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Detoxification is important to both our physical body and our emotional health. Our lives are so very busy now, and it's all too easy to overlook the importance of taking a longer-term view of our health. Our lives have also become more and more stressful as we endeavour to work longer hours to make ends meet, party more, eat poorly, and sleep less. We have become too dependent on junk food and “quick fixes”, which all results in poor performance, fatigue, depression, weight gain, and poor condition of hair, skin and nails. Over time, this can unfortunately lead to more serious health implications.

Critical to any detox programme is exercise. Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system and improves circulation. Increased circulation results in oxygenation of our cells and the removal of waste materials. Exercise also releases endorphins, which elevate mood and help you cope with stress.

Food for the soul is an important component in the detoxification process. The body and mind are intrinsically linked, so anger, negative thoughts, and stress can play havoc with your immune system and reduce the body’s ability to eliminate toxins, making you more susceptible to infection and disease. By practising relaxation techniques, such as visualisation and meditation, for just 15 minutes a day, you will notice a significant improvement in your resistance to stress as well as stress-related illnesses.

Eating nutritious whole foods (fruits, vegetable and pulses) is highly beneficial to the detoxification process. The vitamins and minerals they contain work to cleanse, nourish and stimulate the whole body. Some of the most beneficial foods are garlic, onions, beetroot, spinach, cruciferous vegetables, carrots, pulses, sprouts, fruits, herbs, nuts, and seeds. Water and herbal teas have a cleansing effect on the entire system. They aid in the detoxification process by easing nausea, constipation, and indigestion while also alleviating respiratory problems, headaches, and skin conditions.

Toni Green is a Launceston based naturopath, herbalist and health writer. It is her passion to pass on this knowledge of natural therapies to others so that they might live a stress-free life with health and vitality. Toni can be contacted at www.naturalhealthsolutions.net.au, toni.green57@iinet.net.au, or on 0431 716 601.