Lets face it… in the first few days of cleaning up our diets or doing a structured detox, its pretty normal to feel like crap. The body is effectively doing what it is supposed to and that is removing a build up of toxins. You might experience headaches, body aches, fatigue and downright crankiness. Don’t worry, this is only temporary and once your body has removed those stored toxins, you are bound to feel much better.
Here are some simple tools to help with those detox symptoms
- My first tip and one thing that I do every morning is, drink a glass or 2 of warm water with lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) when you first wake up. The water will hydrate the body and the lemon juice is alkalizing. If you are concerned about damaging the enamel on your teeth you can add 1 drop of lemon essential oil instead (its from the rind, not the juice).
- Take the added stress off your digestive system by having a light meal (i.e. soup) for dinner and avoiding eating too close to bedtime. For a deeper cleanse you could also consider doing a liquid diet for a couple of days.. and by that I mean green smoothies, soups, bone broth, coconut water and fresh vegetable juices, not alcohol :-).
- Make time everyday for movement. Movement stimulate the lymphatic system to do its job and eliminate toxins. Rebounding on a trampoline is great, as is yoga and walking.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush toxins out of the body. You can add slices of fruit or some fresh herbs to your water to make it more exciting.
- Add in lots of vegetables (the bulk of your meals), some fruit, seeds, nuts, olive and coconut oil, and good quality meat, poultry and fish. Aim to crowd out the processed foods along with gluten, dairy, refined sugar, alcohol and coffee (‘gasp’… don’t worry its not forever).
- Promote circulation and support toxin elimination by doing dry body brushing before you get in the shower. Begin at the soles of your feet and brush in a circular motion up your legs and stomach . Then move on to your arms, chest and shoulders by brushing with long strokes towards your heart. You can add some grapefruit essential oil to the brush to help reduce the appearance of cellulite or lemongrass to support the lymphatic system. A dry body brush can be purchased online or at some chemists.
- Sweat out the toxins with a high intensity workout or head along to a sauna and focus on your breathing. Be sure to stay hydrate and if feeling a bit light headed, add some electrolytes in the form of coconut water.
- There are a lot of toxins that reside in our mouth and around our teeth so to help draw the toxins out add a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil and 1 drop of clove essential oil (optional) to your mouth and swish it around for 10 – 20 minutes before spitting it out (into a bin, not the sink), rinsing your mouth and giving your teeth a light brush with water. Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Have a bath with Epsom salts and essential oils (lavender is a winner). Not only is it so relaxing but the magnesium in the salts help to draw toxins out of your body. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1/4 cup bicarb soda, 1/4 cup of sea salt and a few drops of essential oils. Absolute bliss.
- And finally, RELAX… especially before a meal (think rest and digest) and when going to bed. The body repairs and rebuilds most effectively when we are in a relaxed parasympathetic state. Find something that works for you, it might be a few deep breaths or a prayer before a meal and some meditation, reading a book or having a bath before going to bed.