Why Detoxing is Important | 5 Tips How to Detox

Organicaholic by Mikee Federizo

I understand that a lot of people may be skeptical of what ~detoxing~ is and if it works. Some even hate the word because it sounds like a superficial fad. However, I beg to disagree — detox is not superficial and is definitely not a fad because it’s one of the most important things we can do FOR our bodies. 

 

What is Detox?

de·tox (noun)
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a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.

When we eat, we want to only absorb what’s nutritious for our bodies like the protein, good fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals that our food gives. Basically, whatever is not part of that list, we want to get rid of it.

The problem is, our gut health can be dependent on how efficiently we support our body’s natural detox process. This means — whatever goes in, not necessarily goes out. We tend to store unnecessary and unhealthy substances like sugar or bad fat (cholesterol) that our body doesn’t want, because our gut health isn’t in check.

The Gut

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I can’t talk about detox without talking about the gut. I have read countless books on beauty and health and they all say the same thing:

“Everything — not just beauty but basic health — begins and ends with the gut.”

In a sense, we are like a worm. When we eat or drink, we send them in a route of a long tube (which is by the way, around 30 feet long) that knows how to ingest, process and get rid of the waste. So in a process of about 72 hours, the good stuff should have been properly absorbed by our system and the bad stuff should have been excreted — in other words, pooped out.

In the GOOP Clean Beauty book by Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, I learned that our gut is like our second brain. It processes food, absorbs it, eliminates toxins, hosts 70% of our immune system, holds a nervous system larger than the one inside our brains, and it can even regulate our mood. It’s smart, because it knows what’s good and what’s bad and it helps us push the bad out of our system.

Now that we know what our gut is and how important it is, we might have the question: so how do I take care of my gut??

That’s where detoxing comes in. There are so many benefits of detoxing I can name, but here are my favorites:

    • gut health in check – healthy digestion!
    • less bloating – flat stomach, need I say more?
    • more energy – you know how you feel sluggish when you feel bloated and you don’t want to do anything?
    • clearer skin – who knew our gut is actually connected to acne and dark circles?
    • boosts mood – 95% of serotonin is in the gut so; happy gut, happy everything

 

My 5 Tips on How to Detox 

1. Eliminate!! 

I’m not sure how to expound on this further but if I haven’t convinced you enough yet that pooping is actually SO GOOD for your gut health, then I have failed. Kidding aside, make sure to eliminate daily!! This is especially great first thing in the morning, while you haven’t eaten anything yet. If you’re having a hard time doing this, I recommend drinking hot water with lemon, or if coffee does this for you, then go ahead.

 

2. Drink a ton of water 

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It’s actually amazing how brands like Hydroflask and Klean Kanteen has made drinking water ~cool~ through their marketing, but to be honest drinking water was cool even before all these fancy tumblers.

Water is essential for flushing the liver and kidneys, our primary detox organs. The human body can thrive without food for up to 30 days, but it will die without water. There are so many scary things that dehydration does to our body (I don’t even wanna get into it), so make sure to DRINK UP ON YOUR H2O!

The recommended amount by health experts are usually 2 liters or half a gallon, but one tip I found from google:

“In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day.

 

3. Sweat as much as you can, daily

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Let’s sweat out our toxic plastics!

The best way to sweat is of course — working out. Personally, I don’t exercise to lose weight, but more so because I makes me feel good. I love the mental clarity, the energy and the ~detox~ I’m getting from sweating. During this quarantine, I’ve actually found a lot of different workouts that I enjoy doing I listed them in previous blogpost 6 Healthy Habits You Can Start Doing Today.

Another fun way to sweat is by using the sauna or steam room. Ever wondered why it feels so good after you step out of the sauna? It’s because you’ve sweated out toxins and bad stuff from your body, and you leave feeling refreshed and clean.

Lastly, and probably my favorite way to sweat, is doing hot yoga. When I do this, not only am I feeling super zen, I’m also hyper-focused and not thinking about anything else (because the room is so hot, I need to focus more on getting my poses right). I especially love the yoga studios that use infrared instead of just heaters, because infrared can penetrate the skin up to 3 inches. That’s big for burning fat!

 

4. Feed good bacteria 

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Good bacteria can come from prebiotics and probiotics. A good balance is needed for optimal gut health, so we should aim to be eating both.

Prebiotics are dietary fibers that acts as fertilizer for the good bacteria in the gut. We can get it from eating leafy greens and fruits like bananas, apples, watermelon.

Probiotics, on the other hand, are live bacteria that can be found in yogurts and fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha. (Yakult, too!)

Of course, apart from taking in food with these two wonderful P’s, make sure that you have a clean diet in general. I’m not talking about a strict diet like no meat, or no dairy. I’m talking about, making the right decisions with our food. We already know what’s good (fresh fruits and veg, fresh meat) and what’s bad (chips, fast food, instant food), so that choice is ultimately ours.

Remember, the cleaner we eat, the healthier our gut, the better we feel and look.

 

5. Get a detox massage 

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Finally, my last tip — get a detox massage! We offer this one at LineaOrganica Experience. The main focus of this massage is your lymphatic draining system. It is massage in a way that it wakes it up, so that it can function properly. You will actually need to pee a lot after this massage, which is great because immediately you are eliminating toxins out of your body. An added bonus is, you can actually lose a lot of water weight just from 1 session. Imagine what amazing benefits you will get if you religiously do it!


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Skin 101 | What You Need To Know About Your Skin

Our skin is not as simple as we think it is.

You know what it does — it protects our bodies from all external forces like sunlight, wind, extreme temperatures… It is, in fact, the largest organ in our bodies (*some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet).

But what you might not know of it what goes on under your skin, and that’s what I’d like to focus on in this blogpost.

1. Our skin is made up of different layers. 

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Source: https://skincare.academy/

First, you have the EPIDERMIS, also known as the “skin barrier”.

This is the topmost layer of the skin, and the one exposed to all the external forces such as pollution, sunlight and — all the products you put on your skin. What’s important to note in the epidermis is that it is made up of building blocks namely keratin and lipid.

To understand this better, you can imagine that your skin is a house and keratin are the bricks and lipids are the cement you used to build it. You have to keep your epidermis very strong — so that external factors that cause breakouts such as bacteria cannot enter.

Next, is the DERMALAYER

This contains the nerves, fibers, sweat glands, and hair follicles. This is the biggest part of the skin, and also the part where inflammation tends to happen, once dirt and bacteria enter our skin.

Lastly, we have the SUBCUTANEOUS LAYER.

It is made up of fat, connective tissue, and larger vessels. This is the deepest layer of the skin before it gets to our muscles and organs.

2. pH Balance and H20 = Things You Need for your Epidermal Layer to be Strong 

Now that you have learned the different layers of your skin, you must now realize that if your epidermis or skin barrier is not as strong as you would like it to be, it’s very easy for dirt, bacteria and harmful chemicals to go inside your skin.

Your next question may be: How do I make sure my skin barrier is strong? The answer is actually quite simple:

First, you need to use products that balance your pH.

If the product you use is too alkaline (most chemical products are), the tendency is, it ruins your skin barrier. That is the very reason why most skins are sensitive. It is because you have absorbed too many chemicals in your skin that your epidermis is too thin.

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Second, you need to make sure you have sufficient skin hydration. 

We have what we call our natural oils or sebum that help hydrate our skin naturally. It avoids the loss of water and helps defend the skin from UV rays. However, when we use products that ruin our pH and skin barrier, your skin will lose its natural hydration and become either 1) very dry or 2) very oily (because it thinks it needs to produce more oil). This is also the reason why our skin also becomes opposed to aging, dark spots, as well as acne.

3. What You Put ON Your Skin Goes IN

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Take a moment to reflect — Have your been feeding your skin well? If we imagine our skin as our stomach, what will we find? If we look deep in our skin, is it full of great ingredients that help our skin function better and well protected? Or is it full of toxic chemicals and preservatives?

I used to suffer from extreme acne when I was in my teens.

One of the reasons why I actually shifted to using organic and natural products is because when I learned about the skin and what caused my acne, I realized that I have been ruining my own skin by using different products with harmful chemicals. I loved trying out different cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and even makeup. I would cake foundation on to hide the acne and in turn — I broke out more and more. It was a vicious cycle.

With that, I urge you to look into your beauty closet and check out the ingredients of the products that you are currently using.

Be careful of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Petrolatum (the most evil!), Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol, Coal Tar Dye, Paraffin, Carbomer and there are thousands more. All of these ingredients are purely toxic and unnecessary to be in your skin products. They are merely put there as a preservative, or to make the product feel good on your skin. If you want to learn more about each of them, check out my blog Beware of These 10 Cosmetic Ingredients 


One lesson that I have learned is that — if I truly care about my skin (your largest organ), I need to treat it with enough respect to use products that are beneficial for it.

I hope that this post has been helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM or drop them in the comments below.


Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist nor a medical expert, but as part of my business and research, I have gathered extensive knowledge about the human skin thus what I have shared above. 

Sources: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-body/skin/ |https://skincare.academy/the-skin-series-part-i-functions-anatomy/

Eye of Horus Natural Makeup Review

Growing up, I’ve always loved beauty brands and up until today, I’m always exploring new products. From reading blogs to watching youtube videos, I knew where to get the best foundations (Dior), concealers (Nars), blushes & bronzers (Benefit), highlighters (Becca), lipsticks (Mac) and so on! In fact, I have a whole make up collection full of mid to high-end brands that I have been collecting since I was about 16.

HOWEVER…

Now that I got into the organic lifestyle, I made a big decision of dumping my whole collection. YES, IT’S TRUE. I didn’t throw away everything, of course, but I exchanged all my current products for natural or organic ones. As a certified organicaholic, I’ve found amazing brands for skincare, hair, body and even special lines for moms and babies, but  I’d have to say, finding a natural/ organic cosmetics line is probably the hardest.

Little by little, I’m now starting to discover natural make up brands, and one of them is Eye of Horus from Australia. I made a blog post when I attended their product launch here in the Philippines and I promised I would write a review of their products, but I wanted to test the products first and use them every day before I could write an honest review. After using them for about a month now, here’s what I think about their products:

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Eye of Horus BIO Makeup Launch

Last November 18, 2017, I was invited to attend the Eye of Horus Bio Range launch, hosted by GlamourboxPH. It was an intimate VIP event held at Bondi & Bourke, Makati wherein we got to meet the owners of Eye of Horus and get to know their products.

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With Lia, Glamourbox owner and Heather, Eye of Horus owner
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Holly and Heather, owners of Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus is an Australian beauty brand that took its inspiration from the Egyptians’ eye makeup. They focus on creating cosmetics that have high-quality natural ingredients, without sacrificing the performance. I truly appreciate this because as a certified organicaholic, I have found it really difficult to find organic/ natural make up that works great. I used to have very limited options but now that I’m discovering new brands like Eye of Horus, I can expand my make up collection again! 🙂  Continue reading “Eye of Horus BIO Makeup Launch”

Does your deodorant contain these toxic ingredients?

Deodorant is an essential product that we use daily. Unfortunately, we are unaware that they are made with toxic ingredients that cause harm to our health.

Here are the Top 3 Toxic Ingredients Found in Deodorants:

1. Aluminum Compounds (Aluminum Chloralhydrate, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly)

Aluminum is linked to breast, prostate cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These ingredients are used as an antiperspirant because it helps stop the flow of sweat. The downside is that these may be absorbed by the skin, and can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

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2. Parabens

Parabens act as preservatives but have hormone-disrupting effects. It causes hormonal imbalance, which can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. It is also linked to birth defects and organ toxicity. There are different types of parabens – the top three are Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

3. Propylene Glycol 

It helps hydrate skin but since it is a byproduct of fossil fuel, it is not healthy for the skin to absorb it. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.

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Most of the common deodorants found in the market today such as Secret, Axe, Dove contain at least one of these ingredients, and we should really be careful in purchasing these products. Take note that if we use them once or a few times, it doesn’t cause any harm, but imagine using these products every day–it will build up and get absorbed into our skin.

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To be safe, I recommend creating your own deodorant. Here’s a DIY Deodorant recipe I found on Pinterest:

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 tsp essential oil (recommended: lavender)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil if not yet liquefied.
  2. Transfer it to a mixing bowl, and add the cornstarch and baking soda.
  3. Add essential oil, and mix until completely dissolved.
  4. Transfer into packaging desired.

 


If you don’t have the ingredients or the time to create your own deodorant, I would suggest looking for an organic one. The one I tried using is from a brand called Naturalis, an Italian company that produces chemical free beauty products and essentials, including the Organic Deo Natural. I loved it because 1) it smells good and 2) it’s antiperspirant.

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Source: http://www.sweatblock.com/blog/how-to-make-natural-deodorant/

My Organic Hair Care Routine

I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 🙂 

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I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care routines–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 🙂

My Organic Hair Care Routine

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Naturaverde Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

You can’t imagine how long it took me to find organic shampoo and conditioner that actually works. Most of the ones I’ve tried feel stiff on the hair, dry it out, and make it very tangly that it’s difficult to comb my hair after showering. Thankfully I’ve found my perfect duo–Naturaverde Daily Shampoo and Conditioner from ItalyThese make my hair soft and shiny. I also don’t have problems combing my hair, and I noticed that I get less hair fall. (Fact: 50 to 100 hair falls a day is normal, beyond that, there is a problem)  Continue reading “My Organic Hair Care Routine”

Why Women Should Use Organic Down There (Feminine Hygiene)

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don’t want to talk about since no one wants to mention the “v-word” and its “embarrassing”. But today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. So girls, listen (read) up!

Disclaimer: I will mention vagina a lot in this post. 

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don’t want to talk about since no one wants to mention the “v-word” and its “embarrassing”. I can remember my high school teacher telling our class (I went to an all girls school), “Girls, what do you call your private parts? VAGINA! Not flower! Say it! Vaggggiiiiinaaaaa” and since then we were never uncomfortable anymore whenever we talked about it.

Today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. Let’s talk medical and let’s talk scientific. So girls, listen (read) up! 😊

Let’s start with some facts. First, our vaginas are self-cleaning and we don’t really need to “clean” it. Second, it is also supposed to be pH balanced, wherein the pH score is somewhere between 3.5 to 4.5 pH. This means that our potential of hydrogen (pH) is neither acidic nor basic. Third, it is also self-lubricating, meaning there should always be moisture and we shouldn’t feel dry.

But how come we sometimes feel itchy or dry and sometimes, even smell odor coming from it?

The reason behind this is because of something called bacterial vaginosis (BV). This is the effect of having a high pH level, and this causes odor. The problem is that 2 out of 5 women have it, and 84% don’t know they have it. Even bigger problem? Women who have the BV are 60% more susceptible to STDs and HIV infection, and are 3x more likely to infect their male partners.

What do a lot of us do when we feel dry and itchy, or if we smell bad odor coming from our vaginas? We go to the supermarket and buy feminine washes off the shelf. However, what we don’t know is that using these chemical-based feminine washes have a very high concentration of petrochemicals, which increase risk of BV in women up to 13x. For your information, petrochemicals are 30x harsher than tissue, and they suck out all the moisture of your vagina–it actually dries you out. Resulting to our vaginas releasing more odor and us feeling even more itchy. It is truly a vicious cycle if you think about it. We smell bad odor -> we wash it off with a feminine wash -> it smells okay for a while -> it releases bad odor again later on -> we wash it off again …. And this continues on and on until we become used to it being a part of our routines. Furthermore, the colors, fragrances, and chemicals (like parabens and propylene glycol) found in these products are also contributing to bacterial vaginosis.


With this, I’d like to introduce an organic brand I recently came across, called Good Clean Love. They are an American company who are committed to providing natural well-being products and essential educational resources.

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I tried three of their products—the Balance moisturizing wash, the Rebalance cleansing wipes, and the Restore gel. All of their products do not contain any petrochemicals, but instead, they use natural and organic ingredients and are 100% vegan and gluten-free, biocompatible and recommended by medical professionals.

BALANCE Moisturizing Wash

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Balance is great for daily use to help pH balance, moisturize and deodorize. First thing I noticed was how fresh I felt after just using it one time. It doesn’t leave you feeling dry at all. In fact, it makes you feel very moisturized, so it’s great for everyday use, and its especially great for menopausal, pregnancy and postpartum. Women who have bacterial vaginosis may also treat it using this wash every day.

REBALANCE Moisturizing & Cleansing Wipes

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Rebalance is basically like balance, but in wipes form. This is great to carry on-the-go–in our bags, or while we are on travel. Since these are individually wrapped, they maintain their freshness. They also used biodegradable organic cotton which is great for the environment.

Bio-Match™ RESTORE pH Balanced Moisturizing Gel

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Restore is my favorite. This is a moisturizing personal lubricant–but in my own words, I would call it medicine for your vagina. It helps it to literally RESTORE to its normal state—perfect pH level, salt balance and healthy lubrication and deodorization. You can use this for 3 nights straight the first time, then just 1-2 times per week in the succeeding weeks.

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CREDITS to the Good Clean Love team for sharing these information, visit their website at www.goodcleanlove.com