Written by Amelia Whelan
I’ve been traveling for the past 2 months leading up to 2018 and by the time January 1st arrived, I was absolutely feeling the wear and tear of traveling taking it’s harsh toll on me. Long flights, dry air, long bus rides and multitudes of coughing and sneezing crowds have absolutely made me feel a little less vibrant than usual. So I thought it would be most appropriate to share with you all - as I encourage myself - healthy and effective detox ideas for 2018.
1. Try eating a Raw Foods Diet (For 7-30 days) Including raw (uncooked) fresh fruits, vegetables, sea vegetables, sprouted nuts, seeds, sprouts and nut milks. You can cleanse your digestion tract by feasting on beautiful salads, fresh smoothies, vegetable juices, raw zucchini noodles, savory herb dips, sweet medjool dates, coconut water and so much more. A raw foods diet contains thousands of vibrant recipes that provide your entire body with a flood of nutrient, fiber, water and mineral rich foods. You’re likely to notice that your taste buds change after 7 days of eating raw foods and begin to appreciate simple fresh foods more post-cleanse. A raw foods diet is naturally low in salt and fat, so its common to experience initial weight loss as your body sheds itself of any sodium retention, and cleanses internally.
2. Make a Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie everyday for 2 weeks. According to one of my favorite intuitive healers and holistic doctors, Anthony Williams, the 5 most powerful foods for detoxifying heavy metal build up from the body is Hawaiian Spirulina, Cilantro, Wild Blueberries, Atlantic Dulse Seaweed and Barley Grass Juice Powder. These ingredients in particular can bind to one another and go into hard-to-reach places to pull out heavy metals such as mercury, copper, lead, cadmium and nickel. The trick? According to Dr. Williams, these foods are most powerful when all five ingredients are consumed together within 24 hours.
My favorite way to do this is to whip up a Detox Smoothie in the morning with:
Wild Frozen Blueberries
Frozen Strawberries (or Mango!)
1 tsp. Hawaiian Spirulina
1 tsp. Barely Grass Juice Powder
1 cup fresh almond or soy milk.
Blend until smooth and add ice if desired. It’s a creamy, green smoothie that tastes sweet and is hydrating. Then, I just make sure to include a little fresh cilantro and some crushed Atlantic Sea Dulse (which tastes like yummy, salty, sea-weed kale chips) on top of a big lunch salad or dinner time nourish bowl. Boom. All five heavy metal detox foods consumed within the first two meals of the day. Thats what I’m talking about.
3. Eliminate Toxic Beauty Products & Cleaning Products From Your Home. This may sound like an uncommon angle to take on an effective detox, but simply put, what we put onto our skin ends up in our bloodstream. If you’re focusing solely on eating healthy, detoxifying foods, and drinking healing, hydrating drinks, it doesn’t make sense to apply toxic beauty products or use chemical cleaning products on/near our cleansing bodies. After all, our skin is our largest organ. Here are 6 Ingredients you'll want to remove from your household (and beauty routine) in the new year. Look for all-natural alternatives that promote less toxicity in your everyday life.
Why you should care: These popular preservatives mimic the hormone estrogen and are linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They may also increase the risk of breast cancer.
What to look for: Anything that ends with “paraben” like butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, etc.
Where they're found: Found in shampoos and other bath products, lotions and makeup.- Formadehyde
What to look for: Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, 1,4 Dioxane and quarternium-15
Where it's found: Formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are found in the Brazilian Blowout, other hair treatments and some nail polishes
Why you should care: Considered a known human carcinogen, this preservative was made famous by the “Brazilian Blowout.” It can also cause asthma if inhaled, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity.
What to look for: This word on a label could mean between 10 and 300 different chemicals, but companies aren't required to list anything specific in their "fragrance" mixture. Be wary of any label that lists fragrance or "parfum."
Where it's found: Fragrance is found in everything from face cream to perfume to soap … basically any product with a scent.
Why you should care: Common synthetic fragrances contain hormone disrupters such as phthalates, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems like early puberty and the feminization of baby boys.
Where it's found: Talc is found in powder products, such as eye shadow, baby powder, face powder, and other loose-mineral cosmetics.
Why you should care: This absorbent and anti-caking agent is known to be toxic and is linked to cancer. Asbestos-containing talc particles have been known to cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs.
- Mineral Oil
What to look for: Mineral oil, or anything that sounds like the word "petroleum"
Where it's found: Mineral Oil is found in baby lotions, creams and skin ointments, as well as cosmetics.
Why you should care: This is a crude oil derived from the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is a known human carcinogen, and it also causes skin problems.
- BHA & BHT
What to look for: Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluen
Where they're found: BHA/BHT is found in moisturizers and makeup.
Why you should care: Considered “a reasonable anticipated human carcinogen,” this chemical preservative interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. It can also cause skin depigmentation, liver damage, and stomach cancer in animal studies.