Whenever I scroll through social media I always see someone doing some crazy detox or cleanse that they heard is going magically get them in the best shape of their life!
The point of a cleanse/detox diet is to take stress off of your liver, kidney and GI tract that are overworked when you are filling your body with unhealthy foods and drinks.
Being in the season of Spring (well, where I live the calendar says spring even though the weather is still more winter like) this is a great time to detox or Spring Clean!
However, instead of going to extremes with your diet you can make small changes to your lifestyle to help assist the body to detox or spring clean!
Remove any and all toxins from your life.
This would include any plastics that you use to store foods or drink out of,
cleaning products that are not organic and chemical free, make up that is not organic, etc.
Change your beauty products to organic, chemical free products; such as deodorant, face wash, body wash, and chemical cleaners.
Reduce BPAs found in plastics and food cans. Using plastics and tin can can leach chemicals into your foods causing disruption in hormones and metal toxicity.
Dry brushing helps to slough off dead skin cells and opens the pores on your skin to help the body detox. Dry brushing promotes tighter skin, increased blood flow, helps the lymphatic system release toxins, aids in digestion, and reduces cellulite.
You can do this daily or twice a day. Your skin and brush should be dry when you are doing this. Make long sweeps, back and forth, and circular motion and always brush away from the heart. Start at your feet, move up the legs, then work the arms towards the chest. Use a counterclockwise stroke when brushing the stomach area. You want a firm brush stroke to stimulate the skin but not cause redness and irritation.
Exfoliation is also an option to help detox the skin. Use an organic salt scrub or make your own and rub the mixture on your skin in a circular motion.
• 1 cup of salt or sugar
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• Mix ingredients together and rub on skin in a circular motion. Rinse off with water.
Massage therapy is a great way to help your body increase circulation and flush toxins in the body.
Treat yourself to a massage and ask if they use essential oils that aid in the detoxification process.
Some essential oils that help with detoxification are: Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Rosemary.
Epson salt bath
Fill a bath tub with hot (but not scorching) water
Add 2 cups of Epson salt
Add 1 to 2 cups of baking soda
Add 1 tablespoon or 1/3 cup of ginger tea (this will increase body heat and detoxification) Add essential oils if you choose
Stay in the tub for 20-40 minutes.
If you start to feel too hot add some cool water.
Get out of the tub carefully and rinse off in the shower.
Drink plenty of water after your bath.
Spend 10-20 minutes in the sauna getting hot and sweaty.
Then jump into a cold shower for a minute and then repeat for 2 to 3 times.
This helps to stimulate the body’s metabolic functions and helps to intensity the detox.
Oil pulling is used to remove toxins and bacteria from your mouth. It will help to whiten your teeth, clear up acne, and helps to give you a glowing complexion.
Take a tablespoon of coconut oil (it will be in solid form at room temperature but will turn into a liquid in your mouth) swish it around in your mouth for about 15-20 mins. Spit it out and rinse your mouth out with water and then brush your teeth as normal.
Vitamin C Supplementation
Vitamin C produces glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins. Start with 500 mg a day.
Take a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds.
Repeat this 3 times.
Breathing is a great detoxing exercise because it moves oxygen through the body. It also helps to quiet and relax the mind.
• In a relaxed seated position inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed. Your breathes should be equal in duration but as short as possible. Take 3-5 breathes.
• Try this for 3 to 5 cycles. Breathing normally in between cycles.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
• In a relaxed seated position take your right arm and make a hang 10 sign (the index and pinkie finger are up and the other fingers down)
• Place your index finger on your one nostril and breathe inhale through the other nostril for a count of 5 sec- onds, exhale for the same count of 5 seconds.
• Then take your pinkie finger over your opposite nostril and inhale for 5 breaths and exhale for the same 5 counts.
• Repeat for about 3-5 cycles.
The Clear Change® 10-Day Program featuring UltraClear RENEW® is designed to enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while providing adequate fuel for both cleansing and other daily activities—providing energy and support for overall well-being. Many people benefit from completing a 10-day metabolic detoxification program two to three times a year.
The 10-day program is ideal for anyone wanting to benefit from an occasional “Spring Cleaning” or somebody who eats a reasonably healthy diet, exercises regularly, and manages stress adequately
It is a very simple program focussing on whole foods (no starving here) and shakes that help to support your detoxification system.
You can get it HERE or let me know if you have any questions an I would be happy to help!