Bonus: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
What about detoxing when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?
Well, since I created The Detox Lifestyle with your whole family in mind, the majority of what I have taught in the course should be beneficial for pregnant mamas. Focus on healthy nutrition and movement practices for overall good health. It is best to consult your primary prenatal healthcare provider before taking any supplements, and be sure to avoid any practices that are directly advised against if you are pregnant (for example, hot baths.)
If you are breastfeeding, there are a few important pieces of advice that are best to follow:
1. Avoid detoxing too quickly. One of the easiest routes for toxins to leave your body is through your breast milk. This means that you need to detox very slowly and naturally, in order not to flood your body with more toxins than can be eliminated through bowel movements.
2. Losing weight rapidly will flood your body with toxins. As tempted as you may be to get back into your pre-pregnancy jeans, the most detrimental thing you can do is lose weight too quickly. Most toxins are stored in fat cells, so when you lose weight, the toxins are released into your bloodstream.
3. Focus on supporting elimination. By keeping your bowel movements regular and your lymph fluid flowing, you’ll be helping your body to eliminate toxins efficiently without your body needing to resort to dumping toxins in your milk.
4. Proper nutrition is key. Growing and feeding a child is hard work for your body. If you’re not focusing on proper nutrition, your body will get depleted in important nutrients that are vital for healthy, natural detoxification. Eat healthy and take it easy on your body. There will be a time in the future when you can focus on a more targeted detox, but right now your main focus is nourishing your body and your baby.