7 daily detox tips
7 daily detox tips you need to know… Don’t let January be a time of lethargy and sluggishness. Find simple ways to detox on a daily basis, in a way that is sustainable and long lasting. Little daily shifts will create the bigger changes long term. Here are our top 7.
1. Digital detox
150 the average number of times we check our phones…..9 the average number of hours we spend looking at screens per day.
Detoxing is not just about the food that we eat. We need to recognise the fact that our health is greatly effected by what we eat, drink and think. So often we have clouded thoughts, we get caught up in this digital world and we generally don’t take the time to be away from our screens to be out in nature, which is where I believe calm and clarity arise. So maybe today as part of your detoxing, take a digital detox, leave that phone at home when you head out for your walk, look around, enjoy the scenery for what it is, not for how many likes the photo will get when you post it to instagram.
What to do…Unplug for at least an hour a day away from all digital devices.
2. Eat some raw
Raw food is full of enzymes needed for the digestion of food. When we cook food these enzymes no longer work and the body has to then make the enzymes to do the digesting, all of this uses up the body’s energy reserves. Which is why after a huge roast dinner you feel pretty lethargic. So make sure you eat plenty of raw foods with every meal so that your digestion is easier, using less energy, leaving you feeling brighter and lighter.
What to do….add raw greens to your morning smoothie or make a juice
3. Start the day with lemon water
My grandmother was a doctor and always used to say you should start your day by drinking a pint of water to flush out your kidneys. I quite agree, but I take it one step further, drinking warm water with a slice of lemon. This helps to support your liver function and therefore aiding your body in its detox processes. Go one step further still and add a slice of fresh ginger which has anti inflammatory effects on your joints.
What to do…..Buy bottles of water and have them on your desk to keep track of how much water you drink in a day.
4. Breathe deeply
One of the best and easiest ways to detox is by breathing. By focusing on the breath and taking deep conscious breaths we give the body chance to draw more oxygen into the body and time to expel all the stale air from the lungs. The oxygen helps your body absorb nutrients and vitamins and it also helps make white blood cells which speed up the cleansing process in the body.
What to do…..Inhale for count of 4, exhale for count of 8. Repeat 5 times. Go on try it now and see how much clearer headed you will feel.
5. Get out side
We all know how good it feels to get outdoors. But why is being out in nature and fresh air so important to us? Being outside increases our vitamin D intake, which has many benefits including improved resistance against certain diseases and helps with boosting your bodies immunity. The natural sunlight also helps to sets your body’s internal clock that tells you when to eat and sleep. Just ten minutes a day outside will greatly improve your sense of wellbeing. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be.
What to do….get a dog and get outside…everyday!
6. Get good sleep
When your body is sleep deprived it goes into a state of stress. Body’s functions are put on high alert, which increases blood pressure and production of stress hormones. So make sure you get good quality sleep, staying away from digital devices that hour before you go to sleep will certainly help.
What to do…… meditate for ten minutes before you hit the pillow.
7. Clean, happy, home
Finally, detox is not just about flushing away the toxins in your body. Have you ever thought about the toxins in your home? Regular house hold cleaning products have been increasingly found to have negative effects on many systems in the body including, nervous, immune, reproductive and cardiovascular. The build of toxins in the home from these products can lead to many health problems so try switching to cleaning products that are good for you.
What to do…buy Method cleaning products, they are amazing and non harmful to you and your family.