Here are 5 tips to help you get on your way towards “spring cleaning” your body. Of course, if it's not spring as you read this, you certainly don't have to wait; there's no time like the present!
1. Breathe & Sweat
Exercise is so important for expelling toxins from our lungs and through our skin as we sweat. Enjoy a brisk walk daily in order to get some heavy breathing going and raise your body temperature, or do exercise that includes bouncing (such as on a mini-trampoline or rebounder). These movements are very beneficial in getting the lymphatic fluid moving which is another way the body collects and removes toxins. Sweat it out in a sauna or take a hot bath with epsom salts.
2. Drink Plenty of Clean Water
Spring water or filtered water, free from chlorine and fluoride, is highly beneficial in reducing our toxin intake as well as flushing out toxins. The more we drink, the more we pee. (When we are sweating from exercise we need to keep the body hydrated also).
3. Use Natural, Non-toxic Household Cleaners
Vinegar and baking soda are a couple of inexpensive, all-purpose cleaners but if you do not have time to make your own, look for vendors at your local Farmer’s Market (if you have one). You can also check out the Environmental Working Group to find out how your products test on the ‘clean scale’. Personally, I love Young Living Thieves cleaning products and Norwex cloths for toxin free cleaning in our home safe for babies and pets.
4. Use Lemon in your Water & Salad Dressings
Lemon is a natural cleanser both for your body and your home. Lemon juice (make sure it is fresh-squeezed or pure ingredients) can be mixed with avocado, olive or coconut oil for a tasty, cleansing salad dressing or added to your water for a refreshing, cleansing beverage enjoyed hot or cold.
5. Source your Foods from Local Farmers
We can source out meats that are raised without the use of antibiotics & hormones (as with many of our local farmers). Local Farmer’s Markets often have organic fruit and vegetable options, as do many grocery stores. Or you can grow our own or at the very least wash our fruits and veg with cleaners to remove many of the harmful pesticides on them. You can also reference the Dirty Dozen Clean 15 list.
6. Bonus Tip:
In Chinese medicine there are teas and particular foods that assist with cleansing the liver, which is our ‘oil filter’ organ, collecting impurities in the blood. These foods are often bitter greens such as dandelion and milk thistle to name a couple. You can add these to salads or find them in tea form to drink.
If you would like to learn more about simple ways to reduce toxins in your home or if you have other detox-related questions feel free to ask below or contact me privately.