New Year, New You Detox: Week 5–Cleansing Your Blood, Lungs, and Skin
This week of my New Year, New You Detox we’re going to cleanse the blood, lungs, and skin. If you haven’t been following the detox which is based on my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, it’s not to late to join in and start detoxing. Here’s the overview with links to the articles you may have missed (or want to review):
Your blood nourishes every organ and cell in your whole body. It is detoxified by your liver, which we discussed last week. But with 60,000 miles of veins and arteries it obviously cannot be overlooked. It is important to give your body what it needs to eliminate artery-clogging plaque to keep your circulatory system running smoothly.
A clean respiratory system helps oxygenate your blood to deliver essential oxygen throughout your body and expel carbon dioxide and any toxic buildup your lungs may have been exposed to through airborne pollution.
The skin is your body’s largest detox organ. Much of what you slather on your skin will be absorbed into your blood so it is important to choose only natural toxin-free soaps, creams, deodorants, and other personal care and beauty products. So, this week, start switching to more natural, toxin-free make-up and hygiene products.
Continue following the general dietary suggestions outlined in week 1.
Ways to Cleanse Your Blood, Lungs, and Skin
Drink aloe vera juice after your morning lemon water.
Double the amount of green supplement you’ve been taking this week. Chlorophyll-a phytonutrient that gives green foods their rich color-is an excellent blood purifier.
Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day on your food or add to a dairy-free fruit smoothie. Be sure the flaxseed is ground or grind it yourself in a coffee grinder.
Blood-Lung-Skin Cleansing Tea
Combine: 1 part coltsfoot, 1 part yellow dock, and 1 part horehound. Mix and store in a glass container. These herbs are readily available in dried form in most health food stores. If you have trouble finding one, just use the remaining two. Put one teaspoon of the dried herbal mixture in a tea ball or strainer. Pour 1 cup boiling water over it and infuse for ten minutes before drinking. Drink three cups per day.
Because sweating is an excellent way to detoxify through your skin, try to work up a sweat at least three times a week by doing some type of cardiovascular activity like brisk walking, running, cycling, or cross-country skiing. Also, if you have access to a far-infrared sauna in your community, you might wish to try a sauna or two.
Before showering in the morning, take a natural bristled brush or dry facecloth and briskly rub your skin in circles starting with the top of your feet, up your legs, and up your abdomen. Then brush up your arms toward your heart. Avoid your face, breasts, and genitals.
Resources: For more foods and herbs to support blood, lung, and skin health consult The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.