Health Hack #43: Detox Your Way to Longevity
Reducing toxins is the body is a critical element to healthy living. It's time to detox your way to longevity! Often we focus on what we can take in, versus what may need to be released, or let out. And this can tie all elements of living – nutrition, emotions and deeper spiritual releases.
Safe detox is also key and any approaches should be discussed with your primary care provider and naturopath.
That said – reducing toxin burden via regular sweating can provide a multitude of benefits. This includes exercise as well as sauna sessions each day.
Saunas have been around for thousands of years and originated in Finland, where its still a way of life. There is published evidence that using high-temperature saunas, along with exercise, can:
- Increase doses of niacin (a critical B vitamin)
- Help support electrolyte replacement
- Reduce levels of BPA, phthalates & other toxins
How to Get Started
Ideally an at-home sauna is best for your three, 30 minute sessions a day. We actually made the investment earlier this year. Worth every penny! Ours is infrared and pairs nicely with our home gym. I highly encourage you to consider it, if room and finances allow.
- Dry brushing beforehand helps remove dead skin and stimulates the lymphatic system
- High-intensity exercising for 20 minutes beforehand also stimulates circulation
Don’t forget to shower after! This is essential so you don’t re-absorb your own toxins. BLAH!
Don’t Have Access to a Sauna?
Simply drinking yarrow or ginger tea in a hot shower can do the trick. Another option is taking an Epsom salt bath to encourage gentle detoxification. Sip tea as you soak and limit your session to 20 minutes. Again – don’t forget to shower after to rinse off.
Be Gentle. Start Small. Be Kind and enjoy the sweat sessions
P.s. Not a ‘sweater’? Your body might be telling you it has an impaired detoxification process. A good topic to bring up with your trusted doctor or naturopath.
*information graciously sourced from Dr. Nasha Winters book, The Metabolic Approach to Cancer