- Kick start your day with warm water and lemon. Packed with antioxidants and lots of other wonderful benefits, lemon water is a fantastic way to revitalize the mind and body. Nettle is my wintertime herbal tea of choice because it is a high amount of alkalizing minerals that are especially helpful for kidney cleansing and adrenal support during this time of the year.
Other kidney-protecting herbs include juniper, which act as a diuretic and are especially helpful in chronic bladder infections; ginger root which is warming to the body and assists circulation in the kidney area; tamari, an aged soy sauce, is a flavorful alternative to salt that aids digestion. I also like to add ginger to my cooking as it can be used as a seasoning in cooking, and really helps in keeping the winter flu away.
- I know that you’re probably over seeing green foods show up all over the place as soon as healthy food is mentioned, but they are literally packed with a nutritional punch that you just don’t get in other, try and select foods that are not only super yummy but are green, will fill you up yet detox at the same time and are alkalizing as well. A Ginger-Mint Pear Smoothie is luscious, or try a this Sweet Potato Soup it is like someone wrapping their arms around you and giving you a great big warm hug.
Avocados are a great and versatile vegetable to have on hand. (more on why your body will love avocado is here.) Most people don’t like them because they’re high in fat, but finally people are starting to see the benefits of them and have a greater appreciation of good fats v bad fats. Garlic as it not only adds flavour to your foods, but it boosts up the immune system as well as helping our liver function properly.
Kale is another fantastic food for assisting in flushing out the kidneys, a set of organs that must be cleaned out on any good detox. This yummy vege is so good for you it is recommended to people who are fighting kidney disease. Instead of going cold turkey on all your favourite foods, perhaps try and choose to add a green smoothie or juice, use spinach or Kale. When it comes to buying meat try free-range chicken instead of that supermarket rubbish that passes itself off as chicken or lean meat.
- Try taking a sauna. Perspiration is one of the body’s most efficient ways of ridding it from toxins.Using a sauna regularly can slowly help restore the skin, and can also help with the body heal from infection faster. It feels incredible. Sweating can flush the body of substances of alcohol, cholesterol, and salt. The body releases toxins by using sweat as the conduit.
- Ensure that you are getting enough rest. While our body is asleep it goes into detox overdrive, we might think that our bodies are resting but in fact they are on detox overdrive, and preparing us for the next day brings. So don’t skimp on your slumber time, it’s literally vital for our wellbeing, detox and sanity. More tips on how to get a good nights sleep is here.
- Even if it’s just for 5-10 minute walk – get up, go outside and move movement helps to charge up your detox and cleanse your system, by shunting any toxins out of your body. Classes like Pilates and yoga offer great techniques in assisting in detox. Exercise is important for staying healthy. It keeps muscles strong, burns calories, maintains flexibility, increases your aerobic level and offers a pleasurable endorphin release. An added benefit, is that exercise actually helps your body to detoxify itself. More easy ways to get your body moving are here.
- The skin is the largest organ of our body and is responsible for 1/4 of the body’s detoxification each day. By regularly exfoliating and stimulating your skin, you help your lymphatic system rid itself of built up toxins, also it will aid in increasing circulation and blood flow, and keep your pores open. Dry skin brushing or exfoliation helps remove the dead skin and allows the body to breathe, plus it feels amazing. Try incorporating this into your shower routine just before you hop in.
- You can take detox supplements as much as you want, however in order for your body to really handle the detox properly you need to stay hydrated. We need water to flush out the toxins in our bodies. When we are dehydrated our insides can become like a blocked drain. You may be wondering what’s the difference is between “Good Water” and “Normal” is there even any, there is so before you next reach for your tap have a think about what you might be putting into your body. Ensure that you have a filter connected to your water tap, or buy spring water and store at home.
- Keep your mind clean, if you know how to meditate, try and practice for 30 minutes each day. If meditation is not your thing try yoga or Pilates, whatever you do to switch your body off. Consciously clear the mind of stressful thoughts at least once a day. Stress would have to be the body’s number one enemy next to bad diet. It triggers our body to release stress hormones, when your body is stressed it will push everything else aside including your detox.
- Spend time with your loved ones and friends. People and animals can have a wonderful effect on the way we feel. Try spending some time with people who really motivate you and lift you up, who can make you laugh and feel even better about yourself. Stay well away from anyone or anything that can bring negative energy into your life.
- Detox massage Ripple’s detox massage is a great way to do a stand-alone body rejuvenation, or to support your detoxing diet. It includes a massage that works on your lymphatic system to drain toxins, essential oils that detox the body, exfoliation to increase blood flow and polish the skin, and gentle cleansing masks, this is a great way to get ready for the beach or for the warmer months.