The body has multiple pathways for getting rid of waste and toxins. Each pathway must be open for the body to be healthy. We referred to those pathways as BULLS:

Bowels

Urinary

Lungs Lymph

Skin


Bowels

You should have a bowel movement approximately 12-18 hours after each meal. For healthy bowels:

  • Your pH for the upper and lower digestion should be balanced

  • You should drink 50% of your body weight in ounces of water

  • You should eat plenty of fiber

  • Your diet should include plenty of essential fatty acids

In traditional Chinese medicine, bowel problems can be emotion-based: feeling stuck, trapped, or unable to move.


Urinary

The kidneys filter our blood. They remove toxic waste as well as excess water. The urinary system keeps potassium and sodium (electrolytes) balanced. Processed chocolate, black tea, and carbonated drinks are harmful to the urinary system. Lack of hydration is extremely harmful. You should drink about 4 to 6 ounces of water every hour.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, problems in the urinary system can be emotion-based: fear.


Lungs

Breathing clean air is a MUST. Inhaling clean air gets cleansing oxygen to our cells. Exhaling removes toxins from our body.


In traditional Chinese medicine, lung problems can be emotion-based: grief, sadness.


Lymph

The lymphatic system moves waste like dead cells, debris, cancer cells, pathogens, and toxins through the body for it to be eliminated. The lymphatic system doesn't have a pump like the circulatory system has the heart. Instead, we have to make the effort to move the lymph through our body. To get lymph moving try:

  • Walking

  • Jogging

  • Bouncing on a mini-trampoline

  • Dry brushing

  • Lymphatic massage

In traditional Chinese medicine, problems with the lymphatic system can be emotion-based: tired and overwhelmed.


Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It has a two-way system of excretion through sweat as well as absorption. It is responsible for about one-fourth of the body's elimination. Be mindful that whatever you put on your skin will likely end up in your bloodstream, including toxic chemicals in body products and sunscreen. These chemicals can also keep the body from excreting waste, leaving it to be reabsorbed.


In traditional Chinese medicine, skin problems can be emotion-based: over-protection, self-image issues, intolerance.


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