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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gentle & Simple Ways to Detox

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Here's a few things that are easy to implement and can have more of an impact on your body than you might realize.  Especially if done more often than not.  There are many other things you could do but I tried to focus on things the average person can do without having to go out and buy a whole bunch of new foods and such.  

1. Drink lemon water.  Some people like to drink warm water with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon.  I don't do well with this so I drink mine at other times during the day.

2. Drink chlorophyl water.  I get mint flavored from Nature's Sunshine.  It tastes pretty good and mild.  

3. Take detox baths.  This can be done by adding the following into your warm bath water.  Make sure to fill it up.  Make sure it's dissolved well.  Make sure to drink some water before, during and after to get the toxins moving out.  Soak from 20 - 40 minutes for the average person and rest for at least 1/2 hour afterwards.  Since I have adrenal issues, I use about half the recommended amount for about half the time.  I get sleepy afterwards but feel better the next day.
Detox Bath Ingredients:
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup baking soda

4. Clean up your diet!  Take one full week and eat only real food.  If you drink pop or coffee, cut way down or cut it out completely.  Make sure to get lots of fresh veggies raw and cooked.  Eat real butter, coconut oil, olive oil, meats (not processed) and fresh fruits.  This will give your body a chance to better filter out the toxins you've been putting in it from refined foods.  

5. Work on your lymphatic system by skin brushing or lymphasizing.

6. Go to bed earlier. 

7. Reduce stress.  Whether it's turning off your phone or computer at certain times, or simply taking the time to laugh, do something to reduce your daily stress. 

8. Spend some time in fresh air daily.

9. Drink plenty of water.

In case this seems impossible, here's a sample plan for a day.  I realize this may not work for everyone's schedule.  You can totally change this up to fit your plan.  

~ Wake up and drink warm water that has 1/2 lemon squeezed into it.

~ Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking.  Start out with some raw soaked oatmeal (recipes online), eggs and toast or eggs and sausage on a bed of spinach drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with basil (Dr. Mercola).  

~ Drink some chlorophyl water and step outside.  Either sit out there in the fresh air soaking up some sun (vitamin d) or take a walk.

~ Get some yummy lunch.  Try eating a nice wrap of leftover chilled shredded chicken, greens, onions, peppers, sprouts and mayonnaise.  You could also make a yummy salad with the same items and your choice of dressing.

~ Do something you enjoy even if it's for only 15 minutes.  Read a book, watch a video, knit, crochet, etc…  Drink some water.

~ 2 hours after lunch, lymphasize if possible.  I start by getting up on my trampoline and slowly bouncing without my toes coming off the trampoline to start.  After I've warmed up for a bit, I move into some walking/fast walking.  Keep at a good pace and start out.  

~ Get yourself a nice snack of fruit and cheese, a fruit/veggie smoothie or a protein shake.  I like making a protein shake out of frozen bananas, water, nut butter and plain flavored whey protein powder.  Drink some water too.

~ Go ahead and take a nap if you've been extra worn out/stressed lately.  

~ Have a dinner of some kind of protein and fresh and cooked vegetables.  

~ 2 hours after dinner run a full bath of warm water and add in 1 cup epsom salt and 1 cup baking soda.  Soak in bath for 20 minutes or so.  Make sure to have some water on hand while bathing.  To kick it up a notch, play some soothing music and light some candles.  Lay back and relax.  Once you get out, get dressed in something warm and comfy and lay your head back on your pillow.  Rest for at least 1/2 hour afterwards.  This would be a great time to pull out a great comedy and laugh.  Laughter actually helps the body tremendously.

Now that didn't seem too bad did it?  Try doing this for a whole week and keep a diary on how you've done and how you feel.  Who knows, maybe you'll want to keep it up.  If you need help with Whole Food Recipes, check the right hand side of the screen for a free download of my cookbook.