The word, “detox” is more common these days than a Bieber poster on a teenager’s wall. We see this buzz word on everything from food labels to skincare, it’s everywhere. But what the heck is a detox?
*this article was originally written for Hilary’s eat well, the delicious everything brand!
1. To abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.
Traditionally, we think of a detox as the definition suggests, cleansing the physical body. But since it’s 2016 and we all know that there are a cocktail of factors that comprise our health, we wanna include all facets of us in this practice of detoxing. Here are 4 ways to get clean and feel like a rock star:
1: Eat Organic.
No matter what we eat, we are all exposed to toxins (shout out to Monsanto, chemical cleaning supplies and fossil fuel!), and I know, it’s absolutely bonkers to pay more for less (chemicals, that is). But the reality is that unless a product is labeled Organic or Non GMO, chances are it’s chock-full of nasty things our sweet lil’ body doesn’t want inside us. Check out brands likeThrive Market, or Door to Door Organics, to get discounted products delivered to your home, for less. PRO TIP: I’m pretty into a shopping option that doesn’t even require me putting on pants.
If money is uber tight, you can reference the Clean 15 list of foods that tend to be more safe if you have to choose non-Organic. Conversely, check out the Dirty Dozen list of the 12 foods singled out that you reallllly wanna buy Organic. Check out this video of what happened to a family that only ate for Organic foods for two weeks. This is legit, guys.
2. Be nice to your skin
It’s your largest organ. F’real: It’s like a toddler’s growing vocabulary: it absorbs everything. This is why we have to watch our tongue around little ones and refrain from four-letter words. They will remember them! Your skin is the same way, and we need to be so loving and mindful of what it comes in contact with. The Organic beauty industry has exploded over the last 5 years, and I can happily say that “Healthy” is officially in style. That said, we need to be diligent; reading labels and checking for good ingredients, as the FDA lets companies use words like “natural” without any scientific backing.
An inexpensive Organic skincare brand is Acure Organics, available among a few other clean brands at Thrive Market. If an entire beauty regimen overhaul isn’t possible, at least ditch any products including parabens. Parabens are creepy preservatives that are linked with cancer tumor growth. Anyone else feel nauseous? It’s still legal in the USA to use these ingredients (among many other toxins) in all cosmetics and skincare (wtf), so read your labels. Most parabens have a prefix: Methyl-paraben, Propyl-paraben, etc, and will be at the end of ingredient lists. An easy way to learn how toxic or clean your current products are is to download a free app called ‘ThinkDirty’, follow green beauty bloggers such as Organic Bunny and learn about how to swap out your toxic goods for good-goods. Or, read the brilliant book Skin Cleanse to learn simple tricks to having the best skin of your life.
3. Break up with your phone.
Do you wear your phone on your hip like a gun-slinging cowboy in a western movie? While I’m sure you look stunning, this really isn’t ideal for your nervous system. That’s right, your body’s stress response gets triggered by all those beeps and dings. Sorry guys, but Instagram won’t implode if we don’t check it minute-ly. Start to create mindfulness around your relationship with your screens (computer, phone, TV, iPad, etc).
Try these fun tips:
– leave your phone at home when you go to a cafe to read (OMG, remember those archaic objects called books?!)
– Power down your cell for the weekend and make old-fashioned plans with friends to meet at a certain place/time (ask your parents how to do this, they’ll explain)
– Find magic in slowness and the feeling of your feelings! Comedian Louis C. K. aptly talks about how constantly being on your cell phone can disrupt the depth of human experience.
– If you are feeling stuck, jump in on a full week of no-technology with new friends at a Digital Detox camp for adults.
You may be familiar with the main theme of the bestselling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which asks if items in our home, “spark joy”. Think of this like a life-audit, we can ‘say no’ to that which doesn’t serve us or bring beauty into our lives.
Here are some examples:
– skip that party, meeting, or date that is the tipping point, spreading us too thin
– give up substances that stress out our hot bods: alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gluten
– sweat is one of our bodies favorite way to “let go”, aim to get sweaty every day
– unfollow people on social media who make you feel inadequate or jealous
– get rid of clothes that are too small or make you feel negative about your body
In the words of the late Steve jobs, “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
Aka: Spend your time on things your heart truly wants to say yes to. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to turn my computer off and take a bath.