As a general rule, I try to help support my liver as best I can. It’s the hardest working endocrine and exocrine organ around. I’m not a believer in hard and fast detoxes. Usually, I see clients with over burdened systems and attempting a forceful detox just pulls out stored toxins from the system and makes you feel worse rather than better. I like to support the liver everyday by putting some easy to use methods in place:
Detox tool number 1
Dry brushing. You’ve probably got an old loofah or even a scratchy hand mitt as part of a Boots Christmas pack lurking in the back of your bathroom cabinets. Now is the time to dig it out and start using it. Not only does dry brushing exfoliate dead skin cells it most importantly, encourages good lymphatic flow (the lymphatics are the “clean up vessels” of the body and travel closely to the surface of the skin).The lymphatic system is a fantastic detox highway, but it needs to be stimulated to be efficient, dry brushing can help.
Detox tool number 2
Apologies in advance for this next one, but I do recommend using a ‘poo stool’ or more commonly known as the squatty potty. Some say the colon doesn’t fully relax in a normal toilet sitting position. Squatting, or raising the legs on a stool, aligns the colon and peristalsis (movement) is improved. Our pooping methods are one of the most important detox tools we have, we have to be going everyday, so prioritising this ritual is important. It doesn’t have to be fancy, you can try elevating your feet on a couple of loo rolls and see how you get on. If it works for you, look into getting a stool that works for your height, you don’t want your legs to high or it can get uncomfortable!
Detox tool number 3
Let’s talk about bad breath. This can be a sign that your detox system is not at it’s best. Any kind of wrong-ish aroma has to be looked a as it might be a build up of bacteria in our mouth. To get around this I recommend tongue scraping. Almost half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings (which can range in colour from clear, white, yellow, or green) and removes them from the body. This is the one I use: http://tinyurl.com/yy4y3hl2