What does filtering your life mean?
When I think of the word filter my mind goes to cleaning the air conditioner filters, the pool filter, the lens filter on my camera and car servicing. Just like mechanical equipment have filters that need to be cleaned out, our bodies benefit from a good cleanse too.
Filtering our life breaks down into two parts:
- Detoxify our body,
- Detoxify our life.
To detox means to rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. This should not be confusing or a horrible experience but rather the opposite.
Health benefits of filtering life:
Eliminate toxins from food, beverages, and household goods.
We are exposed to so many toxins every day that we have no control over including heavy metal toxins. By purchasing organic, grass fed meats, organic produce, using water filters and natural cleaning products can significantly reduce toxic loading within the body. Get more information here https://feelgoodnaturopathy.com.au/resources/
Increase water intake to stay hydrated. When we drink at least 3 litres of water daily our body can flush out stagnant bacteria found in UTI’s, assist with high blood pressure and reduce the frequency of headaches, mood disorders, fatigue caused by dehydration. At the beginning of a detox, a person may feel tired as the body cleanses though this is only short term.
Primal eating. Think of our grandparents meals. There was limited packaged foods, limited preservatives and colours, just basic foods from the land. Primal eating isn’t difficult when we menu plan and take a moment to think back to basics of meat, vegetables and fruits. Be sure to eat the macronutrients each meal consisting of protein, fats and carbs. If someone suffers from allergies in the family, grab some easy recipes here https://feelgoodnaturopathy.com.au/in-the-kitchen/allergy-free-recipes/
Eliminate sugars, yeast and alcohol. Surprisingly there are sugars found in so many packaged foods. By cutting out sugars and yeast will reduce cravings for sweets and carbs and cleanse the blood. The liver is one of the bodys natural filters, by eliminating alcohol supports the liver during a cleanse period. One more interesting and important fact – sugars, yeast and alcohol increase acidity within the body. Learn more about acid and alkaline here https://feelgoodnaturopathy.com.au/resources/
Manage stress. Research has found a link between high stress and fatty liver disease, anxiety and adrenal fatigue. Learn to destress with mindfulness practices, thankful habits, breathing and exercise, appreciate the great outdoors and support the body with vitamin B’s and C. Regular hot topics that may help are here https://feelgoodnaturopathy.com.au/on-the-couch/
Declutter the wardrobe, home and shed. Take a long weekend of fun to go through the clothes that haven’t see the light of day for many months. If clothing hasn’t been worn for 12 months, send it to the second-hand shop. Think through the process carefully as this is beneficial healing to the soul and giving to others. The same process applies to the kitchen, the spare room and shed.
Detox from social media. Have you ever thought how many hours this week has been spent on FB, Instagram, forums or another social platform? Do you need to log off and unplug for a month? Ok or a week? So much time can be consumed by sitting back and flicking though FB, ignoring family members, friends or even isolating oneself. I’ll let you think about that one. https://feelgoodnaturopathy.com.au/technology-addiction/
Release from toxic friends. A friend is someone that shares common interests, listens, communicates, shares respect, laughs, cries and just a good all-round person. Removing negative, abusive, opinionated, dominative people from life is freeing for the mind and spirit. The circle of friendship doesn’t need to be huge, but it does need to be supportive. Check social media also when releasing as comments can harbour unwanted ill-feelings. My thoughts are, “Would I happily spend time having a meal with this person?” If no, they go.
Appreciate nature. A daily dose of mental well-being comes from the great outdoors. Research has shown impressive results with mood disorders when people spend time outside. Whether a person chooses to sit on the veranda with favourite beverage and admire the natural surroundings, go for a bush walk, swim in the sea or even walk around the neighbourhood it is important to take time to look at nature. Take the time to stop and check out the wildlife, intricate flowers, sounds of birds and be sure to journal a gratitude moment at the end of the day.
Gratitude. Journaling, photo blogging, inspiration quotes are all ways we express ourselves. This will reflects mood and attitude. Gratitude is one of the major steps we adopt when detoxifying and reducing stress as our attitude represents our internal altitude of life. Here is an interesting blog about comparing our lives with others.https://feelgoodnaturopathy.com.au/reality-is-that-we-are-often-mislead-by-a-persons-portrayed-animated-existence/