With warm weather just around the corner, it's no surprise to hear a lot about cleansing - gotta get that beach body in tip top shape! However, cleansing is just as much about your emotional and spiritual well being, as it is about your physical health. Read below to receive some helpful cleansing tips from naturopathic doctor Jacqueline Engel.
Plan Ahead. Look at your calendar and plan to cleanse or fast when you have time to truly take care of yourself. Don't detox during a weekend with the kids or an especially hectic workweek.
Walk More. While you detox, enjoy a mindful walk outdoors each day instead of working out at the gym. Feel the sun helping to naturally build your Vitamin D supply. You'll notice your mood lift, but you'll also boost your immunity and improve bone health. Breathe the fresh air, be present, and really look around you.
Write it down. Journaling can help you develop greater self awareness about your relationship with food as you identify emotions that come up during the cleanse. You may find that you react to stress by wanting to eat a lot, or you might feel anger in response to some aspect of the experience. Note it all. Self-awareness helps you make more conscious decisions about what foods you choose.
Savor a spa treatment. Spa treatments help with detoxification and let you relax and feel nurtured. Try an exfoliating salt scrub, detoxifying mask, or Epson salt bath at home. "The salt goes into your skin, and magnesium helps detoxify," Engel explains. "It also helps muscles relax and calms down the heart."