Back to Basics: Five Ways to Detoxify the Body

Flows for Life

Our body is a wonderfully intelligent and complex system. As I said in a previous post, all the zillions of cells require good fuel, clean water and oxygen to work optimally and maintain homeostasis (balance).  In our fast-paced modern world, our body has to work overtime to clean itself, given what it is bombarded with on a day-to-day basis. In many cases, it can’t cope and then it starts breaking down. Dis-ease, discomfort and pain are often the result.

In many cases, this overload of toxins in the body is what causes allergies  and other hard to pin point conditions. Here are five ways to start helping the body clean itself. They are in no particular order of importance, because they are all important.

1. Avoid Chemicals in Food and Drink
For a while (like a week), reduce or even eliminate sugar, caffeine, alcohol, cow’s milk, processed foods (read the labels!), pre-prepared foods (those tv dinners are full of nasty E’s!), low fat products (they say ‘low fat’ but they might have lots of sugar or nasty sweeteners), fizzy drinks and carbonated water which steal calcium from the bones, avoid low fat sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin and others are dreadfully toxic), mass-produced biscuits and sweets, fruit juices (most are concentrated and encourage very fast weight gain), wheat (most breads on the market are not fit to be called bread with all the stuff that is added to each loaf – it causes bloating, heaviness, weight gain, gluten intolerance, celiac disease), meat and poultry (unless organic).

So after all that, I hear you thinking, what do I eat then? Everything else that is not on the list above – I believe 70-80% of the products in the supermarket are not fit for healthy consumption. Go for nuts and seeds, pulses, legumes, fresh vegetables, free range eggs (good source of  protein) – if you can recognise what the basic product is, then that’s a good start!

2. Avoid Chemicals On The Body
Reduce the amount of products you use to clean and groom the body. Perfumes, deodorants, hairsprays and gels, hair colourants, body creams, shower gels and shampoos, fluorinated toothpaste etc, all have chemicals and these build up in the body and have to be processed and eliminated.  So choose, where you can, natural options. For instance, give your body a break from perfumes. Change your regular deodorant for a natural mineral deodorant stick. Instead of regular toothpaste, choose a natural aloe vera toothpaste (here in the UK  we have a brand called Aloe Dent, since using it, my teeth have stopped being sensitive). Use natural products if you can, to colour your hair (I’ve read that red hair colour is particularly carcinogenic, but unfortunately it is very popular !)

3. Avoid Chemicals In The Home and the Environment~
We are all tempted by advertising campaigns to buy, buy, buy cleaning products that will make our lives ‘easier’. The truth is, all these cleaning products are extremely toxic for the body over a period of time. Bleach is probably the worst offender. Although I have it in the home, I use it sparingly and only for very specific jobs.

4. Drink more natural still spring water to flush out toxins from the body (at least 1 liter a day!) Avoid tap water as it is recycled many times and contains lots of chemicals.

5. Speed up the deep cleaning process by practising this dynamic self help exercise every day: Main Central Source of Life

When you detoxify the body, you feel cleaner on the inside, you have more energy, you lose weight and you can think more clearly. It’s about going back to basics.

A List of Anti Cancer Foods to Save Your Life

Below is a list compiled by Dr William Li of The Angiogenesis Foundation, of some of the foods and other dietary sources of naturally occurring Antiangiogenic (read: Anti-Cancer growing) substances. We all know that a balanced diet is fundamental to good health, but the key here is to ADD these foods to your diet – for more information see the video in the previous post. You can add Earl Grey Tea and Glucosamine to that list – there are others mentioned in the video by Dr William Li. (Slide courtesy of The Angiogenesis Foundation)

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help: Harmonising Attitudes

There are five Attitudes: Worry, Fear, Anger, Grief and Pretense.  Each finger corresponds to an attitude, so you can harmonise Worry by holding the Thumb, Fear by holding the Index Finger, Anger by holding the Middle Finger, Grief by Holding the Ring Finger and Pretense by holding the Little Finger.

You don’t hold your thumb or finger so that the attitude ‘goes away’ – rather, you hold it so that you allow that feeling to harmonise and so that you can observe that attitude and gain more clarity. Attitudes in themselves are not bad – we are, after all human beings and part of our make up is to experience all these emotions, or attitudes.

The ‘problem’ arises when we get STUCK in the behaviours that go along with these attitudes.

The prime attitude is FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) – out of FEAR come all the others. Anger, for instance is about wanting something to happen in a certain way, our way. And if that doesn’t happen then I get ‘angry’. Sadness or grief has to do with losing something that I cherished – but if that grief goes on for 20 years then I have got stuck in that grief.  Attitudes are not right or wrong – but they can be changed so they don’t control our every day behaviour.

So hold your thumb and fingers whenever your hands are idle. You’ll be harmonising attitudes, moving the energy and revitalising your whole being. What could be easier?

And the effect is cumulative, so the more you hold, the more you ‘clean’ and the more you harmonise.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help for Anxiety

Anxiety and FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) are a big part of our lives. Managing our anxieties and fears goes a long way to managing stress in our lives and in our bodies.

A very simple way to manage anxiety is to hold the index finger. Not only does it calm anxieties and nervousness, but it helps the following:

* Teeth and gums
* Backaches
* Digestion, constipation
* Self criticism, shyness
* Muscle tension
* Kidney and bladder energy
* the stress of standing for many hours
* anything to do with the element of water (colour blue)


There is nothing to fear but Fear itself.

Self Help to Beat Fatigue and the Heat

Fatigue colours our world and affects how we feel, and Jin Shin Jyutsu is one of the most powerful ways to overcome fatigue.

Time after time, I have tried and tested these holds and it is absolutely amazing how my whole world can change in 20 minutes – purely because I have been able to energise myself. And if I can, you can too with this simple exercise.

The Spleen energy governs our energy levels and this exercise is very powerful for vitality and calm (one needs energy to stay calm, believe it or not!) – 20 minutes minimum every day.

The Spleen is the biggest lymphatic organ in the body and if kept happy, helps all the other organs.

In Jin Shin Jyutsu, a sequence of HOLDS is referred to as a FLOW. The following self-help flow can be used to revitalise and re-energise the whole system, and to be ‘happy and content where ever you are’. Use it to regulate the body’s temperature (to warm the body when it’s cold, to cool the body when it’s hot), and to balance the nervous system (to calm).

Hold each step for a few minutes or until you feel you want to move to the next position. Tip: put on a chill out CD and when the track changes, move the hands to the next position… The music can add a wonderful dimension to the session…

GENERAL ENERGY REVITALISING FLOW (Spleen Flow)
(Right energy pattern)
Step 1
Place Left hand on base of spine (coccyx)
Place Right hand on right inside of heel
Step 2
Move Right hand and place on left base of rib cage and hold
Step 3
Move Left hand and place on right above breast area
Step 4
Move Left hand and place on left center of collar bone

So to summarise: the Spleen flow helps beat fatigue, insomnia, headaches, anxiety and much more. It stimulates the immune system, helps the digestive system, helps regulate our body temperature (you can use it to warm and to cool the body – isn’t that great?) – this flow also helps the skin, helps beat the attitude of WORRY and well, it’s just a great general all round wonder flow – use it with HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE!

Self help holds for Fast Stress Relief

Stress. We all have to deal with stresses every day, which impair the stability and balance of bodily functions. A little stress is good (gives us a little kick to get us going) but a lot of stress, or even worse, long term stress can cause tension on all levels: the physical, mental and emotional.

These self help holds that I talk about in Flows for Life, and based on the Ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, help relieve the tensions of stress. It’s about managing stresses that cause long term discomforts and pains. Anxiety, worry, fatigue, and a compromised immune system are just some of the effects of our modern day stresses that can lead to big label illnesses and conditions over a period of time.

The list of stress symptoms is vast and there is a hold, or Jin Shin Jyutsu exercise to help alleviate each one of them. At this point, a good all around de- stressing exercise is the Main Central Source of Life

Pay special attention to the position where the right hand is on the top of the head and the left fingers are placed between the breasts on the sternum. This position deepens the breathing – and encourages the exhale breath to ‘clean dirt, dust, grease and grime’ as Mary Burmeister used to say.

What are your stress symptoms?

Stress is probably the largest reason for dis-ease and pain, and this is why it’s so important to have tools at hand (excuse the pun) to deal with every day stresses so that they don’t become every day stucknesses.

We all have different stress symptoms – some of us get headaches and or fatigue, and or pain, and or allergies and the list goes on and on.

Because stress management is such a large subject, I would like to ask you: ‘What are YOUR stress symptoms?’ A stress can be physical, emotional and mental. Sometimes we experience all three at the same time.

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