Detox is quite a buzz word these days.
Often a detox is thought of as a special cleanse but the truth is you body is always detoxing!
Your body is magnificent. Truly amazing. Each day it takes the hundreds of thousands of millions of nasties you ingest, inhale, and absorb and works to rid of them.
Even though your amazing body can work wonders all by itself, it doesn’t mind a little help here and there.
Let’s talk about how to help your body detox.
1. Dry Brushing
What is It?:
Dry brushing is old natural healing method that increases the circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body. In short this means that dry bushing helps to manually tell otherwise, somewhat stagnant, lymph to get moving and get gone. Not only does it encourage circulation of the lymphatic system, but it cosmetically benefits the skin as well; removing dead skin cells and even possibly helping to get rid of some of that bothersome cellulite.
How to Dry Brush:
Dry brushing is really simple. Start by purchasing a dry brush like this one. Take your dry brush and begin at the feet, brushing up toward the heart in short, brisk strokes, approximately 6-10 strokes in one area before moving to the next. Continue working your way up the body (skipping the backs of the knees and face) not forgetting the armpits, palms of the hands, and bottoms of the feet.
Dry brush before getting into your morning shower. You’ll feel a burst of energy and showering off immediately after will help all the toxins you’ve stirred up go straight down the drain.
If you’re wanting to read a little more on dry brushing, my fellow NTP friend has a nice blog all about it here: callbellsbarbells.
2. Tongue Scraping
What is It?:
Tongue scraping is an ancient Ayurvedic recommendation that is easy, peasy to do each morning and night! By scraping your tongue, especially in the morning, you’re clearing off a layer of toxins your body worked hard to put there throughout the night. Once you start tongue scraping, you may notice a white film that disappears with time. This is a sign of a healthier body! When I first started tongue scraping one of the first changes I noticed was that my morning breath was less and less each morning!
How to Tongue Scrape:
Simply take a copper (only copper) tongue scraper, like this one , and start at the back of your tongue. Slowly and gently scrape forward toward the tip of your tongue. You can continue to scrape a few times, I usually do 3, rinsing between each. If you’re interested in more details about holistic dental care, I have a blog all about it: here.
Keep your tongue scraper right with your toothbrush so you’re more likely to use it each time before you brush your teeth. I clean mine every few days with toothpaste and warm water.
3. Warm Lemon Water
What is It?:
Well, it’s just what it sounds like, warm water with lemon juice.
Warm lemon water first thing in the morning (after tongue scraping and brushing your teeth) helps to flush the liver, rehydrate the body, and stimulate the colon (all imperative to detox).
How to Make Warm Lemon Water:
My favorite way to make warm lemon water is to put filtered, spring water on the stove in my tea kettle. After it’s warmed, I pour 8-10 ounces in a glass. I then add 1-2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice. Easy as that!
Add 1 scoop of Vital Proteins collagen to your water for a tasteless way to add 9 grams of protein! Collagen also aids in healing the gut, balancing the hormones, AND beautifying the skin.
With simple, easy detox tips like the ones I’ve listed, you’ll have no excuse not to help your body out a little 😉 .
If you perform these 3 steps daily your body will thank you.
When your body is better able to detox you’ll feel more energetic, lighter, and refreshed.
Who doesn’t want that?
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