1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Yes, believe it or not, you do need to prepare to do a cleanse! Here’s how to set yourself up for a successful cleanse:
- Ensure you have herbal teas on hand
- Scale back social engagements so you are less likely to be tempted
- Let your friends and family know you are going to do a cleanse so you can have added support – I find this really helps
- Having a journal on hand to capture your cleanse experience is a good tool to reflect back on later to see the progress you’ve made
- If you are on medication, pregnant, breast-feeding or have any health issues, you should also check in with your healthcare practitioner
2. Cut back on caffeine, alcohol, etc.
Cutting back on caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and sugar ahead of time is essential to a good cleanse. You should start eliminating these substances about three days before you start your cleanse.
3. Drink lots of water
When you cleanse, you want to rid your body of toxins, and drinking plenty of water will help the process along to carry that waste out of us. You can go on any number of great cleanses, but unless you are drinking an adequate amount of water, it won’t help much. A really good way to get your water in is through a lemon ginger tea. Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C and ginger has high levels of antioxidants. Combined they offer an immunity boosting drink that is beneficial to your hair, skin, digestion and helps relieve nausea. Ginger also helps to reduce those sugar cravings! Drinking pure green tea and other organic, herbal teas is also helpful.
Our skin is actually a major organ for eliminating toxins from our bodies. Sweating is the main way our bodies do this, so get your sweat on! Our mood-boosting neurotransmitter, serotonin, is released when we exercise. This makes us feel better naturally, so if you are feeling like you are in a bit of a slump during your cleanse, boosting your exercise will certainly help. Just remember to go at your own pace and do not overexert yourself. Another great way to up your sweat output is by going to a hot sauna.
Become best friends with your bed and learn to love those zzz’s! Ridding the body of toxins takes a lot of work and the best way to maximize results is to ensure you get enough sleep each night.
Whether you’re on a full juice cleanse or another kind of detox, juicing is a powerful and beneficial way of helping your body cleanse, as it separates the insoluble fibre from the phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that are in produce. Doing this will give your digestive system a much needed rest as the good stuff from the juice goes right where it’s needed within the body without expending the energy needed to digest it. Juicing is like a super shot of plant power direct to your body!
7. Vitamin D
Get a good shot of Vitamin D by spending at least 15 minutes outside every day. Even when it’s cloudy out, the sun’s rays still permeate our atmosphere, delivering much-needed Vitamin D to our bodies. Sunlight is also a fantastic way to help our bodies fight of viruses, nasty bacteria, and other unfavourable things.
8. Take your probiotics
This is a great way to flush out bad bacteria to make room for good bacteria. Good bacteria help to regulate and balance healthy organisms in your belly and digestive tract. When these super important areas are working well, your body is apt to work more efficiently.
9. Dry Brush!
What if I told you that in addition to your hair and teeth, you can also brush your skin? Dry skin brushing is an excellent way to stimulate circulation. Healthy circulation is important because, as our largest organ, our skin helps to protect our bodies from chemicals and extreme temperatures. It also helps to rid our bodies of metabolic waste, and this is what we are aiming for while on a cleanse!
10. Mind, body and spirit
When our minds, bodies and spirits are working together, the capacity to feel good is endless. Meditating and visualization are exceptionally helpful for lowering stress and anxiety, improving overall calm, and keeping you focused on your goals.