“In Their Expert Opinion” features three bloggers who bring special expertise on living a natural lifestyle to The Clear Conscience Blog. Each month, we’ll share tips and advice on how to live a little greener from a few of our favorite experts.
By Elizabeth Dehn, BeautyBets.com
Photo Credit: We Heart It
Forget the turkey. On Thanksgiving Day, I load up on two things: stuffing and pie, preferably pecan. Oh, and plenty of bubbly, which goes with everything. Basically, the least-nutritious things on the buffet. Come Black Friday, when everyone else is waiting in line for cashmere sweaters and giant flat-screen TVs, I start some sort of detox (I do the same thing in January, post NYE). Before you stop reading this post and reach for a Twinkie, rest assured I’m not about to suggest anything gimmicky or extreme, like drinking only lemon water for 11 days straight (see Master Cleanse). Instead, I’m here to make this super easy. Because although there are no shortcuts to a true cleanse or “elimination diet”—no alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat, soy, red meat, nuts—there are safe and easy detoxifying tricks that will leave you feeling energized and healthier after a holiday of carbo-loading and couch crashing.
Drink Your Veggies. Because goodness knows you haven’t been getting enough of them at all of those holiday parties. The most convenient way to play catch-up is to mix up a green drink. Packed with probiotics, and more vitamins and nutrients than a salad bar, a daily dose will improve digestion, circulation and immunity. They look like an algae pond and kind of taste like one, but you’ll get over it once your skin starts to glow—another welcome benefit. Try: Vibrant Health Green Vibrance
Brush Your Body. Yes, I realize how strange that might sound, but our bodies eliminate a significant amount of toxins through the skin. You can encourage the process by using this ancient technique, which not only softens and exfoliates skin but improves digestion, reduces cellulite, and increases blood and lymph circulation. Brushing only takes a few minutes and is one type of detox you can do daily: Start at your feet using long strokes and work your way up, taking care to brush toward your heart. And please don’t reach for you hairbrush. Special natural-bristled brushes can be found at most natural food stores and drugstores for less than $10. I like the ones from Earth Therapeutics.
Sweat it Out. You could hit the treadmill, but a faster, lazy-girl’s approach is to soak in a steaming tub filled with all sorts of detox-enhancing goodies. My favorite DIY bath soak recipe includes hydrogen peroxide and fresh ginger, both of which increase sweat and encourage toxin elimination. For the recipe, visit BeautyBets.com.
Take a Juice Day. Or three if you can. Nothing counteracts impurities in our bodies, purges out the build-up of a poor diet, and restores regularity (hey, it’s important!) like giving your body a break from heavy, unhealthy foods. The gentlest and easiest way to do that is to do a fruit or juice fast. Lately I’ve been reaching for Genesis Today’s line of organic “super-fruit” juices. These time-honored fruits, such as Acai and Goji Berry, improve natural energy (oh so essential on a detox), gastro-intestinal health and antioxidant levels in the body. They’re super potent, like contain no sugar or additives. I also reach for them instead of sports drinks, soda or coffee after a night of too much bubbly!
Disclosure: The bloggers featured in the Clear Conscience Blog “In Their Expert Opinion” series have received product samples and compensation from Watkins, Inc.