The festive season often launches a detox / re-tox cycle, in which we over-indulge in various substances such as sugar, processed foods, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes,but then feel grubby and want to detox or cleanse in the new year. This is usually followed by another slow ‘re-tox’ and the process starts again. But this yoyo detox lifestyle is not good for your organs, as going from one extreme to another creates toxic overload. It is not necessary either as we all have a natural 24 hour detox available every day. Make small sustainable lifestyle changes daily instead.
For example, every morning between 5am and 7am, the universe and your body are working together to cleanse toxins built-up from substances, stress, overwork, negative emotions, pollution and other things, which make you feel stagnant, bloated, negative, emotionally weak and irritable. So, get up as close to 5 as possible, exercise, do your yoga or tai-chi and meditate, and actively support the natural detox. You’ll feel the breath of a new start.
Between 7am and 9am when your energy is in your stomach, eat a nutritious breakfast. The universal forces are supporting digestion, so take advantage of this and have something wholesome that can be processed into fuel for your day. Avoid the ‘toxic-bomb’ of sugary processed foods, wheat and coffee. Be highly active until 1pm. Move, achieve and do things, because beneficial stress right now moves stagnant energy.
After 1pm slow down, your energy moves to your heart, so eat nutritious foods for lunch. Take a few moments to get in touch with your soul, rather than thinking about stressful things. Then work on less critical tasks and finish at 5pm or by 7pm at the latest. You need time to switch off and be asleep by 11pm so that the second major natural detox of the 24-hour cycle, the Liver and Gall-bladder cleansing, can get underway from now until 3am.
If you stay up late, watching TV, working or trying to just have some time for yourself, you’ll miss the liver cleanse and wake-up with a toxic overload. If you can’t get going, miss the 5am – 7am detox, then feel you can’t face eating wholesome food, you snack instead and need caffeine for a boost. By the time you do get going, usually around lunchtime, you can’t afford to sit back, and end up feeling like you are always out of time. You stay up late again to catch-up, miss the overnight detox and the next day feels slightly worse.
We are not designed to live this way. It is unsustainable and creates symptoms such as fatigue, depression, bloating, irritability, itchy skin, anxiety and insomnia. 2013 is the beginning of the new. Try the 24-hour detox as many times as possible before Xmas as part of your plan for a sustainable future. You’ll gain time, feel better, look better and get an inner glow that will make your Xmas lights look dull!
Jost Sauer is a registered acupuncturist, therapist and seminar presenter, and author of Higher and Higher, Drug Repair That Works and The Perfect Day Plan (all published by Allen and Unwin).