I try to detox my system every new season to start fresh and anew. I’m a little late this season and with thanksgiving being last week I am feeling the need for a detox badly. What is a detox? I like to think of it as a time period where you stop ingesting things that are hard on your system so that it can get back to the efficient machine it is. It’s a time to rid your body of toxins that are harmful to bodily functions. I like to do a 14 day detox period but it’s whatever feels right for you.
I try really hard to get enough water into my system during the day but with other things going on in life, it can be hard to make hydration your main focus. During the detox, I pay special attention to just how much water I am taking in.
I dry brush my skin 4 times a week during the detox to stimulate the lymphatic system and to get rid of dead skin cells which allow toxins to move out of your body. Click here to learn how to dry brush properly.
Lemon water detoxifies your liver by increasing the liver’s detoxifying enzymes and by stimulating the liver’s secretion of bile. I squeeze about 1/2 lemon into room temperature water every morning before I have breakfast to get my digestive system going.
This means no processed food at all. I also stay away from things that include sugar (be wary of alternate names as well), corn, alcohol, soy, dairy, coffee, and gluten. I don’t eat the last 3 normally but it’s good to have on the list anyways. I also try to eat more things that will naturally clear out my system such as garlic, beets, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, onions, and turmeric.
Detox teas can really aid in cleansing your body from pollutants and toxins that we come into contact with everyday. My favourite is this 14 day detox from the Teatox Company.
Make a Before Sleep Routine:
As everyone knows, sleep is super important and really helps to give your body time to reset for the next day. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night but it can be hard to settle down at night and fall asleep when you have a million things going on in your head. A before sleep routine (upgraded version of bedtime routine) is a great way to wind down and start to shut your mind off before bed. I start to wind down an hour before I actually go to bed by washing my face, brushing my teeth, flossing, and brushing my hair. I then use my spoonk mat on my back while reading a book in bed for at least 35 mins.