It’s almost Spring, yayyyyyyyy I can’t wait!! The approach of the new season heralds the arrival of milder weather and the intention to ‘Spring clean’. But when I say this I don’t mean to clean the house. The house is cleaned weekly and some parts daily so no need for a Spring clean here. My Spring clean involves something a little different. I plan to Spring clean myself. No I will not stand outside in the garden whilst my husband sprays me with a jet wash it’s more of a Spring detox.
What do you think of when you hear the word detox? There are many ways to detox and it encompasses so many different approaches. The best form of detox is one that takes a holistic approach. All areas should be addressed which means you need to detox the body and the mind not just the body. The best way to detox is to incorporate more than one method.
This sounds complicated but is really far easier than you might imagine. Don’t worry I’m a medical herbalist so you are in safe hands.
Forms of detox include:
Treat the Body Orally
Drink plenty of water, this helps flush out waste from the body. Aim for approximately 1.5 to 2 litres daily.
Eat high water content fruit and veg. Include leafy greens and vegetables and ripe fruits. This helps increase your fibre intake and helps clean out the bowel, bump up your vitamin and nutrient intake and so much more.
Drink smoothies but watch the sugar content such as grapes, bananas, mangos, pears, apples and pineapples.
Increase your intake of alkaline forming foods within the body such as lemon, beans, plain yogurt, most vegetables and many more.
Various herbs, tinctures, teas can help stimulate the body to eliminate toxins from your system but guidance from a qualified practitioner is always important as when used incorrectly you can make yourself ill. One of the most common organs treated is the liver to help support it as the liver detoxifies toxins that we are exposed to through the environment and food on a daily basis.
Treat the body Physically
Get your training kit on! – Sweating is a natural way of eliminating toxins / waste via the pores of the skin.
Get plenty of sleep – this helps the body to heal itself and your muscles and your mind to relax. It also allows the body to recharge in a sense to allow for effective detoxification.
The benefit of yoga retreats must also be considered as these a perfect to facilitate the correct environment for relaxing the mind and body and improve detoxification.
Treat the Mind
Meditation – not really something that I have tried myself although this can works wonders to relax the mind.
Digital Detox – avoiding the use of electrical equipment such as phones, computers etc. This is a hard one but really does help clear and relax the mind.
Reiki – a healing technique that works on the principle that energy can be channeled through the body to heal, detoxify and also relax the body and mind. Having practiced this form of healing for quite a few years I have found this very beneficial as an aid to relaxing the mind especially as well the previously mentioned benefits.
Detoxes should not last for long periods of time although the basics should be incorporated into daily life such as drinking plenty of water, eating fresh veg and fruits and watching our sugar intake. Sleep is something most of us are guilty of not getting enough of yet just a small increase in the amount of sleep we get would greatly benefit us all. Simple changes made part of a routine can make you feel more energetic, help weight loss, make your skin look better, help fight the signs of aging, help the body fight off colds better and so much more. Why not consider doing a detox yourself, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Disclaimer: make sure you seek your doctor’s advice before detoxing especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as these could be exacerbated by some of the forms of detoxing mentioned here.