External Detox

How is everyone's year going?  I hope it's started off great and that after the holiday season you are feeling great too.  I've gotten amazing feedback about the Active Detox Cleanse and I wanted to share some additional detoxing methods I use every day to help enhance the cleansing process.  You don't have to be on any type of cleanse to incorporate these tools into your every day life.  You might be asking, if I am cleansing or eating healthy, why do I need other ways to detox?  Well, our skin is our largest organ and it not only harbors toxins but it can get stagnant just like our gut and other organs.  It's important to take care of our insides as well as our exterior to feel and look our best.  Below I am going to share some of my favorite external detox methods, I hope you find them help as well.

Oil pulling.  Say whaaaa?!  Every day for 20 minutes I swish around one tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth.  Just like you swish around mouth wash, I do that with coconut oil and it's amazing. I follow a lot of Ayruvedic healing and detoxing methods and oil pulling is one of them.  Mind Body Green states, "The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses, which is amazing! With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area."  Coconut oil naturally is an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and this process also helps whiten your teeth so no only are you getting detoxing benefits but beautifying benefits as well!  I recommend using an organic, raw and unrefined coconut oil.  Start small, only use half of a tablespoon and to start try it for five minutes and build up to twenty minutes.  Also, it's not required but it's best to do this on an empty stomach, I oil pull while I am in the shower every morning.  Lastly, spit the coconut oil out in your trash can and NOT down the sink, the coconut oil will harder and destroy your drains, trust me on this one!

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Image via: FashionLush.com

Up next, dry brushing, another external method I incorporate into my daily routine.  Before I get in the shower (while I am oil pulling) I take a dry, hard bristle brush, starting at my feets and in an upwards motion, always towards the heart I brush my skin.  What does this do?  Dr. David Jockers explains, "Dry skin brushing helps to improve circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage and firms the skin. The improvement in circulation improves brain function and gives an individual more energy. By improving lymphatic flow it can help prevent the formation of unsightly cellulite. Dry brushing also sloughs off old dead skin cells and the toxic debris within them while initiating the development of new healthy skin cells".   It's important to find a brush with natural bristles and not synthetic.  Your skin must be dry, start at the top of your feet, stroking in and upwards motion, towards your heart and move your way brushing up the body.  Your skin will feel warm since you're increasing circulation and it may even get pink/red.  Initially apply very gentle pressure, remember you're brushing skin not floors.  As you continue to dry brush and your skin adjusts then you can apply more pressure.  You can find a good dry brush at most health stores, I found mine at Whole Foods, in the Whole Body section. Just like oil pulling, dry brushing is not only amazing for your overall health but it's beautifying as well, creating soft skin, while combating cellulite too! 

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Image via: HealthyBliss.net 

I swear by raw apple vinegar cider.  I drink a tablespoon every morning with 1/4 of pineapple juice for an immune boost, digestion, anti aging and helps keep your body alkaline.  It does many things for the body externally as well, when I was struggling with acne I made a toner with equal parts RAVC and water, it really helped my skin.  I recommend taking a raw apple vinegar cider bath if you are looking to detox.  What RAVC does is help draw the uric acid out of the body. How does one get uric acid build in the body?  When we eat highly processed foods or drink a lot of alcohol, foods that contain a lot of purine, which are meats, a lot of seafoods, dried beans and as mentioned highly processed, salty foods.  Many of us eat these foods every day and it causes a lot of uric acid build up and leads to inflammation in the body, joint pain, gout and kidney stones.  None of the foods mentioned are worth any of the pain and a RAVC detox bath with help draw the uric acid out.  Make sure you're really hydrated prior to your bath.  Draw a bath, add two cups 1-2 cups of RAVC.  I recommend taking a hot bath so that it opens the pores and really allows the RAVC to do it's job. Soak in the tub for at least 30 minutes and keep water nearby so you can hydrate while in the tub.  Once you've soaked don't rinse your body off, try not to for at least 8 hours, it's good to take the bath before going to bed.  The bath may make you sweat so be sure to bundle up when you get out.  Continue to hydrate as your body reaps the benefits of this detox bath.  Your body will wake up feeling less achy and less inflamed, this bath also will help those who struggle with body odor, so although you might smell like vinegar for a little bit, overall you will smell much better!  After your first bath you can gauge how you feel but from what I have found a detox bath a few times a month is plenty for me, that number might be different for you but once a week is plenty.  If you are pregnant check with your doctor before taking any type of detox bath.  

I hope these external detox methods help enhance your every day life and that you feel the benefits.  Start small, maybe incorporate just one tool into your day and see how you feel, hopefully over time you will be feeling AND looking your absolute best!  Please leave any comments or questions below. Sending you all lots of love!