Did you know our joints don’t receive nutrition, lubrication after puberty? Without it, our joints grow brittle and accumulate toxins. Over time and along with salt, calcium desposits, they form little spikes like the stalagmites and stalactites you see inside a cave. The purpose of our joint mobility exercise is to oil our joints with WD40-like synovial fluid and to transport out toxins. Toxins also accumulate in fat cells. Exercise helps break down these fat cells. If you are new to exercise or high-intensity conditioning, you may experience flu-like symptoms after exercise.
This is called the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction and it happens when your body tries to eliminate toxins faster than it is capable of. This is normal and you need to hydrate more. You may also want to skip your next high intensity session and I advise you to take activated charcoal capsules, see below. Just keep doing your no-intensity, joint mobility work on a daily basis to help. In my last article, I mentioned to drink an extra gallon of water when performing such active recovery to assist in flushing out the baddies.
Here are some more low-no cost, DIY ways to assist with your detox process:
Drink Lemon Water
In addition to water above, add a lemon slice or two to your water. I do this every morning upon awakening. It’s also great if you’re addicted to soda drinks–you can use lemon water as a replacement. It tastes great. Bonus points, if you add this to mineralized water in a glass bottle. Lemon has been known to:
- Aid in detox and digestion
- Burn fat, assist with metabolism and accelerate weight loss
- Be high in Vitamin C
- Relieves constipation
- Alkalize the body
Activated Charcoal Capsules
My secret weapon for removing bodily toxins. Whenever, I knowingly am about ingest junk food, have an upset stomach or feel like crap from bad food, I take activated charcoal. You can also use this amazing tool when travelling to foreign countries or if you overdosed say, on medications. Hospitals use this for such purposes. Ancient cultures have been using them for hundreds of years. These capsules are made from palm kernel and coconut. They basically bind to toxins thanks to their molecular structure and you poo it out (it’ll turn your stool black; no need for alarm). Get them from a reputable brand at your local drug store. I use Swiss Herbal brand in Canada for $11 a bottle. Exercise helps by sweating out the bad stuff. However, you want to ensure that you’re not merely transporting toxins around in the body. Use activated charcoal after with your exercise to ensure detox and avoid taking any vitamins within 2 hours as activated charcoal will bind to them.
Perform Protein Fasting
I perform a protein fast once week (Sundays). This is where I consume clean starchy carbs and vegetables only while attempting to keep their protein content under 15 – 25 grams. According to Dave Asprey from Bulletproof, by being temporarily protein-deficient, it
- Allows your body to perform self-maintenance
- Perform cellular repair functions
- Improves mitochondrial function
- Upgrade the brain’s ability to to drain waste=better sleep
- Recycle cellular waste into energy and bind to toxins
I usually combine protein fasting with intermittent fasting, see below. On Sundays, I will eat from the following list:
- Sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams (My main source)
- Cruciferous Vegetables are anti-estrogenic (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy)
- Cilantro herb (also known as coriander) is great for heavy metal binding
- Low-sugar fruits, such as, berries, limes, lemons
- Coffee from a clean source (coffee beans that are virtually mould/toxin-free)
- White rice and white rice products (I generally avoid grains)
Perform Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is when you only consume food during a certain window of time. The rest of the time is spent obviously not eating, but you can still consume liquids. This helps your body release toxins trapped in fat cells. Some people feel great doing this, some people don’t. I would suggest easing into it especially if you have fluctuating blood sugar levels, which affect your appetite hormones. If I consume junk food prior to a fast, my cravings are apparent during intermittent fasting. Usually, I don’t feel anything when I eat right. Daily, I only eat during a six-hour window from 12 pm – 6pm and fast for the rest of the time. You can start with 8 hours and ease into it. This is great for weight, fat loss
Below is an example plan you can do to help with your detox process.
- 6 AM – wakeup and immediately consume two glasses of water with lemon. Perform a joint mobility routine.
- 7 AM – 11:00 AM – coffee, continue having water. You can have ”Bulletproof Coffee” (clean coffee blended with butter, coconut oil) to stave off cravings, if needed.
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – quick 20 – 30 minute exercise session and two capsules of activated charcoal.
- Lunch – sweet potato with grass-fed butter, veggies or a regular meal with protein, whichever you choose.
- Supper and carry-on fasting.
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