If you want to boost your immune system and prepare for the holiday season, consider a mild and healthy detox. It can be as simple as intermittent fasting. The simplest technique is the 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours where you can eat. It’s mild, yet gives your system a rest. There are other techniques to detox that don’t involve harsh changes or chemicals to rid your body of toxins. Those juice only fasts or chemical fasts to flush your system can actually cause you to have less energy when you need it the most.
Getting plenty of water is a good start to a detox.
Start your morning with a big 12 ounce glass of water, preferably well water or spring water that’s pure and free from the chemicals found in most city water. While some detox techniques suggest you have it warm and others suggest you add a few spoonfuls of lemon juice and a bit of sea salt, just getting your system started with pure water is what’s important. Have plenty of water on hand to drink throughout the day. It’s critical to flushing your system.
Go for more natural hygiene products.
If you’ve ever read the ingredients on your shampoo or personal hygiene products, you’ll see a whole list of ingredients that look a lot like a chapter from Chemistry 101. Less is more in this case. Go for castile soap without additives. Get a good luffa and start your shower. Alternate your water from hot to cold and back again for a few minutes then scrub, scrub, scrub. Soap up the luffa and scrub your body starting at your feet and working toward the heart. It gets your lymphatic system moving as it exfoliates the skin.
Cut back on coffee, sugar, processed foods, gluten and dairy.
Cut back slightly on meat if you normally eat a lot. Choose grass-fed organic beef and pork, while going with wild fish. Include loads of fresh vegetables in each meal. Cutting out sugar can also mean cutting back on fruit to one piece a day. It limits the sugar that can compromise your immune system. Say no to dairy, soy and even corn. These are inflammation producing foods that can also cause excess mucus. While it’s not necessary to stick with raw foods, having a bowl of veggies ready to snack on helps.
- Cleansing juices, such as beet juice or a ginger, lemon or cayenne pepper mix, should be included in your diet once a day.
- Get plenty of exercise and sweat out those toxins. You’ll not only feel great after a workout, you’ll burn off stress hormones, too.
- Make sure you have adequate fiber in your diet during this type of detox. Fiber is what helps move those toxins out of your system in waste.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is healing and rejuvenating. Go to bed before midnight and get up earlier. Sleep in a dark room to boost the effectiveness and turn off all electronic devices.