When I first put two and two together and realised that my implants were the reason for the demise of my health. Apart from wanting to remove them from my body as fast as possibly could, I also got the urgency to want to detox my body and remove all unwanted toxins from within. However, the more I read about detoxing and the best way to go about it on the support group, I realised that trying to detox and clean out my body while the silicone was still inside me, wasn’t a great idea. It would simply move toxins around my body. Also at this point, I was feeling pretty rotten and weak most of the time. Making a cup of tea was an effort, so trying to have ‘clean living’ diet, wasn’t going to be easy. I also wanted to make sure that I had full strength before my operation.
However, there was a couple of things I did to help my body cope with its current situation of ‘falling apart’ before I my operation day finally arrived. I have to say, it really did make a difference to how my body felt. They were simple and a gentle way to start the detox process ….
This link above will take you to my fabulous Epsom Bath Salt post.. it explains why they are just so darn good for you and it even has the recipe I use and links to where you can buy all the ingredients. So I won’t repeat myself again on here. I will say this – pre explant my body was always in some sort of pain. I found my knees hurt or hip/bum area was uncomfortable and my shoulders, elbows, wrists would feel broken on occasions…actually, there were many parts of my anatomy that were crying out for help!! I took one of these baths at least three times a week, and they really helped ease the pains. I found that the next day after the bath I would actually feel better. When I first started them, they weren’t the most relaxing experience. I could just about stay in the bath for 10 minutes. I would be sweating like I was in the desert without shade and when I got out, I would feel really dizzy. But as time went on, I found that I was sweating less and could last soaking for a lot longer, also the dizzy spells stopped. I still continue to have the baths now after explant and I can last until the bath gets cold, I hardly sweat at all…. I also now add a few drops of camomile essential oils to help me sleep better – if needed.
It has also been said that our skin is like a third kidney. This is because one of the skin’s primary functions is to get rid of toxins. It is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification process every single day. In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. … Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing one of the most efficient, quickest, and easiest ways to help your skin get rid of these toxins from your body.
Since the toxins build up when we are asleep, I always use my natural bristle brush before or after my shower in the morning.
- Brush in a slow, circular motion.
- Start by brushing your feet, then upward your legs, then abdomen.
- Always make sure you are brushing towards the direction of your heart.
- Then brush down your arms, back, and neck.
- Do not brush your face as the skin is very sensitive
- After brushing, it is recommended to drink water, (preferably filtered water) as this assists in clearing away the toxins you’ve just released.
Every day Beauty Products
We use so many products in our every day life. Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, face wash, moisturiser, make up, nail varnish etc. Most of them have many harmful chemicals in them that can disrupt our endocrine system. Silicone is in most of them and a huge endocrine disrupter, (there will be a post up soon about our endocrine system and how it works very soon). With our skin being our biggest organ in our body, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t using products that could add to the toxic overload my body was already crumbling under. So I removed pretty much everything and replaced it with the following….
Deodorant – I started with PitROK Crystal Original. Doesn’t block pores and is
• Free from Aluminium Chlorohydrate or Aluminium Zirconium.
• Free from Parabens, SLS/SLES, Propylene Glycol, Silicone.
• Fragrance Free.
I now use Neals Yard Remedies Lavender & Aloe Vera deodorant. Free from pore-blocking aluminium salts and preservatives. This is the list of ingredients which are all from natural origin.. Alcohol denat., Aqua, Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) leaf juice powder*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) oil*, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) oil*, Glycerin, Sodium usnate (Lichen) extract, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.
Body Wash – Korres brands – they are free from the following…
They do however still contain some chemicals, like sodium laureth sulfate, which has controversy around its safety but for me, my main concern was silicones and so I was happy to use the Korres brand.
Shampoo and Conditioner – Again, I use a mix of Korres or Neals Yard Remedies products. Again they are both great.
Hair Dye – I didn’t dye my hair in the run up to explant as it was falling out at a crazy rate. I still left it un-dyed after explant and it was quite a long time before I went back to my Organic Hairdresser. They use an organic semi permanent hair dye on me and I now dye my hair once every 3 months – the colour seems to take better and last longer than before explant!!
Face Wash – I use to buy most of my face products from Space NK. However once I read the back of what I was actually using on my face.. I stopped immediately and started using a face balm by Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. It’s 100% natural ingredients and my skin loves it!
Face Cream – Again I went back to Korres and use their Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream. Again it was free from silicones.
I also use Mama Nature Queen B Natural Beauty Balm. The ingredients are all natural again; Calendula Infused Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil, Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Royal Jelly, Manuka Honey, Euphoria Longana Honey, Brazilian Green Propolis Extract.However – Do not use if you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, allergic to any of the ingredients or have a nut allergy.
This was something else I wanted to address before explant. Living in the english countryside I was already very aware of the issues with pesticides. When they spray, many of us living close by find we get headaches and itchy sore throats. Even though I can not get away from this situation unless I move, I wanted at least try to reduce the levels and toxins from the pesticides within my body. Like most toxins, yet again there is a lot of information about it disrupting the endocrine system. I also read somewhere that it only takes a week for pesticides to leave your body.. I have no idea if that is true or not – nor can I find the article!! This wasn’t the only reason to change….
According to the UK Soil Association, studies performed by Newcastle University showed the following
Good things happen when you go organic
- organic milk and meat contain around 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic.
- organic meat had slightly lower concentrations of two saturated fats
- organic milk and dairy contains slightly higher concentrations of iron, Vitamin E and some carotenoids
- organically produced crops (cereals, fruit and vegetables) up to 68% more antioxidants than non-organic.
- organic fruit and veg contain lower concentrations of pesticides and the toxic heavy metal cadmium.