Sometimes our body’s natural detox processes are compromised due to stress, lack of exercise and movement, not enough fiber or fluids in the diet and exposure to pollution. There is no need to go on a drastic detox diet, we can jump-start our detox system using gentle yet effective methods.
The 3 simple methods outlined below support your body’s own detoxification process and help to relax your mind and nervous system — this is a powerful combination. Try incorporating these habits into your self-care routine on a regular basis. The key is consistency.
1. Take regular Epsom salt baths
What better way to detox than by taking a relaxing bath?
Epsom salts are made up of two minerals: magnesium and sulfate. These minerals draw toxins from our body via the skin while replenishing our magnesium levels. Epsom salts also work to relax muscles and promote restful sleep.
To supercharge your bath, add essential oils and try this relaxing bath salt mix:
Bath Salt Recipe
- 1 cup of Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 8 drops of essential oil of Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense or Juniper Berry
- 1 tbsp of jojoba oil
To prepare the mix add the essential oil to the jojoba oil, then mix this through the cup of Epsom salts and baking soda. This avoids any issues of skin irritation and allows the essential oils to be properly dispersed in water. Fill a bath with warm water and add your bath salt. Soaking in this mix is incredibly relaxing and restorative.
2. Drink teas that support detoxification
There are so many benefits to drinking herbal teas — you stay well hydrated, it reduces your consumption of caffeinated drinks, they provide an antioxidant boost and help to calm the nervous system. The following teas do all of the above, and each supports the body in its process of detoxification.
Dandelion tea — Made from the dandelion root, this tea has a diuretic effect that helps your liver to eliminate toxins more efficiently. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory that is high in antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent cellular damage.
Peppermint tea — A powerful digestive aid, peppermint tea soothes the digestive tract and increases bile flow to improve the efficiency of digestion. Peppermint tea powerfully supports the process of absorption and assimilation of nutrients by allowing food to easily pass through our digestive tract. It is also antimicrobial and acts as a boost to our immune system, helping it to fight infections.
Chamomile tea — Supports detoxification by soothing the digestive system and calming the nervous system. Chamomile tea is used to reduce anxiety and stress and it is high in beneficial antioxidants
3. Get a lymphatic drainage massage
A lymphatic drainage massage is often referred to as a ‘detox massage’. This is because it manually stimulates the lymphatic system, which instigates the removal of toxins.
The lymphatic system is a network for the transportation of lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells that are vital for fighting infections. A primary role of the lymphatic system is the collection and elimination of toxic waste.
Lymph nodes need to be stimulated externally — through movement, dry skin brushing or massage. A trained massage therapist is able to massage and manipulate the lymph nodes around your body helping to boost your immune system and detox your body. Always talk to your therapist about ways to avoid any unpleasant symptoms afterwards like headaches, tiredness or muscle fatigue. It is important to drink water and get plenty of rest afterwards. It is also a good idea to have an Epsom salt bath after your massage to help facilitate the removal of toxins.
Self-care is vital to our health and wellbeing and often it’s the simple things that can have the most impact. Try incorporating these practices into your life on a regular basis and notice the difference in how you feel.