While eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential to good health, a proper cleansing or good habits for naturally detoxifying the body can really help you achieve amazing health benefits. From loosing weight, to a stronger immune system and an over-all better physical and mental well being. Its important to recharge your body everyday, just as it is to get a good night sleep daily. We live in a world filled with toxins that some are almost avoidable. Like the pollution that we breathe in on our drive to work, or the bi-product from the plastic of the bottle of water we drank. I find that I not only feel more rejuvenated everyday, but little things like clearer skin have also been a bonus. Here are 5 simple, daily detoxifying steps that I have integrated into my daily routine… 1.) Oil-Pulling
Some of you may have heard of this, some not. I came across this ancient method about a year ago. At first I wasn’t too sure about it. I mean, just the sound of “Oil-Pulling” sounded a bit weird to me. I soon tried it, and never looked back. What is Oil-Pulling? The Concept is Incredibly simple. Basically, a person swishes a couple teaspoons of vegetable based oil (coconut, sesame or olive) in their mouth for 20 minutes and then spits it out and rinses. It is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean a detoxify teeth and gums and removing harmful bacteria! It is said that the oil is able to remove plaque and toxins without disturbing the teeth, tongue or gums. I use Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. It is a natural anti-biotic by nature and has been known to reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay and gum disease. I have also noticed how much whiter my teeth are since adding this form of detox to my daily routine! Learn more about oil pulling with coconut oil here
. The only warning I’d give for oil-pulling is that it does not replace your normal oral hygiene and teeth brushing routine. Just an added part of your daily oral hygiene regimen. How to use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling– *Put 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil into the mouth. *Swish for 20 minutes. It’s important to do this for about this long so it can break through the plaque and bacteria but not long over this time to wear the body starts to re-absorb the toxins and bacteria. *Spit oil out. Do not swallow the oil, as it holds the bad bacteria and toxins that it has removed from your mouth. *Rinse well with warm water. Occasionally I will swish with warm salt water which seems more effective in removing the oil. *Brush well with toothpaste. Hope you enjoy the benefits of oil-pulling as much as I have! 2.) Drink Lemon and Cucumber Water- More than you think you should be drinking
As we always have heard, 8 glasses of water a day is the recommended amount. However, this is just a minimum. I have dramatically increased the amount of water I drink to about a gallon and half per day! Water can help to flush out your system naturally. Proper water intake can lead to clearer skin, properly functioning organs, and a more effective circulatory, respiratory, and digestive system. This one simple substance can offer great benefits to our entire system and the way our body functions. Water is my main source of hydration. The first thing I do every morning is drink an 8oz. glass. I drink water with all of my meals, before and after. I carry a 24 0z. bottle with me every where I go that I constantly refill through the day. I have a glass at my bedside that I drink through the night as well. When I first challenged myself to literally take in at least a gallon a day, I am not over exaggerating when I say how much better I not only felt but the appearance of my skin was much more clear and brighter too! Now I drink almost a gallon and half of lemon and cucumber water per day, it not only improves the taste but it also adds vitamins and detoxifying properties to boost its effectiveness. How to make Lemon and Cucumber Water– *Simply slice lemons and cucumbers and add it to a glass pitcher of purified water. I use about a half lemon and a half cucumber per day, and just keep refilling until you have reached your desired amount of water for the day. 3.) Yoga
Yes yoga. Now I am not a yoga expert but I do have a routine that I follow at least 4 days a week. Because I am a busy mom, its hard for me to find extra time to get to a gym or a yoga studio, so I follow a 1 and half hour video that I can do from home. When it comes to naturally cleansing the body, exercise can be a great option to turn to and I believe is so important. It can help the cleansing and detoxifying process dramatically. The perspiration, the breathing, and the movement all help the body to achieve fitness and to help get rid of potentially harmful substances that have built up over time. 4.) Epsom Salt Bath’s
A detox bath is one of the easiest ways to naturally detoxify your system. Here are just some of the health benefits to an Epsom salt bath.. *Helps muscle and nervous system *Ease of stress and improves sleep and concentration *Improves blood flow, helps prevent blood clots *Reduces inflammation to relieve aches and pains *Eases migraines and headaches *Improves oxygen flow and of course flushes toxins These are just a few of the many benefits of this simple therapy. I take an Epsom salt bath at least 3 days a week. Here is how I draw a Detox bath– *Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, (I like eucalyptus, which promotes relaxation) to two cups of Epsom salt, then add to a standard tub full of water. Ideally you want the water to be quite hot as we are looking to create a sweat. *If your bath water is not filtered, add half cup of baking soda as it helps neutralize the chemicals, primarily chlorine. It also helps maximize the mineral absorption: Magnesium. *I like to soak for about 20 minutes. Make sure you use natural cleansers and chemical free lotions after, so that you are not exchanging one toxin for another. I also recommend an aluminum-free deodorant. I usually need a moisturizer after, a non-chemical, natural lotion or as I like to use, coconut oil. Drink a few glasses of lemon-cucumber water right after to re-hydrate. Please Note: Be careful getting out of the tub, you may feel a bit dizzy and relaxed. I like to take a cooler shower after and allow yourself some time to rest and rejuvenate. 5.) Drink 3 Cups of Tea Each day
Morning– Organic Matcha Green Tea. It not Only provides a tremendous amount of anti-oxidants but also gives me a healthy and effective form of caffeine to get my day started. Here
is how I make it. Afternoon– Yogi Skin Detox tea Evening– Caffeine Free-Green tea with 100% natural honey On the days I do yoga, which is usually at night when my children are asleep I will sometimes have another cup of Matcha Grean Tea for a boost of energy and added antioxidants to get me going before my workout! Disclaimer~ This information is just my educated opinions of what I personal do to detox. There are many forms of detoxifying out there. Please consult with your doctor before starting any form of detox or exercise regimen. I’d love to hear what forms or routines of detoxifying you do or even if you have any further questions about my routine! Hope You enjoy!!