Your body is more than capable in dealing with the usual toxins it faces on a daily basis, but there is nothing wrong with giving it a little helping hand with a few little tweaks to your daily routine and diet. Stress, cigarette smoke, pollution, alcohol as well as exposure to viruses and heavy metals can leave your immune system drained and less able to deal with toxins within your body. If your lifestyle isn’t perfect – mine certainly isn’t 😉 then I think that helping your body to boost its immune system, digestion and liver function will leave you reaping the rewards of glowing skin, good hormone balance and a better nights sleep.
LOVE YOUR LIVER
Everything you consume is broken down by your liver. Any waste products are excreted through urine, digestive tract or your skin.
Your liver is capable of self cleaning and removing toxins but it can become a little overwhelmed by too many fatty foods, alcohol and over the counter drugs. Your whole digestive system can also not function as it should if you smoke or are suffering from stress or anxiety. Symptoms such as lethargy, insomnia, easily waking up in the night, spots, dry skin or bloating in the stomach may well mean that your liver is in need of a little clear out. To put it bluntly, if you aren’t also regularly emptying your bowels then toxins can build up in your system, causing spots and making you feel really sluggish and lethargic.
Your liver is also the home of your emotions, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, so if your toxic load is too much for your liver to handle you may also suffer from mood swings, depression, anxiety and being really easily irritated.
Most of us don’t have the time or the want to do a full detox twice a year. So here are 5 really simple tips to easily incorporate cleansing and detoxing into your daily or weekly routine, to stop any stagnation in the liver and digestive tract and get everything back on track:
1. Drink Lemon Water
Lemons are highly alkalising, and if you prepare a warm lemon water every morning it will wake up your digestive system, rehydrate your body and help boost liver function. Simply squeeze half or a full lemon into a cup and top with hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey if you need to sweeten slightly. Do this every morning before you eat breakfast.
2. Dry Skin Brushing
Try doing this daily before you get into the shower, it takes only a couple of minutes. With a fairly stiff bath brush, start at the feet and brush your dry skin in long strokes, always in the direction of your heart. Concentrate around the thighs and buttocks. When you get to your tummy, be gentle and work in a clockwise direction. Work from your hands up your arm and then lift your arm in the air and brush the underside towards the armpit, avoiding the chest area. Not only will this exfoliate your skin and make it softer and smoother, it will also help to wake up your lymphatic system, the home of all your immune system, helping drainage and removal of toxins. Girls, this technique is also great for reducing cellulite, so grab your brush and get into this 2 minute routine every morning!
3. Epsom Salt Baths
Once or twice a week relax in a bath with 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts. These help remove and draw toxins from your skin and the magnesium will help you sleep.
4. Detoxifying Smoothies
Try and drink a smoothie per day. Green smoothies are the best for detoxification. Try my favourite 3 green smoothies for detoxification:
ULTIMATE DETOX SMOOTHIE
SPICY WATERCRESS SMOOTHIE
PEAR, LIME AND SPINACH SMOOTHIE
Get outside and go for a brisk walk or jog or get to the gym and sweat! Sweating releases toxins through your skin and will get your cardiovascular system working, breathing in fresh air and oxygenating your blood. Aim for 20 minutes per day. Outside is best as you will also benefit from a dose of Vitamin D – as long as the sun’s out!