Sometimes it’s a good time to detox. Whether we’re shaking off springtime ailments like a cold or allergies, or we’re recovering after the weekend, we can reset our systems to revitalize our energy and release physical, mental and emotional gunk.
Detoxes can have multiple effects on our wellbeing. As a worldwide practice commonly used in both modern and traditional healing, different detoxes may vary in composition and duration. There is one ingredient to every detox needed for them to work their magic: water! In a matter of hours, detoxes can help us in a number of ways.
According to an article from verywellfit.com, water weight can be managed by keeping a low sodium diet and staying hydrated. The water required during a detox flushes the system of excess water, and depending on body mass index (or BMI), it’s possible to lose up to 5 Ibs or more in water alone.
Lighten dark circles
Speaking of low-sodium, the foods in detoxes are reduced in salt and typically prohibit alcohol and substance use, which can be factors in dark eye circles.
Our bodies use a ton of energy digesting our food. Starch, meat, dairy, and wheat can take hours to break down, and every bit of energy that goes into breaking down our food is taken away from our brain, heart and other vital organs. Our bodies then have to work that much harder to keep up full production—heart beating, brain thinking, etc. It’s as exhausting to do as it is to read…
During a detox, our bodies have less of a burden on them for digestion; the foods consumed are mostly made of pure energy directly from the sun (seeds, fruits and veggies) therefore, they can do a better job of feeding our bodies as they’re digested, emitting more energy all around.
Clear up skin
Blemishes, pimples and acne can be caused by hormonal imbalances or a lapse in our skincare routines. The foods involved with detoxes are often alkaline or pH balancing, which in mild cases of breakouts can begin to even out skin tone.
Improve body odor
Along with breakouts, a pH level that is too acidic can lead to body odor. To eliminate an unpleasant aroma, detoxing can be a great start, as it gets the body working to even out imbalances. A way to keep this up after a detox is to incorporate more alkaline foods into the diet—avocados, blueberries, kale, etc.
2 Day Detox
We’ve concocted this 48-hour reset button for your bod. If you have any health conditions, please consult your physician or healthcare provider before beginning.
8 bottles Spring water
2 large thumbs of ginger
6 turmeric capsules (Casing should be removable. Found on vitamin aisle.)
1/2 cup Organic Agave Nectar
Blender or pitcher (if letting sit overnight)
Green tea (optional)
1. Empty 4 bottles of water into blender or pitcher
2. Keep bottles to store liquid
3. Squeeze in juice from lemons and limes
4. Peel outer skin from ginger
5. Moderately dice ginger into blender or add to pitcher
6. Gently twist each turmeric capsule apart, then add spice to mixture
7. Pour in agave
8. Blend until all contents have smoothly combined
9. If using a pitcher, stir and let sit overnight. In the morning, sift out ginger and re-stir; add to bottles
10. Drink the entire mixture by 1 pm
11. Drink at least 2 more bottles of water throughout the day
12. Drink 1 bottle of water before dinner
13. Dinner can consist or vegetables, fruit and non-red meat only. No dairy, wheat, starches or sweets.
If you find yourself too hungry or getting weak throughout the day, you can sip hot or cold green tea—with 1 tablespoon of agave—and unsalted pumpkin or sesame seeds can supplement snack cravings. You may see a noticeable change by Day 3; we recommend a detox every 3-6 months. Let us know how your detox goes.