Spring Clean; the importance of modern day detoxing
Spring is the season of new beginnings and there’s no better time to recharge and replenish, pause and allow yourself time to relax and reset. Grace detox expert Carolyne Ji shares advice and ideas on introducing healthy cleanse and detox programmes to your lifestyle.
Detox is an overly used word, a little bit like the word stress. It has become very trendy, with detox juices, detox salads – even detox water available to buy. Despite the detox ‘boom’, it remains an extremely important practice to effectively cleanse the body and optimise health.
Over the last 50 years, our environment has become increasingly saturated with man-made chemicals. Most of these chemicals are very harmful to us – we find them in the air we breathe, the water we drink, food we eat, skin care products, household products and pharmaceuticals. A study in the USA showed that a typical woman puts around 168 chemicals, in the form of cosmetics and toiletries, onto her body every day.
The accumulation of these toxins in body, combined with an increasing technology overload on the mind underlies most diseases and contributes to us being overweight and ageing faster.
If you’re disciplined, implementing new habits and managing your own mild detox is perfectly possible and for those looking to really cleanse the mind and body, Grace offers comprehensive detox packages. Better yet, commit four days to a Grace Wellbeing Retreat in Capri, Gstaad or Lake Como.
The principle behind detoxing places an emphasis on control over our habits. When we need to recharge, we take a break from life and go on holiday. When our body needs cleansing and healing, detox is time away from acidic foods and stressors. Both methods of withdrawal from normal routine help us get back in touch with what our bodies need.
During a cleanse program, our liver, kidneys, skin, colon, lungs and blood are able to release accumulated toxins and regenerate themselves. By moving to a state of growth and repair our cells release more waste into our lymph, which moves into the blood and then to the liver for filtering. The liver stores toxic waste as bile in the gallbladder, which is released into the intestines and moves out of the colon. In a healthy state, all these routes will be open and waste will move freely out of the body but sometimes these routes get blocked and we experience symptoms, which give us an idea where we need more support.
Symptoms might manifest themselves as an increase in moodiness, insomnia, tiredness, indigestion, stress, body odour, prolonged inability to lose weight, skin problems, bad breath, a white or yellow tongue – the list goes on!
So what can you expect to achieve with regular detoxes?
- Increased energy and vitality
- Increased clarity, focus and mental energy
- Improved weight loss results
- Improvements to skin and hair health
- Better quality of sleep
- Increased fertility
- Effectively break addictive cycles
- Rebalance the gut to aid healthy digestion
- Strengthen the immune system
I regularly take people through detox programmes, be it in London where we work together to fit it into their lifestyle, to international retreats like the upcoming Grace breaks. As the seasons change it’s important to recognise the impact on our bodies; from changes in our diets to longer days and busier social diaries. Taking time to maintain equilibrium is essential.
Start your detox now with five simple steps;
. Drink plenty of water
At least two litres a day, to carry toxins out of the body. If you find it boring add slices of ginger, lemon or lime, cucumber or mint leaves.
. Breathe deeply
Slow deep breaths are calming and keep you centred. It also stimulates your lymphatic system which helps to detoxify your body. Our lymph system is our bin man; kindly collecting our rubbish. 70% of our waste is eliminated through the lungs; the rest via skin, urine and faeces. Let’s use our lungs fully.
. Add greens
Greens are alkalising to the body. Juice apple, pear, parsley, cucumber, celery, lemon and lime, coriander, kale, courgettes, spinach and opt for Elixir Green at the Grace Bar!
Eat green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, beetroot greens, mustard greens. You can eat your greens raw, in salads, steamed, or in soups, casseroles, and curry. Be creative!
. Add liver foods to your diet
Cruciferous veg, spirulina, avocados, beetroot, artichokes, nuts & seeds, herbs and spices like turmeric, licorice, cumin, teas like Green, dandelion and nettle tea.
. Dry skin brush your body
Dry skin brush is a great technique to activate your lymphatic and circulatory systems and a must to keep cellulite at bay! Try to make it part of your daily routine and do it first thing in the morning for 8-12 minutes.
To find out more about Grace cleanse programmes please click here.
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