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7 Daily Self-Care Rituals to Help You Detox

7 Daily Self-Care Rituals to Help You Detox

Daily detoxifying is essential to the body and helps the vital organs cleanse-out toxins to enable them to function appropriately. Interestingly, the body is well equipped to eliminate toxins on its own but individual lifestyles, food, and environment can hinder the mechanisms or processes of natural or self-detoxification. Toxins like pollutants, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, and processed food all have negative effects on vital organs like the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. These effects can result in chronic diseases like obesity, cancer, diabetics, and chronic heart disease. Therefore, the need to stimulate body detoxification becomes important to be included in our daily activities, which can improve health, and promote weight loss.      

  • Oil Pulling  

Oil pulling is an oral therapy that helps remove bacteria from the mouth and improve oral health. This involves swishing oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes and then spit out; the typical oils that can be used for this are coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil. These oils especially coconut oil have antimicrobial effects, prevent tooth decay, detoxifies and whitens teeth, and enable a beautiful smile.    

  • Dry Brush Your Skin

Dry brushing is another type of Ayurvedic medicine that has been around for centuries. It has some health benefits, especially for the skin.

This is usually done by rubbing a coarse, natural fiber bristles over the body in a circular and clockwise motion with light pressure. It is better to take a cool shower after dry brushing to remove dry skin and then moisturize the skin with any natural moisturizers like olive oil or coconut oil.

Dry brushing helps to remove dry, dead cells from the skin leaving the skin smooth and soft, and also stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system, exfoliates the skin, remove toxins through sweat. 

  • Drink Warm Water With Lemon First Thing in the Morning

Lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning is a popular homemade recipe with a lot of health benefits. Lemon is a great source of vitamin C, A, beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, and folate. Starting your day with this morning beverage has been claimed to boost energy level, metabolism, and alkalize the body.

A glass of this beverage supply the body with the needed vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps mop-off free radicals that are harmful to the body, protect body cells from damages and also reduce the risk of many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

  • Breathe Deeply Upon Rising From Bed

Breathing keeps one alive each day and is of utmost importance to the general well-being to breathe effortlessly. Breathing patterns can be affected by being overworked, stressed, anxious, and unwell. The best way to overcome any breathing difficulty is to indulge in breathing exercise as part of daily routine, this can be done in a comfortable place to sit or lie down and perform the breathing exercise for about 5-10 minutes.  

This daily routine is simply done by taking a deep breath i.e. inhaling fresh oxygen for a moment and then exhale toxins and carbon dioxide. This promotes better blood flow, which ensures smoother functioning of the vital organs including the immune system, also helps the body release endorphin, a natural feel-good hormone and painkiller. Apart from relaxing the mind and body, this also helps release tension and toxins, boosts energy, stabilizes blood pressure, and lowers stress.

  • Get 30-60 Minutes of Physical Body Exercise

Exercise is important for general well-being. Some minutes of workout especially in the morning can benefit the body in so many ways. Going for a run, jog, or brisk walk can help boost metabolism, burn calories and eliminate toxins through sweat. Exercise strengthen the heart and improve circulation, improves mood, and lowers blood sugar, help in weight loss, strengthen bone and muscle.    

  • No Screens After 7pm

The truth about using electronic device before bedtime is that it can physiologically and psychologically affect your sleep. Using TV, phones, laptops before bed delays the body internal clock, which is a response to the blue light emission from these devices.  This can suppress the sleep inducing hormone, ‘Melatonin’ which makes it difficult to fall asleep.

By cutting-off screen exposure as early as 1-2 hours before bedtime improves sleep quality, aid alertness the next morning, and reduce the development of insomnia.  

  • Take Detox Baths With Epsom Salts

Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfate that stimulates detoxification pathways. An Epsom salt detox is warm bath with Epsom salt that is loaded with a lot of health benefits including pain and stress relieving, eliminates toxins from the body, and promotes healings.

SIDE NOTE

To keep the vital organs healthy, and optimize the body’s natural detoxification system, you have to keep the following handy

  1. Limit Alcohol Intake: Too much consumption of alcohol can damage the liver, more than 90% of alcohol metabolism occur in the liver and this can reduce the ability of the liver to carry out normal function such as detoxification.
  2. Drink More Water: Water helps you stay hydrated, regulate body temperature. Aids digestion and absorption of nutrients, and detoxifies the body by removing waste products.
  3. Reduce Your Intake of Sugar and Processed Food: High consumption of highly processed and sugary food has been linked to some chronic diseases like obesity, cancer, diabetics, and heart diseases. And this is as a result of the failure of vital organs to carry out their functions. To keep the body’s detoxification healthy, one has to limit the intake of junk foods.       

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