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8 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day To Detox Your Body Effectively

8 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day To Detox Your Body Effectively

Are you feeling run down, sick, or just not yourself? Maybe you’re feeling overly tired after minimal effort. Chances are, your lymphatic system is blocked. If this is true, it might be time to give your body a detox.

What is the Lymphatic System?

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    Your lymphatic system is found circulating throughout your body. It is made up of tissues, organs, and fluids that work together to eliminate toxins and waste. It does this by transporting lymph, a white blood cell filled fluid. It is also made up of lymph nodes that produce extra white blood cells to fight off infections.

    The lymphatic system is unique in that it does not have one organ in charge of pumping lymph throughout your body (like the heart in the circulatory system). This is why when your body has an excess of toxins, your lymphatic system can become overwhelmed and inefficient.

    Take a look below at some of the best ways to detox your body and get your lymphatic system up and running again.

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    How to Detox Your Lymphatic System

    1. Massage

    Lymphatic massages are designed to clear the lymphatic system by applying light pressure and circulating lymph. You can even perform these detox massages at home. If you prefer, however, getting a professional massage can also help drain the lymphatic system and rid your body of toxic buildup.

    2. Hot-Cold Shower

    In a hot-cold shower, you constantly change the temperature of the water. Start out really hot and then drop the temperature to cold. Go back up to hot and back down to cold. Do this at least twice during your daily shower. How does this help? The hot water has a relaxing effect on your body. The cold water interacts by stimulating the lymphatic system and reducing inflammation.

    3. Stay Hydrated

    One of the best ways to detox your system is by staying hydrated. Dehydration is one of many factors that can lead to a congested lymphatic system. Drinking water helps your body flush toxins through your liver and kidneys. Try to get the recommended 64 ounces every day. Eating fruits with high water content like watermelon, strawberries, and cucumbers can also help.

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    4. Exercise

    You already know you should be exercising every day. In addition to keeping your heart healthy and your body in shape, exercise also gets the lymph fluid circulating through your body and into your kidneys and liver. These 2 organs are crucial for expelling toxins and unwanted chemicals. Try taking a quick walk every morning and hitting the gym whenever possible.

    If you don’t have time for that, there are some lymphatic draining exercises you could try. Shoulder shrugs, for example, are one way to drain the lymphatic system. To do this, just inhale and pull both shoulders up to your ears. As you breathe out, lower your shoulders to the normal position. Do this 5 times.

    5. Breathing Techniques

    Don’t forget to concentrate on your breathing. Deep, focused breathing can help calm the nervous system and slow down the heart rate. Practicing deep breathing also changes your brain waves, leading to an overall calming effect. Try breathing deeply through your nose and out your mouth to boost your body’s oxygen levels. Oxygen is another way to detox your body of impurities.

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    6. Raw Fruit

    As always, diet is important to staying healthy. Raw fruit, in particular, is an excellent way to activate the lymphatic system. To do this effectively, eat the fruit on an empty stomach. This allows the enzymes in the fruit to reach your lymphatic system more quickly. Try it with citrus fruits for the best results. Don’t like eating citrus fruit on an empty stomach? Squeeze some of the juice into a glass of room temperature water and drink that instead.

    7. Skin Brushing

    What is skin brushing? It’s the practice of taking a brush and lightly rubbing it around your skin, all over your body. This helps to detox your skin and body of waste and other toxic effects left behind by skin care products. As an added bonus, it helps exfoliate dead skin cells.

    8. Laughing

    Ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? There’s truth to that statement. When you laugh, you take deep breaths and stimulate your body’s circulation. Circulation boosts organ functioning and works in harmony with your lymphatic system, draining your body of toxins. This might be the easiest detox method yet!

    That’s it! 8 easy ways to detox your body by stimulation of the lymphatic system. The more of these you’re able to do every day, the better you’ll feel!

    Featured photo credit: Kira_fotografie via pixabay.com

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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