I’m sure you’re familiar with detoxes and cleanses by now. Generally speaking, they aim to clean and rid your body of junk and gunk by eliminating allergen foods from you diet such as alcohol, sugar, chocolate, wheat, and so on. It also allows to body to take “rest” and improve it’s functionality.
Traditionally, cleanses and detoxes are done in the spring and fall as our bodies do change with the change in seasons. However, you’ll see most people cleanse after the holidays, a vacation or just a general period of time of not the healthiest eating.
I’m a firm believer in incorporating foods and practices that detox the body on a consistent basis. You may have heard the phrase “detox is a way of life” or “everything in moderation” and they are both logically true!
Below are 5 Eat Life Balance way’s to detox daily:
The skin is estimated to eliminate over one pound of waste each day through its pores and through the elimination of dead skin cells from the body. Dry brushing is an effective way to maximize the toxin elimination channels of the skin. It also helps to improve circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage and firms the skin. Benefits include improved circulation, more energy, reduction in cellulite and healthier skin.
HOW TO: first, choose a natural, bristle brush. Prior to showering, start with light, gentle brushing because it tickles! Over time the skin will be able to handle deeper brushes. The strokes should move toward the heart to improve lymphatic flow back through the venous system towards the heart. When dry brushing the stomach it is best to go in a clockwise motion as that works with the natural digestive flow.
Epsom Salt Bath
The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
HOW TO: For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes. Or for a longer soak, add 1 cup of Epsom Salts to your bath and soak for 30 minutes. **It is important not to add too much salt and soak for too long due to the detoxifying nature of Epsom Salt.
Oil pulling is a practice taken from Ayurvedic medicine that involves swishing, or pulling, unrefined oil in your mouth for several minutes. It literally “pulls” toxins, bacteria and parasites from your mouth. Some of the countless benefits include: decreased nasal congestion, natural teeth whitening, increased energy and clearer skin.
HOW TO: ideally use cold-pressed organic coconut oil for its microbial and antibiotic properties but traditionally, (untoasted) sesame oil is used. Take a tablespoon and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes (the longer, the better) and spit into your toilet. Rinsed your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth, with a toothbrush designated for oil pulling. Never gargle the oil. Repeat daily and even twice a day for increased detoxifying benefits.
Water / Lemon
Drinking a big glass of room temperature water and the juice of one lemon is the best way to stimulate digestion for the day and clear the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight. Lemons are actually one of the most alkalizing foods for the body.
HOW TO: Squeeze 1 lemon into a glass of room temperature, filtered water and drink. It’s that easy.
The mix of chlorophyll and the high level of fiber contained in fresh, organic greens are the primary reasons why you need to incorporate them into your daily life . Chlorophyll stimulates our cells which can encourage the release of toxins and their high-fiber content literally sweep toxins out of your colon. Two very important aspects of detoxing.
HOW TO: Have at least one fresh green juice or smoothie a day and incorporate at least, one green salad prior to main meals.
Exercise helps the body’s organs of elimination to function at their best simply by getting them shaking and moving. Moving the body helps to circulate both blood and lymph. The more they circulate, the more the liver and lymph nodes can do the job of cleansing and purifying the blood and lymph.
HOW TO: Gentle, low-intensity aerobic exercise is good for detox since it gets the body moving, heart pumping and the lungs breathing deeply but within the fat-burning zone. These include running, walking, cycling, dancing, aerobics and swimming . Yoga is equally beneficial because because the series of twists detoxifying organs.