Choosing to clean out the body is a fantastic state to arrive at and one that calls for enthusiasm.
Knowing exactly how to proceed is also a motivating factor and having the right information is like a map to be used as guidance for the territory you will cover.
During a cleanse or detox regime the body will release all accumulated toxins into the bloodstream as part of the cleanup which could put some people off as the discomfort arrives in many forms. Achy muscles and flu like symptoms are normal and a sign the body’s kick start is coming into play.
Any uncomfortable symptoms sometimes referred to as a ‘healing crisis’ can be met with a nurturing approach and many tools can be used to ease the symptoms.
Always remember your amazing body is working a little extra so please do take time out to just relax, breath nice and deeply into the belly and use lavender essential oil with coconut carrier oil on the wrists and neck area.
Freshly squeezed lime juice is also one of the best ways to keep hydrated, so sip this throughout the day if you can.
Listen to nature music and music that relaxes and is in harmony with a healing vibration for you at this healing time.
Any exercise you do will be best done with a gentle approach. All of the twist asanas in Yoga encourage detox, hip circles and side stretches are also very favourable as you cleanse.
If you are fortunate enough to find a good Masseuse or Reflexologist now is the time to make the most of their skills as the action of massage will be perfect for the blood circulation and lymphatic drainage that is so much needed at this time.
A sauna is also a perfect tool when it comes to helping rid the body of accumulated toxic materiel as is a foot bath with salt in it.
All of these things sound so simple but, doing them is the juicy part and makes such a difference to the quality of your well being.
Usually a cleanse calls for up to a week of sticking to a diet plan following strict guidelines.
For most people this can be a shock to the system and afterwards the individual will go back to bad habits, so here’s an alternative that fits in to your lifestyle and can be picked up when you need it and followed at intervals once your body actually feels the benefits. That is the key if you feel the effects, you feel more energy a clarity in thinking and even experience personal breakthroughs whilst enjoying the detox… you will naturally want more and more of this right?
So how do we get started?
The most important meal is best done with fruit. Fruit is the most healing food as it contains minerals and vitamins along with a lot of fibre that acts as a brush to clean your intestines and colon.
Through out your day enjoy water with a dash of lime to hydrate and keep the energy flowing
Did you know cilantro is a very effective detoxer? It can really help support your kidneys too whilst cleansing.So take a bunch of this green healer and juice or blend it into a drink.
Any colorful vegetable you can find that can be eaten raw or slightly steamed will give you what you need in the form of healthy energy and a super clean inside and out.
Crunchy, fragrant and zingy, this salad is a rainbow of vegetables topped with a coarse-textured gingery dressing. Fresh ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and stimulates the gastric juices helping you to digest and strengthen the stomach.
Rainbow Ginger salad
- 30g sunflower seeds
- 2 carrots
- 1 raw beetroot
- 1 courgette
- 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- ½ a small white cabbage, cored and very finely sliced
- 2 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
- lime wedges, to serve
For the ginger dressing
- a large thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- the juice of 1 lemon
- the juice of 1 lime
- a handful of fresh mint
- 2 handfuls of fresh coriander
Grate or finely slice the veggies To make the ginger dressing
Put half of the seeds in a blender with all the dressing ingredients and blitz for one minute to create a coarse-textured mixture.
Peel the carrots, beetroot and courgette, then cut them into long, very thin matchsticks. (If you are pressed for time, you can just grate them.) Place all the prepared vegetables in a large bowl and mix through the ginger dressing. Top with the remaining sunflower seeds and serve with wedges of lime for squeezing over.
Rich in vitamins B6, C and E • folate • potassium • beta-carotene • nitrates • fibre
215 calories per serving
When you get any junk food cravings you need to have healthy food alternatives available to fill you up.
You can make crudités and have fruits available for this as well as herbal teas and juices between meals.
If you want to eat a cooked meal please make sure your choosing at least alternatives that offer nutrition such as kidney beans or a baked potatoe with steamed veggies drizzled with olive oil and garlic.This way you will begin to feel the effects of different food on your energy levels.
So there are a few tips… We hope you enjoy your clean and give your body a fresh start!