Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

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Your body is a wondrous thing – constantly working to remove toxins and excess hormones, while converting the food you eat into nutrients that fuel every cell in your body

There are natural detoxification pathways that help to process and clear exogenous chemicals, excess hormones, and cellular waste from the body. This is how the body avoids the buildup of unwanted chemicals and ensures that all of the body’s processes are working efficiently. When detoxification pathways are working optimally, we can produce and use hormones and neurotransmitters optimally.

But here’s the thing: We live in a crazy world full of unwanted toxins and chronic stress, which can quickly knock your hormones out of whack. And when our hormones are imbalanced our mood, energy and even our complexion follow.

Plus, hormone balance is your key to fertility, ensuring that sex hormones are working in tandem to support conception and a healthy pregnancy. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, this is one technique you may want to try.

You can give your detoxification pathways support naturally by providing your body with specific nutrients, reducing stress, and with this one trick I like to keep up my sleeve:

Castor oil packs.

Castor oil, made from the castor bean seed, has been used therapeutically since ancient times, both topically and internally. It’s a stimulating substance that is often used to stimulate bowel movements or increase circulation. (For the record, you should talk to your doctor before trying castor oil internally.) But topically, castor oil packs can be placed over the abdomen to enhance liver function, stimulate the healthy flow of lymph fluid, decrease inflammation, and help treat chronic constipation.(1)

Castor Oil Packs for Liver Detoxification

To make:

  • Use a piece of flannel folded three layers thick to cover most of your abdomen.
  • Slowly saturate it with castor oil by drizzling a little oil across the flannel every day of the first 5‐10 uses.
  • Do not oversaturate the flannel or it will get messy!
  • After the first 5‐10 days, you only need to add more oil when the flannel feels dry.

To use:

  • Lay oiled pack across your abdomen and cover with an old towel.
  • You may secure the pack with an athletic bandage or strip of fabric.
  • To enhance effectiveness, cover the pack with a heat source.
  • Ideally, you should use this time to relax, meditate, or read.

**Alternatively, you may rub a small amount of castor oil directly over your abdomen in a clockwise direction and wear a white shirt to bed. Make sure it’s a shirt you don’t mind staining – castor oil will darken fabric over time.

Store the flannel by folding it into a designated towel in a location that will make it easy to use.

Castor oil packs are a simple, natural way to increase circulation and support natural detoxification pathways. I hope you try it and let me know what you think in the comments below.
There are many natural ways to improve your hormones and create an abundance of energy, vitality and joy in your life by doing so.
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References:
1. http://www.ctcpjournal.com/article/S1744-3881(10)00032-0/abstract

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.