Now that we’re into the Spring season, why not clean your body as well as your home? This is the perfect time of year to give your health a boost, and prepare for Summer. Here are 5 tips to help spring you into a higher level of health for Spring. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so try these tips for three weeks, and go longer if you can!
1. Add a Hot Water with Lemon Habit
Start your day with hot water and lemon to help alkalize your body and cleanse toxins. This ancient beauty secret is a simple way to cleanse your body and add hydration.
2. Drop Toxic Body Products
Many of today’s cosmetics are loaded with carcinogens and other health destroying ingredients, adding to your bodies load of other more unavoidable toxins like air pollution. This is one department you have control over. Remember that beauty products, or “cosmetics” include anything you use on your body, even toothpaste and deodorant. For starters, go through your cabinets and toss out anything including the word “fragrance”¯, because that alone can be code for over 26 different toxic chemicals! To learn more about what ingredients to avoid, check out safecosmetics.org. They’re a great resource to learn about healthier replacements too!
3. Replace Animal Products with Plant Based Alternatives
Meat and dairy products create an acidic environment in the body, which leaves the door open for disease. Give your body a break from the acid, and choose alkalinizing plant based foods like leafy greens, cucumber, and avocados. If you’re looking for plant based protein sources, try lentils, hemp seeds or chia seeds! Consume as many of these foods as close to raw as possible, for an even healthier and more vibrant body! You might even lose a few pounds.
4. Sweat it Out
Go to a hot spa, hot yoga class, or take an epsom salts bath. Our skin is our largest organ, and sweating can be an effective method of detox. Some spas have affordable day rates that allow you to enjoy steam rooms, whirlpools and saunas, and special mineral rooms for as long as you like! Take a friend and spend quality time while you flush the toxins out!
5. Add Vegetable Juice
A daily dose of fresh (never bottled!) organic vegetable juice will add needed nutrients to your diet, and work as a cleanser for your body too. Focus on leafy greens, the darker the better, and add lemon, ginger and even garlic for extra cleansing power. Beets(include the beet greens!) are known by some as the “special forces” of cleansing, so try adding those every few days as well. As a habit, leave out the sweeter vegetables and fruits, as they add sugar which acidifies the body, allowing an environment for disease to flourish. If you really need something to make it more palatable, use one green apple or try liquid stevia to sweeten it up. Store bought bottled juices are pasturized, killing the majority of the good stuff you want, so make sure you’re either making it yourself, or supporting a local juice bar.