The idea of cleaning out all of the junk that I have put into my body and jettisoning the environmental toxins that I have undoubtedly been exposed to over my thirty something years, is as enticing as it is necessary. I have perused the websites of detox spas with envy and delight for many years. Oh the idea of going to a place where with juices, massages, and God know what else, someone would pamper the stress and toxins from my body is a fantasy I have long held. Sadly, I have a household that doesn’t function well without me.
Yet I know just in our everyday lives we are exposed to pollution in the air and combinations of the over 80,000 chemicals that are in our food, water and the consumer products that we rely on. Studies have found that the average woman using a combination of personal care products has applied an average of 119 chemicals to her body before she leaves the house in the morning. No wonder the idea of detoxing or cleaning the toxic foods and chemicals out of the body has become so trendy. There are so many fad detox methods and diets out there that it is hard to know where to start and what to realistically commit to and complete. Personally, I love good food—so I could never do a fast and I do not think that I could keep up with my four children powered by juice alone. I also don’t have time for a tedious and complicated detox process. I have managed to find some inexpensive, relatively easy ways to detox at home.
The DIY Home Detox:
1) Detox With Lemon Water
Add a glass of water with half a fresh squeezed lemon to your morning routine, BEFORE coffee. The lemon juice helps cleanse the liver and aides its ability to remove toxins and fats from the body.
2) Add Cleansing Foods & Juices
The following are foods know to help the body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying abilities:
Celery and Celery Seeds
Flax seeds and flaxseed oil
I try to add one of these foods into meals I already like and eat regularly, but my favorite way to get cleansing vegetables and fruits is to juice them. My favorite juice combination, which is also great for supporting the liver’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, is the following:
2 medium size Beets
3 medium size carrots
You could also add flaxseed oil or any of the detoxifying foods listed above.
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3) Try Dry Brush Exfoliation
Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic health practice that helps promote circulation, detoxing, is very relaxing and feels great. The skin is one of the largest detoxifying organs of the body, although most of us don’t ever think of it that way. You always dry brush with a clean brush on bare dry skin preferably before showering. Traditionally, you brush away from the heart and lightly. It is easy to do it yourself at home, but if you want to splurge it is great as a part of an Ayurvedic massage. There are many spas offering this now.
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4) Drink Detox Teas:
There are herbal teas that have used for generations to aid the body and in particular the liver in the detoxification process. These teas are considered medicinal and are very safe for most people. One to two cups a day of any one of the following teas may assist your body in the elimination of toxins:
An antioxidant rich herb that soothes the liver and boosts liver function. It may also help protect the liver from toxins such as alcohol and acetaminophen.
A fiber rich herb, it promotes detoxification and helps protect the liver from harmful chemicals such as alcohol.
A bitter tasting herb, but my personal favorite. It promotes the flow of bile that is essential in transporting toxins out of the body. Research in animals have shown dandelion to help shield the liver from environmental toxins.
Extremely anti-oxidant rich, this herb increases the flow of bile according to research studies. It is also thought to promote the regeneration of liver cells.
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5) Hot Detox Bath:
Your skin is a major organ of detox and elimination for the body. Sweating is an important way to get the toxins out and you can do it while relaxing in a hot bath.
Add the following to a hot bath (as hot as you can stand to stay in for a while, because the idea is to stay in and sweat):
1 Tablespoon of ground mustard seeds
2 Cups of Epsom salts
1 Cup of Sea Salt
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
A few drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender
The mustard seeds naturally stimulate the pores to open up and increase sweat and elimination while the Epsom salts help pull toxins from the body. The body will absorb the healthy minerals in the sea salt. The coconut oil will keep the skin smooth and moisturized. Finally, the lavender essential oil will promote rest and relaxation.
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