Scent is a powerful sense that has a huge impact of emotional and physical health. Aromatherapy is a proven way to improve mood, focus, immunity and much more. For the best benefits, use an essential oil diffuser or dilute your favorite oil in a 1:10 ratio with a carrier oil (such as coconut or jojoba) and apply to pulse points on the wrists, behind the ears, and on the neck. You can also pour yourself a nice warm bath and add a few drops your favorite blend of essential oils to the water.
16. Listen to Uplifting Music
There’s nothing like a great song to get you in a positive mood. Since detox is a full-body state, it’s important to clear out the negativity in your mind too. Start your day with upbeat music that makes you smile and take it with you on your commute to work (16).
17. Pet Therapy
It’s nearly impossible to be a bad mood when you have a pet. Pets have a special way to cheer you up and fill your life with joy. In fact, according to Psychology Today “ pets can fulfill one’s social needs, serving to improve owners’ happiness, well-being, and even their physical health.” (17) It’s even been proven that people with serious health problems fare better when they have pets around. If you’re thinking of getting a pet, go to your local shelter to find a loving forever friend.
18. Wake-Up And Don’t Eat
Eating first thing in the morning may kick-start your metabolism, but it isn’t necessarily the best habit.
If you limit your eating period to eight hours a day (a practice called intermittent fasting) forces your body to burn fat cells and release the toxins stored inside them. It also helps your body eliminate all the toxins it’s cleared from your cells overnight. Replace your first meal with warm water with lemon or a nice cup of herbal tea.
If your 8 hour eating period is from 9-5, for example, start your day with an easy-to-digest smoothie at 9 am, follow up with lunch at noon or 1 pm and dinner at 4:30 or 5.
19. Oil Pulling
While brushing your teeth and flossing may seem like a pretty extensive oral health routine, there are other ways to improve your oral hygiene. Oil pulling, for example, is great for pulling out toxins, debris, and other waste from the small crevasses in your gums and teeth. All you need to do is swish two tablespoons of sesame or coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, making sure not to swallow it. Then, spit out the oil, thoroughly rinse out your mouth, and brush your teeth. For best results, do it in the morning on an empty stomach.
20. Foam Rolling
Foam rolling is an essential tool for every athlete with stiff and overused muscles. If can also be beneficial for people who work in offices and have underused muscles. Foam rollers help release lactic acid and toxins from your muscles as well as increasing lymph and blood circulation.
Foam rollers can be purchased at any sports good store. Many different sizes are available too to target specific muscle groups. If you have any questions, speak to your chiropractor or physiotherapist.
21. Foot Massage
Your feet contain plenty of blood vessel and nerve endings that absorb nutrients through your skin and expel toxins. Since your feet hold you up all day, they deserve a little tender love and care every once in awhile. To help them detox, soak your feet in Epsom salt and baking soda for 10-20 minutes, dry, and massage thoroughly before bed. It’ll also help you get a more restful sleep.
22. Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, a mineral compound that’s incredibly healing. Hailing from Epsom, England, Epsom salts are an excellent way to boost your magnesium levels, since the mineral penetrates the skin. Magnesium deficiency is incredibly common in America, so taking an Epsom salt bath is a great option to boost your levels.
For the perfect detox bath, combine 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 cup of baking soda, a dash of apple cider vinegar, and 10 drops of essential oil. Soak in warm-to-hot water for 20-30 minutes.
23. Sunshine Therapy
Like magnesium, vitamin D is an often-overlooked nutrient. Vitamin D deficiency is prominent in most developed nations and has consequences for bone health, immunity, and much more. While it isn’t good to spend too much time in the sun, too little has negative consequences on your vitamin D levels. If you can, try to spend 15 minutes a day outside in the sun (without wearing sunscreen) to get all the vitamin D you need. Windows filter out UV rays, so you’ll have to get outside, even in winter.
Our bodies are magnificently resilient. Even if chronically ill, if nourished and exercised properly, they will heal themselves. We have to consciously facilitate the process to purge what’s hurting us and increase what helps us—through food, lifestyle, environment, and interpersonal relationships. Healthy mind, body, and spirit go together and it’s no accident.
Now you know all the little ways to get a body cleanse every day. With a little TLC, you can get rid of all the toxins that are wearing you down and keep your body in optimal shape.