One of my real life besties wrote me the simplest question yesterday:
How do you detox? Been meaning to.. Any tips?
Oh boy. This question couldn’t have been more on point. I had some family visiting this past week. They are super fun to spend time with and it was so great to have them here. The other side of that coin is that my normal food and alcohol intake was thrown for a ride. I woke up this Saturday morning to my hands peeling and a couple of small blisters on my fingers. This is a form of eczema that I have had my whole life. It took me over 30 years to figure out it is purely diet and stress related. When I under sleep and overeat the wrong foods, I break out in small blisters that peel afterwards. It’s not a huge problem, it just doesn’t look great and sometimes the blisters are a little painful.
Here’s the good news: It is a red flag symptom for me. I love red flag symptoms. I’ve written about one before and will continue to write about it over and over because I believe it is one of the most important self health learning tools. A red flag symptom traditionally means a symptom that means you should head to the hospital. We learn them in school to know when to refer a patient out that needs immediate emergency care. I have a different take on a red flag symptom. To me, a red flag symptom is one that your body shoots up to let you know your self care is off track and it’s time to pay attention again.
Noticing the small blisters and the peeling, I know that I need to clean my diet up and take more time to rest and regenerate.
So, how do I do that?
The very first thing on my list is to significantly increase my water intake. 2-3 litres of water a day, room temperature or warmer, with lemon for two or three days is an amazing start to helping your body clean itself out.
Part two is homemade soup. Thankfully, my husband is the soup master and I can always count having something really delicious. Soup is easy to digest and if you add enough veggies, as a ton of nutrients. If you go as far as making bone broth, then you get the added benefits of that. We always go bone broth in our house, because that’s the traditional Polish way. 🙂 I’ll eat it for at least one of my meals for a whole week.
Part three is sleep and yoga. These are in the same category for me because they do the same thing, they rest and regenerate the body. Sleep gives your intestines time to work and some twisting moves during yoga helps massage those internal organs. This is an ongoing practice that needs to be brought back on track when your body tells you you’ve derailed.
Part four is probiotics. Carolyn Brown, MS RD at Foodtrainers in New York and a blogger at WebMD says that this is her number one supplement for weight control, immune boosting and tummy issues. I absolutely agree with her. Most probiotics say to take with a meal – those healthy bacteria need something to feed on. I personally do best when I take them an hour or two after my last meal of the day and let them do their thing overnight.
That’s it. It’s not a lemon/maple syrup/cayenne pepper drink. It is most definitely not a juice fast. There are not loads of supplements, essential oils and powdered shakes for you to buy. No gimmicks, no tricks.
Your body is a natural detox powerhouse.
Your body doesn’t need gimmicks and tricks. What it does need are the ingredients that allow it to function best.
How does your body send you a red flag?
What things flare up or show up ‘out of the blue’?
Getting to know your body’s red flags is a major step toward an easier, healthier life.