A HOLISTIC DETOX: BODY & MIND
By: Sarita Merlo
Spring has sprung in Byron Bay where the days are getting longer and the nights shorter. With the warmth of the spring air and flowers blossoming all around us, it naturally becomes a time to “spring clean” and rid the body of impurities that have accumulated over winter. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is the energies that manifest as seasonal changes in our external environment that are also reflected in the body. Whilst this expansive energy of Spring helps us move things to the surface and expel some of the body’s toxins on a physical level, it also means that emotions and issues stored deep within the past also have an opportunity to be released. So, what can you do to lighten the load this Spring? Read on to find my TOP 5 HOLISTIC DETOX TIPS.
1. HAVE A CUP OF TEA
Consuming herbal teas will help to increase urine flow and the elimination of toxins via the kidneys. My top picks for Spring include Byron Bay Tea Company’s Detox, Skin and Dandylicious that have a focus on detoxification. On an emotional level, the ritual of tea drinking can also be a practice in mindfulness which is a mental state achieved by focussing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. This awareness in itself can be a detox for the mind!
2. CLEANSING DIET
The basic principles of a cleansing diet involve eating plenty of vegetables with a small amount of protein, grains, nuts and seeds. Focussing on wholefoods and eliminating refined foods (eg. Bread and pasta) as well as any substances that increase the toxic load eg. alcohol, sugar and coffee. Some particularly beneficial foods to support the liver, the main organ of detoxification, include-: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, onion, garlic, carrots, beetroots, celery, asparagus, zucchini, cucumbers and lemons/limes. One of the best and easiest detox remedies is to start the day with a large glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon. This is a great way to increase water consumption and alkalise the system. It will also stimulate digestion and liver- the main organ involved in detoxification.
3. TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY.Have you ever wondered what life was like before the beeps, blurts and buzz of smart phones, i-pads and computers? Research has shown that this constant stimulation and multi-tasking can be detrimental to our wellbeing and as humans we need a break from this to be contemplative and introspective. Consider implementing the following-:
– Make a complete break from all technology for a period of time (at least 3 days) twice a year.
– Limit digital use daily to specified times only and not at night time before bed.
– Refrain from reading on screens and instead turn to books, magazines and newspapers.
4. CLEAN-UP YOUR BEAUTY REGIME.
Many people unfortunately don’t consider what they put on their skin, just what they put in their mouths when it comes to detoxing. Many common skincare products are full of chemicals that will enter the blood stream via the skin and contribute to the body’s overall toxic load. Read your labels and make some changes accordingly, to lighten the load for the liver.
5. RETREAT.“Retreating” is so important to our health and wellbeing. Finding a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax is an essential part of a holistic detox. Consider taking yourself away to an exotic location so you can de-stress and lighten the load physically and emotionally.
Align with the rhythms of nature this spring and enjoy incorporating some of my top tips above to give yourself a deeply healing “spring clean”.
Naturopath, Herbalist & Founder of Byron Bay Tea Company