If you’re like me, you oscillate between stages of being the virtuous, exercising, clean eating version of yourself and the ‘eating a tub of Maggie Beer’s Burnt Fig and Honeycomb ice cream on the couch in stretchy pants’ version.
So if you need a quick detox to reset the balance, here are some easy steps that have helped me get back on track.
1. Start the day with a cup ofGolden Grind’s Turmeric Tea. It’s a herbal infusion containing turmeric, ginger, mint and black pepper. Turmeric is one of nature’s amazing anti-inflammatory agents and is believed to be a natural liver detoxifier. Ginger can help with digestive issues whilst the mint and black carrot gives a fresh, zingy taste. By all means have your chosen form of caffeine if you can’t live without it. But I find if I have a cup of turmeric tea, I’m at least helping my body start off right. Remember herbal teas count towards the 8 cups of water daily goal.
2. Get your body moving with some form of exercise. Find something you can do for 20-30 mins at least 3 times a week. It doesn’t have to be strenuous; walking the dog, gentle yoga or running around with the kids are all great. I’ve been doing a weekly retro '90s dance class with friends which has been a fun way to combine social catch up with activity. The rule is to not go longer than 3 days without exercise.
3. Do a skin and hair detox. When I’m starting a detox I find my skin gets worse before it gets better. The skin is your biggest organ and helps eliminate toxins so it makes sense why this happens. To treat any blemishes and help clear my skin I’ve been using Madara’s Ultra Purifying Mud Detox Mask. The Nordic forest lake mud cleans, tightens pores and leaves skin fresh and revitalised. It is recommended for congested, oily, blemished, dull and inflamed skin. I have found it gentle enough for my sensitive skin but effective in helping my skin rid itself of ice-cream induced blemishes.
The other product I’m loving is DnA Elements Detox Body Oil. It’s a super-concentrated blend of organic essential oils like evening primrose, grapefruit and juniper berry and macadamia which are great for combatting cellulite and stimulating the lymphatic system which helps drain toxins from the body. I’ve been massaging it into my body after a shower and I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my skin tone and hydration.
A detox shampoo like PHR’s Detox Shampoo is a good addition to help remove build up of mineral deposits caused by styling products, chlorine, salt water and other impurities. It contains soothing chamomile which helps to reduce redness and flakiness.
4. Take some lemon water with you to sip on through out the day. Hot water and lemon has been used for thousand of years in Ayurvedic medicine to help detoxify the body. I’ve been putting hot water and a couple of lemon slices in my Joco reusable glass coffee cup and taking it in the car with me. It’s a quick and easy way to detox.
5. Now for a mental detox and one that’s easier said than done... don’t check your phone as the first thing you do when you wake up. As Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh notes, when we feel stressed, we're either hashing over the past or worrying about the future. That's what happens when you look at the list of notifications on your phone - it makes you think about the things you need to do that day, or should have done yesterday, rather than allowing yourself to wake up fully and enjoy the morning. The only way I can stop myself doing this is to leave my phone to charge in the kitchen overnight so it’s not within easy reach.
I hope this helps you on your path to a better you. Everyone has days where they fall off the wagon but the important thing is to acknowledge the blip and then get back on track quickly. Sarah x