Whilst winter may seem long and harsh, there are some easy steps you can take to help you bounce back to your pre-winter state and detox any accumulated toxins to boost your immune system. Read on for how to supercharge yourself:
1. DRY BODY BRUSHING
An old ayurvedic technique, dry body brushing activates your lymphatic drainage system to remove toxins, as well as buffing away dead skin cells to tone your skin and boost circulation giving you a glow whilst allowing body cream to penetrate newer layers of the epidermis, making them more effective! Pair with our Botanical Oil for vitamin E rich nourishment.
2. HYDRATE WITH WARM LEMON
Drinking warm water or herbal tea with lemon first thing in the morning is one of the best things you can do for your stomach. The extra liquids will help eliminate any salt retention you have from overindulging in stodgy foods and get things moving after being inactive throughout the night. The antioxidants in herbal teas will counteract accumulated toxins and the lemon will kick-start your digestive system. Bonus points for adding a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar for its alkalizing effects and turmeric for its powerhouse anti-inflammatory action!
3. PRACTICE YOGA
The benefits of yoga go long and beyond simply stretching and toning your muscles. Certain moves can help activate your internal organs to increase detoxification and the meditative state it can bring to your mind significantly lowers cortisol levels, a known immune disruptor. Plus, those who practice yoga regularly have a better quality of sleep- a super important aspect for building a strong immune system!
4. EAT YOUR FRIENDLY BACTERIA
Sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, coconut yoghurt, pickles and kefir are all excellent sources of natural probiotics that support the healthy flora of your gut bacteria which will sort out any bloating and strengthen your immune system, which all begins in your gut!
5. INCREASE YOUR FIBRE INTAKE
Soluble fibre has been shown to help 'scrub out' your blood. It can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. Apples are a great source of soluble fibre, so one a day really does help keep the doctor away! It can also be found in citrus fruits, carrots, beans, peas, and oats.
6. ENJOY A SAUNA
As our largest organ, what goes onto our skin is highly important for the level of toxicity in our bodies. When our pores open with heat, they are most susceptible to what we put on them, and when they can best sweat out waste. Saunas have been proven to not only feel good but increase your life span! If you don't have the luxury of frequent saunas, a detox bath will work almost as well. Our Mineral Soak is rich in magnesium, iron and essential oils to help stabilise mineral levels, draw out toxins, ease muscles and soothe your mind. Experts recommend sweating it out, either in the form of saunas, baths or exercise, at least 3 times a week. If you can fit one of each in all the better!
There you have it, 6 easy but powerful steps to see you through the winter and help you come out the other side blooming.Check out our blog post on How To Prep Yourself For Winter for more tips!