Detoxing in the City

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Moving abroad a few years ago, brought some interesting changes. Moving not only brought a change of scenery but a change to my body. About a month in, I immediately began to notice the harsh effects of being in a new environment. The transition from Colorado, a state known for its fresh mountain air, to Hong Kong, a city that is engulfed in a cloud of smog was difficult. Within a month, my hair and skin changed as well as my immune system. My hair was dry and falling out and my once clear skin was now full of spots. I could feel my body turning against me, slowly breaking down. The negative impact was quite noticeable and uninvited.

From air pollution to plastic, toxins are unfortunately all around us. Overexposure can cause a disruption to our system as well as negative long term effects. However, a not so pure environment does not have to control you. I learned that detoxifying is a great way to regain balance within the body. Here are a few tips to help cleanse and refresh your body naturally.

Detoxifying Foods

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A great way to flush your system is with detoxifying foods. By integrating these powerful foods in your diet will help strengthen your immune system while eliminating harmful toxins.

Ginger

This spicy root has anti-inflammatory properties that helps ward off tummy troubles as well as infections. Ginger stimulates digestion and circulation, helping the body eliminate waste. A warm cup of ginger lemon tea is the perfect morning detox antidote.

Garlic

Oh, how I love garlic. Garlic and its powerful healing powers has been used for thousands of years to fend off disease and illness. Garlic is the perfect detox tool, protecting the liver and kidneys from environmental toxins.

Green Tea

All hail green tea, the king of all teas. This Asian leaf packs a mean punch, filled with antioxidants and antiviral properties. Green tea helps naturally cleanse the body of impurities as well as boost overall health.

Lemon

Known for its endless list of health benefits, this citrus fruit is the perfect tool for a inner body detox. Lemon is a natural blood purifier and helps cleanse the stomach and liver. It’s no wonder this magical fruit has been used for the ever so popular “Master Cleanse.” I personally like using lemon with hot water, as a citrus vinaigrette, or marinating veggies and meat.

Apple Cider Vinegar

I have a love hate relationship with ACV. I love what it does to my body but I hate the taste. A shot of this powerful elixir in the morning, mixed with water of course, helps start my day off with a bang. ACV has been known to boost the immune system, regulate the digestive track, cleans out bad bacteria, and builds metabolism. I can honestly say that when I consistently drink ACV, my health is top notch.

Skin Detox

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What you eat and drink can greatly effect your skin, both negatively and positively. For me, my skin is super sensitive to my environment around me and what I put in my body. Eating foods that I am sensitive too, including dairy and certain fruits can cause a major breakout. Therefore, I like to use these method to help rejuvenate my body, creating inner and outer peace.

Detox Mask

1 tablespoon grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon oatmeal, and 1 teaspoon milk. These three simple ingredients create a detoxifying and cleansing face mask. Packed with vitamin C, grapefruit helps brighten dull skin caused by a toxic environment. Oatmeal is used to sooth skin and is great for treating acne. Lastly, milk helps rehydrate the skin. Super easy mask to make and equally effective.

Turmeric Face Mask

This mask is just as easy to make, containing four natural ingredients: 1/4 teaspoon turmeric,1 teaspoon honey, half a lemon, and 1 tablespoon oatmeal. Turmeric is this masks secret weapon, known for its detoxifying, anti-bacterial, and anti-aging properties. Combined with honey and lemon? Guaranteed bright and glowing skin. Be careful with the turmeric, it stains!

Epsom Salt Baths

Soaking in a warm bath is one of my all time favorite luxuries. Fortunately, it can be a great way to pull toxins from the body. There are several ways to create a detox bath using various spices. However, I prefer to use epsom salt, baking soda, and lavendar oil. This combo helps pull out impurities, balances the body’s PH levels, and relaxes the mind, body and soul.

What ways do you like to detoxify?