With spring in the air, comes the season of DETOXING. I find it extremely important to take some time each year to not only detox your body, but your mind and your environment. I write this to share my top 6 tips for a Spring detox and helping you to feel fresh this season. Naturopathic medicine stresses the importance of looking at the person as a whole and this is why I have included not only tips for detoxing your physical body, but your mind and environment (which has an immense impact of your health) as well. As a mom, I like to keep things under 2 criteria: FREE and FAST. So get comfy and read on to what changes you can make this Spring season:
1. CONTRAST SHOWERS- I LOVE contrast showers. What are they you may ask? Those few wonderful minutes you get by yourself as a mother can be maximized by alternating from hot to cold at a 3:1 ratio. You will start with hot water (as hot as you can handle, not to burn yourself) for 1 minute then switch to as cold of water as you can handle for 20 seconds and repeat at least 3x and up to 6. ALWAYS end on cold. You can always work yourself up to that time frame and start say 10 seconds cold, 30 seconds hot and even work your way up in temperatures. What this is doing is creating a pumping action with your blood by alternating with vasodilation (blood vessels bigger) and vasoconstriction (blood vessels smaller). This practice will help to get your blood flowing, improving your skin and increasing your energy so you can chase those little rugrats or do whatever errands you have.
2. INCREASING THOSE LEAFY GREENS- Although detoxing is usually about taking things OUT of your diet (dairy, sugar, caffeine etc.) which I do commend, I find it just as important to ADD things to your diet to help support your body in ways that may be lacking. Ensuring you are getting at least 3 servings of green leafy veggies (spinach, kale, cabbage) per day gives your liver support it needs to function at peak performance as well as provide many nutrients for your body. The liver is your main detoxing organ so giving it as much love as you can this detoxing season will help not only your energy, but your skin as well! If getting these servings in doesn't feel possible, a greens powder can pack all your green needs in a simple scoop!
3. GET RID OF THE JUNK- as mentioned in the previous point, it is important to give your body a break from your daily inflammatory foods such as dairy, sugar, gluten and caffeine. I recommend cutting one thing at a time to make it more attainable as going cold turkey for all of the things may not be sustainable. I usually recommend getting all servings of sugar (refined more specifically so not fruit, unpasteurized honey or pure maple syrup), dairy, gluten and caffeine to once a day then stop them one by one. If it easier for you to go completely cold turkey, then by all means-go for it! Giving your body a break from these foods while increasing your supporting foods like green leafy veggies will give your body the time it needs to recharge and leave you feeling better than ever.
1.NOT COMPLAINING FOR 24 HOURS- it is so easy to get bogged down in the negativity of our situations that sometimes we need to take a break from the “cup half empty” mindset. Be mindful of what you complain about during a day and try to stop yourself before blurting out a complaint. Better yet is to replace that complaint with a positive spin on it. For example instead of “urgh my commute sucks” replace it with “I am grateful for this time to myself”. Try it for 24 hours and see how you feel after. It can truly be an eye-opening experience as to how much we don’t appreciate all that we have.
2.AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE- similar to mentioned above, steering your mindset toward an “attitude of gratitude” will help you to see your situation in a new lense, as well as help to manifest positivity to come your way. Start everyday with 3 things you are grateful for and at night record 3 things you are grateful for from that day. These can be from having clean air to breathe, to having a car there is no limit on what you are grateful for.
1.CLEAR THE CLUTTER- find a space in your house that tends to attract clutter and clean it up. Give that space a set time for you to truly go through it and get rid of things that do not serve you anymore. For your good deed of the day, donate all of your things to someone else who may put them to better use such as a women’s shelter, or your local salvation army. This exercise gives you the satisfaction of cleaning a cluttered space while helping those in need.
Try implementing these changes and let me know how it goes! For more tips on getting you to feel your best follow my Facebook page- Jenna Priestap Naturopathic Medical Intern or drop me a message and let's connect!