Even though it hasn't officially arrived, as I was walking along Bloor St. in Toronto yesterday, I definitely had a feeling spring was in the air. That sunshine does wonderful things doesn't it? I could just feel the cholesterol in my skin converting to vitamin D (a little Nutritionist humour here) making me feel more upbeat and joyous.
One of my favourite wellness workshops I do, has by far got to be simple ways to detoxify your mind, body and spirit. You really don't need to go on a crazy calorie cutting diet which is only going to FUEL YOUR APPETITE CONTROLLING HORMONES. In fact, there are really simple things you can do every day to detoxify. Daily detox increases your energy, vibrancy, better bowel movements (and I KNOW you love that) and of course, makes you more fresh-faced.
Here's my top 4 Spring Detox Tips:
1. DRINK LEMON & WATER: Every morning upon waking to cleanse your liver, strengthen your liver enzymes and fire your metabolic engines for fat burning. Drink a min. of 6-8 glasses of water per day. My joyous video here: http://joyoushealth.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/lemon-water-how-much-why/
2. INCREASE FIBRE: Essential for gut health (and skin health). Helps to eliminate toxins from the body and increase "transit time" -- what you ate 2 days ago should have gone out the back door long ago, if it's not this is sitting sitting in your gut getting more and more toxic. Aim for 40-50 g per day from whole grains with fibre intact, raw vegetables/fruit with skin, legumes, psyllium husks, ground flaxseed and chia seeds.
3. REDUCE TOXIC PERSONAL CARE & HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS: Check for toxic ingredients in the products you use and seek out natural alternatives or consider making your own at home. Here's why: http://joyoushealth.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/how-safe-are-your-hair-products/ Products I use: http://joyoushealth.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/beauty-products-joyous-health-approved/
4. EXERCISE DAILY. Move everyday, a minimum of 30 minutes! Increased circulation supports detoxification by carrying nutrients to the cells and carrying toxins AWAY to be eliminated. Remember that toxins are stored in your fat cells, the more fat cells you have, the more toxic you are. A lean body is not the same as a thin or skinny body and in fact, some of the thinnest looking people actually have the highest body fat = most toxic too.
See? There are no gimmicks needed to for simple ways to detox. And you don't have to go on a starvation diet and slow down your metabolism to a snail's pace to detox either. In fact, did you know that your liver actually requires protein to efficiently detoxify? So eating next to nothing will eventually turn off your liver's detoxification pathways.
Tell me your detox stories - the good, bad and ugly, I would love to hear them!
Have a joyous day!