1. Dry Brushing
What is dry brushing? Dry brushing is an ancient practice that stimulates the lymphatic system to help move toxins. It also removes dead skin cells, improves nervous system, tightens skin, and keeps your skin soft, smooth, and younger looking. It’s an invigorating sensation and I will say, I didn’t love it at the beginning. However, after years of doing it, I have come to crave removing toxins from my body anyway I can.
How to do it?
Pick up a dry brush at your nearest Target or order one from Amazon. The one I recommend is below. Run your dry, soft-bristle brush over your bare skin. I recommend right after your morning shower so you can anchor it to a routine. Methodologies vary, but I suggest brushing your limbs and torso, always motioning toward your heart. Do this for a few minutes every day, and you’ll increase blood flow and circulation, which will help your body and lymphatic system clear away toxins. Simple and a luxurious way to pamper yourself first thing in the morning.
2. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the habit of swishing an oil throughout the mouth for several minutes at the beginning of each day. First thing, before brushing your teeth, coffee, or food, swish (coconut oil preferably) in your mouth. I know it might sound gross but you aren’t swallowing it. You can anchor the habit with taking a shower. This is what I have done in the past. Oil pulling is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine to diabetes and asthma. I know, you may be asking, “how can swishing oil in my mouth do all that?”
Well, in Ayurveda, oil pulling is said to draw out toxins from the teeth and gums, thereby detoxifying the mouth and, if done regularly, the entire body. Here are some of the benefits I have experienced:
- Healthy gums
- Clear bright skin
- Stronger immune system
- Less tooth sensitivity
- Whiter teeth
- Great hang over or unhealthy eating cure
- More hydration (even living in the hot Vegas summers)
3. Coffee Enema
You want me to put what up my butt? Yep… thats what I said, coffee. I am not encouraging you do this every day but perhaps once a month or a few times a year. With a newborn, I find it hard to sneak away to do this form of detox, however, I know how beneficial these are so I am literally contemplating getting a sitter so I can more regularly. What do you think, should I ? Okay, back to the content.
If you haven’t heard of Gerson Therapy, I would highly recommend checking it out. This form of detox has been used to treat ailments ranging from cancer to depression! Its the real deal.
Here is the gist: Coffee enemas are used to increase the liver’s detoxification. When introduced to the colon, coffee is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the liver, stimulating the production of glutathione, which is an antioxidant enzyme that plays a major role in driving toxins from the body. Toxins are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we use, even to the air we breathe. Detoxifying is critical to living a healthy life in the world we live in now. Here are some final things that make coffee enemas great:
- Detoxify and improve glutathione levels
- Ease PMS symptoms, such as cramping and bloating
- Reduce anxiety
- Improve digestion
- Eliminate Candidia
- Boost energy
- Contribute to hormone regulation
- Improve mental clarity and focus
- Reduce chronic pain
- Improve skin health
Pretty great right? I told you some of these would be surprising.
Take a moment (at least 5 min/day) to simply unplug. We live in such a chaotic device driven world. I am guilt of this too. Its so hard to not check the phone every second of the day whether scrolling through IG or FB or watching Youtube videos. As much as I like to tell myself, “its necessary,” the real benefits are found in stepping away from our devices.
Ways to unplug:
- Set an alarm on your phone to go off at the same time each day. When that alarm goes off, pause everything you are doing, breathe, and go in. Stop thought and focus on the sound of your breath for at least 1 minute.
- For breastfeeding mothers, try the no cell challenge. The next time you sit down to feed you baby, just give yourself completely to him. Watch how they suckle, how they breathe, their eyes flutter with satisfaction. Connect to your breasts and feel grateful that you have the ability to give your baby everything he needs to survive and thrive.
- During meal times have a “no phone rule.” Everyone puts their phones in the middle of the table or on Do Not Disturb. Have a conversation with your family or friends, chew your food slowly, and savor each moment.
- Instead of scrolling or throwing on a movie, try going for a walk or reading a book
5. Purge your junk
I plan to do an entire series of blog posts all about minimalism and how to clear out the junk in our lives. People have more stuff than ever and our waste is through the roof! Choose a day and a room where you will purge the junk. I dare you to pick your bathroom. Did you know there are over 3,000 “stock chemical ingredients” that the perfume industry alone can choose from for their products, many of which have not been tested for safety. Commercial products are ridden with harmful cancer causing, endocrine disrupting chemicals and its time we demand for healthy clean options. Switch out one commercial product at a time for an all-organic one and consider switching out at least one product a week until your home is truly toxin-free. See link to see the product line I recommend.