Tips For Detoxing
Posted on Sunday, February 07 2016 10:13:00 PM in News by EDUARDO PARADA
Afterglow Detox tea is intended to be used as one component of a holistic detoxifying program. Although you will see and feel benefits when the tea is used by itself, for the best results you should minimize intake of additional toxins, ramp up consumption of healthful foods, and engage in activities that promote mental, physical, and spiritual health. We have found these activities work synergistically with the detox tea, and that the result is greater than the sum of the parts.
Water- Water is crucial to the elimination process in the body, and helps to flush out toxins from the liver, digestive system, and every cell of your body. If possible drink natural spring water rather than tap water, as most tap water contains chlorine, a toxin.
Saunas- Researchers have found that sweating in a sauna can help detoxify the body of toxic agents such as lactic acid, sodium, and uric acid, that routinely accumulate in the body. During saunas toxins stored in subcutaneous fat are released through perspiration. As toxins stored in the fat pass through perspiration, toxins that are stored at deeper levels of tissue throughout the body will move up into this layer of fat and continue to be released through sweat. Circulation increases when you’re in the sauna and increased blood flow improves blood oxygenation.
Sleep- Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Center for Translational Neuromedicine discovered that your brain has a unique method of removing toxic waste through what's been dubbed the glymphatic system. This system ramps up activity during sleep, thereby allowing your brain to clear out toxins, including harmful proteins linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's. In addition, they discovered that your brain cells shrink by about 60 percent during sleep, which allows for more efficient waste removal. According to lead author Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc.
"This study shows that the brain has different functional states when asleep and when awake. In fact, the restorative nature of sleep appears to be the result of the active clearance of the by-products of neural activity that accumulate during wakefulness."https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/brain-may-flush-out-toxins-during-sleep
Avoid Alcohol- Even small amounts of alcohol put a heavy detoxification burden on your body, especially your liver. During your detox, avoid drinking any alcohol to give your liver a break.
Smoke- Avoid smoking and second hand smoke. Smoke is a carcinogen and the small particulates such as tar and carbon it contains impedes the ability of the cilia in lungs to cleanse themselves.
Air Pollutants- Internal air pollutants such as VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) found in paints, varnishes, and cleansing products are primarily detoxified by the liver. Avoid these substances by following the saying, “If it smells bad, it is bad.”
Caffeine- Coffee contains high levels of caffeine. Afterglow Day Tea contains green tea and guarana, which should give you a boost during the cleanse. Avoid taking in additional caffeine during the cleanse.
Organic foods- The food we eat is one of the main ways the chemicals and pollutants come into our body. Eat organic food if possible. If not possible, avoid the “Dirty Dozen”, these foods are known to contain the highest levels of pesticides and toxins.
The Dirty Dozen
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
Detoxifying foods- Certain foods are known for their detoxifying effects. These include beets, ginger, kale, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, turmeric, artichokes, avocado, broccoli, collard greens, fennel, garlic, and yogurt. Ramp up your intake of these healthy foods through salads, juices, and teas. Exercise- Exercise helps the body's organs of elimination to function optimally simply by getting them going. Moving the body helps to circulate both blood and lymph. The more they circulate, the more the liver and lymph nodes can do the job of cleansing and purifying the blood and lymph. Acupuncture- Acupuncture has a natural diuretic effect. The procedure helps your body detoxify by the elimination of toxins through the urinary tract. This is why you will see a widespread use of acupuncture for drug detox programs. Although some may be squeamish over the needles involved, most people do not report being bothered by pain during acupuncture. Juicing- Juices of cleansing fruits and veggies helps stimulate the elimination of toxins, and provides vitamins and minerals to replenish your body’s nutrient levels. Probiotics- Yogurt, fermented foods like sauerkraut, and supplements of live bacteria help balance gut flora so that you have more of the good bacteria and less of the the harmful bacteria that can cause problems with metabolism. A healthy internal biome is important in the digestion of foods and can also effect your mood. Superfoods- Superfoods is a term used to describe foods that have high nutrient value. These foods are high in anthocyanin and other phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals and fight inflammation in the body. Foods like goji berries, maca, and coffee berries are examples of superfoods. White sugar, flour, and simple carbohydrates- Intake of excess simple sugars is one of the leading causes of diabetes in the developed world. Excessive sugar intake cases spikes in insulin production in the body, with ramifications in virtually every body system. Give your body a break from the roller coaster of sugar dependency during the cleanse. Meditation- Think of meditation of as detox for the mind. Scientists are just beginning to quantify the effects of meditation, and have concluded that it helps in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, even drug addiction. Try to meditate for at least 20 minutes per day. Artificial Sweeteners - Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Equal and Splenda are manufactured sweeteners that the body has difficulty breaking down and eliminating. It is our hope that after following these guidelines for 14 or 28 days you will love how you look and feel so much that you extend these healthy habits when you return to your default routine. Be mindful during your cleanse of what goes into your body, but do not punish yourself if you don’t stick to every guideline. It is ok if you “cheat” and have a slice of cake at a friend’s birthday, but don’t allow a small treat to turn into a binge. Have fun trying new things and discovering how much much fun being healthy can be. Please drop us an email and share your any suggestions you may have to help folks!