Your morning detox rituals will set the tone for the day and can make all the difference in how many toxins you’re able to release. Follow as many of these rituals as you can, as many mornings as you can and you’ll start to see life-changing benefits over time.
Detox Ritual #1: Wake Up Early
Getting your body in line with the natural rhythm of life will pay big dividends in the detoxing process. Waking up early is not hard when you get to bed early the night before, and for the night owls out there this might be the hardest ritual to start. Your day really starts the night before, so be sure you’re getting the deepest, most restful sleep before midnight so you can wake up feeling refreshed at the 6 o’clock hour.
This is when your bowel and bladder are ready to be emptied, and prevents a backflow of toxins.
Detox Ritual #2: Coconut Oil Pulling
Before you do anything else, take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. This prevents the bacteria and toxins that have accumulated in the mouth from entering the body, and frees up your immune system by reducing the toxic load. Spit the oil into the trash when you’re done, rather than the sink to avoid any plumbing issues.
It’s important to do this before brushing your teeth, drinking water, or eating food. You’ll love the way the coconut oil tastes, and the way it blasts through that yucky morning breath.
Detox Ritual #3: Tongue Scraping
Once you’ve finished coconut oil pulling you can scrape your tongue to make sure that you’ve gotten all of the residue off of it. Then brush your teeth with an all-natural toothbrush. You can go with a stainless steel scraper or a plastic one, they’ll each help to scrape the layer of film from your tongue. When combined with oil pulling you won’t believe how fresh your mouth feels after brushing, with morning breath becoming a thing of the past.
Detox Ritual #4: Sun Salutations
One of the healthiest things you can do in the morning is get your body moving. It doesn’t have to be intense physical activity, and a series of poses and positions known as sun salutations covers all of your bases in just a few minutes. If you’re feeling ambitious and if time permits you can of course do any other exercise you enjoy, including yoga, jogging, or lifting weights. Detoxing can only occur with motion, first getting your detoxifying organs to perform their tasks, and then getting the body in motion to move those toxins out.
Detox Ritual #5: Dry Brushing
Before hopping in the shower use a body brush to slough off the This will get your lymph fluid circulating as long as you do it the right way. Use short strokes and always brush in the direction of your heart. Start at the feet and work up your legs until you get to your midsection. Then move to your arms all the way up to your shoulders. Next move to your tummy and finally get your back. You’ll notice a difference the first time you do it, but best results are seen from regular brushing, and making it a morning ritual that you do automatically.
Detox Ritual #6: Lemon Water
Drinking a glass of warm lemon water is the first step in helping the body get rid of toxic build-up in a natural way. It will fire up your digestive system, and help to hydrate the body after a night of sleep. The lemon provides enzymes to the liver so that it can prepare itself for the meals that will follow during the day. When compared to drinking plain water, or not drinking any water at all as your first order of business, lemon water has clear benefits you’ll be able to feel all morning long.
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Detox Ritual #7: Detoxifying Breakfast
By now it’s been about 30 minutes since you drank your lemon water, and it’s time for a detoxifying breakfast. This can be something as simple as a detox smoothie, or a little more complex like a quinoa bowl or a specially prepared granola. Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day, and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to nourish your body with vitamins and minerals it needs to power you through your day.
Detox Ritual #8: Meditation
Clearing your mind before you begin your day is a good way to ease stress and the toxic effect it can have on the body. This can be one of the hardest habits to get into, because often the busy-ness of the day will weigh on you and put you in a frantic state in the morning. But this is the best time to do it, and sets the tone for how the rest of your day will go. Find that inner feeling of peace and the rest of your day will flow with an ease that you just can’t get if you start frantically getting ready at the sound of your alarm.
Detox Ritual #9: Pack a Detox Lunch
Setting yourself up for success is part of the detox plan, and packing a lunch helps you avoid all of the temptations out there. Don’t leave it to chance or rely on what’s offered by food manufacturers. Take care of yourself with a detox salad, soup, or both. It may take a few minutes out of your morning, but you’ll be rewarded with a prepared lunch that leaves you feeling energized and recharged after lunch, and keeps you moving forward toward your detox goals.
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