As you probably already know, health starts with a state of mind. However, living in an urban, constantly polluted environment, it becomes a daily challenge to safeguard your health and make lifestyle choices that will keep your mind and your body resilient and full of energy. With that in mind, one of the best ways to improve your healthy lifestyle is to add an occasional detox to your routine.
And what better time to start your healthy detox than at the very beginning of spring?
Let’s take a look at some of the key steps in every detox plan that you can use to cleanse and re-energise your body and face those new challenges!
Choose Cleansing Fluids
Although hydration is crucial in your everyday life, it becomes even more important for the duration of your detox. This means that in order to flush out all the heavy metals, additives, chemicals and other toxins we ingest through the tap water, air and food, you will need an extra boost of herbal teas, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and of course, the king of all fluids – water.
Drink plenty of filtered, purified water, especially in the morning on an empty stomach. You can even use this recipe to mix some lemon juice and ginger and have a bottle always by your side so that you never forget to take a sip or two. If you exercise during your detox (and it is recommended) staying hydrated is even more relevant.
Maintaining a healthy level of physical activity during your detox days is essential, because exercising will only improve the cleansing effect. Work up a sweat several times a week and your body will have yet another vehicle to flush out those toxins.
For instance, a morning yoga routine with asanas that will complement your detox plan will not only help you sweat out the unhealthy accumulation of toxins, but also help you increase your flexibility, joint mobility, and induce better digestion.
Build a Detox Diet
Just like with water, your diet should be a staple of a healthy lifestyle, and your detox is no different. However, during these days, base your diet mostly on light meals, whole grains, nuts and seeds, fresh, citrus fruits, green and leafy vegetables and your body will be grateful.
Pack your juices and smoothies with antioxidant-rich berries, such as blueberries or acai berries, and munch on steamed broccoli, spinach, kale or cauliflower every day. Steer clear of processed foods and those teeming with sugar. And, in order to maintain a balanced nutrition, you can add a trustworthy supplement such as BioCare vitamins and minerals, to make sure your detox is still providing your body with all the essential micronutrients.
Don’t Underestimate Beauty Sleep
All the benefits of a nutrient-dense diet, your workout and fluids will have no effect if you skip precious hours of sleep. Restore your natural circadian rhythm by going to bed and waking up at approximately the same time, without depriving your body of at least 8 hours of quality sleep. If you’re having a hard time staying asleep throughout the night, consider using a face mask to prevent morning puffiness around your eyes and help you get a good night’s sleep.
To ensure healthy sleep, avoid spending time looking at screens (no matter whether it’s your phone or a TV) an hour or two before bedtime, and your brain will slowly get ready to turn in for the day. During night, all the crucial processes of your detox will kick in, because your body will use all the nutrients and fluids to restore its natural balance and health, completing your detox cycle.
Remember that this detox routine is not about deprivation, because no extreme can help you restore your body’s natural detoxifying mechanisms and state of health. Be mindful of how you feel, all your potential aches and pains, implement these simple strategies to cleanse your body and you will quickly feel refreshed, invigorated, and ready for a spring filled with positive energy!
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.
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