Detoxing is a bit of a buzz word during Spring and it’s a traditional time to clear out the old and bring in the new. Our ancestors have been doing it for centuries, and rightly so; it’s a great time for fresh starts and renewal. But there’s so much more to detoxing than suffering through a 7-day juice fast or trying to spring clean your entire home in one weekend!
Here are our top 5 tips for taking a more holistic approach to clearing out the winter cobwebs so you can spring into summer feeling lighter, brighter and renewed.
1. Drink up!
With 60% of our bodies being made up of water, it’s essential we give it the attention it deserves, especially as our requirements increase in the summer months.
Dehydration can make us feel lethargic, dry out our skin and reduce our cognitive function. Plus water is vital for flushing out toxins. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of filtered water daily for glowing skin, energy, weight management and mental clarity.
2. Love your liver
This major detoxification organ works hard for us daily and requires a range of nutrients to function optimally. A congested liver can make us feel tired, bloated, swollen and sweaty. Include a couple of these liver-loving foods daily; cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, rocket and watercress, onions and garlic, eggs, oily fish and beetroot. Check out the recipe in this issue for a delicious liver-supporting summer salad!
3. Ditch the harsh chemicals from your toiletry bags
Chemical-laden make-up, cleansing and cleaning products, can put an extra strain on the liver. The liver needs to metabolise the hundreds of hormone-disrupting chemicals, drugs and toxins we expose it to every day so take the load off by switching to hormone and liver friendly organic and natural products.
4. Detox your digital world
Have you considered the impact your digital presence has on how you feel? Overwhelmed by emails? At the mercy of your phone’s constant notifications? Not only do these things overflow our inboxes, they overflow our minds too, making us feel bogged down, unfocussed and stressed. Unsubscribe from email lists that don’t add value to your life or that you never open. Turn off or prioritise the notifications you receive on your phone, so you’re not constantly interrupted and set daily limits for your screen time. Make your bedroom a no-tech zone for a sleep promoting environment that will help you feel calmer, rested and sunnier.
5. Declutter your inner world
It’s not just our physical and digital worlds that deserve attention – our emotional, inner worlds can greatly influence how we feel too. Take some time to clear out your emotional clutter; this could be committing to talking therapy or reaching out to a loved one, ditching toxic “friends” that don’t support you or perhaps taking micro-steps to form a positive habit you’ve been wanting to include in your life. Clearing out our “emotional trash”, can help us feel lighter, brighter and better able to handle what life throws our way.