It’s a common belief that detoxing is a one-time event, lasting anywhere from 24 hours to several weeks or more. But there’s no reason why you can’t take steps to detoxify your body on a continual basis. It actually makes sense since you’re likely taking in toxins each day, until they build up to the point of causing problems. By attending to toxin clean up on a daily basis you keep your body feeling good, and you reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop bigger problems because of your toxicity level.
Drink Plenty of Water
This is one tip that you’re probably sick of hearing again and again, but it’s only because it’s so important to so many vital organs, and it helps to keep your body well-flushed of toxins. It also helps your body better eliminate feces, which contains plenty of toxins in it. By helping to keep your bowels and digestive system well-lubricated you are effectively helping your body rid itself of plenty of toxins each time you go to the bathroom.
Brush Your Body
Take a dry loofah sponge and brush your body, starting with the extremities and working your way in. Do this in the morning before you shower, as it helps to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a new layer of skin. It also helps your body to release toxins, considering that your skin is the largest organ of your body. You want to keep this avenue open and make sure that it’s always able to release what it can.
Have a Daily Detoxifying Tea
There are plenty of teas out there that offer different cleansing benefits, with the most common one being green tea. But if you get bored easily you can always switch it up with different herbal teas that have detox properties. There are different ones available depending on what you’re after, like teas that can improve your sleep, teas that can help energize you throughout the day, teas that can help cleanse your liver and kidneys, and also ones that can calm you down and make you feel good. It’s worth the time to check them out and see which ones resonate with you.See which teas help with detoxifying
Get Exercise Each Day
Before you start grumbling about this one keep in mind that you don’t have to go to extremes, but you also don’t want to let a day pass without getting some form of exercise in. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump the way your circulatory system does, so it’s relying on you to get up and get active each day to keep your lymphatic juices flowing.
Eat a Superfood at Each Meal
You don’t have to go Gonzo and switch your meals over to nothing but superfoods, but a good goal is to include a superfood at each meal you have. This means you can start with fruit for breakfast and load up on antioxidants, have a spinach salad at lunch and have your phytonutrients in place, and then add a superspice to flavor up your dinner and rev up your metabolism.You would be surprised at some these detoxifying foods
Eat Natural Probiotics
Helping your body digest the food you eat will make a big difference in how long that food sticks around and is able to ferment and create a toxic environment. There are pills you can take that will add the probiotics and digestive enzymes to your system so that you can better process what you’re eating. But another good way to get them is to eat foods that help create them as well. Try starting your meal with a fermented cabbage like Korean kimchi or German-style sauerkraut. They may be acquired tastes for some, but before long you’ll be hooked.
Get Deep Sleep
Your body cleanses itself while you sleep, with the liver doing a lot of its dirty work in the early morning hours. Pulling an all nighter, or even staying up to watch a late night show will put you in a position to miss out on the deeper sleep cycles that occur before midnight. Be sure to get up early as well, because you don’t want to sleep through the hours when your body naturally wants to purge itself of waste. Letting your bowel movement fester, or holding back your urine until later in the morning can lead to it being reabsorbed by the body.
Watch Less TV and News
You might not have made the connection between watching too much TV and news stories and having an overload of toxins in your body. But if you don’t keep your mind in a good spot, you’ll be more likely to do and feel things that lead to more toxicity. All of the ads you see between programs are trying to make you feel like you need something in order to be complete, or they will be ads for fast food or other toxic products. News stories generally are about tragedies and bad news across the world. Filling your head with these sounds and images does nothing for your overall sense of well-being, and can contribute to your toxicity level if left unchecked.
Scrape Your Tongue
Dentists have been saying this for years, and it’s been a mainstay in some ancient practices like Ayurveda, but it only makes sense to scrape off your tongue as it’s pretty effective at being the central hub of germs and other nasties.
Opt for Organic
Organic foods are important not because they contain any more nutrients or vitamins than regular foods, but because they are absent of things like chemicals and man-made synthetic ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup. By choosing organic over conventional foods you’re closer to eating the kind of food that existed 50 years ago and earlier.
Smoothie It Up
Smoothies are an excellent way to get massive amounts of superfoods into your system without feeling like you’re a rabbit. You can blend up a bunch of baby spinach or kale along with some fruits like strawberries or blueberries and have a great tasting and nutritious shake that doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.Get started with our list of 32 Super Healthy Detox Drinks
The one thing you want to avoid is a relapse back to the habits that put you in a toxic state to begin with. Avoid refined sugars, fast food, and additives like MSG and stick to eating wholesome foods that further your health and happiness. It’s pointless to detox the body if you’re going to go right back to retoxing it the rest of the day. Taking actions like drinking green tea and then going out and having McDonald’s won’t yield you the same results as drinking green tea and meditating for an hour instead of binging on fast food.
Because you’re taking a daily approach to detox you don’t have to beat yourself up too much if you miss a day, or have a setback here and there. The goal is continuous improvement and you’re not in a race. Just try to keep making adjustments in your life so you can be the best version of yourself you can be. This may take some unraveling of long-held and deeply ingrained habits and beliefs but over time you’ll wear them out and make new neural pathways in your brain and daily detox will come naturally and easily.
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Energy medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness. In energy medicine, energy is the medicine, and energy is also the patient. You heal the body by activating its natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, and can also promote high- level wellness and peak performance. The essential principles of energy medicine include:
1. Energies—both electromagnetic energies and more subtle energies—form the dynamic infrastructure of the physical body.
2. The health of those energies–in terms of flow, balance, and harmony–is reflected in the health of the body.
3. Conversely, when the body is not healthy, corresponding disturbances in its energies can be identified and treated.
4. To overcome illness and maintain vibrant health, the body needs its energies to:
a. Move and have space to continue to move—energies may become blocked due to toxins, muscular or other constriction, prolonged stress, or interference from other energies.
b. Move in specific patterns—generally in harmony with the physical structures and functions that the energies animate and support. “Flow follows function.”
c. Cross over—at all levels, from the microlevel of the double helix of DNA, extending to the macrolevel where the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side to the left.
d. Maintain a balance with other energies—the energies may lose their natural balance due to prolonged stress or other conditions that keep specific energy systems in a survival mode.
5. Flow, balance, and harmony can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system by:
a. tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting, or connecting specific energy points on the skin
b. tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways
c. exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects
d. focused use of the mind to move specific energies
e. surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impacts another’s)
THE EIGHT PRIMARY ENERGY SYSTEMS
People who “see energy” can describe with some precision the anatomy of the energy body, and their descriptions tend to corroborate one another. These descriptions are now backed by electromagnetic measurements, and they also correlate with descriptions of subtle energies found throughout the world, understood in each culture’s own terms and concepts. The meridians, chakras, and aura are three terms that have entered our language, but other energy systems have been identified as well. One of the individuals known for being able to “see” or clairvoyantly read the body’s energies, Donna Eden, describes eight energy systems that impact body and mind. The eight systems include: Meridians, Chakras, Aura, The Basic Grid, Celtic weave, The Five Rhythms, Triple Warmer, and Radiant Circuits.
1) The Meridians: In the way an artery carries blood, a meridian carries energy. As the body’s energy bloodstream, the meridian system brings vitality and balance, removes blockages, adjusts metabolism, and even determines the speed and form of cellular change. The flow of the meridian energy pathways is as critical as the flow of blood. No energy, no life. Meridians affect every organ and every physiological system, including the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular, and lymphatic systems. Each system is fed by at least one meridian. If a meridian’s energy is obstructed or unregulated, the system it feeds is jeopardized. The meridians include fourteen tangible channels that carry energy into, through, and out of your body. Your meridian pathways also connect hundreds of tiny, distinct reservoirs of heat and electromagnetic energy along the surface of the skin. These are your acupuncture points, and they can be stimulated with needles or physical pressure to release or redistribute energy along the meridian pathway.
2) The Chakras: The word chakra translates from the Sanskrit as disk, vortex, or wheel. The chakras are concentrated centers of energy. Each major chakra in the human body is a center of swirling energy positioned at one of seven points, from the base of your spine to the top of your head. Where the meridians deliver their energy to the organs, the chakras bathe the organs in their energies. Each chakra supplies energy to specific organs, corresponds to a distinct aspect of your personality, and resonates (respectively, from the bottom to the top chakra) with one of seven universal principles having to do with survival, creativity, identity, love, expression, comprehension, or transcendence. Your chakras also code your experiences in their energies, just as memories are chemically coded in your neurons. An imprint of every emotionally significant event you have experienced is believed to be recorded in your chakra energies. A sensitive practitioner’s hand held over a chakra may resonate with pain in a related organ, congestion in a lymph node, subtle abnormalities in heat or pulsing, areas of emotional turmoil, or even tune into a stored memory that might be addressed as part of the healing process.
3) The Aura: Your aura is a multi-layered shell of energy that emanates from your body and interacts with the energies of your environment. It is itself a protective atmosphere that surrounds you, filtering out many of the energies you encounter and drawing in others that you need. Like a space suit, your aura protects you from harmful energies. Like a radio antenna, it brings in energies with which it resonates. The aura is a conduit, a two-way antenna that brings in energy from the environment to your chakras and that sends energy from your chakras outward. When you feel happy, attractive, and spirited, your aura may fill an entire room. When you are sad, despondent, and somber, your aura crashes in on you, forming an energetic shell that isolates you from the world. Some people’s auras characteristically reach out and embrace you. Others keep you out like an electric fence. A study conducted by Valerie Hunt, a neurophysiologist at UCLA’s Energy Fields Laboratory, compared “aura readings” with neurophysiological measures. The auras seen by eight practitioners not only corresponded with one another, they correlated with wave patterns picked up by electrodes on the skin at the spot that was being observed.
4) The Basic Grid: The basic grid is your body’s foundational energy. Like the chassis of a car, all the other energy systems ride on the energy of the basic grid. For instance, when you are lying down, it would appear to a seer, such as Donna, that each of your chakras sits upon this foundational energy. Grid energy is sturdy and fundamental. But severe trauma can damage and deform the grid, and when this occurs, it does not usually repair itself spontaneously. Rather, the other energy systems adjust themselves to the damaged grid, much as a personality may be formed around early traumatic experiences. Repairing a person’s basic grid is one of the most advanced and intense forms of energy therapy. If a grid’s structure or a car’s chassis is sound, you never notice it is there; if it is damaged, nothing else is quite right.
5) The Celtic Weave: The body’s energies spin, spiral, curve, twist, crisscross, and weave themselves into patterns of magnificent beauty. The equilibrium of this kaleidoscope of colors and shapes is maintained by an energy system known by different names to energy healers throughout the world. In the East, it has been called the “Tibetan energy ring.” In yoga tradition, it is represented by two curved lines that cross seven times, symbolically encasing the seven chakras. In the West, it is seen in the caduceus, the intertwined serpents-also crossing seven times-found on the staff that is the symbol of the medical profession. Donna uses the term Celtic weave not only because she has a personal affinity with Celtic healing, but also because the pattern looks to her like the old Celtic drawings of a spiraling, sideways infinity sign, never beginning and never ending and sometimes forming a triple spiral. Like an invisible thread that keeps all the energy systems functioning as a single unit, the Celtic weave networks throughout and around the body in spiraling figure-eight patterns. The double helix of DNA is this pattern in microcosm. The left hemisphere’s control of the right side of the body and the right hemisphere’s control of the left side is this pattern writ large.
6) The Five Rhythms: Your meridians, chakras, aura, and other essential energies are influenced by a more pervasive energy system. Donna does not see it as a separate energy but rather as a rhythm that runs through all the others, leaving its vibratory imprint on physical attributes, health patterns, and personality traits. Mapped long ago in traditional Chinese medicine, all of life was categorized into five “elements,” “movements,” or “seasons” (there is no perfect translation-all three terms have been used, suggesting qualities of being both cyclical and substantial). These energies were considered the building blocks of the universe, providing a basis for understanding how the world works, how societies organize themselves, and what the human body needs to maintain health. Metaphors for describing these five distinct rhythms have drawn from concrete, observable elements of nature (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal) and from the seasons (winter, spring, summer, Indian summer, and autumn). Like the background music during a movie, the person’s primary rhythm, in combination with the changing rhythms of life’s seasons, directs the tone and mood of the entire energy system and sets the atmosphere of the life being lived.
7) The Triple Warmer: Triple warmer is the meridian that networks the energies of the immune system to attack an invader, and it mobilizes the body’s energies in an emergency for the fight-or-flight-or-freeze response. In carrying out these critical functions, it operates in ways that are so beyond the range of any other meridian that some consider it a system unto itself. Although the exact reasons for the term “triple warmer” are lost in antiquity, its energies work in conjunction with the hypothalamus gland, which is the body’s thermostat. The hypothalamus is also the instigator of the body’s emergency response. Like an army, triple warmer mobilizes during threat or perceived threat, coordinating all the other energy systems to activate the immune response, govern the fight/flight/freeze mechanism, and establish and maintain habitual responses to threat.
8 ) The Radiant Circuits: The radiant circuits function to ensure that all the other energy systems are working for the common good. They redistribute energies to where they are most needed, responding to any health challenge the body might encounter. In terms of evolution, the radiant circuits have been around longer than the meridians. Primitive organisms such as insects move their energies via the radiant circuits rather than through a meridian system, and the radiant circuits can be seen in the embryo before the meridians develop. As in the way that riverbeds are formed, it is as if radiant energies that habitually followed the same course became meridians. Where the meridians are tied to fixed pathways and specific organs, the radiant energies operate as fluid fields, embodying a distinct spontaneous intelligence. Like hyperlinks on a website, they jump instantly to wherever they are needed, bringing revitalization, joy, and spiritual connection. If triple warmer mobilizes your inner militia, the radiant circuits mobilize your inner mom, showering you with healing energy, providing life-sustaining resources, and lifting your morale.Written by David Feinstein, Ph.D. for OM Magazine April 2012 edition Connect with David Feinstein at http://www.innersource.net
For some, running is a fun pastime; for others, it’s a tiresome necessity. But no matter where you fall on the running spectrum, if you’re striving to become better, then here are seven things you can do to become a better runner.
- Keep it consistent: If you stop running for a while, then you’ll have to build your conditioning back up. So if you want to take your workout to the next level, then make sure you’re staying consistent. Sign up for a race and start a training program (like this half-marathon training schedule) to track your progress; you’ll be able to see how much your hard work has paid off.
- Learn proper form: It may seem like the simplest way to work out, but running does take skill to make sure you don’t leave your body prone to injury. When running, keep your head stacked over your spine, relax the shoulders, and engage your abs. Find out how the rest of your body should be with our running-form checklist.
- Dress the part: There’s no need to invest in anything fancy, but be sure to spend wisely. The perfect pair of shoes can be the difference between feeling sluggish and being light on your feet, and it can also help prevent injuries. Whether you need a full-support shoe or want in on the minimalist shoe trend, watch our video for tips on how to pick a running shoe.
- Fuel right: Running on an empty stomach can keep you from having the right amount of energy, but eating too much can lead to cramping. Look for a small snack containing carbs and protein for sustained energy. Timing is everything, however; if you’re rushing out the door and haven’t eaten anything, then go for something with 15 grams of easily digestible carbs (like a slice of white bread). Read more about the best foods to eat before a workout (and when to eat them) here.
- Drink water: Drinking enough water is another way to ensure you’ll have a good run. If you don’t drink enough water before your run (as well as during), then chances are you’ll have to stop before you’d like to because of fatigue or a cramp. Make sure you drink an ounce of water for every 10 pounds of body weight about an hour or two before your workout, and watch for these signs of dehydration during your run.
- Have a plan: It’s not all about consistency; you should also keep your body challenged. Running outside instead of just on the treadmill, for example, builds your muscle to help increase speed and endurance, as does incorporating high-intensity intervals. And techniques like negative splits will help improve your overall mile time as well. Plan on doing these types of runs for the majority of your workouts if you’re trying to increase your mileage or time, but be sure to incorporate easy runs into your weekly plan as well.
- Do more than run: Don’t limit yourself to improving your pace just while you’re on the road. There are many things you can do when you aren’t running that can help you, like stretching after every run, strength training regularly, and getting enough sleep. Find out more about what you can do to be a better runner (without running) here.
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How often you should get a facial depends on several factors — your skin type, skin condition, skin care goals, your budget, age, even where you live. On average, getting a professional facial once a month is ideal for someone who wants to take good care of their skin. That’s because the skin is a living organ, and it takes about 30 days for the cells to move up from the dermis to the surface, or epidermis, where they flatten out, die and slough off. A professional facial stimulates that exfoliation process, keeping the skin more toned and youthful-looking. Try to have a facial at least four times a year, as the season changes.
Embrace these wellness tips fresh from Wanderlust
Imagine: you’re on a gorgeous beach, overlooking a beautiful blue ocean full of gentle waves —the air is calm, the water is tranquil and the sunshine is warm. With your toes nestled in soft sand, you stand tall and take a deep breathe in through your nose, allowing the oxygen to expand into the belly before releasing a luxuriously cleansing breathe through your lips.
This simple moment of wellness—to take a deep breath of gratitude and be in the present— is one of the many things we learned from the yogis at Wanderlust, Oahu, Hawaii, a 4-day celebration of mindful living. Wanderlust welcomed us as we set up camp with the Aveda Beauty Bar and styled the strands of many wise beauties.
Here we share the words of three inspiring yogis for 6 tips to help you discover your inner yogi:
Tiare takes a moment for gratitude.
Tip 1: Yoga Wisdom: Yoga can reveal a lot about where a person is in their life; their strengths and struggles. If this is something of value to you, it’s crucial to take note of the way you feel and your behavior throughout your practice. For example, if you find yourself with judgment during class, this could be a reflection of how you have been treating others and yourself every day. Practicing to be more compassionate will help you with your relationships and also with your yoga.
Tip 2: Tiare’s wellness advice: Set your wellness goals to come from a place of deep intention and purpose. This will not only help you to achieve your goals quicker, but you are more likely to enjoy the journey and feel fulfilled when you reach your goal.
Why did you start practicing? I discovered my Nana’s yoga video in high school, back when we had VHS, and I started practicing in the living room. I was drawn to the calm of the man’s voice as he spoke about Ujjayi breathing, an ancient yoga breathing technique.
Tip 3: Yoga Wisdom: For anyone who wants to get into yoga, but is afraid to try, my advice is to simply commit to trying it without feeling like you have to love it or excel at it. The thing I love about yoga is that it really is for everybody at every level, every height and every size!
Tip 4: Jaysea’s Wellness advice: Start your day with a glass of hot water with lemon. It is a great way to wake up all your organs for the day.
When did you start practicing yoga? I started practicing when I was 8 years old and four years later, I became a certified yoga instructor. Now I am 14 and I love teaching yoga to my students every week.
AUBRY MARIE, @aubrymarie, Yoga Instructor, Photographer And Blogger
Tip 5: Yoga Wisdom: There is a broad spectrum of yoga available, and I can guarantee that there is something for everyone. Once you find the right community and practice you’ll wonder why you didn’t start practicing sooner.
Tip 6: Aubry’s Wellness Tip: Consider wellness in everything you do, especially when you’re using your phone. Pay attention to your posture and keep in mind the long-term effects of looking down and rounding the spine. Alternate your position and – dare I say it – maybe even spend a little less time using your phone.
When did you first try yoga? I went to my first yoga class at 18 and I instantly felt at home. I knew this was the community I had been seeking all my life.
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