What are some good detox tips?
All good advice from OM and Mendy Lou.
When I went hard against the cancer, I ate only vegan organic.
I would have juicies, made from an apple, a beetroot, and 3 carrots, often with a large handful of spinach blended in, at least 3 times a day.
Two important things mentioned are water and air.
We are very fortunate with both here.
Our water supply is underground, with the source uninhabited land; so it is about as natural as you will find anywhere on the planet.
We live on top of a peninsula sticking out into the ocean – so for 270 degrees, the wind is from the ocean, and the nearest land for 180 degrees is several thousand miles away. The nearest industry is over a hundred miles away in any direction, and all of our dominant wind directions are from areas without human influence for over a thousand miles. So we have some of the best air on the planet.
And I am in the habit of running taps long enough to let all the water that has been in contact with the metal of the taps flow through before I place my cup in the flow. A small thing, and lots of small things can add up.
In the kitchen, I ensure I have the extractor fan running whenever I have a heat source operating, and for as long as anything is above 60 degrees C.
Since teaching myself to free dive 40 years ago, I have been in the habit of practising deep breathing most days. I usually use a square breathing technique, in, hold, out, hold – for equal lengths. For me, I start at 8 second legs, and build out to 20 second legs. That takes a while to develop. Work out what is comfortable for you, start there, and extend into the zone of discomfort – and the zone will move. When I was in dive form I could maintain 90 second legs for an hour, can’t do that now, and don’t really have a need to reach that sort of extreme.
And the detox power is in getting the maximum flow turbulence and maximum gas exchange. It is not just oxygen going in, but also getting the exhaust gasses, CO2 and a vast number of other volatile aromatic compounds from within the body.
For me, there is a very definite meditative quality to breathing. When I am out at the long end (over a minute per leg) there is very little oxygen left at the end of the cycle, and very little awareness available for anything other than breath – there is only breathing – nothing else exists in awareness. And at that level, it has nothing whatever to do with detox, it is actually increasing the oxidative stress on one’s systems – hence my suggested limit of 20 seconds for detox.