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Why It’s Important to Detox for the Winter: Here Are 2 Healthy Ways You Can Detox

Why It’s Important to Detox for the Winter: Here Are 2 Healthy Ways You Can Detox

Do you detox every once in a while? Well, it’s especially good practice to detox when transitioning between seasons. Now that winter’s approaching, you should consider going on a detox. Why? Your body undergoes changes during the winter – your metabolism, hormones, and circulation adapt to the colder environment. But your lifestyle changes in the winter too – you might stay indoors more and eat different kinds of foods. In the summer, you might have enjoyed lighter, cooler foods and now, in the winter, you might be fonder of heavier meals and warm soups. These transitions introduce new levels of environmental toxins to your body than what your body is used to. The same holds true for your winter foods versus your summer foods – both types of foods have different kinds and levels of preservatives, GMOs, and fat content.

That’s why it’s important to give your body a chance to reset itself by clearing any toxin buildup from your summer lifestyle before you change your lifestyle in the colder seasons. This gives your body an easier, fresh start and helps it better handle the influx of new winter toxins.

Here are two ways you can detox this winter:

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1. Physical Detox Plan

You can help your body expel toxins by dry skin brushing every morning and taking an Epsom salt bath once a week.

Dry skin brushing is an Ayurvedic technique where you use a bristled body brush to gently brush your body using long, sweeping strokes. Brushing towards your lymph nodes helps move lymph through your lymphatic system. One of its many functions is to take toxins away from your tissues. By speeding up your lymph flow, you’re speeding up the detoxification of the toxins your lymph is carrying.

Dry skin brushing also exfoliates dead skin and impurities, while improving your skin’s blood circulation. Better skin circulation means more toxins can be moved out through your pores, and more nutrients from your blood can move into your skin cells.

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According to the National Institutes of Health, placing Epsom salts in your bath helps flush toxins from your pores and replenishes your body’s magnesium stores. Dr. Shilpa Tarugu of Detox of South Florida explains that magnesium from the Epsom salts naturally enters through your pores, like osmosis. The magnesium boost helps detox your body from stress and anxiety because your body uses it to make more melatonin and serotonin, which both fight stress and promote calmness. The Epsom salts’ sulfates coax toxins from your bloodstream out through your pores.

2. Detox Foods

Many holistically healthy foods both nourish and help clear your body of toxins. Artichokes are antioxidant-rich and have been found to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Artichokes also nourish your body with vitamin C, potassium, and other nutrients that are important to your immune and nervous systems. The chlorogenic acid and cynarin found in artichokes also protect and support your liver, which boosts its detoxification abilities.

Eating two Brazil nuts a day helps your body detoxify heavy toxic metals, like mercury. If you’ve been enjoying seafood during the summer, you’ve been exposing yourself to mercury because most seafood is contaminated with some level of mercury. Two Brazil nuts get you your daily selenium, which helps neutralize any mercury in your system. Your body also uses selenium to make enzymes that neutralize free radicals and other toxins in your body. Keeping your selenium stores optimal also keeps these toxin-fighting enzyme levels healthy.

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But one of the best ways to detox through foods is by spending a day eating only antioxidant-rich nuts, vegetables, and fruits. Unlike meat, vegetables, and fruits are rich in cancer-preventing, cleansing compounds. This burst of antioxidants will flood your system and scavenge for and neutralize toxins in your system. Choose cruciferous vegetables, like spinach and broccoli, because they have higher levels of antioxidants and have been found to boost your liver’s detox enzymes. They’re also high in fiber, which cleanses your digestive system of any preservatives and toxins stuck to your intestinal walls.

Some other healthy detox foods include apricots, cantaloupe, and peaches because they’re high in vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and another powerful toxin-neutralizing antioxidant.

When detoxing stay away from dairy and sugary foods because they tax your digestive system. They’re also acidic, which can upset the balance of your gut bacteria and encourage candida proliferation. Candida make harmful toxins that your body has to eliminate, which sabotages your detox efforts. Putting strain on your digestive system also diverts energy from cleansing to digesting.

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Your immune system also helps your body detox by fighting and removing harmful microbes that release toxins. But researchers found that simple sugars promote inflammation and hamper your immune cells’ ability to engulf microbes. Eating sugary foods can lower your body’s resistance, which means it isn’t as effective at preventing microbes from releasing harmful toxins.

Give your body a break and a chance to catch up before you start your new winter lifestyle. Try these detox tips to cleanse your body of any toxins left behind from the summer months. You’ll feel freer and you’ll help protect yourself from many sicknesses and diseases.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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