Cleansing Clarified – Part 2
Mood Matters: Mind-cleansing Detox
In Part 1 of our detox series, we highlighted ways to lessen the toxic burden on your body. In Part 2, it’s all about your mind. What you allow in and out of your mind has tremendous impact on how you feel, act and think. It may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘detox,’ but it is critical to the immediate and sustainable effects of any detox plan.
What does it mean to cleanse your mind? And why does it support detox? It’s like clearing your closet of clothes which no longer fit, or that you just don’t like anymore, to create space. Clearing your mind of negative influences on your mental and emotional well-being creates more mental space and blunts the body’s stress response.
A study from the journal, Clinical Endocrinology states that chronically stressed individuals were at increased risk of fatty liver disease and reduced liver function from the impacts on cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone.
Clearing your mind of negative influences on your mental and emotional well-being creates more mental space and blunts the body’s stress response
When stressed, cortisol increases and can lead to reduced functionality of the liver, your primary detox organ.
These three steps will cleanse your mind (and body) to ensure your mental and physical detox success:
- Clear the Clutter “What things will bring you joy if you keep them as part of your life?” From the best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, author Marie Kondo’s approach to cultivating a calm, motivated mindset is to keep the things that only bring you joy. If there is something in your mental space that causes you stress, is associated with a bad memory, or reminds you of a toxic relationship, remove it from your mental or physical space. Declutter.
- Soothe the Stress A daily relaxation routine will help calm and reduce stress levels throughout the day, but it is still challenging to fit relaxation time into a busy lifestyle,which is what needs daily relaxation more than anything. As little as 5 minutes of meditation, a 20-minute walk, or 2 minutes of deep breathing will help modulate your stress response and calm your mind so you can gain mental clarity – and relax.
- Nix the Nerves The traditional use of herbs to calm and ease mental restlessness is widespread.
In botanical medicine, the term nervine refers to herbal remedies which stimulate positive responses in your nervous system. Nervine herbs such as lavender, camomile, passion flower and lemon balm are gentle and effective ways to calm an overactive mind so you can rest well – essential for detoxification and rejuvenation. In the form of botanical tinctures, teas or even essential oil scents, these plant-based products will settle your anxiety.
Ultimately, cleansing your mind will create space for more joy, clarity and rest so your body is more responsive to detoxification.
Next month, we explore the last phase of the detox plan – replenishment – but with a unique twist that will help nourish your soul!
Dr. Quinn Hand, ND & Dr. Sindy Shin, ND share a passion for teaching women, moms and families about sustainable and natural ways to take care of their health, so their health can take care of them. qwellness.ca