>This time of year is a time of rejuvenation and what better way to start a season of rebirth and growth than with cleaning out the toxins in your system and your life.
With the goals you have already set for yourself in the beginning of the new year, there must have been some reflection done on your health status – be it your physical, emotional or spiritual – and if not, the time is now.
Do you awake every day feeling zesty and ready to charge at the day’s tasks or do you always feel sluggish? Do your relationships foster a give-and-take approach with a focus on making each other better or are you surrounded by those who hold you back and are less than nurturing and encouraging? Is your home filled with toxic foods and beverages. Do you clean with an assortment of chemicals? Is your work environment organized and tidy? These are just things that you may want to focus on for an overall spring cleaning. Be open-minded – out with the old and in with the new!
First off, is to sit down and start making some lists – a pros and cons list if you will. Take note of the last year of your life. Starting with your relationships; look at those in social circle and the people you spend most of your time with. Is there one particular person who just drags you down, never just laughs or enjoys anything in life, always speaks negatively about others, and puts down you and your dreams, views, beliefs and always has something to say but never listens? If the relationship is very one-sided or just creates an overwhelming feeling of negativity all the time, maybe this person needs to be cut out of your life or you need to limit your interactions. Always try to show compassion and understand their point of views, but also be sure that you are not overly exposing yourself to a toxic person.
When you clean your home, do you use an array of chemicals? Did you know that these chemicals are easily absorbed and inhaled and can literally mutate your cells causing serious long-term effects? Try a more natural approach such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon or using a spray that consists of simply a solution of water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Here is another natural home cleaning option:
•50 ml White vinegar
•65 ml Distilled or filtered water
•10 ml (2 tsp) Ethanol or Vodka
•5 drops Lemon Essential Oil and 10 drops Orange Essential Oil
Switching up your regular toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions for a chemical-free version is also a surefire way to better health and an overall cleaner system. You can find many of these products at your local health store or you can even make a ton of your own. This will save you money in the long run and will save you from a ton of negative long-term side effects. Here are a few simple natural options:
•¼ cup Vegetable Glycerin
•¼ cup Baking Soda
•10 to 15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (food grade)
•Almond Oil ¾ cup
•Cocoa Butter ⅓ cup
•Lanolin 1 teaspoon
•Beeswax (grated) ½ oz
•Rosewater ⅔ cup
•Aloe Vera Gel ⅓ cup
•Rose Oil 2 drops
•Vitamin E Capsule
Melt almond oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and beeswax over low heat. Let it cool to room temperature. In a bowl, mix rosewater, aloe vera gel, rose oil and contents of the vitamin E capsule. Add the rosewater mixture to the almond oil mixture and whip together until the lotion resembles frosting and store in a covered container.
Next up is your nutrition. Take a look in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. How many food products do you have versus real food like fresh organic fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, seeds and herbs? Start cleaning out your kitchen of products that were designed by man and not by nature, and you will not only find that you look better, but you will feel a million times better as well.
If you cannot afford everything organic, at least be sure to purchase organic foods that you will eat the skin of (for example buying organic apples vs. organic bananas) and get yourself a good natural fruit and veggie cleaner or use a water and apple cider vinegar soak as the acetic acid helps kill bacteria and remove the harmful pesticides and wax often used to make the fruits/veggies look more appealing.
Be sure to get yourself an excellent water filter as well. Most bottled water is not really up to par and drinking tap water is just not an option if you want to keep your system running smoothly and free of dangerous fluoride, chemicals and minerals like aluminum.
One of the best ways to cleanse your system is to get sweating, so be sure to hit the gym every day for either a workout or a nice relaxing sauna. Exfoliating and using body brushes a few times per week is also an excellent way to remove pollutants from your skin that can be absorbed from the environment. Start with a thorough cleaning from the inside out, removing the toxins from as many aspects of your life as possible. Put a little more spring into your step this season, by following the tips above. There are many great detox/cleansing programs to help jumpstart your system as well, but for now focus on these simple tasks.
Losing weight is a great way to remove toxins from you body, as they are stored within the fatty tissues. When you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight, make sure you’re getting plenty of water to flush out the toxins and eat plenty of fiber to help the body do its job.