Detoxing doesn't have to be extreme. Why not add these simple detox ideas into your day for gentle cleansing and rejuvenation to boost your vitality and make your skin glow with health?
MAKE A GOOD START
Start the day with half a lemon or lime squeezed in a glass of warm water to wake up the digestive system and kick start your liver's detoxification processes. Add a pinch of cayenne powder to really get your metabolism going. Even though it tastes acidic on your tongue, lemon and lime actually have an alkalising effect on the body, which is naturally detoxifying.
BRUSH YOUR BODY
Use a body brush for 2-5 minutes before your morning shower. Brush the whole body in long, gentle strokes, working your way up from your feet and always brushing towards the heart. This action stimulates and clears the lymphatic system, which is often sluggish owing to the fact that unlike the vascular system it doesn't have its own pump mechanism and relies on our muscles contracting - during physical activity, for example - to keep it working smoothly. Gentle rebounding on a mini trampoline is another excellent way to improve lymphatic circulation and drainage.
Get some cleansing greens into your day for your 'first' breakfast. You don't need to go crazy on juices but juicing some green leaves with an apple or berries and ginger is a great way to up your anti-inflammatory antioxidant intake. The green pigment in plants, chlorophyll, is one of nature's most potent detoxifiers and we should eat it every day. This lean green juice combines kale and spinach with fruit for a delicious natural vitamin and mineral shot. Ideally, use two thirds veg or salad leaves to one third fruit as fruit juice is almost pure fructose sugar, which will spike your blood sugar levels, causing them to come crashing down soon after. Keeping your blood sugar on an even keel is key to maintaining your energy levels throughout the day and staying healthy overall.
... AND A SECOND BREAKAST
We digest fruit and juice very quickly so you can happily drink your juice before showering and then follow it with a healthy second breakfast around 15-20 minutes later. Good breakfast choices include eggs in all forms with spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes sautéed in coconut oil or grain-free alternatives to your favourite baked treats, such as these flour-free banana and coconut pancakes.
Don't forget that it's still winter out there and your body needs warming, nourishing meals right now. Hearty meat and vegetable soups and stews are easy to digest and gently cleansing at the same time. Snuggle up with a bowl of this soothing carrot and ginger soup or this slow cooked cuttle fish in red wine (don't worry, the alcohol is burned off during the cooking) and give your body a well-earned rest until spring.