How to Cleanse...The RIGHT Way
Spring is in full swing and it's a time for renewal and rejuvenation.
During the winter months our bodies are in need of more food and warmth while during spring and summer we need less food and warmth.
As things begin to open up throughout this season, so do our bodies. If you're interested in supporting your body's detoxification, keep reading!
Step 1: PREPARE
It is vital that we prepare our body to cleanse out excess. If we don't we can do more harm than good.
My top tips to prepare for a cleanse is to open up detox pathways- sleep, sweat, stress, and poop (everyone's favorite topic).
Make sure you are practicing good sleep hygiene. Fall asleep NO LATER than 10pm. Our cortisol begins to rise around 11-11:30pm. Your room should be cool and completely dark for optimal sleep patterns.
Our skin is our biggest organ. Toxins can exit the body via sweat so make sure you move your body at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week.
Stress is THE most important thing to tend to before a cleanse. The reason being that stress raises our cortisol. While this is an important mechanism, it becomes a problem when it is chronic. Chronic stress leads to adrenal fatigue. The adrenals are what pump the lymphatic system. If our adrenals are deficient, we will have a sluggish lymph system, and eventually toxic burden on our liver and gut.
Constipation is a sure sign you are not efficiently detoxing so it's important you are moving your bowels at least once a day.
Now that you've prepared your body for cleansing, you can begin to add cleansing herbs and supplements to your regime.
Some of my favorite cleansing herbs are dandelion, milk thistle (avoid if you have a ragweed allergy), burdock root, and hibiscus. Full body cleansing supplements are entirely up to you! https://www.rogershood.com/ has a wonderful parasite cleanse that is extremely gentle but super effective. The cleanse is a complete kit that includes heavy metal flushing as well.
To further support detoxification, I love using my Queen of Thrones castor oil pack. Apply a tablespoon of castor oil to the liver area and cover with the pack. You can leave it on for 1 hour or overnight. I always suggest to start with 1 hour and work your way up to overnight.
Castor oil packs are great for those with hormonal imbalances, PCOS, endometriosis, fatty liver, digestion regulation, inflammation reduction, thyroid conditions, liver cleansing and antioxidant status, microbiome balance, relaxation, and much more!
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