There are basic natural lifestyle habits which, once incorporated into your daily life, can make a tremendously positive difference to your health.
Now that the nicer weather is here, many people will be spring cleaning their bodies and minds with a detox diet or juice fast. If you’ve tried either, you’ll know the importance of nutritional support and liquids.
If you’re new to detoxing, nutritional support is done through diet, supplements and herbs, and is used to stimulate the body to release toxins and heal itself. Liquids provide additional nutrients for nourishment and flush toxins as they are released so they do as little damage as possible on the way out.
Detoxification occurs best while we are asleep because that’s when the body starts to rebuild and regenerate its tissues. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, which represents the main detoxification organ, functions optimally between 1am and 3am. Therefore, we need to ensure that proper conditions are present for effective detoxification to occur. One requirement for proper detoxification is that we are actually sound asleep well before this time.
This post aims to mash the two together so that you have a list of nutritionally-supportive liquids to choose from on your detox. Besides 8 glasses of plain, filtered water per day, here is one amazing option to consider:
- ½ lemon
- A bunch of parsley
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1 cucumber
Blend the ingredients together and make an amazing and tasty smoothie. Drink this juice every night before going to bed. You will notice the results very quickly.
One thing to keep in mind with detoxification and weight loss is that we require ample amounts of fluids. This is also something this bedtime drink above can help with as it all will add to your daily fluid intake. Also, remember that adequate sleep is essential for proper organ functioning. Aim to be asleep around 11pm at the latest so that you are well asleep before the 1am time mentioned at the beginning of this article. You can start with changing your bedtime by at least one hour and maintaining this for a week or two until you are ready to change it by another hour and slowly accomplishing your goal. Remember that diet and lifestyle changes take time to adjust to and you should be kind to your body by not pushing yourself too hard.