5 simple ways to detox the body

The body has the ability to naturally detox everyday. However, harmful environmental toxins, common allergies, and chemicals in our food have made it harder for the body to perform. When the body does not flush toxins properly it can back up in our organs and intestines, thus causing inflammation in the body. We become bloated, feel irritable, get rashes or even acne as a way for the body to signal that something has gone array. We think, "I'm just going to juice for 5 days, or I'm going to workout everyday, twice a day, to get back on track." The problem is, those things will not help with long-term success and may end up hurting more in the end.

If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, or simply have been overindulging a bit more lately, it may be time to try detoxing your body.  These home remedies are easy, inexpensive ways to get the blood flowing and the organs flushing. Plus, you can still eat food! I do always recommend staying away from excess sugar and alcohol and drinking tons of water while choosing any of these options. They are all very safe for you and have many benefits. Set yourself up for a home spa detox weekend and try them all.

 

1. Dry brushing

Dry brushing is a technique in which you use a high grade skin brush in small circles, starting at your ankles, and covering all the skin working towards your heart. Work your way up your legs to you arms, chest, stomach, and back. This will stimulate the lymphatic system which is a great way to eliminate toxins. Your lymphatic system is responsible  for eliminating cellular waste products and if not working properly will cause a build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. This is just one of the many benefits of dry brushing. The list goes on to increase circulation, reduce cellulite, relieve stress, and improve digestion and kidney function. My favorite one is from Dirty Girl Farm. I do it for about 2-3 minutes before my shower everyday. It's so invigorating and a great detox habit to be addicted to.

 

2. Home Hydrotherapy (hot/cold showers)

Your skin is your body's largest and fastest growing organ. Your skin is your protective coat and barrier between disease and germs coming in and eliminating toxins out. We take care of our skin by cleansing and moisturizing, but what about detoxing it? Try your own little spa experience at home with alternating hot and cold showers. The hot water has relaxing properties, will soothe stress and open the pores. The quick jolt of cold water right after will aid in the elimination of toxins and reduce inflammation in the body. Together it helps to improve circulation and makes your skin glow. This can be done any time you take a shower and is a quick way to detox you from feeling sluggish.


3. Foam Roll

If you aren't familiar with what a foam roller is, you can look one up and purchase one right here or you can pick one up at your local sporting goods store. A foam roller is used to stretch out your muscles before and after a workout or even after a stressful day. When you workout really hard or are under a bunch of stress it builds fascia in your muscles. The foam roller works to remove the build up and recover muscles more quickly than just stretching alone. It also helps improve flexibility and reduce stress. Try it everyday for 5 minutes at night and note the difference in your body at the end of the week. You can look up some videos on YouTube about how to properly foam roll your body.

4. Have "a" green juice

You don't have to juice all day, every day, for 5 days straight to experience the benefits of juicing. Just one green juice as a meal replacement is enough to send forceful signals to your organs to start eliminating toxins. Choose juices with ginger and lemon for their anti-inflammatory properties and cleansing effects.

Try my Liver detox green smoothie!

5. Eat Soluble Fiber

Most Americans do not reach the amount of recommended dosage of fiber a day. Women should consume around 25 grams of fiber a day and men should come in around 38 grams a day. Fiber helps keep waste moving through your intestines and aids in elimination of toxins through the liver. It also helps to boost the good bacteria in your gut to keep everything healthy and running smoothly. Eating fibrous foods will also keep you full longer, so you are less likely to go looking for sweet or salty snacks later. Try adding some oats, lentils, beans, dark leafy vegetables, or fruits to your diet to get the amount you need. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help digest these foods.

XO Jaclyn Renee


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9 daily self-care rituals for a happy mind and body

What do you say to someone when they ask, "How are you?" If your response is as expected of most women, you might say one of three things: stressed, busy, or tired. Those three words are overused in our vocabulary today. The most important thing we need to know is if we keep burning ourselves to the ground day after day, it can lead to some serious illnesses later in life. My personal experience with this was in my tenth year as a hairstylist. I was on my feet all day running around taking client after client, and if someone needed to be squeezed in I never said no. In the summer I would always take a few weekends off just to feel like I was able to enjoy it somewhat. By the time my weekend off came around, I barely wanted to do anything. I was a bump on a log. I was a bump on a bump on a log. I would sleep away the whole weekend and come Monday I was back on the grind again.

Sound familiar? I never felt like I was enjoying life and I always felt like I could never say no to other people which left very little time for just me. Me time is the most important time you can gift to yourself. Walking around exhausted and drained every day is no way to live your life. Now, I'm not saying that you should quit your job and move to Costa Rica to find peace in daily life. (Although wouldn't that be nice!) I'm merely suggesting that a quick 10 minutes of your day, or more of you have it, could be solely committed to "me time."

Adding in a few simple self-care rituals each day can reduce your stress, therefore cutting your risk of preventative disease and leading a healthier, more positive life. Who doesn't want that? So, let's start before your foot even hits the ground when you wake up.

Writing

Julia Cameron, an award-winning poet and author, wrote an amazing book called The Artists Way. The book was about unlocking your creative dreams and becoming the person, you want to be. Her core concept was to wake up and immediately write down anything you thought of in the morning. Get it all out. Every thought. It's not supposed to make sense at all that day, but the longer you did it the more things would come into perspective. Keep a notebook by your bed and get those thoughts out from the cozy comfort of your own bed. 

Stretch

Stretching gets the blood flowing through the body and helps to wake up the brain. It could be just a couple quick toe touches or raising your arms over head and leaning side to side. Be present in the moment and feel your muscles stretching. Take a couple deep breaths when you are moving around to help oxygen flow to you brain. If you are looking for some more intense stretches, I recommend this amazing book The Genius of Flexibility. It guides you to which stretches are the best for your specific mind and body ailments and uses resistance to gain strength and flexibility. It has helped with my anxiety and digestion very much. 

Dry Brushing

I know you've heard this buzz word around town and may be wondering where it came from. Dry Brushing is said to boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, diminish cellulite, and help the body to eliminate waste. Sounds amazing, right? It is! I recommend doing this before your shower in the morning and then slathering coconut oil all over before jumping in. Then only wash your private areas. Skin is soft and supple and you are energized for the day.

Dirty Girl Farm makes my favorite dry brush. Purchase here

Hot/Cold Hydrotherapy shower

I know! I know! It's early and the thought of a cold shower is making you cringe in your sponge bob square pants, but trust me, your body will love it! Post dry brush session, heat the shower up to a temperature you can stand. Rinse your whole body and get nice and toasty. Wash away the toxins from your dry brush session. Then, step away from the water and turn to full blast cold. Get the whole body under there. It's exhilarating! Repeat this 3-4 times and have yourself a happy day. This is also an extremely helpful remedy for when you are sick or hungover to help the body eliminate quicker. For a total body hydrating experience try my daily ritual, Hello glow, Goodbye dry.

Eat Breakfast

As one of the most important self-care rituals, leaving the house without the proper nutrition is like asking someone to put a hole in your head, literally. Your body has been in starvation mode all night. You must break the fast and feed the brain it's proper nutrients to keep your blood sugar from crashing and turning an innocent normal day into a sugar binge feeding frenzy. A proper breakfast contains all the macro-nutrients your body needs to fuel your day and keep you moving in the right direction. Sit down and enjoy it and now you've doubled the brain power. 

Try the Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl

Mid-day meditation

Or deep breathing if you haven't gotten into meditation yet. Ten deep breaths in the middle of a chaotic day is enough to ward away that crazy outburst you've been trying to avoid. Not to mention, the practice of deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for activities that occur when our body is at rest, countering the Sympathetic nervous system's fight or flight response. Think of the PNS as the calm sister and the SNS as the non-sympathetic crazy sister on the verge of a breakdown. I'm sure you can make time for a few quick breaths, right? If you'd like to get into meditation, I like the Headspace app. It's a great basic introduction into meditation plus the guys voice is swoon worthy and would help any woman go into deep relaxation. 

Epsom salt bath

Before bed, melt away the stress of the day by soaking your body in a warm bath. Just a half a cup of Epsom salts is enough to draw out lactic acid that accumulates during the day as we work. It keeps muscles and joints loose preventing injury and reduces your stress hormones.  Plus, it helps produce melatonin in the brain for a peaceful sleep. Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil and some baking soda for added detox and sleep benefits. If you are TTC and avoiding hot baths or you are short on time, you could start with a foot soak. We eliminate lots of toxins through our feet and they are the passageway for many organs. A 10-15-minute soak should do the trick.

Reading

Turn off all electronics at least 2 hours before bed. The stimulation on the eyes will disrupt your sleep patterns and keep you tossing and turning. Instead reach for a book to calm the brain for a restful sleep. Not getting enough shut eye can increase anxiety and reduce brain function. It is also commonly linked with weight gain and depression. 

Favorite current read - Rob Bell, How to be HERE

Disconnect (completely)

Completely disconnect from all electronics. Shut the computer and cell phone off, leave it at home, and venture out into the world "hands free." Maybe even for a whole weekend!!! Trust me, you won't miss anything. In fact, it will heighten your senses. You will have deeper, more meaningful conversations, and you will ground yourself. If you experience a small amount of panic at first, it's normal. You are just experiencing electronic detox. Push through it and connect with people, nature, and the small things of life. Take a long walk and literally smell the roses.  

A quick 10 minutes is all you need to get started on some of these self-care rituals. Start with one or give them all a try. You will find yourself humming to a different tune day in and day out once you add some body loving to your life. Making time for your health is one of the most important things you can do in your life, especially if you are a mom. Let's be honest, the world cannot survive without strong women, so let's keep us that way!

XO Jaclyn Renee


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5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below!