Hope for itchy eyes & noses
Written by Susan Biali, MD
As we journey through life, we accumulate toxins from the environment; our water, our food and, especially, the air we breathe. These can be in the form of chemicals (drugs/medication, alcohol, cigarette smoke, food additives, pesticides), heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminium), or can be produced by bacteria and yeast. As these toxins accumulate, they overburden the body’s systems and can cause a variety of health conditions including acne, headaches/migraines, allergies, fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, digestive and inflammatory disorders and immune deficiencies. To rid the body of these harmful toxins, it is important to cleanse or detoxify the main organs of elimination: the liver/gall bladder, colon, kidneys, lungs, blood, skin, and lymphatic system…and spring is the perfect time!
An effective way to cleanse is to implement a diet that supports and encourages the body’s detoxification processes. Integrating foods like beets, artichokes, parsley, leafy greens, and fibre - whole grains including oat bran, fruits: apples, pears, and berries, vegetables: asparagus and broccoli, legumes such as beans and lentils and seeds: flax and psyllium - into the diet can be done easily and in a great tasting manner. For a quick daily detoxification, try adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water, especially first thing in the morning, 10 minutes before breakfast.
It is as important to limit or avoid foods that inhibit detoxification such as saturated and trans fats, refined sugar and flours, coffee and alcohol. A Nutritionist can assist you in limiting the inhibitory foods by teaching your how to read food labels and providing a shopping list of better choice alternatives.
Herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, and gentian can be utilized as supplements to support and optimize the detoxification process. Also supplementing with acidophilus and bifidus and drinking lots of fresh, filtered water to help facilitate regular bowel movements, ensuring elimination of the toxins.
Now that you have cleansed your body, remember to feed it nutritious foods to promote health and vitality!
Before starting any detox program, it is essential to consult a qualified health care practitioner to ensure that a cleanse is safe and appropriate for you and your lifestyle.