We spend many hours a year sweating it out on the mat. Not just for the sake of losing water but also for the big detox. Our Infra-Red system helps but there’s plenty you can do OFF the mat to ensure your toxic load is low and your body is getting stronger and healthier. With less toxic load on board, not only do you have more energy and mental clarity to function but your immune system is primed and ready for any potential ‘invaders’.
If you follow these 5 simple steps between classes, you increase your chances of staying healthy all year long.
Let’s start with something a little less known: LIGHT. phone2
“Wow, did you say light?”, I hear you say. Yep – light. Light of certain frequencies at the wrong time of day/year can set your body reeling in terms of function. In our modern age, we stay under bright lights until late at night, we watch bright screens (even if the lights are off) and rarely get the normal spectrum of sunlight for the season we are in. There is increasing research on the potential detrimental effects of ‘inappropriate’ light including links to MS, epithelial cancers (like skin, breast and colon) and mood disorders. TIP: Try to avoid bright light beyond 1-hour post sunset – screens (TV/phones/computers); install f.lux (free) on your computers for accurate screen colouration for time of day, get out into the early morning sunlight as much as you can to help generate Vitamin D and balance your hormones; sleep in completely darkened room.
Now, for one of the most common: FOOD.
Food sources are not always clean. Whether it be what the farmer or distributor sprays on the food right through to genetically modified produce, you want to find out what potential toxins you’re putting in your body. As a general rule, if it’s coming home in a packet, likely it has things in it you don’t want in your body. If your consume animal products, remember that they are what they ate. So, if it’s farm raised fish, they probably got fed a LOT of grain or waste products. If it’s from a caged chicken – tons of GMO corn. Look for ethically farmed animal products and raised in ways as close as possible to their natural state and diet e.g. free-roaming, 100% Grass-fed cattle. TIP: Know where your food came from and how it is produced (and stored); find out if it is ‘in season’. If not, you’re not meant to be eating it; Wash every fruit and vegetable thoroughly – residual pesticides and fertilisers can build up in your body over time; become a ‘conscious eater; avoid non-organic grain and legume products (they are sprayed with Roundup routinely).
An absolute necessity for everyone and as a hot yogi, you’re probably even more aware of how important it is to you. Get a good filter at home that removes the toxins such as chorine and fluoride. This interfere with neurological and gut function and are not healthy consumed over time. We need the chorine added to public water to ensure it’s safe to drink but the fluoride is an unfortunate unproven ‘mass medication’ program and has detrimental effects in the body over time. There’s plenty of places to read of on this. Make sure you get your information from a reputable source – not the tin-hat wearers conspiracy club. TIP: Choose to drink water over all other beverages – most pre-prepared drinks are made on tap water (=toxic); get a filter at home; use glass or stainless steel bottles as much as possible to avoid toxins from the plastics; bottled water is ok if you know the source and only use occasionally (they usually come in plastic!)
Super obvious known toxic baddies: SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, VEGETABLE/SEED BASED OILS
No need to go too in depth here. We know we love ’em. We know we should stay away from them. They have been engineered by food companies to taste extra yummy so we want to eat these things all the time. Just don’t. After a few weeks avoiding certain foods, you don’t miss them anymore. TIP: If its got loads of sugar, agave, maple, rice syrup, HFCS – stop kidding yourself and get off that toxic crud. It’s causing you a fatty liver, an unhealthy cardiovascular system and giving you a spare tyre!; Artificial sweeteners will rot everything from your brain to your bones – just don’t; throw out all canola, margarine, any other seed oil based product – replace with olive, coconut, lard…. anything that comes from a natural source (rather than the equivalent of a petrochemical plant).
Another obvious but rarely actioned one: CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
We are surrounded by modern day conveniences such as deodorants, washing powders, bleaches, sunscreens, petrol, gas and glue to name a few. Then there’s the little luxuries – perfumes, cosmetics, shaving creams, insect sprays…. pretty much all of them now considered ‘necessity’. Now, I’m not one to advocate the smelly pits brigade – I can’t stand being it the presence of “odourousness” myself but there are awesome non-toxic alternatives to be found all around. They can be a bit more expensive but when it comes to looking after your health, it’s well worth it. TIP: Find out what chemicals your really need in your life on as many levels as possible and eliminate the rest; If you have an issue with body odour – get a zinc test, you may be low; for those things you absolutely cannot live without, find a clean alternative that works for you.
Whilst many of us often throw caution to the wind and join in as our teens call out YOLO, it’s good to remember health is always easier to maintain than regain. Become curious and start to find ways in which you could reduce your toxic load. Then each time you get on the mat, you get to take your health to a whole new level!
~ Dr Linda