Dance to Detox

In her new book, Cure the Causes, Dr. Christina Rahm shares her invigorating approach to living a life of wellness based on cleansing and fortifying body and mind.
Fifteen to 20 minutes of exercise a day can jump-start the metabolism. Photo: Annie Spratt

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” —John F. Kennedy

Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress and other emotional and mental toxins, and it can be fun if you have the right approach. I have developed a fitness plan that I call “Dance to Detox.” These exercises target toxins that gather in our bodies that can cause physical, mental and emotional damage. If you think of exercise in the same way that you think of dancing, you will look forward to it and embrace it.

Your workouts don’t have to be long. Even 15 to 20 minutes a day can jump-start your metabolism and kick your body into high alert! As you rid your body of toxins through exercise, you will feel healthier and more active than you ever have.

The first exercise I recommend is a restorative yoga/Pilates workout. This type of exercise helps to stretch your muscles. Stretching can reduce pressure and stress, which can give you more mental peace and clarity. A yoga/Pilates workout is a great way to practice self-care, as it provides relaxation as well as physical exercise. If you are feeling a bit run down mentally, physically or emotionally, this restorative workout can help you combat those feelings. It is extremely beneficial for your body. The stretches and light movement help improve circulation without putting too much stress on your body.

This is also a good workout to do if you do not want to engage in a more intense, complex training workout, but would still like to benefit from the physical exercise and relaxation. You will feel your mood lift and your mind relax as you go through the movements.

Another exercise I recommend is rebounding. Rebounding is a low-impact exercise that is usually performed on a rebounder, a device that is like a mini trampoline. Rebounding is extremely beneficial for your health as it supports the proper functioning of all internal organs. When you jump on a rebounder, you are working against gravitational pull. When you land, the cells in your body contract, which helps them get rid of waste. Increased circulation during this type of exercise provides your cells with oxygen and nutrients from your bloodstream.

The motion of a rebounding workout also activates the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins. The lymphatic system also transports lymph, a fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Substances that are bad for your body, such as heavy metals and other toxins, get thrown out through the lymphatic system. Blood is pumped through your body by your heart. The lymphatic system does not have an organ that provides this function. It requires active movement to start the flow of lymph. Human beings have more lymph in their bodies than blood.

In addition to exercise, meditation is another way of relaxing your mind and detoxifying your body. The combination of meditation and exercise will have you dancing your way to detox in no time.

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