Spring Cleaning For Your Body and Beauty
I know that I mention this a lot but it’s true: beauty starts from the inside. Sure, beautiful personality counts but I’m referring to what you eat and how you treat your body.
Now that Spring is in the air, it’s time to kick the tires and see how your body made it through the winter. How’s that skin? How do you feel? The skin is the body’s largest organ so it’s important to treat it right. It’s time to focus on getting that beautiful glow without using damaging, chemical-filled products.
Start glowing from the inside out!
Check yourself into detox by cleaning out winter’s waste. What you’ve eaten, what you’ve slathered on your body, all of these things are reflected in your skin. The toxins on the inside have an impact on your skin. Detoxifying is rewarding, just be patient. Sometimes the things you do to help your skin can cause it to breakout or develop rashes in the short term. Bear with it and the problems will go away, leaving you glowing and healthy.
Here are a few ways to detoxify the natural way:
• Get your fiber. Look for it in brown rice, cabbage, brussel sprouts, radishes, broccoli, dark leafy greens and peas are great places to start.
• Make sure you’re getting your vitamin C. It helps your body create glutathione, which helps the liver flush away toxins.
• Have an emotional detox and reduce stress by focusing on positive emotions.
• Breath deeply. An increase in oxygen helps it circulate through your system.
• Try waking up to a glass of hot water with lemon in it.
• Move your body. Exercise and build up a sweat. Our bodies eliminate waste through the skin so getting a sweat going is good for your body in so many ways.
• Consider a juice fast. For three days, just drink fruit and veggie juices so your body has time to flush out the toxins.
• Drink lots of water and try to cut down on alcohol and caffeine. They’ll just slow you down and dull your skin.
Again, I know I’ve said this before, and so has your mother, but you are what you eat. Ensure that your skin gets the nutrients it needs since every bite will show up on your face.
• Try to buy produce directly from organic farmers. If that’s not possible, buy organic at the grocery store. The fewer toxins you put into your body, the less you’ll have to detox later.
• Try to stick to a plant-based diet. You don’t have to go hardcore vegan, although that’s a good option, but you should try to cut down on the meat.
• If you absolutely have to eat meat, choose antibiotic-free, free-range animals. Seeing the word “organic” isn’t enough. Be sure to read the packaging to see if the animal is humanely treated and pasture-raised.
• Ugh, avoid fast food, people! Filling up with crap will make you feel like crap.
• Cut down on processed foods and refined sugars. Better yet, try to eliminate them entirely. I know they’re convenient but the energy you’ll get from natural foods will make up for the convenience. Trust me.
• Chow down on enzyme-rich foods. Also try to find those with probiotics.
• Eat a variety of foods. Poor food choices leave you malnourished and could be the cause of dull and flaky or zitty skin. One way to ensure that you’re getting everything you need is to eat different colors from across the rainbow.
• Most people don’t get enough omega-3 fatty acids so that could really be taking the glow out of your skin. Try to nibble on walnuts, hemps seeds, and chia seeds to get your fair share.
• Look for wheat-, soy-, dairy-, and peanut-free products. Sometimes those common allergens are the culprits behind skin problems.
That should get you going in the right direction, stay tuned for part 2.