As a result of the devastating natural disasters that have impacted our community, many of us have been exposed to potential toxins. First it was the smoke and ash, then the mud and debris, and most recently the mud dust. Our bodies have an extraordinary capacity to heal. However, in times like these, it is extremely important to support our body’s natural detoxification abilities and enhance our efficiency in eliminating toxins. Below are some suggestions to support and optimize your body’s recovery and healing.
1 • Fortify with anti-inflammatory foods & supportive fluids
Dark, leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, chard, arugula)
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauli ower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage)
Broccoli sprouts, watercress, dandelion greens & cilantro
Berries (wild blueberries, blackberries, goji berries), pomegranate & apples
Avocado, olive oil & walnuts
Beans, lentils, nuts & seeds (i.e. freshly ground flax seeds)
Drink plenty of filtered water daily
Warm lemon water first thing in the morning
Green tea & herbal teas (licorice root, dandelion root, burdock root, ginger)
2 • Boost with targeted supplements
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
Curcumin (i.e. Meriva or Theracurmin)
Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA)
Resveratrol, quercetin, fruit anthocyanins
Chlorella, spirulina, supergreens
* Please consult with your health care provider before beginning any new supplements *
3 • Move your body
Physical activity supports our organs so they can optimally perform their functions. It increases circulation and perspiration, which promote toxin elimination. Incorporate cardio, resistance, stretching, and restorative movement. Yoga may be particularly beneficial. Move in a way that feels good.
4 • Infrared sauna
The radiant heat may aid in a number of restorative body processes and is incredibly relaxing for both body and mind. By stimulating circulation and sweating, infrared saunas may also support the elimination of toxins.
5 • Receive a massage
Massage promotes the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, providing much needed support when our bodies are under stress. It also relieves tension and boosts our overall sense of well-being.
6 • Rest and sleep
Your body needs rest for optimal repair, detoxification, and renewal. You may find that you need more rest than you normally do. Listen to your body. Commit to at least 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. Take a nap. Rest and rejuvenate.
7 • Breathe deeply
Try 4-7-8 deep breathing: Inhale deeply through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for 7 counts, then exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. Repeat three times.
8 • Clean the air
Consider a high-quality HEPA air filter to help clear indoor contaminants. Also, try these top air- filtering houseplants: https://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/best-houseplants-for-clean-air. And be sure to remove your shoes before entering your home, to avoid tracking in potential toxic residue.
9 • Dry brush your skin
Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, supporting toxin elimination. It also exfoliates and invigorates the skin and is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Follow with a nourishing body oil.
10 • Support your skin
Try these non-toxic supportive skincare products:
Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk • Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum • True Botanicals Antioxidant Booster • Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Crème • May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon • Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 • MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28 • May Lindstrom The Problem Solver • The Organic Pharmacy Detox Body Oil • Pursoma Detox Bath Salts • Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic All in One Healing Skin Cream
In the wake of all that our community has endured over the past months, we at WELL Dermatology would like to be a resource to any and all that may be in need of support. There is much healing ahead and we are committed to supporting you along this path.