Ten More Easy Ways to Detox

More easy ways to detox

This is a follow up to my earlier post about detoxing. I’m trying to keep these simple, and just talk about what I have actually tried.

I’m not a doctor or a scientist, although for most of these there is reliable scientific evidence to support their use in detoxifying the body.

1.  Pesto:  My naturopath told me about this one.  Cilantro and parsley naturally bond to toxins in your body, helping them to move out.
–Combine1 bunch cilantro, 1 bunch parsley, 2 cloves garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, and 1/4 cup olive oil in your food processor or blender.
–Eat one tablespoon every day.  It’s delicious on sandwiches and eggs!

2.  Vegetable Juice:  Vegetable juice also pulls toxins out of the body.  You need a juicer for this one, or if you buy your juice from the store, check that it doesn’t have a bunch of extra sugar in it from being mixed with fruits.  The best combo I find is carrot and celery.  If it’s too bitter, add a little bit of apple.

3.  Bieler Broth: This is actually really easy and tasty.  You can also make it with homemade chicken broth if you have it.  Don’t use the store bought chicken broth though.  I put a little pesto (see above recipe) and paprika in mine, mmm.  Recipe

4.  Epsom Salt Bath  Dissolve 1 to 2 cups in your bath water.  This is great for muscle relaxation as well as detox.  It is said it also cleanses the aura (if you’re into that!).  Don’t worry about what temperature or how long.  Remember, make it easy.  What feels right is right.

5.  Castor Oil Belly Rub (called a castor oil pack if you want to look it up, but I think belly rub sounds better).  When I looked this up online it looked really hard and like my sheets would get stained and it would be disgusting.  No, not true, not at all.  Easy.  Pour a quarter sized amount of castor oil in your palm and rub it all over your belly before you go to bed. Be sure to get it over your liver where it really works wonders!  (The liver is located in the upper-right portion of the abdominal cavity under the diaphragm.) Wear a t-shirt you don’t care that much about.  Put a heating pad over your belly for about 15 minutes before you go to sleep, or go to sleep with it on! (My electric one goes off by itself, and my friend has a bag of rice heating pad that naturally cools down over time, so those are a couple of options.)  Very relaxing and helps with digestion too!  I use Heritage Store Castor Oil 4 oz.

5.  Dry Brushing  a great way to wake up in the morning!  Before your morning shower, use a natural bristle brush that’s not too hard and starting at your ankles, brush your skin in a circular motion moving towards your heart.  This is so good for your circulation.  Good circulation gets those toxins moving out.  I got the Fantasea Natural Bristle Body Brush, 3.5 Ounce on amazon for pretty cheap.

6.  Breathing  Pranayama is the Sanskrit name for Yogic breathing exercises.  There are many different methods, but the one that’s easiest for me is the three part breath.
1.  Inhale deeply and slowly.  Feel your stomach rise, your chest rise, and then finally your collar bone rise.
2.  Exhale very, very slowly feel your collar bone move downward, your chest empty, and finally your belly empty.  Suck in your stomach to push that last little bit of stale air out.

You can do this as many times as you like.  Remember to keep it easy.  If once sounds easy, do it once.  If ten times sounds easy, do it ten times.

9.  Stretching  Remember learning stretches in school?  Do some.  Bend at the waist and touch your toes, hang there a while.  Raise your hands over your head, clasp your hands together, and make a half moon with your body by bending over to the right.  Go back to center and bend to the left.  There are many great stretching and yoga videos on youtube, and your probably remember some good stretches from Junior High P.E. or somewhere!

10.  Hang in Nature Put your bare feet on the grass.  Pet the dog.  Watch the sunset.  Sit or walk near moving water (like the ocean or a river).  Listen to the birds.  Watch a bug. Plant something and watch it grow.

Relax with Movies: Top Ten Quirky Comedies

Relax with Movies: Top Ten Quirky Comedies

I said the other day that relaxation was a big part of detox, and what we want is an easy way to relax.  Here’s my no-special-order list of movies that make me laugh out loud. What are your favorite laugh-out-loud movies?

1.  Walk Hard    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0841046/?ref_=nv_sr_1

2.  The Royal Tenenbaums   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265666/?ref_=nv_sr_1

3.  Little Miss Sunshine    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449059/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

4.  Beetlejuice    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094721/?ref_=nv_sr_1

5.  Napoleon Dynamite    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374900/?ref_=nv_sr_1

6.  Wayne’s World    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105793/?ref_=nv_sr_3

7.  The Other Guys    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386588/?ref_=nv_sr_2

8.  Office Space    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151804/?ref_=nv_sr_1

9.  Superbad    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0829482/?ref_=nv_sr_1

10.  Shaun of the Dead    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365748/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Ten Easy Steps to Detox Your Body and Life


I’ve been cleaning up the toxins in my body and life.  It actually hasn’t been that hard. Here are ten ways you can too!

1.  Get rid of all of your toxic make-up and beauty products.  The Environmental Working Group EWG.com has an online database and mobile app rating products.  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  I ditched drugstore lotion, lipstick (eww—lead laden!), and nail polish.  You can find or make non-toxic versions of all of these.  Etsy is a great place to buy natural, non-toxic beauty products while supporting micro-businesses! Go to https://www.etsy.com/ and search “non-toxic beauty.”

2.  Use the Environmental Working Group’s list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15”  to make sure you are buying organic fruits and veggies when you need to. I actually printed out a wallet card and carry it with me since my memory is not the greatest. You can print out a wallet card here:  dirty dozen card or here’s an updated one for 2014:  dirty dozen 2014.

3.  Use only homemade cleaning products.  I clean almost everything with some combo of baking soda, lemon, and white vinegar.  You can look online for specific recipes.  Cleaning like this should also help you not need toxic air fresheners since baking soda, vinegar, and lemon naturally deodorize.

4.  Don’t use food canned in BPA laden cans, which is most cans.  Sometimes there are companies that use cans without BPA, such as Natural Value or Muir Glen.  Pomi Tomatoes in the box are a BPA-free alternative to canned tomatoes. A little research goes a long way, so read your labels and look stuff up on the internet!

5.  Eat organic, grass-fed meat whenever possible.

6.  Use organic dairy products whenever possible.

7.  Sweat.  Either through exercise, or using a sauna.  One of the main ways our body gets rid of toxins is through our skin.

8.  Drink plenty of water.  Divide your weight in half.  Drink that number of ounces per day (I weigh 150 lbs, so I drink 75 ounces).  Use a reusable glass water bottle.

9.  Don’t heat your food in plastic—those frozen entrees that you put in the microwave?  Not good.  Storing leftovers in plastic containers and heating in the microwave?  Nope.  Using a plastic splash guard over your food in the microwave?  No.

10.  Relax.  Stress is so toxic.  Breathe; look at the sky; pet the cat; smile.