Happy New Year!
How are you feeling these days? If you’re like most Americans, you’re feeling bloated, overweight, and guilty about how you’ve been treating your body over the last couple of months.
I hope that’s not the case for you, but if it is, I’ve got good news. There are easy ways to bounce back from the holidays and start 2017 off feeling better than ever.
No, that doesn’t mean a crash diet. Like I always say, deprivation does not work!
That’s just going to lead to more feelings of guilt and eventually giving up and going back to your old ways of eating.
Instead, I want to encourage you to try something completely different this year. Sure, you can start adding in healthful foods, but instead of dieting, try taking care of your body from the inside out.
I’ve got 7 great ways to jump-start your New Year by detoxifying your body, and once you give these a try, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the bloated, overweight, stressed feelings of the holidays melt away.
This first tip could not be more simple, and yet, many people go to elaborate steps to detox while failing to utilize one of the most effective (and easy) methods there is.
Think about it this way… What do you do when a plant begins to wilt?
You give it water, right? And if it is not too far gone, the plant comes back to life.
Your body is no different. It needs more water and you will be amazed at what happens when you give it more.
Aim to drink 3 to 4 liters of filtered water every day, and you can make it more alkaline by adding a fresh lemon or lime slice, or a dash of Alkamind Daily Minerals or Daily Greens.
Another great cleansing beverage is a nice morning cup of acid-crushing Detox Tea. It contains ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and lemon – all powerful detoxifiers.
Another easily overlooked method of detoxification is lymphatic drainage. Your lymph system is your 2nd cardiovascular system.
It is like a vacuum that pulls all of the acidic toxins FROM your tissues TO your blood – and from there, right out of the body (IF you are drinking enough water, which is why tip #1 Hydration was so important).
The lymphatic system runs throughout your body and has two very important jobs. It carries white blood cells that keep you from getting sick. And secondly, it acts as they body’s garbage collector, clearing out stuff you don’t want building up in your cells.
Unlike the circulatory system being pumped by your heart, the lymphatic system has no pumping mechanism. It requires movement (specifically up towards the heart) to ensure lymphatic drainage – dry brushing, lymphatic massage, or the rebounder.
The rebounder or mini trampoline is the most powerful of all alkaline exercises. In fact, a NASA study showed that rebounding was 68% more effective at cardiovascular health and losing weight than running.
- Dry Brushin
Dry brushing is another form of lymphatic drainage.
When doing dry brushing, use a soft brush prior to your shower, starting at your feet and work up the body in long strokes towards your heart.
Be sure to cover the whole body, but skip the face and the breasts. Taking 2 or 3 minutes to do this can make a big difference in getting toxins out, which will make it easier to fight disease and keep your energy levels up.
When you dry skin brush, you are literally ‘popping the corks’ on your skin to let the acids and toxins leave your body.
Very important - especially if you are a female, to get under the arms (armpit area) where a lot of clogged lymph nodes occur due to using aluminum based deodorants.
Here’s a scary fact – the average American has 10-15 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their intestines. And in my opinion, constipation and digestive back up are the inflammatory precursors to colon cancer.
When the bowel becomes unnaturally acidic from undigested meat, sugar, white flour, caffeine, alcohol, and gluten (sound familiar with the way you’ve been eating lately?) – it attempts to protect itself by secreting a glycoprotein substance that lines the entire intestinal wall with mucus.
This is known as a mucoid plaque, which makes it extremely hard for your body to absorb vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that you’re taking in.
This results in toxicity and acid build up, as well as nutrient deficiencies that can lead to malnutrition. The acid build-up produces toxins, which enter your blood’s circulation, and the effect essentially poisons the body.
That is why it’s so important to add colonics to your protocol. Colonics improve digestion, absorption, and assimilation of your food, decrease inflammation, and help you eliminate better. If you’ve never done one before, don’t be afraid to try it.
- Detox Bath
This is a great way to draw out toxins and pamper yourself at the same time. Ideally, try to do this a few times each week right before bed. You should feel very relaxed and sleep soundly.
Add 2 cups of Epsom salts and 1 cup of baking soda in the tub, run the hottest water you can stand, and add 8 drops of essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus.
Soak for 20 minutes and allow yourself to sweat.
Believe it or not, the most effective method of detoxifying and alkalizing your body is also the simplest, cheapest, and one that you can do anytime, anywhere.
70% of the total toxic and acid load in your body is removed by your lungs and breathing… But not just any breathing – deep diaphragmatic breathing.
Try this breathing exercise tomorrow morning, and I promise it will energize you. It can even change your pH in just a few minutes.
3:6:5 Power Breath:
- Sitting up straight, you breathe in through the nose for 3 seconds.
- Hold the breath for 6 seconds.
- Exhale out your mouth for 5 seconds.
- Do 10 repetitions.
- 2-Day Detox
Imagine how good you’ll be feeling once you start dry brushing, rebounding, taking detox baths, doing colonics, and fully hydrating and breathing.
If there’s one thing you can add to all of that to take you from the way you feel now – bloated, overweight, stressed, and lacking energy – to feeling better than you’ve felt in years, it’s a simple, short detox protocol that is a sure-fire way to GET OFF YOUR HOLIDAY ACID in the New Year!
That’s why I’ve designed our 2-Day Get Off Your Acid Detox Challenge to jump start your metabolism, set you on the road to weight loss, and boost your energy in just 48 hours. It comes with recipes, a shopping guide and meal planning, alkaline supplements, and support before, during, and after your 2-Day Detox – everything you need to get your health back on track.