Top Health Tips To Help You Start A Spring Clean
Spring is a wonderful time to wake-up your system from the sluggish winter months and to give your body a beauty-reboot from the inside. The best way to do this is with a gentle spring cleanse. Here are our top tips to get you started:
1. Drink lots of water – approx 8 cups of water per day: When it comes to cleansing your body, nothing flushes your system as effectively as good old H2O – just make sure it’s pure and filtered so you’re not replacing one toxin with another. Be sure to filtrate out nasties such as heavy metals, pharmaceutical and pesticide residue and unwanted bacteria and bugs. By adding a squeeze of alkalising fresh lemon juice to hot water in the mornings, you’ll not only kick-start your metabolism for the day but also help cleanse your liver, too.
2. Streamline your diet: A great way to cleanse your body is to limit or even eliminate processed food, wheat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, yeast, processed meats and sugar for at least a week. Instead, only eat fresh veg (steamed, raw, lightly stir-fried in coconut oil), fresh raw nuts and seeds as well as lean protein. So many veggies are coming into season right now, so throw spring greens, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, onion and garlic into your shopping basket and only eat lean organic protein and fresh fish. For a healthy snack, nibble on raw nuts, preferably soaked in filtered water overnight to remove any phytic acid, for a hit of good oils to keep skin radiant. Avoid sugary and fried foods and if you really want to see a difference, wean yourself off coffee and ban booze during your cleanse.
3. Boost your fibre: Fibre is very important for cleansing out the bowels and moving toxin wastes out of the body. Chia seeds, psyllium husk, oats, fruits and veg are known as water-soluble fibre. These act like an intestinal broom, as they help to gently cleanse the digestive tract. Oats and chia seeds are best soaked over night before being made into Bircher muesli or porridge. They are much easier to digest and even more effective as a fibre cleanser. All grains, legumes and nuts contain a substance called phytic acid, which can bind minerals in the gut and prevent their absorption. Soaking grains such as oats decreases the level of phytic acid, while still allowing us to eat unrefined whole grains that can provide important fibre.
4. Spice up your life: There are lots of kitchen-cupboard spices that can boost your cleanse – consider adding turmeric, cinnamon, coriander and fenugreek to soups and salad dressings and try replacing your morning or afternoon cuppa with a cleansing ginger tea – simply slice up fresh ginger root and add boiled, filtered water.
5. Support the cleansing process: When you cleanse, you are primarily cleansing your liver, kidneys and skin, as these organs are responsible for eliminating metabolic waste from the body. The easiest way to maximise your cleanse and support your organs is by taking a supplement that contains cleansing herbs, liver-supporting ingredients and natural probiotics, which is why we now stock The Beauty Chef’s range including CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder. It contains nutrient-dense live ingredients as well as vitamins, minerals, fibre and natural prebiotics and probiotics to support your immune system, nourish your body from the inside and put you on the path to radiant skin.
6. Skin brushing: An effective way to improve lymphatic flow, eliminate toxins and help banish cellulite is dry skin brushing:
– It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
– Use a natural bristled brush (can be found at health food stores). Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
– Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
– Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
– Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
– Lastly, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
– Brush for about 2-3 minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
– Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
– Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it.
We stock the entire EcoTools brush range, including their Bristle Bath Brush for hard-to-reach places. It is made of cruelty-free bristles and bamboo.