Cranberry Juice, Exercise, Skin Therapies, Adaptogenic Herbs, Acupuncture and Massage
1 glass per day = 1 piece of fruit
Each day drink a mix of water and pure organic unsweetened cranberry juice (1/3 cranberry 2/3 water) and sip it throughout the day. Drink this in addition to your normal water intake.
Cranberry juice is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals that cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease, digestive health issues and urinary tract issues.
Be sure that you are in fact buying unsweetened and preferably organic. As we know, many fruit juices are loaded with sugars which is definitely what we don’t want! If you can’t find a really good quality cranberry juice, stick with your herbal teas (I make a big pot in the morning and sip on it, hot, tepid and cold) and kombucha.
Set some goals this week around exercise. Choose things that challenge you but activities that you enjoy. If you love to walk, maybe try heading up a hill, the view at the top will be worth it! Schedule your exercise into your calendar and make it a priority.
Also, find some time to SWEAT this week! If somewhere local to you has a sauna, treat yourself to that, or maybe try a hot yoga class. Sweating is great for the detoxification process so at this point in our detox it would be great to get your sweat on a few times this week.
The skin is the largest organ in our body so it’s really important to look at ways to detoxify it, and there are many!
- Hydrotherapy. After you shower, turn down the temperature as low as you can tolerate (eventually you’ll be able to completely turn down the hot water). Cover every inch of your body with the cool water, including the soles of your feet. Focus the cold stream on any achy areas. Then alternate hot and cold, finishing with a little cool. Try doing cold for 30 seconds and hot for around a minute, just enough for your body to adapt to each temperature. Repeat 1-3 times, then dry yourself, rubbing briskly. This therapy helps strengthen and normalise the nervous, circulatory, endocrine (hormonal), musculoskeletal, and immune systems, and is excellent for helping the body cope with stress.
- Salt Body Scrub. Run a bath and get some Epsom salts. stand in the bath and rub the salts quite firmly all over your body, then slip in and soak in the salts.
- Seaweed Detox Bath. For a powerful detoxifying bath, use mineral-rich seaweed and Epsom salt. Sea salt is purifying and baking soda softens the skin for a smooth feel. Here’s the recipe:
*1 cup Epsom salt
*1/2 cup dried kelp or dulse
*1/2 cup sea salt
*1 cup baking soda
Grind the seaweed into a powder by hand or in a blender. Add the entire mix to your warm or hot bath. Soak for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water
- Dry Skin Brushing. This technique helps get rid of toxins and dead cells. It also helps with blood and lymphatic circulation as well as cellulite. It does require a special dry skin brush that you can buy at your local pharmacy or health store. Starting at the feet use circular strokes to brush back to the heart, do the whole body except the face, genitals and any areas with acne, eczema, psoriasis or cuts.
I will be sharing another myofascial release session via Facebook Live on Thursday at 8 pm. Once completed it will be available for you to do at any time. This week I will share techniques for the neck, hips, lower back and feet.
Adaptogenic herbs, also referred to as “adaptogens,” are defined as agents that support the body’s ability to accommodate varying physical and emotional stresses. How many times can you think of a point in your life where you could use that? (for example, stress at work, family stress, and physical stress on your body.) Is this something that could really be out there, easily accessible to us all?
Currently, people use caffeine for this same effect. People drink multiple cups of coffee each day to give them a lift when they get tired. Some people drink soda. However, these choices tend to end with a crash. Adaptogens are herbs that have been used for thousands of years in both Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine where they are the basis of preventative approaches. These herbs are used to support one’s energy and better handle stress.
Adaptogens were at one time and still are by some, called tonics. Although tonics have a general effect on the entire body, they also have specific effects on certain systems as well. For example, there are heart tonics, nervine tonics, digestive tonics, and tonics for the glandular system.
Adaptogens may be considered regulators and they support the stress response system. In doing so, they help to modify and regulate hormone production and flow.
Examples of adaptogens are included below, as well as a direct link on each herb’s name to an aligning product on our local wellness specialist Hannah’s website A Nourishing Notion, who I spoke with in last week’s overview:
Astragalus – One of the great tonic herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus has been used to cultivate a robust circulatory system, enhance surface and deep immunity, tone the liver, support Spleen Qi and boost vitality.
Ashwagandha – For more than six thousand years Ashwagandha (an Ayurvedic Rasayana) has been treasured for its ability to revitalise and rejuvenate. It helps down-regulate the body’s stress response, promote restorative sleep, calm the mind and support healthy ageing. Especially helpful for those suffering from chronic illness, overwork, lack of sleep and nervous exhaustion.
Rhodiola – Rhodiola Rosea, called Rhodiola, and known as “golden root” or “arctic root” in the mountainous parts of Europe and Asia, has long been employed in Eurasian traditional medicine as a natural tonic, referred to as an “adaptogen.” Rhodiola is used to promote good health, strength, endurance and physical and mental performance.
Schizandra – This ‘beauty berry’ of the Orient was used by ancient Chinese royalty to preserve youthfulness, enhance physical radiance, boost sexual desire and as a potent reproductive tonic. This nourishing adaptogenic herb also helps balance the nervous system, improve brain function, elevate immunity & support all five major organs.
Reishi – The ‘mushroom of immortality’. Modern herbalists love reishi for its powerful adaptogenic qualities. Reishi is used to support the immune system, relieve stress, strengthen the spirit, calm the mind and promote peaceful sleep. A great source of unique minerals for beauty and health.