Why detox?

 

With so many articles flooding the internet praising the benefits of detoxing, it’s hard not to get swept up in this new health movement.  So why detox?  Every day our bodies are exposed to harmful toxins; pollution, chemicals and hazardous matter is all around us.  Toxins are most commonly present in:

  • Food – flavour enhancers, additives, preservatives, pesticides and other added chemicals
  • Beauty products – makeup, deodorant, hair products, cleansers and skin care products, toothpaste, sanitary products
  • Cleaning products – household cleaning products, dishwashing powder, washing detergent, oven cleaners, antiseptics, disinfectants, bleach
  • Plastic – food storage containers, drink bottles, protein shakers, takeaway food packaging, drink cups, straws
  • Teflon - non-stick cookware, anti-wrinkle clothing (such as business suits)
  • Metal – tin/can food packaging, jewellery
  • Air – car and machinery pollution and cigarette smoke
  • Clothing – synthetic/man made fabrics

Toxins are absorbed through our nose, mouth and skin and are processed through our liver before leaving our system. 

Often these toxins get stored in our toxic load depositories.  For girls, this is usually around the hips, butt and thighs, resulting in cottage cheese cellulite.  For guys, toxic load is stored on the tummy with what appears to be pot belly, or beer gut (for those Australian’s out there).

But alas- not all is lost! You can reduce your toxic load by minimising your exposure to these harmful nasties and by regularly detoxing your body.  There are many methods for detoxing and some include:

  • Clean eating diet (an organic diet which is mostly plant based) for 7 days
  • Drinking loads of detox water (water with fruit, herbs and spices in it)
  • Lymphatic massage or dry body brushing
  • Drinking juices and smoothies
  • Hot yoga and regular exercise

In addition to these methods, we recommend adding natural products to help flush your body out such as a MUD detox bath or body mask.  MUD’s key ingredient, bentonite clay, attracts your body’s toxins and sucks them out through your pores.  Add MUD to a hot bath or make a paste and apply it to your body then rinse it off after 20 minutes.  MUD is entirely natural and vegan.  With ingredients such as aloe vera, Himalayan rock salt, sandalwood, French lavender and kaolin clay, MUD will detox your body, relax your mind and smooth your skin.  Be brave and bathe – your body will thank you for it!  You can buy MUD here.

 

Image courtesy of Katrina Nguyen-Thai of Instagram account @katnt