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Detox From Inside-out

By The Yoga School | November 19, 2018

Regardless of whether you’re doing it for better gut health, clearer skin, or to cleanse your mind of negativity, try a thorough detox for a healthier, happier you

Many of us suffer mind clutter, thanks to the overwhelming amount of data and information we’re constantly fed with. And what about the large amount of processed foods that make up part of our dietary intake? In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to remain mindful of what we subject our minds and bodies to.

While it can be impractical or near impossible to keep all the external aggressors out of our lives, there are, fortunately, ways for us to bring balance back to our mind and body. From juice cleanses and deep-cleansing facials, to detox diets and wellness retreats, busy urbanites are increasingly looking towards holistic remedies to rid the body of toxins and return it to the pink of health.

So if you’re looking for ways to detox yourself inside-out detox, we’ve got some great tips for you:

Detox Your Mind

Folks living in fast-paced cosmopolitan cities often feel stressed and anxious. Thanks to our hyper-connectivity, we almost never switch off from the outside world. Just think of it: is the first and last thing you look at everyday your phone? While working adults used to be able to disconnect from work after leaving the office, modern smart phones have made it virtually impossible. Instead of running through tomorrow’s to-do lists while lying in bed, why not take the time to practice meditation before you sleep?

First recorded in Hindu texts over thousands of years ago, meditation has been an indispensable way of life for many cultures across different parts of the world. In recent years, more wellness enthusiasts have been advocating for meditation, which is believed to alleviate stress, control anxiety, encourage mindfulness, improve sleep quality, increase attention span and promote emotional health. Plus, you can meditate anywhere and anytime. Meditating at the end of the day enables you to reflect, collect your thoughts and quieten your mind for more restful slumber. To create a conducive environment for meditation, dim the lights so your senses are not over-stimulated. You can choose to meditate in silence or with some light background music. Take long, deep breaths to aid oxygen flow to your brain, and lower blood pressure. Essential oil blends like lavender, vetiver, chamomile and frankincense can also aid with relaxation.

Detox Your Gut

As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”. An unbalanced diet that lacks a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, can result in disrupted levels of friendly bacteria in our intestines. Crucial in maintaining digestive health and overall wellbeing, these friendly bacteria not only play an important role in helping our bodies to fend off infections, but they’ve also been linked to insulin resistance, and even colorectal cancer.

Some folks turn to the convenience of probiotic supplements, but you can also choose to restore the level of friendly bacteria by incorporating the right foods into your diet. For example, fresh garlic is packed with anti-inflammation benefits and help to kill harmful microorganisms that exist in our intestines. Organic apples are not only a great source of fibre, but also a great way to introduce healthy bacteria into our guts. You can also up your intake of fermented food like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha, all of which contain healthy bacteria for the maintenance of optimum intestinal health.

Detox Your Liver

As the only organ in our body that is able to regenerate itself, the liver is the detox hub of our body, Beyond producing bile that metabolises fat, the liver cleanses the body’s blood before redistributing it to other parts of the body. This means that it has to break down and excrete chemicals like medication and alcohol.

Needless to say, if you want to detox your liver, it’s important not to overwork it. Avoid toxins like alcohol, cigarette smoke and drugs, which the liver has to work overtime to break down. Instead, load up on foods like beets, berries and Brussel sprouts. Rich in antioxidants, beets and berries neutralise oxidative damage in the liver to ensure its optimum function. In addition, beets also activate liver enzymes to help the liver do its job better. Studies have also shown that Brussel sprouts are linked to an increase in detox enzymes, making the liver’s job easier.

Detox Your Skin

When excess sebum, dirt, grime and dead skin cells are left to accumulate in our pores, the complexion can look dull and rough. To purge pores thoroughly, use a clay mask once or twice a week. Thanks to the porous nature of clay, it is able to absorb sebum, dirt and grime. Clay masks can also help to eliminate dead skin cells, regulate sebum production and refine skin texture. Don’t forget to follow up with hydrating and soothing products to replenish moisture for a well-balanced mien.

Detox Your Hair

If you haven’t been conscientious with your hair care routine, residue from your styling products can accumulate and cause your hair to look dull. To minimise that, try switching to a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week to deeply cleanse your hair and scalp. Alternatively, you can use apple cider vinegar for the same effect. Simply dilute it with water before rinsing your hair with it. Not only does it eliminate product build-up, apple cider vinegar also restores scalp to its healthy pH and leaves hair shinier than before.

 

Regular meditation can drastically improve your wellbeing and mental health. Keen to start a Kundalini Yoga Meditation practice? Click here to find a class.
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