Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weekly Detox Mixture - DIY Tutorial

On the Whole Living website, Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., founder and medical director of the Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, suggests some simple ways to maximize your body's ability to process waste.

I thought I'd try them...even though there isn't a measurable way to determine if they are effectively doing what he claims.

A Cleansing Soak

Epsom salts, baking soda, and lavender essential oil.

Once a week for 20 minutes, sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda.

I used about a half cup of Epsom salts that I poured into a bowl. Then I added the baking soda.

Adding baking soda to the Epsom salts.

Next, add the ten drops of lavender essential oil.

Adding the essential oil to the Epsom salts and baking soda.

Add the mixture to the bath water.

Pouring the mixture into the water.

This combination draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances pH levels. This was quite relaxing and smelled wonderful. I would do this again.

Water with Lemon

A glass of water and lemon.

Sipping room-temperature water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning stimulates digestion and helps to flush toxins.

Squeezing lemon juice into the water.

This was a rather tart beverage. Perhaps it was because I used the juice from half the lemon.

Water with lemon juice...
plus a lemon seed at the bottom of the glass.

Maybe a slice of lemon or less lemon juice would taste better.

Regular Exercise

Any type of exercise that increases your heart rate and creates sweat (e.g., sun salutations, brisk walking, jogging) helps your body rid itself of anything it doesn't need. Fifteen minutes a day is beneficial; and 30 minutes is ideal.

Go Hot and Cold

Finish your morning shower by alternating between water temperatures as hot and cold as you can stand. The technique increases circulation, which in turn flushes the lymphatic system.

(This information was from a pin I found on Pinterest that led to Whole Living. The photographs are ones that I took as I tried the recommendations.)

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