The current global situation has put an immense amount of stress on us all, the restrictions on our freedom, albeit for a greater good, the heart breaking headlines and worrying about the health of our loved ones, barely scratch the surface of the intense emotions we’re all feeling.
But we’re determined to look for the silver linings. This global downtime could be the perfect opportunity to embrace a gentle detox. Our bodies’ are very efficient at detoxifying themselves naturally but a gentle nudge can really boost the process helping to cleanse the body of harmful substances and giving your body the chance to heal and regenerate.
Don’t fret, we’re not advocating crash diets which restrict certain foods or juice cleanses that push you to the limits of your sanity, we’re all about advocating simple, gentle steps that can really aid your body’s natural detoxification process and help you feel re-energised not exhausted, all which are easily done especially when in Lock down!
When done properly a gentle detox should aim to support the body’s natural detoxification process at a comfortable rate, not overload it. This in turn can really boost your immune system, increase those energy levels and brighten your skin.
Lymphatic System Detox
Our lymphatic system is part of our body’s immune system and protects us from infections and illnesses. In short, it acts as a one way drainage system moving fluid from body tissues into blood circulation and expels waste that our cells make. It also contains white blood cells which fight infection.
3 Ways to encourage flow in our lymphatic system and aid detox:
- Regular Exercise is pretty much a standard call for overall health and well being and crucial for healthy lymphatic system. Rebounding exercises in particular really help to activate the lymphatic system. You now have a legitimate 'grown up' reason for jumping on the kids' trampoline during lock down!!
- Drinking Water – It is essential that your body is sufficiently hydrated to cleanse your body of toxins.
- Dry Body Brushing – Improves circulation and removes dead skin cells. Use a natural bristled brush and start from your feet working your way up towards your heart. Use a circular motion and spend about 10 mins dry brushing your body before you shower.
3 Ways to encourage healthy skin detox
- Drink Plenty of water, you’ll be surprised at how quickly our skin becomes dehydrated and no regimental skincare routine can replenish water loss, you simply have to drink enough.
- Maintaining a skincare routine which cleanses, tones and moisturises the skin regularly. This removes impurities from the face regularly and encourage a healthy microbiome of the skin.
- Consider a salt bath to draw out impurities from the whole body. A bath in either Himalayan or Epsom salts expels acidic toxins from the skin into the water through osmosis. A salt water bath for 30 min is enough to encourage the process. Rinse off with a shower and re-hydrate by drinking plenty of filtered water afterwards.
Our liver is responsible for over 500 functions in the body, one vital function is detoxification and removal of toxins. As you know, our bodies’ are pretty efficient at eliminating toxins and our liver is no different, but we can give it a helping hand to regenerate and renew itself with the foods we consume. Don’t stress – no hardcore juice cleanses here, just easy, lock down friendly tips…
3 Ways to encourage healthy liver function
- Hydrate – Ensure you drink plenty of water to maintain the health and function of your organs. A great way to start the day is with some lemon infused water.
- Load up you plates with plenty of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and sprouts. Eating cruciferous vegetables increases the production of glucosinolate, which really boosts the liver’s toxin cleansing enzymes, helping to flush out carcinogens from the body.
- Try incorporating turmeric into your diet. It has been used in the sub continent for centuries. Naturally high in curcumin, a powerful component which helps to flush out toxins from the body and is naturally rich in anti-oxidants which can help with liver repair.
There you have it, simple, manageable ways to detox during lock down and benefit from increased energy levels. And as promised, no mention of cayenne pepper, juice only cleanses in sight.
Do you think these detox tips are manageable and would you consider giving any of them a go?