DetoxYour Body is Your Temple
Getting Started with DIY Detox
Pollution is something we come across every day. Toxins can be found in the air, water supply and even in the food we eat. Toxin build-up is responsible for many types of medical conditions, although some people try to attribute them to other factors. These factors can harm us in the long run. This is why it pays to give our body the tender loving care it deserves, on a regular basis. This is why detoxifying is a must. Since many of us are unable to afford frequent trips to the spa, we can turn our own home into a day spa instead. Here are a few interesting tips and recipes to help make your DIY Detox Day Spa at Home as effective as possible:
Dry Body Brushing
How to Dry Body Brush
- ½ cup of Himalayan sea salt
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 1 cup bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin C crystals
- 10 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil
The Himalayan sea salt is chock full of nutrients for your skin. The bentonite clay draws out any heavy metals or toxins. The Epsom salt aids in toxin removal and improves relaxation. The lavender oil eases tension and the vitamin C crystals help block chlorine from entering your body. You may add grapeseed oil as well, as it is a potent antioxidant. Please note that about 10 drops should be fine. Pour all the ingredients into a tub of warm water and relax and soak for half an hour, allowing the healing properties of the detox bath to remove your impurities. Ginger Lemon Cucumber Detox Soak Ginger is known for its ability to battle stomach issues. However, you might not know that it makes a wonderful detox bath as well. Lemons help clear the skin of blemishes and bleaches dark areas, which makes this optimal for people who want even-toned skin. Cucumber targets redness and irritation, which will make this bath a sure hit with people who suffer from eczema or psoriasis. You will need:
- 1 cup grated ginger 1 lemon (seeds removed and pureed with its skin)
- 1 large cucumber (sliced)
Enjoy the delectable scent, which will stay on for quite some time. You can stay for as long as you want and your skin will thank you for it. Please note that it also boosts energy levels.
The Importance of Hydration
- 1 thinly sliced apple
- 1 cinnamon stick or 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
- 1 pitcher of water
This works best if it is left to sit in the refrigerator for one day. It gives the water a stronger and fruitier flavor. You can refill the water up to three times. Flush out the toxins with each delicious sip.
- 1 handful of almonds (non-salted)
- 1 large carrot ½ large beet
- 1 apple handful of fresh blueberries
Blend the almonds, carrot, beet and apple in a powerful blender and serve. You can serve chilled or over ice. Sprinkle the blueberries on top and enjoy. This refreshing smoothie removes unwanted toxins and tastes refreshing as well. It is a perfect way to start the week, or end one. In fact, you can have some every morning instead of your usual cup of caffeine. Our bodies needs extra pampering and detoxing is a great way to improve our health in general. You can try out different detox drinks and soaks to find one that suits you best because the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available.
Supplements to Aid Your Detox
Much ink has been spilled about the importance of a physical detox. While purging all of the harmful toxins that have collected within the body is crucial to long term health, it is not nearly as pivotal as purging the mental toxins. In order to get the absolute most out of your Day Spa at Home experience, you must first clear out all of your mental clutter. Removing the clutter from your mind starts with removing the clutter from your living space. The more clutter and junk that you allow yourself to accumulate, the harder it can become to let it go at the appropriate time. By finally taking the time to get rid of your physical clutter, you are further equipped to tackle the task of handling your mental clutter.
Switch off the TV or any other source from which you are hearing bad news. Constantly hearing bad news puts you into a negative state with negative thinking patterns. Instead, read inspirational and motivational articles, books and biographies. Subscribe to daily positive and motivational emails. Monitor your thoughts. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts say “STOP” and think of something wonderful instead. Controlling your thoughts this way is so powerful and can encourage very positive changes in your mood, your relationships, your work and your life.
Focus on what you are grateful for. Start a gratitude journal and write down the 5 things you are grateful for every morning or night. Take notice of your self-talk. Do you speak to yourself with kindness, compassion and love or do you beat yourself up with put-downs and criticism? Write down some constructive and loving affirmations and recite these to yourself as you look yourself in the eye in the mirror. Speak to yourself with love and kindness. Tell yourself you love you. Begin a ritual of doing this every day for at least 5 minutes in the morning. It may seem silly at first, maybe even fake. But continue to do this until it seems less and less fake and until you actually believe it.
Meditation is one of the best forms of mental detox. Meditation does not require the purchase of any fancy equipment or a membership to a club, it can be done in the space that you already have and can slot easily into your busy schedule. There are many guided meditations available free on the internet and YouTube. Even if you only have fifteen minutes to spare each day, meditation can still deliver the desired results. See our Meditation page for more information. Your mind is a powerful tool, it simply needs to be taken care of in the correct manner. Meditation gives us the chance to work through underlying emotions and traumas and a long stretch of silence can often be just what the doctor ordered. Thoughts that were once dormant inside of your mind and merely taking up space can now be accessed, processed and removed, increasing your mental space and your mental state.
Another way to remove unwanted thoughts from your head space is to participate in a regular exercise program. We are all aware of the fact that exercise provides us with a tremendous boost to our overall energy level. But what the majority of people do not realize is that exercise is also a great aid to our thinking processes. A person who exercises on a consistent basis will experience heightened levels of serotonin within the brain. Serotonin is a natural chemical, one that is released inside of the brain when a person’s fitness level increases. Those who are in search of increased mental clarity would do well to exercise and provide themselves with a much needed serotonin boost. See our Fitness or Yoga pages for more information.
By removing mental and physical clutter and placing yourself on a regular meditation/exercise regimen, you greatly increase the effectiveness of a Day Spa at Home treatment. Not only is your physical wellbeing immensely important, but so is your state of mind. Don’t neglect your cluttered mind and be sure to take the right steps towards eliminating negative thought processes.
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