Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's time to detox

In just a little over a week, the first weight loss challenge for my local PCOS support group starts. I've spent a lot of time working out a challenge plan that will work for everyone. Because weight loss with PCOS is so hard, I really hated the idea of judging the winner based on how many pounds they lost. So this challenge is focused on becoming a healthier person. Points are awarded for exercise, eating enough fruits and veg, drinking plenty of water, etc. We have 4 people signed up right now, and hopefully more as the month comes to an end.

I'm working on getting started early - I want to get some exercise in, and I'm planning on a detox when I get home tonight. Have you heard of bentonite clay? I was introduced to it in my latest nutrition class. It was suggested as a simple form of detox, and goodness knows my entire system could use a good scrub inside. I also think that a detox would be great for me since I quit smoking (again) 3-4 weeks ago.

Bentonite clay, when introduced to water, becomes negatively charged. As they travel through the body, they attract positively charged particles in heavy metals, and flush them out. If you live anywhere in or near a large city, we are filled with heavy metals all the time from emissions. We breathe in all that crap, but don't do much to get rid of it.

So there are several different ways to detox. I'll definitely be doing an internal one - 1tsp of clay with a big glass of water, at least 2 hours after any prescriptions. I'll probably do it at the end of the day, after I get home from work. You can also get the clay in tablets so you don't have to chug muddy water. I've read about adding a little apple cider vinegar to help the clay dissolve, so I might do it that way. I'm sure I'll figure out the best way for me as I go along.

You can also take a clay bath - water as hot as you can stand it, and 1/4 cup to 3 cups of clay for 30-60 minutes. I have to borrow the roomie's bathtub, so I might not do this anytime soon.

The third option is a clay mask. This is more for acne, cuts and burns. I'll definitely be doing some acne masks. My acne get horrible right around my menstrual cycle, so anything that can make it a little better will be something I fall in love with. For this, you are supposed to mix a little clay with a little water and make a thick paste. Spread it on your face, let it dry, then rinse it off.

There's also been some research into bentonite clay getting rid of MRSA - the antibiotic resistant infection running rampant around hospitals nowadays. My bestie has had MRSA for years and can't find anything to make it better. We're going to try the clay out and see if it helps at all.

BIG IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use any metal when mixing the clay. Glass is preferable, and plastic if necessary. The metal in the spoon, cup or lid will take some of the benefits away because the clay will be focused on the utensil.

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