I love a good detox. My favorite are quick, easy, and gentle detoxes. I’m currently breastfeeding and it’s not advised to do drastic detoxes while nursing or pregnant. But here’s a list that us mamas can do. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be pregnant or nursing to see the effects of these quick and easy detoxes. Effective enough for everyone, gentle enough to do while nursing or pregnant. These can be done simultaneously or choose your favorite.
#1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the ancient practice of swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes then spitting the oil out. I have done this 3-4 times a week for about 4 years now. I experience reduced bloating, clearer skin, healthier gums, and whiter teeth. While I was pregnant, it helped reduce nausea. Read about oil pulling here and oil pulling while pregnant here.
#2. Detox Bath
#3. Dry Body Brushing
A dry body brush has natural bristles and a long handle. I use this brush. Benefits include:
- Reduce cellulite
- Exfoliate dead cells
- Improve your immune system
- Increase circulation
- Detox your skin
- Unclogs your pours
Lymph is a fluid in our circulatory system and it contains white blood cells, so lymph also affects our immune system. It picks up bacteria, toxins, and other waste from our blood and filters it through the lymph nodes, where the bacteria is destroyed. Poor blood circulation means the lymph cannot properly do it’s job resulting in cellulite, varicose veins, and a weakened immune system. Dry brushing improves the lymph flow.
Simply brush your body before you get in the shower. Brush towards your heart. Start at your feet and work up. Read more here.
#4. Morning Detox Drink
This drink is my little energy shot. It boosts my energy, increases my metabolism, aids digestion, and cleanses. I use apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, honey, tumeric, and water. Find the full recipe here.
#5. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay can be used externally and internally. It’s a natural volcanic ash that is packed with minerals and a natural negative ionic charge. This electric charge attracts toxins with a positive ionic charge including metals and chemicals. You can use it topically to draw toxins out on your skin, in your hair, or add to an epsom salt detox bath. To take bentonite clay internally, add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon to a cup of water, stir well, and drink up. How I use bentonite clay:
#6. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemons contain d-limonene, an antioxidant extensively studied for its ability to support the body’s natural detoxification process. A lot of detox programs suggest drinking lemon juice and I drink lemon juice in my morning detox drink. But d-limonene is found in the rind. Lemon juice doesn’t contain very much d-limonene. Citrus essential oils are cold pressed from the rind, making them a rich source of d-limonene. Lemon essential oil is 68% d-limonene. I add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of water 1-2 times a day.
NOTES: I am only referring to therapeutic grade essential oils here. I do not ingest any oils except Young Living essential oils. Click here for information on essential oil safety while nursing or pregnant.
#7. No Poo
This detox isn’t quite as simple. But it is something I am passionate about. A good way to get rid of toxins is to not use them in the first place. “No poo” is short for “no shampoo.” The average commercial shampoo contains as many as 15 toxic ingredients. I have been no poo for almost 3 years. That’s a lot of toxins I have eliminated! Find out about no poo on my sister site, The No Poo Method, here and check out my ebook here.
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