The word "detox" is really scary to some. The word itself brings about feelings of discomfort and deprivation for most but actually detox is a good thing. It means to remove waste and toxins. When you have an excess of toxins in your body it shows up on your skin, big time. You'll see a dull, dry, splotchy skin tone. Sometimes it shows up in the form of rudiness and persistant breakouts, especially breakouts around the mouth, chin and jawline. A build up of toxins in your system can also make you feel slow, sluggish, tired and foggy as well as bloated and uncomfortable.
In my 10+ years as an Esthetician I have seen many cases of acne and other skin complaints completely disappear with simple changes to the diet and detoxing. For alot of people there seems to be a disconnect with what they eat verses how they look and feel. Once you discover that connection, eating for your health becomes something you truly enjoy!
A big misconception about detoxing is that it's a "diet" or "program". Detoxing can be done as a temporary measure to "clean out" the system but it can also be a way of life. You don't have to spend all your time fasting or staying close to the bathroom to rid your body of toxins. Detoxing, when done in a healthy way, has few side effects or discomforts and can make you look, and more importantly, feel great!
Here are three steps to detoxing your body. If you've never detoxed before then don't feel pressured to give up too many things on the "Avoid" list, try giving up just one or two things to start out with.
1.Avoid these for 7 days (pick as many as you are comfortable with even if it's just one.)
Grains (switch to gluten free grains for 7 days like qunioa if giving up all grains is too difficult)
Processed Foods (anything in a bag, box or can including soda and artificial sweetners like Splenda etc.)
Giving up these things may seem restricting at first but I would encourage you to think about what to eat instead of what not to eat. Planning is key. Make a meal plan for 7 days. Grocery shop ahead of time. Focus on how the nutritious foods you've planned for yourself are reviving your health and making you look and feel awesome. Eat as many fresh vegetables as you like and think about trying some green smoothies.
2. Drink your morning lemon elixor.
Combine the following in your morning mug:
up to 1 Tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
up to 1 teaspoon of honey
the juice of half a lemon
This elixor gently cleanses your liver. The liver is where toxins get stored. Drink the elixor first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It's a great skin-clearer.
3. Detox "Feel-Goods"
While detoxing try these simple things to feel good while your body rids itself of toxins:
Drink lots of water. If you experience headaches when detoxing it means the toxins are stirred up and trying to exit your life! Water flushes out what's trying to get out. It hydrates everything especially your skin!
Get plenty of protien! Go vegetarian if you want but you don't have to. Wild caught fish, nuts and easily digestable beans like garbanzo and kudzu beans are an excellent sources of protien. Buy your meat from the health food store and stick to grass-fed organic whenever possible.
Dry skin brushing. This sloughs off dead skin cells, exfoliating and making the skin feel awesome!
Hot baths or massage. Treating yourself in a kind way will make you feel refreshed and relaxed. Take a soothing bath or treat yourself to a professional massage.
Journaling. Start by writing down your intension. Why are you wanting to cleanse? Is your skin breaking out? Do you feel tired and bloated? What do you want to get out of it? Writing down your experience and how you are feeling can detox the mind.
To much stress is definately toxic. Think about detoxing other areas of your life too. For example:
Clear your mind by decluttering a messy room or desk.
Too tight a grip on your cell phone or social media? Turn it off for a set period every day for a week.
Turn off your TV and laptop for a day or two and spend your spare time reading a book or a crafting hobby.
Relationships can sometime add to our toxic load too. If you have a toxic one causing you stress, steer clear of that person for a few days and see how you feel.
Don't forget, this can be a way of life. You don't have to do this for only 7 days. Go at your own pace. If it doesn't work out the first time, regroup, replan and try again. Don't deprive yourself! Just focus on bringing in more clean and healthy food, gradually over time.
Go easy on yourself.
Make peace with your choices.
Let me know how you're doing with your detox and please share any thoughts or experiences of your own.
For ideas on detox-friendly foods visit my Pinterest board:https://www.pinterest.com/pame23/detox-foods/
Consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions and never stop taking medications without the advice of your doctor.