It doesn’t matter if you smoke or drink, just living in the city with an on-the-go lifestyle can be enough for your body to get detox every now and then. With today’s increasing levels of smog and air pollution, unsafe drinking water, holes in the Ozone layer and pesticides and preservatives in food substances, it all gets too much to take. The only way to adapt is to go for a regular cleanse of all your organs. So here are the best ways to kick those chemical clogs away:
The power of water is severely underestimated. Not only does water help with smooth bowel functions, but it helps all your organs to run smoothly. Water is the key to the bodily process of homeostasis or control & maintenance of bodily temperature. Dehydration can lead to bad breath, blurred vision, fatigue and can even cause fainting. An average adult male requires 3 to 4 litres of clean drinking water every day. Do make sure that the water is clean, preferably treated through U.V. filtration and Reverse Osmosis. Unclean water can only add toxicity to your body. Always carry a small water bottle with you no matter where you go.
Yoga is not just a form of exercise. There is a philosophy that comes with it. Asanas like Pranayama and Kapalbhati, when performed regularly have been reported to help detoxify the body. Proper performance of regular Yoga, not only makes one more flexible and fit, but also bridges the gap between mind and body, allowing the person to know himself better. This greater knowledge of what the body wants ensures that one consumes the right amount of food and beverage at the right times. Yoga has also been prescribed for smokers who haven’t been able to kick the habit through usual methods.
Watch your Body Clock
Humans are creatures of habit. Our bodies are used to a particular pattern of functioning. The body has what is called a synchronous body clock that regulates metabolism, sleep patterns and eating patterns. This is why as we age, we ought to eat meals at proper times. Not following this could lead to gastric ulcers, stomach infections, acid reflux or annoying acidity.
The Breakfast of Champions
We often forget proverb saying, “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper” has a lot of wisdom attached to it. Breakfast gets its name because it breaks the fast that you have been through all night while sleeping. Think about it.. The longest period through the 24 hours in a day when you do not eat anything at all is the 6 to 9 hours when you are asleep. This fast has to be broken by a carbohydrate rich diet so that you have the energy to power through the rest of the day and a fibre rich diet with water so that you can flush out your toxins effectively. Make sure you drink plenty of water after breakfast to help digest what you’ve eaten and to allow the body to ingest nutrients from the food thoroughly.
The most important aspect to a detox is to switch to chemical free substances. Reducing toxin intake goes a long way while trying to flush toxins out. Switch to a fluoride free toothpaste, go organic, start your own kitchen garden and avoid junk food loaded with food colouring and preservatives. Stay away from Chinese food. Mono Sodium Glutamate or MSG which is commonly found in Chinese food, causes water retention when consumed in large quantities, not allowing your body to detox effectively. If you are a heavy smoker, and cannot seem to quit, switch to freshly cut rolling tobacco instead of factory rolled cigarettes.
A few simple lifestyle alterations, slowly and steadily help you detox effectively over a long spell. Remember to eat healthy, eat on time, have a massive breakfast and watch your body clock. Switch to chemical free alternatives, drink plenty of water and most importantly, breathe! Breathe easy, and breathe deep, and while you’re at it, try some Yoga out to learn the right way to breathe!