Natural Detox and Self-Care Rituals
In addition to the detox food guide, yoga, meditation and breathing (pranayama) exercises included in this course, here are some general detox and self-care tips to consider incorporating into your daily and weekly routines.
Drink those fluids! Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin healthy. Fluids helps keep the body running smoothly and the lymphatic system clear of toxic build-up; aiding your body in releasing fat cells while flushing toxins. Staying hydrated also helps your cells absorb more essential nutrients. Proper hydration increases blood flow, often reducing fine lines and wrinkles while keeping your skin glowing and fresh looking. For added skin-nourishing vitamins and nutrients, skip the soda or sugary juices, and load up your next round of H2O with a variety of citrus, fruits and herbs instead. I prefer mint, rosemary and basil as they usually have the best flavor when mixed with fruits and citrus.
Citrus fruits are known for leaving the skin fresh and clean. They are natural energizers, cleansers and purifiers, as well as an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants which protect the body and fight symptoms of toxic build-up. This can significantly help reduce signs of aging, brighten, tone and moisturize the skin when used in both diet and skincare routines. Add a splash of citrus to your water, salads, soups, smoothies and more. As a solution for acne and dark circles, you can also rub a few citrus ice cubes (frozen water + citrus juice) on your face… it will bring your skin back to life!
One of the most direct ways of removing toxins from the body is by tongue scraping every morning when you wake-up. This oral hygiene practice has been used for thousands of years to remove toxins from the tongue, which tends to be a collection zone of bacterial build-up, especially as we sleep, while the body does its deepest detox and restoration work. If your taste buds are covered with “ama” (bacteria and plaque), it also makes it harder to taste foods. When your tongue is desensitized and food isn’t registering to the brain as being tasty or satisfying, it can also lead to going overboard with salt and sweets — the end result often being overeating and weight gain. The best time to scrape your tongue is first thing in the morning to remove any coating, mucous and other debris that may have accumulated overnight; brought in from the respiratory system, digestive system and nervous system. l recommend a well-designed tongue scraper made from stainless steel or copper. Place the rounded end of the scraper far back on the tongue and gently pull forward. Repeat until you’ve covered the whole surface of your tongue.
Dry Skin Brushing
This ancient beauty and health practice requires only a minute or two of your time, and can boost circulation, support the lymph system in detox and promote overall skin health. I always recommend using a brush made from natural materials – you can find many options available online by simply searching “dry skin brushing”, or I am happy to recommend one. This practice is believed to significantly increase blood flow to the skin and contribute to the breakup of toxins, exfoliate dead skin cells, clear the pores and even reduces the appearance of cellulite. The stimulated nervous system also activates muscle fibers and improve muscle tone. Another huge benefit of skin brushing is a drastic improvement in the appearance of the skin itself! To perform skin brushing, make sure your skin is completely clean and dry, preferable after a shower or a bath. Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping circular motions toward your heart. Always brush upwards towards your heart. Allow yourself to be mindful while you do it, tuning-in to caring for your body.