I’m the kind of person who’ll search for short cuts (who wants hard work anyway?). I’d like to think of myself though, as someone who likes taking action (while looking for efficient ways of doing things) rather than sitting and being hopeful about things that I want to achieve! I enjoy pilates for example since I find the basic moves are easy to ‘learn’ and it has been proven to produce results over time. I tried HiiT before and although I loved it, I understand that some women (due to hormones) can’t do so much exercise that are taxing to the body (in fact it can be harmful when overdone). As some of you also probably know, I love Kaizen ; doing incremental, baby steps on a consistent basis to achieve results 🙂
Today I thought I’d share what my morning habits are. I didn’t wake up one day and decided that I’ll do all five things instantly! As with anything in life, you need to break through that resistance curve before something becomes a habit. Even until today when I’ve already incorporated most of these 5 habits, I still don’t do everything daily – I would say a few of these have to definitely be part of my day (after seeing results and being convinced that I might as well take that few minutes to do them). Again, I don’t religiously have to do all in a day. Some of these habits I try to do at least 3x per week. It’s a bonus if I get to do all five in a day (without having to stress out about it) !
Why do we have to do daily detox?
I used to think that detox involves cleansing and fasting – and that makes it seem like a big commitment. In our environment today where we are exposed to chemicals, toxins and pesticides on a daily basis, we need to take conscious steps not just to eliminate harmful products (it’s everywhere especially in our personal care products!), but to also do daily detox to ‘shield’ us from these toxins. I’ve personally not tried going on a detox diet – it’s highly recommended in the natural conception book I featured in my last post so I will plan to do it soon (and of course share my experience here 🙂 ).
Without further ado, here are my top five daily detox habits that I hope you’ll consider to start doing and aim to incorporate as many of it as possible to your daily routine. I’m here to tell you that baby steps always work! 🙂
1. Apple cider vinegar/ Lemon water first thing in the morning (and lots of (lemon) water throughout the day)
You have probably heard of the many benefits of taking organic apple cider vinegar especially for people with diabetes, high cholesterol and other health issues. I’ve personally experienced the benefits of apple cider vinegar when it dramatically reduced my bloatedness and constipation (I take Iron supplements now which you know worsens constipation).
Apple cider vinegar may help improve lymph circulation and contains enzymes that support digestion. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that transport important molecules to be cleansed by the lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, liver and tonsils).
– Joy McCarthy from Joyous Health
Also, the average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%! Water is life so drink lots of water (ideally lemon water) throughout the day 🙂
2. Oil pulling
You may or may not have heard of this – it’s easy to ‘google’ it and you’ll find tons of information regarding this topic and instructions to do it. I love Christa Orrechio’s explanation on her book:
Oil pulling would be a great thing for both you and your partner to do during preconception. It is a safe, simple, inexpensive “do it yourself” method of cleansing the “bad” bacteria in your mouth, which also affects your gut. It has been touted as a restorative remedy in the East for thousands of years.
It is completely safe and extremely effective, especially when you commit to it for 21 days in a row. How does it work? Put about 1.5 tablespoons of melted coconut oil in your mouth and then pull the oil through your teeth for 10 minutes. Don’t gargle with it or swish it, you must pull it through the teeth with a sucking action so that the oil can attach to and trap the bacteria in your mouth.”
– Christa Orrechio
3. Dry brushing
I am glad I discovered about this method. I was using loofahs and realized that it’s not the most hygienic thing to do as it accumulates bacteria that it defeats the purpose of having a shower. I found out about dry brushing when I became a member of NourishedLife (where I do most of my online shopping for toxin-free products now!). The image below is exactly what I use and the product page explains the benefits of dry brushing really well.
Dry body brushing helps to improve the lymphatic system and circulation, stimulate blood flow to the heart, improve skin tone and minimise the appearance of skin conditions such as Cellulite and Keratosis Pilaris. It is also known to boost energy levels and improve general wellbeing. – Nourished Life
If you want to learn more – watch my absolute favorite health blogger Joy McCarthy explain the benefits of dry brushing in this video:
4. Matcha instead of coffee during afternoon slump
I have always been a coffee addict but I am so happy to share that I was able to do it – I only take 1 cup a day for breakfast and I don’t crave it anymore! The benefits are noticeable as I don’t feel the afternoon slump anymore and I don’t feel jittery (and the occasional palpitation from caffeine).
Green tea is full of antioxidants and vitamins that have amazing skincare benefits. As green teas are not fermented when steamed, this allows the antioxidants to remain in the leaves. This increase their effectiveness, making them particularly beneficial for fighting ageing!3 Green tea is also filled with molecules called polyphenols. These molecules are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation, fight off bacteria and heal the skin.3 This is great news for anyone struggling with acne or hormonal breakouts as green tea, when applied topically, can reduce this irritation. As green tea is caffeinated, it’s also highly effective at reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. It helps to calm inflamed blood vessels while soothing the skin.
I add honey and coconut milk to my matcha (yum!)
5. Chia pudding for breakfast/ snack (or anytime you feel hangry :P)
It is winter now in Melbourne and I easily get hungry all the time. Previously I would be tempted to buy pastries as they’re filling (and yum!). These are actually filled with sugar and gluten is a no-no! (more on this soon , it’s a topic for a whole blog post 😉 ). These definitely don’t help with the afternoon slump.
After trying chia pudding, I’m a convert and I love how delicious it tastes with coconut milk, any fruits and nuts (the best thing is you don’t need sugar!)
This is what I bring now to the office (with my matcha_maiden ‘concoction’ for habit #4).
Lastly, the title says “…that you (and your husband) can start doing today! Living a healthy lifestyle is so much more fun when you do it with your family 🙂 If you are trying to conceive naturally, these detox habits will clearly help you. Both mum’s and dad’s health contribute to baby’s health so consider this as your BIG motivation and WHY!
I encourage you (and your hubby) to pick just one habit from this list and try your best to do it consistently for a week – I promise you you’ll start to feel good and you’d want to keep doing it! Then you can pick another one and incorporate it to your morning routine. I think this is the best way to look at building habits so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to chime in and share your detox habits with us, feel free to add them to the comment section below. I always love hearing from you – I’ll do my best to respond after work! I’ll see you in my next post 😉
Let us not stop moving forward,