During the Hungry for Change detox, try to clear your calendar and look after yourself as much as possible. Keep any distractions to a minimum. This includes TV, business appointments, and anything else that might divide your attention.
To get the most out of the cleanse, it’s important that you are in a supportive environment and remain in a relaxed state.
The suggestions below will aid the body’s natural detoxification processes and boost your mood and energy levels. You’ll feel so good, you’ll want to incorporate them into your new healthy lifestyle after you have completed the detox.
Evening Affirmation And Visualization
Your positive affirmation during this detox is “I accept myself unconditionally right now!” Say this out loud to yourself in the mirror before going to bed or whenever you find time throughout your day.
Also, just before you go to sleep, close your eyes and practice your evening visualization by envisioning the body and health you most desire.
Healthy Lifestyle Tips
Exercise and movement are a very important part of the cleansing process. They improve circulation and help expel toxins and relax the body.
Go for a brisk thirty-minute walk at a place you feel is the most pleasant, such as the beach or a nice park.
Be In Nature: Fresh air and sunshine support the cleansing and oxygenation of cells and tissues and help revitalize our bodies. Be careful to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
Enjoy an infrared sauna or steam room, to increase circulation and to assist the elimination of toxins through the skin.
Before your main meal, try thirty minutes or an hour of yoga. Start with some sun salutations and include a shoulder stand, which stimulates the thyroid gland and regulates metabolism. (If you’re not familiar with these poses, Google them. They’re easy to learn and fun to practice.)
Take ten deep breaths three times a day. Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of eight, and exhale for a count of sixteen. Use your diaphragm so that your stomach expands as you inhale. As you exhale, visualize it as a detoxifying breath.
Before you hop in the shower, brush your skin from head to toe, using small, quick strokes. Use a soft-bristled skin brush, which is available for purchase at most health food stores or pharmacies. Brushing your skin for five minutes a day helps increase circulation and break down fatty deposits within your body.
Get a massage. Any type of body massage will help get your blood flowing. If time or money is a concern, try a reflexology foot massage, which helps stimulate the body’s detoxification organs.
Take a steamy bath and exfoliate your body with a loofah. Add Epsom salts or bentonite clay to the water for extra detoxification benefits.
Begin the day with a fifteen-minute meditation. Sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Visualize your body detoxifying. As you inhale, visualize healthy oxygen entering your lungs and bloodstream. As you exhale, visualize toxins leaving the body.
Avoiding Stimulants: Avoid stimulants like coffee, black teas, alcohol, cigarettes, and sweets. Sip on herbal teas or lemon water to help fire up the liver’s waste-elimination process.
Hydration: Drink lots of fresh spring or filtered water (up to two liters per day) to help flush the system. It is important not to drink water with meals as water dilutes the digestive enzymes, preventing the body from assimilating nutrients. Drink water thirty minutes before eating, then allow one hour or more after eating before drinking again.
Go Natural: Use natural body and self care products, including natural toothpastes, body lotions, and deodorants. These products should be free of sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, aluminum, and fluoride. A good rule of thumb: If you can’t eat it, then you shouldn’t put it on your body.
Colon Cleanse: For those wishing to try something new, schedule a colonic, or colon irrigation. A colonic session removes the mucoidal plaque that may line the walls of your colon. After a colonic, some people notice their stomach area appears slightly more flat. If a colonic does not appeal to you but you still want to cleanse the colon, then you can give yourself an enema at home. Most pharmacies or drugstores will sell enema kits, which will help to clear out your bowels.
Make sure you take a high-quality probiotic supplement after any enema or colonic. This will help to replace any good bacteria lost from your colon cleanse. Your colonic hydrotherapist, health food store nutritionist, or naturopath will be able to advise you.