living before the detox am I right? Well, I mean that really defeats the purpose of it but that is how diet culture has made detoxes appear.

" 6 days to total health" ( but I won't tell you how to maintain that feeling , energy and vitality long term). It's a consumers world the world of cleanses and detoxes.

I've done about a dozen " cleanses" and often try to practise fasting ( for women's hormones this is a totally different game) all for different reasons such as gut healing, estrogen cleaning, parasite cleansing, elimination diets and more over the last 8 years that I have been healing my body from years of birth control and poor gut health and toxic living. I will continue to do them as needed for the rest of my life.

But really what has been a game changer in my healing the past year or so has be understanding the REAL reasons we need to cleanse and why we should be encouraging increasing our detox potential everyday! Not just short term.

What is your detox potential?

Our bodies are AMAZING at protecting us from damage and exposure by eliminating toxins before they can even reach the levels of the cells and mitochondria. Toxins that are ingested, inhaled or absorbed are eliminated through processes in the lungs, lymph, skin, bowels, liver and kidneys only if we fuel them with the proper nutrients and lifestyle support.

We can completely overrun and block these processes from happening with poor life choices so that they can't even provide their basic functions because they are too busy trying to figure out what the fuck you are exposing yourself to. Now, in todays world it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to live toxic free. From the air we breathe, to the soil we use and the couches we sit on everything has synthetic toxins and pollutants that can stress out our system and tissues. This is where increasing your detox potential comes in....

So for long term detox support there is a two step process and if we practise these steps DAILY they may decrease the need to yo-yo diet and attempt extreme cleanses and expensive detoxing products. Again, I am not against cleanses and detoxes as I do practise them myself and can find them very healing but I believe there a proper time and place and method which should always be discussed with a professional that has your best interest in mind.

Step 1 is reduce exposure to stressors and pollutants that you can control such as ....eating poorly, consuming fake food, not breathing properly, living a sedentary life, working in a heavily polluted or toxic business or area, living in a toxic and moldy home, drinking tap or unfiltered water, using toxic cleaners, products and plastics and taking medications and even supplements with fillers that stress our body out more than support it.

So what does that mean? Well do the opposite!

  • Eat whole organic food free of pesticides, GMOs and packaging ( support local or grow your own)

  • Eat for your feminine cycle and hormones

  • Take deep breathes daily. Shallow breathing is linked to acidic environments where cancers thrive!

  • Get your ass up and get sweaty! Workout, walk, have sex, go get a massage

  • Research DIY non-toxic home cleaners ( HELLO PINTEREST). My cleaning cupboard is basically white vinegar, lemon essential oil and baking soda.

  • Get rid of plastic water bottles and food storage containers are that filled with phyto-estrogens and endrocrine mimickers that back up and stress out the liver.

  • Get a mold home inspection, invest in a air purifier, clean out your air ducts and filters often.

  • Invest in a filtered water system ( yes even for your shower)

  • Research your supplements and medications. Even the "health" food industry is corrupt. Ensure you know what your capsules are made of and where your vitamins are source ( OH, this inspired me for another blog idea !) or try to source the nutrients through diet and improving digestion.

Get your ass up and get sweaty! Workout, walk, have sex, go get a massage ...

Step 2 is improve you daily detox potential. This means that we can do things in our daily routine to SUPPORT our detox processes in the body everyday to reduce build up and back up.

Here are 5 ways how...

  1. Drink Tea : Tea is RICH is tannins, antioxidants and nutrients that encourage liver and gallbladder drainage, decreases inflammation and supports the kidneys. Some of my favourite teas for cleansing and support is dandelion root, milk thistle, nettle, ginger, lemon and green tea.

  2. Practise dry brushing and other methods to move lymph: such as lymphatic massage and gusha facial massaging. Again pinterest can be your best friend or seek a professional thats trained in these!

  3. Increase fibre and filtered water intake : We need to poop. Poop is how majority of our basic body/metabolism by-products exit our body. They get metabolized in the liver and deactivated to be excreted through poop... so well make sure your having at-least one daily stress free bathroom break!

  4. Sweat : Saunas and infrared light are all the craze right now and its because the science is showing we need to sweat and provide healing frequency to our cells! A hot bath, a sweaty work out or bedroom session can also do the trick.

  5. Breathe: I know I said this in the first step as well and #4 but these are so important that they require extra special attention. How many times have you caught yourself holding your breathe? Shallow mouth breathing has been linked to a internal acidic environment because we are not blowing off and retaining more carbon dioxide (H) which caused respiratory and blood pH to move to an acidic state which guess what loved acidity? TOXINS and CANCER. So practise normal full breathes throughout the day and 10 minutes of breathing exercises everyday. Don't forget to breathe through your nose which filters pollutants and if you need to tape your mouth shut at nighttime!

Now if you feel that your life is FULL of toxins you can't avoid due to environment of your home, location and work place well I would suggest move, but I know that can't always be possible but something to work towards. In the mean time you can support yourself with some supplements that protect your body from free radicals such as Vitamin C, E and binders that pull toxins such as turmeric curcumin and activated charcoal are some safe and affected ways.

Tomorrows blog will be all about the right time and place and products for cleansing and what one might be right for you.

In the mean time make sure what you are doing daily is protecting your body from harm. We are the sickest generation of our time and I will never back down from saying it is because our fake, fast and toxic world. So make sure you are not faking it :p

Sending love and light,

Deedra Helenna

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