I've mentioned before that I am not a huge fan of detoxing. The word is often used as a synonym for restrictive diets and other unhelpful practices. Also, one organism's toxin is another's food. So it's all a matter of perspective.
But I AM a fan of helping the body get rid of what it doesn't need -
Here are seven smart detox ideas:
1. Body brushing stimulates lymph, and lymph drainage is basically your body's detox mechanism. I'd be pretty happy if someone gave me this kit to get me started with that. Just remember not to press too hard with your body brush or glove - lymph is very close to the skin and too much pressure stops it from flowing properly.
2. Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) baths are super-relaxing because the magnesium can be absorbed through your skin. Magnesium has a role in regulating hormonal balance, weight, appetite, and stress reduction (better sleep too). A balanced body is better able to get rid of what it doesn't need.
3. Gentle abdominal massage will help your digestion and encourage serotonin release in your gut. Serotonin is a mood regulator and also plays a role in digestive health. See the link? Getting rid of what you no longer need...
4. Increase your herbal tea and water intake because your body needs adequate hydration to function properly.
5. Green smoothies - some say alkalising the body creates a healthier environment, and of course it's simple common sense to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Especially vegetables because they contain less sugars. Speaking of sugars, scale back on the lollies and refined foods.
6. Do yoga, because all movement helps the lymphatic system but it particularly loves rhythmic movements, and tipping your heart below your hips helps lymph return from your lower extremities to its central draining point in the chest.
Our two favourite lymph-loving yoga poses: Down Dog and Legs Up the Wall.
7. Get outside for a few minutes a day if at all possible. Sunlight helps our bodies manufacture Vitamin D, which we need for healthy bones and also, among other things, for healthy neuromuscular and immune function. It's also an inflammation reducer.
Here's some outside inspiration - it's warming up for us in the Southern Hemisphere right now, so yay!