by Lynell Cavner, Owner & Master Certified Bowen Practitioner, Lynell & Company
There’s a song titled Dance Yourself Clean. It’s got quite a catchy rhythm to help you get your body moving into 2023!
This song is great if “working out” is not your thing; just dance and move your body. The more you move, the less stiff and sore you will feel. Movement will help your body systems release toxic build up from deep within.
Toxic build up? Yes. However, because we are fearfully and wonderfully made, our bodies know how to inherently detox themselves, and movement helps this along. This detoxification takes place naturally every day through our skin, immune system, respiratory system, intestines, liver and kidneys.
To revisit 7th grade biology and how our bodies detox:
- Skin is the largest organ in the body; its main purpose is to provide a barrier against bacteria, viruses and toxins. It is a one-way defense system.
- Immune system: This grabs foreign substances and eliminates via the blood & lymphatic system.
- Respiratory system: Tiny nasal hairs trap dirt and particles inhaled; some that make it to the lungs are expelled in mucus.
- Intestines: The colon keeps toxins from accumulating, while the small intestines screen out parasites and foreign substances.
- Liver: The main filter of the body, it metabolizes nutrients, neutralizes metals and produces enzymes to defend against harmful chemicals and toxins.
- Kidneys: These are efficient filters of waste substances and eliminating them from the body.
With exercise, whether it’s dancing, lifting weights, running, walking, yoga, boxing, hiking, etc., this moving of our bodies increases blood circulation and the uptake of oxygen, which enhances the body’s detoxification process.
Think about where our kidneys are placed. They are perfectly placed to be “pumped” while we walk and swing our arms. Isn’t that brilliant? So, the more we move our arms and legs, the better the release of toxic gunk.
There is no right or wrong way to move, but there are some motions that may help a little more to assist your already inherent detox process.
The up and down motion of jumping and yoga twists and compression holds claim to help wring out the body’s internal organs and tissues as well.
Though there is no scientific data to support this, there is data to support that movement/exercise in general will help the detox process be more effective and efficient.