Updated: Mar 3
It seems like toxic chemicals are everywhere you turn these days.
They show up in our laundry soap, they're sprayed on our fruits and vegetables, and saturated inside our beauty care products.
Did you know that these chemicals can actually build up in your body and make it harder for you to lose weight?
It's true! Exposure to toxic chemicals can make it harder for our bodies to filter waste, absorb digestive fats, and remove abnormal cells.
As a matter of fact, Science Daily reported in a March 17, 2021 article,
Scientists at UC San Francisco have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 "mystery chemicals," whose sources and uses are unknown.
Wow! I don't know about you, but that sounds really scary to me.
You may not even realize it's happening because these chemicals build up overtime. But let me ask you, have you been experiencing any of these symptoms lately?
Stiffness, especially in the morning
Itchy and dry skin
Stubborn weight gain
Chronic sinusitis, sore throat, cold, and/or ear issues
Breast swelling with your menstrual cycle
Cold hands and feet?
If so, you may be experiencing toxic overload.
The good news is, there are 5 Easy Ways to Turn Toxic Overload into Vibrant Health that you can start doing today Let's go!
1. Stay Hydrated
Your body is made up of about 60% water. Most of us already know that. But what you may not know is that your lymphatic system is made up of about 95% water.
Why does that matter?
Because your lymphatic system is the system that helps to flush out the toxic chemicals you're exposed to everyday. It is part of and helps to fuel your immune system.
Moreover, water helps to keep your lymphatic system flowing freely allowing it to do it's job of moving those toxins through and out of your body.
Here are a couple creative ways to incorporate more water into your day.
Try sipping warm water throughout the day to keep dehydration at bay.
Try adding freshly-squeezed lemon to your water first thing in the morning to help flush toxins out of your system that may have built up overnight.
It goes without saying that you should avoid sugary soft drinks, processed juices, sports drinks and alcohol because those will just add more toxic stress to your body.
In addition, caffeine is a diuretic so It's also a good idea to limit coffee and/or tea as needed.
2. Move that body girl
Have you ever noticed your legs swelling and getting stiff when you sit for long periods of time?
It happens to me too!
Apparently, what I've learned is that this happens because all those toxins are settling and becoming stagnant in your lower body.
So here's what I did that you can do too.
Set a timer to go off in one hour.
Once the timer goes off, get up and walk around for 3-5 minutes. This will help to keep those fluids moving around inside your body and keep them from getting stale and stagnant.
3. Just breathe
Practicing deep breathing exercises and mindfulness meditation does more for the body than just releasing emotional and mental stress.
Slow, deep breathing moves the diaphragm and abdominal muscles which helps to push toxins out of the body.
Because the lymphatic system does not have a "pump" like blood has the heart, you have to get that fluid moving manually. One great way to do that is by deep breathing.
Breathing fresh air is a great option as well. When the weather is nice, I like to take my puppy outside for a quick walk around the neighborhood.
Where we live we get to enjoy the smell of fresh pine trees in the winter and fresh cut grass in the summer.
4. Keep it free flowing
Remember the skinny jean craze? Maybe it's still a thing and I'm just not fashionable anymore.
At any rate, what I do know is that those skinny jeans aren't doing you any favors when it comes to helping you remove toxic waste.
Why? Because they are actually hindering circulation and the ability for your body to naturally move fluid around both inside and ultimately outside your body.
So remember, tight restrictive clothing is a no and loose free flowing is a go!
It is especially beneficial to wear loose fitting undergarments and pajamas to bed because when you're sleeping your body is working the night shift repairing and removing toxic waste so that you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
5. Food is medicine
Food was a game changer for me. I noticed the biggest difference in the way I felt as soon as I changed my diet. We all know that a diet consisting of mostly highly processed foods isn't good for us.
Not only is it not good for you, if you're trying to lose weight and remove toxins from your body, consuming a diet of mostly highly processed, refined foods is like being a hamster on a wheel.
You can run, and run and run all day long, if you continue to eat a lot of processed "franken-food" you will continue to feel tired, sluggish, bloated, and the list goes on.
I'm not saying you should completely eliminate the foods you love. As a matter of fact, I coach my weight loss clients to NOT restrict or eat anything they don't like.
The key is to incorporate more whole foods than not whole foods everyday. Some great choices to help remove toxins from the body are raw cranberries, cherries and red beets.
Another great way to give your body a break and help remove toxins is incorporating intermittent fasting as a way of life.
Intermittent fasting gives your body a break so that it is able to remove, repair and rebuild at a cellar level.
So there you have it, 5 things you can start doing today to get on track to living your best, vibrant, healthy self!
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