Detox: Body, Mind and Soul
If you’ve ever wondered what a detox regime can do for you, let’s be clear from the onset that
Detox = Cleansing (Body + Mind+ Soul)
Detoxing can do more than make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow – it can boost energy levels, improve digestion and help you lose weight too. It’s an amazing way to give your digestive system a break, to clear your mind and reward your soul with some self-loving.
Whether your detox lasts a few days or a month, these easy to implement Health Tips can bring a positive change in your daily life.
Start fresh & drink plenty
This is an oldie but goodie to kick-start your detox mornings. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of hot water and drink it first thing in the morning before breakfast. Lemon juice supports the liver and kidneys in their cleansing processes and jump-starts the digestive tract with enzymatic processes.
Drink at least 2 to 3 glasses of water to flush out the toxins from your body. During your detox cycles replace your regular coffee and tea with decaffeinated green or jasmine teas. An added bonus? You’ll look radiant, too.
Eat clean & organic
First things first, avoid processed foods (anything containing ingredients you can’t pronounce or don’t recognise), fast food, fried food, caffeine, dairy, alcohol, red meat, sugar and white flour. You don’t want to eat anything that contains the toxins you’re trying to eliminate.
Pick fruits and veggies with skins that can be easily peeled off, like carrots, beetroot, apples, bananas, onions and garlic. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process.
Snack light & healthy
If you must nibble between meals, have a small salad topped with fresh sprouts or protein like paneer, chicken or salmon. Incorporate more easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet like almonds, walnuts, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and chia seeds.
After a few days, you’ll lose that ‘can’t get off the couch’ feeling as the effects of sugar, starch, and alcohol begin to recede.
Get out & about
While detoxing, The Sun is a primary source of Vitamin D. Vigorous exercise increases lymph flow and circulation to help sweat out toxins. On some days, aim to raise a sweat by jogging along the beach.
Alternatively, you can engage in less vigorous cycles of workout by strolling in a park or cycling in a peaceful neighbourhood. you to the much needed Vitamin D.
Turn off & meditate
Our social lives are becoming increasingly dependent on digital devices and the internet, so if you find yourself unsettled and spend most of your time on social media, try taking time off. You can start by turning off your phone before dinner and leaving it off for the night to spend quality time with your friends and family.
While you’re detoxing the body, it’s good to clear the clutter from the mind too. Aim for 15 minutes of meditation per day. Do a yoga class to clear your mind while loosening your limbs at the same time. During this period you can also cultivate habits and hobbies that you carry forward, such as sketching, reading books, writing a journal or gardening. These activities can help you break away from mundane and routine work and give you a creative outlet to expression and reflection.
Remember that while your total-detox-cycle may last only a couple of days or weeks, the habits you develop during this period and its effect on your physical and mental wellbeing can last much longer based on your determination and practise. So go ahead and give it your best shot!