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UNDERSTANDING DETOXIFICATION

We are exposed to toxins every day from the food we eat, the air we breathe and the environment. It is impossible to avoid exposure to toxins but the body has developed ingenious and sophisticated methods of removing toxins, before they can damage cells. 

Overtime, toxins accumulate in the body, leaving you feeling lethargic and not up to par. Toxins contribute to ill health by interfering with cellular functioning. After a short detox, many people feel rejuvenated and clear headed. Detoxing re-evaluates one’s eating habits and may serve as a great mental cleanse providing a quiet environment to reflect on your goals and priorities.

The liver is the body’s best friend when it comes to detoxification. It’s an incredible organ, performing many functions such as helping digestion and storing energy, but the liver is best known for its role in detoxification, in which it is assisted by the kidney, digestive system and the skin. In today’s world where we are faced with a lot of toxins, it’s easy for the liver to become overloaded and less efficient at expelling toxins, so it may need a helping hand from time to time. It also takes in everything we are exposed to in our environment, good or bad. These include the toxins in the food we eat, the chemicals found in our skincare products, as well as those found in our furniture and in our clothing. After taking them in, the liver transforms them into less potent molecules which the body is able to use for nutrition, cellular health and regeneration or they are being excreted. 

Why Detoxification

  1. You Feel Better; after detox, one wakes up feeling vital, vibrant, alive, joyful and full of energy. Even if you are fine but have symptoms of being toxic like fatigue, brain fog, achiness, digestive issues, allergies and headaches, the detox can help heal you quickly. 
  2. Better Immune System
  3. Nicer Breath
  4. Clearer Skin
  5. Shinier Hair 
  6. Slowed Signs of Ageing; Growing older is a beautiful thing, but we don’t always want the outward signs of ageing that comes with it. Detoxing helps one slow down the visible signs of ageing by reducing toxins that contribute to skin damage.
  7. Better Sex Life

Ways to Detoxify

  1. Alcohol Intake; Excessive drinking can severely damage the liver function by causing fat buildup, inflammation and scarring. When this happens, the liver cannot function adequately and perform its necessary task, including filtering waste and other toxins from the body.
  2. Sleep; ensuring adequate and quality sleep each night is a must to support one’s body health and natural detoxification system. Sleeping allows the brain to reorganize and recharge itself, as well as remove toxic waste byproducts that have accumulated throughout the day.
  3. Drink More Water; Water does so much than quench your thirst. It regulates the body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption and detoxifies the body by removing waste products.
  4. Reduce intake of sugary and processed foods
  5. Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods such as Broccoli, Spinach, Carrots.
  6. Eat Foods High in Prebiotics 
  7. Decrease Your Salt Intake
  8. Regular Exercise
  9. Choose Natural skin care products.

One can enhance the body’s natural detoxification system and improve overall health by staying hydrated, consuming less salt, getting active and following an antioxidant-rich diet.

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THE CONVERSATION; Tampons vs Sanitary pads

If one is prone to waking up to sheets that resemble a crime scene, then the biggest pad with wings should probably be at the top of the list, but if one wants to go to a beach without a big panty on, Tampons!

SANITARY PADS are rectangles of absorbent material that sticks to the underwear and you can wear them day or night. Some have extra material on the sides (called “wings”) that fold over the edges of your underwear to better hold the sanitary pad in place and prevent leakage. Sanitary pads are really easy to use but they are not for everybody. Since they are worn outside your body, people often complain about a wet feeling and the stress of constantly checking for leaks. Some pads are thinner and shorter while others are thicker and longer, it all depends on each person’s preference and protection needs.

TAMPONS are also made of absorbed material and it is a small cylindrical bundle that is made of cotton, rayon or a blend of cotton and rayon. It is inserted directly into the vagina with an applicator or digitally where it absorbs the menstrual blood before it has a chance to come out of the body. If inserted properly, you won’t feel that it is there, which is pretty much the best-case scenario when you are on your period and want to be comfortable.

Sanitary pads can be useful for light to heavy days, but one would have to change them every 3 to 4 hours during the day to avoid discomfort and period odor. They are a good option for bedtime use. Many women like sanitary pads because they are easy to use and it is easier to remember when to change them since you can see them getting soaked with blood.

If you have a medium to heavy flow, tampons are a good choice but they aren’t great for overnight use as they can cause irritation for some people. Tampons can be worn for almost any activity or with any outfit, since they are worn internally. It is all about what is most comfortable for you. They are also a great option to use when you want to swim while on your period.

 For safety and hygiene purposes, it is recommended that one should change tampons every 4 to 8 hours. Because leaving one in too long, like all day or all night puts you at risk of a rare but very dangerous illness called “Toxic Shock Syndrome”.

Symptoms of TSS include high fever, vomiting or diarrhea, severe muscle aches, a feeling of extreme weakness or dizziness and a rash that looks like sunburn. If one ever have these symptoms while wearing a tampon, remove it and go for a medical checkup immediately. But remember that TSS is very rare and most women never become ill from using Tampons. Tampons are good for Daytime use.

Many girls worry that tampons might get lost inside them, luckily, that can’t happen. The opening of the cervix (located at the top of the vagina) is just too tiny for a tampon to get through. Tampons typically have a string attached to one end that stays outside the body and can be used to remove the tampon at any time and easily.