Six Easy Tips on how to Cleanse
This is why I do this work- when we start to take care of ourselves, we deal with our divorce from nature. We get out of our heads. When we are in the body, we connect to who we are, which helps us align with our reason for being. A lot of what we are doing to the earth is because we are divorced from our own nature — our own bodies.
1. A warm glass of water
It can be straight warm water, or you can put lemon or apple cider vinegar in it. Lemon in the summer and apple cider vinegar is better for autumn and winter. Make sure you use the one with the culture, which is prebiotic, as it helps the body build good bacteria.
Your body regenerates the most between ten o’clock at night and two o’clock in the morning. The liver works between two and four in the morning, so have a light dinner — allow your body to have finished digesting by eight o’clock. By ten, we should be in bed because by eleven we start to feel hungry. The warm water in the morning also helps the liver with detoxification. The liver loves warmth.
Eating a light dinner is a great tip, not just for the cleanse but for a lifestyle change.
Overnight all the junk is going down to the colon to be flushed first thing in the morning, which is another reason why the water helps — it stimulates the colon. After the water, you can have breakfast.
2. The importance of breath
Go for a nice walk quickly around the block or have a warm Epson Salts bath or a sauna. Skin brushing is another helpful way. Use a dry skin brush and start from the feet up, moving towards the heart. This stimulates the lymphatic system, which releases toxins. When you’ve finished the brushing give yourself a bit of a massage with coconut oil or cold-pressed sesame oil (make sure it is cold-pressed, or you’ll smell like a Chinese restaurant), then have a shower. The whole thing takes about five minutes and gives the body the support it needs to eliminate what it doesn’t want.
4. It’s good to keep the liver happy
5. Emotional wellbeing
When we have toxicity in the body, we have toxicity in the mind. There is a lot of research that suggests our emotional health is linked with inflammation. Nutrient-dense food lowers inflammation, things like gluten increase inflammation.
Sugar is another toxic substance that is very bad for us. It is more addictive than heroin. When we eat sugar, the body has to release insulin, which is a hormone. When your hormones are out of balance, so are your emotions. By balancing your blood sugar, you automatically increase your wellbeing. When your blood sugar goes down, you have less oxygen in the brain, leading to aggression, impatience and anger.
If we balance the blood sugar and lower inflammation, then we are well on the way to living a healthy, balanced life. Cleansing kick starts that new lifestyle. For the cleanse, think seventy per cent vegetables, although not so much the nightshades, like potatoes and tomatoes. The other thirty per cent should be composed of plant-based proteins, like pulses, rice and dhal. I think it is important to eat nourishing, gentle, warming food rather than doing shakes. If you want to do shakes, then add a little warm water so it’s not cold. Don’t survive solely on shakes.
Another link between diet and emotional wellbeing is the good bacteria in our guts. A low level of good bacteria is directly linked to depression. Making sure we support the body in producing it is essential for our health. Eating and drinking foods high in prebiotics help with this, for example, putting apple cider vinegar in your water every morning.