3 Cleansing Practices to Start Doing Now!

Since we're on the topic of cleansing this week, I thought I would share some practices that are in my daily routine that I'll absolutely never miss (unless there's a zombie apocalypse). It should be noted that cleansing and detoxing are entirely different terms with differing definitions. For example, detoxing is something I'll do after a vacation that probably included too much booze or other foods that are inflammatory, constipating, etc. I'll typically detox about 2x a year. Kyle and I recently did a heavy duty detox this summer after finding out that we contracted a parasite from a bad piece of mahi-mahi that we ate in Fort Lauderdale. That's a crazy story for another day... but it required us to be more aggressive, not like cleansing which can be done everyday. Detoxing is essential for optimal health when done correctly. But, not all types of detoxing is right for everyone... and that's why it's important to have a health coach and preventative medicine practitioner in your arsenal so you can figure out what works for you.

Cleansing, on the other hand, can be implemented daily, and should be! From the foods we eat, to the air we breathe, to the toxins in our beauty products, the BPA in our plastic water bottles, to the chemicals in our water... oi vey! There's always a reason to continue to cleanse. I don't want to freak you out, but this is exactly why you need to implement your own strategy to keep your cleansing game strong. We're surrounded by harmful toxins everyday, but if we're smart, we can really combat them.

Here's a few things I do everyday to ensure I'm flushing out toxins and keeping my body at a level that allows it to thrive. #decidetothrive

1. Drink 8-10 oz. warm glass of alkaline water with freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 juicy lemon. This is the best way to gently awaken your digestive organs and flush out anything that needs to be eliminated from the day before. Plus, we are highly acidic when we wake up and very dehydrated... so how you do fix that? Alkalize + hydrate yourself! Lemon water is my coffee.

2. Consume high quality (preferably macerated) chia seeds with LOTS of alkaline water. How many of you consume chia seeds on a regular basis? Maybe you've made a chia egg by combining water and chia seeds to make a gel like substance as an egg replacement in a recipe? That gel-like substance is natures sweeper, it's really very clever of nature to give us the chia seed! If you've ever filled a glass with water + chia seeds then walked away, you would come back to find that you could literally turn the glass upside and nothing would happen. It becomes one unit and absorbs everything in it's path. That's what happens in your digestive tract. What is left behind can be pulled out by the chia gel and cleanses the walls of your intestines and colon. It really helps move things along if you know what I'm saying...

3. Dry brush your skin. I'm fairly new to this but I've finally taken the advice of some of my healthy peers and implemented dry brushing into my routine.  Consensus: I'm really obsessed!!! Your skin is your largest organ and needs to be cleansed like all of your other organs. Researchers have found that dry brushing can be incredible for stress relief, reducing cellulite, increasing circulation, stimulating the lymphatic system (SO important for eliminating cell waste and promoting detoxification), and the obvious, exfoliation. If you want GLOWING skin that doesn't look like the back of an armadillo this winter season, get a dry brush at your local health food store and make sure you research the proper way to brush (yes, there's a certain technique).

There are so many other ways to cleanse your body on a regular basis, but these are some simple ways to get started. I have my own cleansing rituals that have truly changed my health and life for the better. Also, notice how I never mentioned weight loss once? The goal for cleansing should not be weight loss, but to promote better health and constant and never-ending improvement!

So what do you think? Will you implement any of these practices in your daily or weekly routine? Are you already doing any of these? Share in the comments below!