Rebounding with a DetoxLifestyle Raw Republic Nutrition Health & Wellness
With the new year in full swing, this month also marks the 1st anniversary of The Raw Deets Blog!
We are celebrating a year full of informative content via this blog, our newsletter, DIY videos, and social media presence which includes our new Facebook+Instagram Live interview series! As you read this article, take the time to recap our previous articles from 2017 which will be easily linked below.
Here’s to another year of good health from your wellness ambassadors at Raw Republic ☆
“The Raw Deets” Fun Facts List
First Blog Post – January 17th, 2017
Month of Commencement – Mid January
Zodiac Sign – Capricorn
Birthstone – Garnet, which represents courage, truth, and friendship
Flower – Carnation & Snowdrop
Random Fact – January is a month of extremes! It is the coldest month in the northern hemisphere and the hottest month in the southern hemisphere.
Famous people born on the 17th of January – Dwayne Wade, Al Capone, Muhammad Ali, Jim Carrey, Benjamin Franklin, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Michelle Obama , Andy Kaufman, Steve Harvey, Lil Jon, Maury Povich, Kid Rock, Ray Jay and coincidently our own Wellness Ambassador and Head Chef Olga Gavrilenko
Rebounding with a Detox
Ever since late November, we began our Holiday feasting by indulging our olfactory senses with a vast array of food choices while toasting away with our family and friends. Chances are that all of these celebratory rituals left your body feeling indisposed and leaving you with feelings reminiscent of disappointment if you took it all a little overboard.
The good news is that our body has a resilient mechanism which has inherent knowledge as to how it can heal itself. The even better news is that purifying your body does not have to be forceful or wicked tedious. So cheer up buttercup, and let’s explore more easygoing ways we can cleanse our body in order to give us an energetic boost for the year to come.
Having a morning ritual is an essential piece of the overall wellness puzzle. Carving out a few minutes to not only brush your teeth but take the habits a step further by implementing actions such as stretching, breathing, journaling, and hydrating. Your routine doesn’t always have to be the same every morning, but even if it means waking up 10 minutes earlier to provide yourself this self-care time is crucial! Instead of picking up your phone right away or tending to other family member’s needs, try these actionable steps:
- Before breakfast, take your daily dose of probiotics with a glass of water. Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Learn more about probiotics and digestive health in our previous article titled “Gut Guardians”
- 15 minutes later, make yourself one more cup of warm water but now adding freshly squeezed lemon (or a tbsp of apple cider vinegar if you want a beneficial alternative). Note: Although lemon water is greatly beneficial as it alkalizes your body, it can also be highly acidic when it touches your teeth which can be damaging to your enamel. Therefore, we recommend using a straw to avoid the damage while only receiving the benefits or trying one drop of CPTG lemon essential oil instead.
An alkaline environment supports the breeding of good bacteria in your gut, which in return positively impacts your immune system and overall health. Check out our article “Acidity to Alkalinity” to stay healthy in the New Year.
In addition, lemon water also ignites your sleepy metabolism in the A.M. and if that wasn’t enough, you could even drink it throughout the day to curb your cravings!
Take an opportunity in the morning (or evening prior) to fill your water bottles before you are out for the day; drinking water throughout the day is not only crucial to stay hydrated, it also helps flush out the toxins from our bodies. Tune in to our article “Hydration Station” to review the most current info on this topic.
After the holiday season where we may have been over-indulging, it is important to focus our attention on nourishing and healthy meals. Think fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains.
Aim to make a 21-day commitment that will be plant-based, only comprised of many fresh fruits and vegetables. This will not only help you cultivate healthier eating habits but will also aid your body in eliminating waste and detox from processed foods, dairy, and sugars.
Going plant-based presents a host of benefits on many levels. Not only it is kind to the environment and other living beings, it also a great source of fuel packed nutrients, vitamins and minerals. After 21 days see how you feel; do you feel more energized, lighter, experience weight loss and reduced inflammation? Make a daily log and record the following information; how do you feel after 3 days, after a week, two weeks and once you completed your dietary cleanse? ( Learn more about it in this blog, “Plant-Based Meal Prep”.
Let’s be real here… How often do you really eat 6 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables a day?
This recommended dose truly helps you optimize your nutrient intake and even reduces the chances of premature death.
Do you think you’re not meeting that range as often as you would like? Thankfully we have cold pressed juices to make it much easier!
Any fruit or vegetable can be juiced, allowing you to get in all of nutrients and vitamins you probably would otherwise miss out on. Whether you decide to do a juice-fast for few days/weeks or just supplement few meals a day with a juice, Raw Republic is the place for that. Click here to learn more about our juice cleanse program
We use a cold-pressed method for juicing that keeps nutrients more intact. Our juice is truly raw and our recipes are sure to impress! To learn more about why we opted for this method and why it is so powerful, read our article titled “Cold-Pressed, Cold-Brew”.
“Essential oils have unique properties that support health on a cellular level, including detoxing. When the body is overwhelmed by excess toxins, the liver will safeguard vital organs by insulating toxins in fat cells. There are oils that help release toxins from fat cells, break them down, and flush them out of the body with good hydration. Other oils stimulate cell receptor sites to greater, more efficient activity. There are also oils that are helpful in clearing the gut of harmful bacteria and restoring balance for healthy digestion and immunity. Consider what actions can reduce the intake of toxins, and how to consistently detox to maintain optimal health.” – The Essential Life
Ready to try out some Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils to support your healthy habits? Try implementing some of the following into your lifestyle:
You can also consider targeting specific detox-related conditions with the help of essential oils such as candida, heavy metal toxicity, parasites etc.
Looking for more guidance as to how you can get started or correctly utilize the oils? Contact our Raw Republic wellness advocate Brooke from May the Quartz Be with You!
Herbal Tea Remedies
Herbal tea is a great source of vitamins and minerals with all sorts of healing capacities. Its benefits range from soothing digestive problems to calming a troubled mind. When it comes to your herbal teas you can make your own with a herbalist’s instructions or buy a prepackaged tea blend. You can also make a larger batch to enjoy over a few days by using an aluminum steel pot to slowly cook (low-temperature setting) the tea for 40 minutes with a lid in place. Once done boiling use a strainer to separate the extracted liquid from leftover pieces. In the chart below we mention herbal teas that significantly aid in the detoxing process.
|HERBAL TEA||DETOX BENEFITS|
|Burdock Root||This root is a powerful diuretic so it helps the body purge toxins through the urine. It contains a compound called polyacetylene, an organic compound that has high electrical conductivity, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It helps clean the blood and as a result, strengthens the body’s immune system while it purifies the blood.|
|Chicory Root||Chicory helps your digestive system remove toxins in the body by increasing the number of gastric juices and revving up your entire digestive system and removing waste. It has powerful detoxifying agents as a decongestant of sinuses. It’s also excellent at removing toxins through an increased urine output and stimulation of the bowel as it is a natural diuretic.|
|Pau D’arco Bark||Given the element called selenium makes this tea a powerful antioxidant that removes free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease. It is also a powerful blood purifier and helps the cleanse the body of fungi like candida.|
|Milk Thistle||Helps your liver remove toxins from within your body, and then allows your digestive system to kick them out of your body.|
|Dandelion||It stimulates and supports liver function and helps improve gallbladder function, as well as help remove carcinogens. It is a great diuretic, so it will help your body eliminate toxins through your urine.|
|Fenugreek||Aids in digestive problems reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and supports your liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body.|
There many different methods of meditative techniques that are derived from different cultures, schools, and lineages that focus on specific prospects and have various purposes.
According to Medical Qigong- a branch of Chinese Medicine each organ is associated with a specific color and sound:
- Red is associated with the Heart Organ System / Healing Sound-Hē (呵)
- Yellow is associated with the Spleen Organ System / Healing Sound- Hū (呼)
- White is associated with the Lung Organ System/ Healing Sound Sī (呬)
- Blue/Black is associated with the Kidney Organ System/ Healing Sound Chuī (吹)
- Green is associated with the Liver Organ System / Healing Sound Xū (嘘)
Click on the following link to hear each sound https://theconsciouslife.com/six-healing-sounds.htm
Try using a healing sound pertaining to the organ to move stagnant qi out of that organ. Inhale and then exhale the air with a sound for each organ. Allow the body to get rid of the stale energy by creating different internal vibrations and pressures within different parts of the body through the breathing mentioned before. Then visualize each organ in a healthy state in the area of your body where it is located. After visualizing red, yellow, white, blue or green light around the organ the color is assigned to, imagine the light toning and healing it. Focus your mind on each organ for at least a minute each.
Look out for our future articles and subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you want to learn more about this topic in greater detail.
Yoga & Gentle Movement
Find a qualified yoga teacher or school to partake in practices like restorative, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga. We chose those styles in particular because they focus more on alignment, variations, and are considered to be more gentle than the other styles.
Yoga is not just for physical welfare, whereas its benefits extend to the integration of spirit, mind and body connection. Different Yoga practices are designed in specific sequential order to address the desired target at hand.
Ask your yoga teacher to create a sequence for a gentle detox purposes; it should not be more than 30 min long (for that particular purpose). Please note that twist asanas (postures) primarily focus on detoxing organs that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine.
We chose one of the simpler asanas to do, however, will always recommend having a qualified teaching showcasing you how to do the posture correctly before implementation.
“Supta Matsyendrasana” – a “reclined twist” will not only leave you feeling energized and focused, but will also give you mental clarity, relieve tension, and detoxify your entire system by primarily massaging your internal organs, encouraging the elimination of toxins.
Hold the posture for 5 minutes on each side; 3 times in total.