This is going to be all about easy ways to detox naturally every day without having to make your life miserable. I’m usually the one making fun of Shakira for detoxing 80 percent of the year because I often associate detoxing with giving up something that is going to be an inconvenience for me. However there are several small things you can do every day that will help you detox without giving you a headache. These detoxing methods are all very easy gentle changes you can make to head off to a healthier version of yourself.
1. Lemon Water: A glass of warm (room temperature) lemon water in the morning is a great way to kick start your detoxing process by helping to cleanse and purify your liver of any toxins. To cut some of the acidity (which I some times have to do) you can add a tablespoon of raw honey, or unsweetened cranberry juice into the mix. Another detoxing beverage option for the morning is the raw apple cider vinegar approach. (I tried this for a few weeks at the beginning of the year wasn’t my favorite because I couldn’t get used to the taste)
2. Oil Pulling: This is one of the strangest detoxes I’ve seen, however it is effective and can be added easily into your morning routine. Oil pulling once a day (preferably with coconut oil) will help remove toxins from your from your mouth. You swoosh the oil around (just as if you were using listerine) for 20 minutes or more and spit it out in order to absorbs toxins and remove bacteria. This is best results occur if it is done in the morning time. Oil Pulling is also a great helpful technique to help relieve tooth pain, decay, or cavities.
3. Watch What You Eat: I know I know… you and I both knew this was going to come up eventually, but it doesn’t have to be a big overall change. A few small changes can have you taking small steps toward a positive detox experience. You are going to want to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet. How should you do so without costing you a million dollars or being a pain in the butt? This site offers 25 ways to add fruits and vegetables easily to your diet/life. How have I done it? Mason Jars & Pre planning. Sounds like a bigger headache than it is it but stay with me. Every Sunday I cut up my fruits and pack them into mason jars. I mix different fruits together so I don’t have the same fruit mix every day. I then pre-pack my breakfasts & lunches which mostly incorporates some type of fruit & salad mix. In spending this time on Sunday I’ve already taken care of breakfast/lunch for the next 5 days and only have to worry about dinner when I get home from work. By the time I’ve arrived home for dinner I’ve already had 4-5 servings of fruits & vegetables for the day as well.
4. Green Smoothies: I’ve always hated vegetables. I gave up processed sugar for 40 days/40 nights back in April and had some great results. By opening up my mind to different vegetables & preparation of them I fell in love with green smoothies. Green smoothies are the best (in my opinion) and easiest way to detox without costing you too much money or wasting too much of your time. There are hundreds of green smoothie recipes on the web that could help your sweet tooth craving while being beneficial and nutritional to your new detoxing lifestyle. I drink 3-4 green smoothies a week depending on how lazy I am when I get home. This method usually requires making the smoothie that morning or the night before. (you can do this while you are oil pulling for 20 minutes).
5. Probitotics: I started my love affair with probiotics after I suffered an annoying case of bacterial vaginosis. Probiotics were the ONLY thing that helped me and prevented the condition from reoccurring. Probiotics can be found in many foods that you buy in your weekly trip to the grocery store so it doesn’t require a big change in your current practice. You can find probiotics in yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, or sauerkraut. The inclusion of probiotics in your diet helps to strengthen you internally so your body can battle any foreign toxins that may attempt to cause harm. They also help you in the process of flushing out toxins while detoxing through use of other methods of detoxification. I however must be very honest I take my probiotics daily in pill form which may not be the best way to do so naturally. If you are bit more daring than I am you can also make your own probiotics at home which my friend is currently doing now.
6. Baths: Hahaha… I know that sounds strange and time consuming especially if your schedule only allows for five minute showers. Detoxification baths can not only be great for your health wise but will absolutely be helpful in releasing stress and becoming more relaxed. Adding detoxification oils, minerals, or herbs will help the process of detoxification even further. (Think lavender oil and epsom salt… doesn’t that sound like a dream!)
7. Bentonite Clay: I just got onto this bandwagon and I must say that I am loving it (especially after my second great experience with a DIY face mix at home). I’ve been looking for alternate methods of cleansing my hair without shampoo so I can be completely be “poo free” (I know how funny that may sound) and ran into many naturals spreading their love for this great detoxifier. While I haven’t had the chance to use it as a cleanser for my hair as of yet due to my current protective style, I have used this clay for a facial mix two weeks in a row. And yes folks… I’m absolutely in love. I’ve been on a three month skin journey (I will explain later in another post) and while I’ve been having some great results adding this clay to the mix has been life changing. I will also explain that a bit later but … bentonite clay absorbs toxins when mixed with liquid (water or apple cider vinegar). It is also used to remove excess oil in the skin which is what makes it so great to add to your skin care routine.
8. Dry Brush: I was first introduced to the dry brush from the creators of Holbox . A dry brush is used when your skin is dry obviously and helps to remove dead skin cells . It is best to use your dry brush before you shower (or take your detox bath) because your skin will be cleansed of the dead skin cell barrier and be able to detox itself of toxins easier and faster. You will see your skin glow as a means of doing so. It is a nice little pre-exfoliating method. I must admit I don’t do this as much as I would like to but I plan on increasing my dry brush experience further as I approach the holidays
9. 30 minutes of movement: I have an Upband that helps to keep track of my daily routines (movement, sleep…etc) and also provide little hints/tips of motivation. There are so many different brands of electronic tracking from Nike, Fitbit…etc and now is the best time to get them during the holiday sales. If you don’t have a means of digital tracking you can still keep some sort of activity journal/notebook handy in which you set aside time to have some sort of movement for at least 30 minutes a day. It is best if you do sweat a bit, but it doesn’t always have to be an exercise session. Sometimes I know I wont be able to exercise after work so I spend the day thinking about how I can get my 30 minutes of activity in. You can always take a walk, pace a bit at work back and forth. Creative quick ways to add a bit more step in your day will make all the difference in releasing toxins through your skin.
10. Air Purification: This is very difficult in the winter because we’re all running from that chilly weather and do not want our windows open. Open windows help the air stream within the home that help prevent respiratory issues. If you can not open your windows, there are several other ways you can purify your air for better at home breathing. Aloe vera plants are a great option to helping to purify the air in your home that doesnt not require much maintenance or care. And an extra plus for my naturalistas out there… you can us the aloe vera plant to produce aloe vera juice/gel for your hair! That is a two for one deal!
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