As mentioned in a previous blog post, detoxification is essential to healthy living. Without it, our bodies hoard all of the artificial toxins that go with day to day experiences. The consequences include weight gain, a sluggish feeling/fatigue, the inability to sleep, mood changes, and even infertility. Although it is impossible to detoxify your body 100% and completely avoid toxins in the environment, there are crucial steps that you can take to make yourself look and feel better. Here are the top tips for external detoxification:
Bentonite Clay. This amazing powder can be used in baths, as a face or hair mask, and also internally. The concept behind it comes from the clays ability to remove heavy metals and toxins from the body, making it the perfect addition to a relaxing, night time bathing routine. All you do is add half a cup or so to the warm water and soak! Easy enough, right? Another great way to get all the benefits from the bentonite clay is to use it as a face mask. A personal favorite is mixing the clay with apple cider vinegar, with non-metal utensils. If you have sensitive skin, opt for plain water in place of the ACV. Since the clay removes a bunch of toxins from your body, it is common to feel a little drained afterward. So, if you’re doing a full body detox in the form of a bath, be sure to do it right before bedtime. Heck, add in some lavender and diffuse some essential oils for an even deeper relaxation experience.
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Oil Pulling. Did you know that the health of your mouth can greatly determine the overall health of your body? The point of oil pulling it to pull toxins from your insides, through your mouth. As a lover of all things coconut oil, I am a huge fan of oil pulling. Not only have I noticed better oral health, it improves the whiteness of my teeth, as well. You can also oil pull with sesame and olive oils, according to your preference. The trick is to literally pull the thick oil through your teeth, not just swish it around. Do this for 10 to 20 minutes, be sure NOT to swallow anything (hello, bacteria!), and even add in some essential oils for extra health boosting properties. I personally love Clove essential oil for the taste, but it has been used for centuries as a natural dental anti-bacterial agent.
Skin Brushing. As the largest organ, it is impossible to skip over treating your skin when it comes to detoxification. The act of skin brushing- brushing with a natural-bristled brush in circular motions toward your heart- aids in the natural detoxification process of your skin. It increases circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, and even gets rid of dead skin cells for a radiant glow. Do this daily to see the best results, generally before a shower. Be sure not to scrub your skin to the point of making it raw. The point of skin brushing is to aid the skin, not scrub it to death. This helps with the body’s natural elimination process, 10%-15% of which occurs naturally though the skin itself.
Rebounding. This is slightly different from the other tips, but it is still worth mentioning. Rebounding, jumping in small motions on a mini-trampoline, helps drain the lymphatic system. If you are not aware, the lymphatic system sometimes goes by another name: the garbage disposal of the body. Meaning, all those disgusting toxins we are encountering on a daily basis just get accumulated in there. The slight up-down movement helps get the lymphatic system moving, aiding in general drainage and overall detoxification. The easiest way to fit in rebounding (and the most effective way I’ve found) is to keep a mini-trampoline in the living room and bounce during every TV commercial. Feeling drained? The quick movement increases energy and improves focus when you’re feeling that afternoon slump.
Your body is meant to heal itself, and with some TLC, it will become a rejuvenated infection-fighting machine! Remember, detox is essential to healthy living. With these tips and tricks, it can be made easy for everyone. The key is to find ways that work for you. Maybe you really aren’t feeling the skin brushing thing, but are you willing to soak in a warm, lavender bath filled with bentonite clay that will help you sleep better before hitting the hay? Yeah, I thought so.