As Dr. Mark Hyman says, “If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic.” Have you been feeling lousy lately? A little sluggish? Getting more headaches than normal? Finding yourself craving sugar and starchy, processed foods?
If so, it might be time for some detoxification. We all know to eat clean, drink plenty of water, get quality rest and exercise, but here are a few daily rituals you can easily incorporate into your routine to optimize your body’s ability to remove toxins. In just a few extra minutes a day, these rituals will boost everything from your immune system to your metabolism.
Skin: Dry Brushing
One third of your body’s toxins are eliminated through the skin. Because it stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems, dry brushing is one of the most effective ways to help the body remove toxins. It’s even been shown to improve the strength of the immune system and decrease the appearance of cellulite.
As the name suggests, you want to dry brush when your skin is completely dry. Before you shower, simply brush your skin in large, upward strokes and circles going in the direction of your heart. Tip: Look for a brush with natural bristles. The harder the brush, the more lymphatic response you’ll achieve.
Body: Epsom Salt Soak/Clay Baths
Baths: Soaking in Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) draws out toxins and helps to replenish the body’s magnesium levels. As many of you know, magnesium is a wonder mineral. In addition to flushing toxins from the body, it also eases stress, reduces inflammation, improves nerve function, aids in the formation of joint proteins, reduces irregular heartbeats – the list goes on and on.
Add two cups of Epsom salt to warm water and soak for at least 12 minutes. I also like to add in some Abra Muscle Therapy Bath to help soothe sore muscles. For those of you looking for a little extra indulgence, International Orange recently brought in a wellness line I absolutely love called Pursoma. Pursoma offers a variety of bath ritual packets, many of which are formulated with ancient volcanic clay. Pursoma also created a luxurious body mask designed for accelerated detoxification.
We all know that stress leads to chronic inflammation. But many of us forget that to our bodies, bad thoughts are a form of stress. Negative thinking has been proven to literally pollute your mind, weakening your immune system and creating an overall sense of lethargy. Meditation is a fantastic way to break the cycle of negative thinking and detoxify your brain from its effects. There are many different types of meditation you can try, but some find it easiest to start with guided meditation, such as those on calm.com.
Second Brain: Gut Health
Now that your brain is detoxified, let’s move on to your second brain – your gut.
Incorporating more probiotics into your diet is a great way to detoxify your body, improve your blood sugar regulation and speed up your metabolism. By increasing the amount of antioxidants in your body, probiotics have been proven to help get rid of the toxins associated with heavy metals, free radicals and dangerous bacteria. And because toxins are stored in fat, the less toxic you are, the less fat your body will accumulate. In fact, a recent study found that people who took a probiotic on a regular basis not only lost weight but were more likely to keep the weight off. In addition to taking a probiotic supplement, you can also increase your probiotics by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut. I recently found a fermented drink called “Gut Shot” and am loving it. Nutrition tip: Did you know? The best time to take a probiotic is after a meal.
I hope you found these ideas helpful. Here's to a little spring cleaning!