Category: detox your body

Breathe Your Way Out Of Disease

You have probably heard the saying that stress is the cause of all disease.

While I do agree to some extend, I also think that stress, in its core, is not a bad thing.

Stressful challenges are necessary to help us grow stronger both physically and mentally.

Stress is the body’s natural response to danger, and without it we will have no survival instincts.

Picture yourself for a moment, swimming in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, feeling happy and content with life…

Suddenly, you spot a great white shark charging in your direction!

If the stress of the situation and the spike of adrenalin did not cause your body to immediately switch into a fight or flight response, you would just float there and be eaten for breakfast…

Not cool.

This is an extreme example, but if you think of stress in the context of your everyday life, you can see what an important role it plays in protecting you from dangerous or life-threatening situations.

Stress is your body telling you to back off, which only becomes unhealthy when we chronically subject ourselves to circumstances causing us to feel tension and anxiety, such as a highly demanding job or a toxic relationship.

This is stuff you have to resolve fast, because the body will only give you so many signals before it gets exhausted and starts to develop illness.

I believe that chronic stress is the main culprit behind chronic disease, because it puts your body in a prolonged state of emergency, exhausts your adrenals and forces you to store negative emotions in the form of toxins deep within your tissues.

You see, the human body is truly incredible in its efforts to maintain homeostasis (balance) throughout your entire life.

Every time it senses that you are living in an emergency mode, which is signaled by your psychological response to stressful situations, the body will do its best to protect you. One way it does this is through suppressing your immune system and forcing you to slow down and withdraw.

Overtime, however, chronic stress and the overproduction of cortisol, intended to help us survive the occasional life-threatening events, begin to affect our everyday physiology and health.

One of the best ways to manage stress in our lives is through conscious breathing, something most of us take for granted.

The breath is an excellent tool for establishing long-term health and well being in the body. Regular pranayama (breathwork) practice can have a healing effect on the nervous system allowing us to effectively manage the body’s response to stress (fight or flight).

Here are three of my favorite breathing exercises, which I often teach in my yoga classes:

1. Brahmari (Humming bee) breath is very therapeutic, as it calms the nervous system and creates a warm sensation in the body.

Sit comfortably, with the back tall (lean against the wall for spinal support) and relax your shoulders away from the ears. Rest your hands in your lap.
Close your eyes and start breathing comfortably in and out of your nose.
Keep your lips lightly sealed as you take a deep, long inhale through the nostrils.
As you exhale, make the sound of the letter M, which will produce a humming sound resembling a buzzing bee. Sustain the sound throughout the entire exhalation (the longer it is, the more powerful the effect).
Continue by inhaling as needed and exhaling with this sound for several minutes. You can practice five to six rounds of Brahmari before you return to your normal breathing for a few minutes.

2. Alternate-nostril breathing helps to clear the mind and balance your energy.

Sit comfortably and close your right nostril with your right thumb.
Gently inhale through the left nostril.
Next, lift your thumb, close the left nostril with your ring finger, and exhale through the right. Reverse the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left.
Repeat for 5 to 10 times, or for as long as it feels good to you.

3. Sama Vritti (equal inhales and exhales). Practice this breathing technique at any time during the day, especially before going to bed and during high-stress times. You should immediately feel more relaxed, clear, and invigorated.

Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart.
Place your dominant hand on the heart and the other one on the lower abdomen.
Take a few relaxed breaths, feeling the abdomen expand on the inhalation and gently contract on the exhalation.
Mentally count the length of each inhalation and exhalation for up to five breaths, making sure you are not experiencing any strain in the abdomen.
If the inhalation is longer than the exhalation, or vice versa, begin to make them the same length over the next few breaths.
Repeat as many times as you’d like, ideally for about 5-10 minutes.

Hope these simple exercises help you with alleviating stress and anxiety in your life.

Happy breathing!

Finding the Right Body Detox Product

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All of us are exposed to a host of chemicals and deadly toxins on a regular daily basis. Even though you may think that you are leading a healthy lifestyle, you are still subjected to many toxins that is found everywhere, even in your own homes. Toxins can be found in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. We can not just totally eliminate those factors as those are the essential things we need to survive.

With the advent of medical science and the many discoveries in medicines, man has found ways to prolong life and eliminate painful symptoms that many diseases carry, but these same pharmaceutical drugs can leave traces of toxins in our body. Plus, sedatives and stimulants that we take do the same job as well, polluting our bodies. Also, man today has been consuming record amounts of processed foods and sugar that has never been recorded before. This just all add up to the toxins that lie in our body.

Why all the fuss about toxins?

All these toxins that are left uncared for can lead to indigestion, producing more toxins. As these toxins build up, they will eventually turn into parasites, small flesh eating monsters that could cause many diseases.

Although our liver and kidney may be helping out in detoxifying our body, our body is not capable of totally cleaning them out.

That’s why there is a need for outside help. Aside from the many diets and exercises plus the healthy lifestyle we may subject ourselves into to eliminate or at least decrease the amount of toxins in our body, we may resort to a body detox product to help eradicate all of those toxins.

Some of these body detox products come in the form of herbal medications which doesn’t leave any toxins behind, unlike the chemical drugs. These herbal body detox products may come in different forms, such as teas, mouthwashes, shampoos, capsules, softgels, chewables, liquid drinks an a host of others.

Each one of them targets an individual part of the body for detox. That is why it is imperative that before taking a body detox product, a consultation with a doctor should be done.

A lot of these body detox products could be found in the internet. While most of them would claim that they are truly effective and doesn’t have any side effects, a lot of scientists have also dispelled some of these body detox products.

Many people would go to great lengths to seduce you with their body detox products. It would be best to get a second, third or even a fourth opinion. A little bit of research would do a lot of good. You wouldn’t want to waste your money on just some useless drinks that only quenches your thirst and nothing more. You wouldn’t want to be buying something that might just add up to your toxin pile up.

So when you feel a little sluggish and you seem, to have lost a lot of pep, this could be because of a massive toxin build up in your body. Consult with a doctor immediately and see which body detox product would be right for you.