Two weekends back, we hosted our yoga event with Henry’s Hard Sparkling. It was so much fun and so many people came out! So many in fact that not everyone was able to do yoga, and I’m sorry about that if you came and weren’t able to get in the class. If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t get to do yoga either, but I still had a great time. After yoga, we went to Piece with friends. It rained and rained the rest of the day, so Rob and I stayed in that night and cooked dinner at home. By Sunday morning I had decided I needed to detox—after the pizza, burgers and lots of takeout earlier that week combined with no exercise for a week I was feeling really sluggish and gross. My skin was also breaking out like crazy which hadn’t happened in so long! No, I’ve never had perfect skin, but these past few months, it’s been clearer than ever. Isn’t it crazy how one poor choice can lead to sooooo many more?!
Whenever I think about detoxing, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Horrible juice cleanses? No, thank you! Although, truth be told, I did try one several years ago and it was awful! They definitely work, but by the end of day two, I was so loopy and out of it I just gave up. I don’t think our bodies are meant to be starved like that. Anyway, for me, detoxing starts with cleaning up my diet. There’s no burgers and pizza on our menu this week! But other than eating healthy, there are several other amazing ways to detox your whole body that don’t involve drinking kale smoothies and eating a salad-only diet. I’m sure some people are already rejoicing, haha! The best part is that if you combine several of these detox methods with eating healthier, you’ll start feeling and looking better a lot faster. I also find that changing up multiple areas of my life helps keep me motivated and make better choices all around.
1. Dry Brushing
Shaheen was actually the one that first introduced me to dry brushing and I try to make it a somewhat regular part of my routine these days. You dry brush before you get in the shower by gently brushing in circles on your arms, legs, chest and back to exfoliate your body. The dry brush pack I bought even came with a small face brush which I haven’t tried, but will soon! Don’t brush too hard as the bristles are stiff! Feel your skin after you dry brush and area—it’s amazing how much softer it is! Make sure to scrub in the shower with a good exfoliating soap and then apply lotion or body oil when you get out. I’m currently loving this Erbaviva Firming Oil. I find it to be far more hydrating than lotion and it’s 100% clean!
2. Salt Bath
When was the last time you took a bath? For me, it had been a long time, but a few weeks ago I took one and it was so magnificent. It was calming, soothing and my whole body felt relaxed afterward. Adding epsom salt or bath salts can help your body relax, relieve tension, soothe sore muscles an draw out toxins and impurities. Plus, if you take a bath right before bed, it’ll make falling asleep that much easier! I’ve been loving Erbaviva Firming Salts. This You can also use the salts on their own as a good exfoliating scrub.
Like I mentioned above, all exercise is great for detoxing your body—duh! And, sweating is hugely helpful in detoxing. Last month I wrote a post where I talked about our skin being the largest organ, something I’d never really considered before, but it makes sense. It covers our entire bodies and is VERY porous, making it easy for toxins to leave. Sweating opens up our pores and releases toxins more quickly than they would on their own. My favorite way to get sweaty is to take a hot yoga class or hop on the stair master for 30 minutes. I also love the elliptical machine, but find that I don’t work up quite as much of a sweat as I do when I’m on the stair master.
If you’ve ever been to yoga or maybe you’re a regular yogi, you know how beneficial twisting as well as compressing can be for detoxing your body. Any exercise will help get the blood flowing through your body and help the detoxification process, but doing lots of twisting in yoga can aid digestion and give you more mental clarity. Compressing is also great as the release creates deeper circulation that helps flush out your organs. So really, it’s no surprise that every time I leave yoga I feel like a positive, cleansed and more alert version of myself!
I feel like water is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most powerful detox methods out there! It’s readily available from your sink and will make you feel so much better in a short amount of time. After our week of unhealthy eating, I also realized that I hadn’t been drinking nearly as much water as I normally would. I can guarantee that my breakouts were directly related to that. On Sunday I started drinking more water, and by the next morning I could already feel a noticeable difference in my skin tone and texture. Water is insanely powerful, so don’t underestimate it! If you’re unsure of how much water you should be trying to drink each day, I included an easy trick in this post.
By mid-week, I was feeling so much better and more energetic. Doing daily workouts was also making me sleep really well, which always helps heal your body. And best of all, my skin is looking healthier, smoother and less broken out—thank goodness!
Do you ever feel bloated and gross after a period of heavy eating and drinking or a lack of sleep and exercise? What tips do you have for detoxing and feeling better?