Experience a Spring Detox

by Cheysa Brito
Spring has sprung, and the sunshine has hit us already; it's time to shift the winter bulge (I can definitely feel it in my body) and get set for summer and our best year yet.
Who's ready for a detox?
I know, just to clarify, let's define Detox.
What does it mean?
Your body has a natural, sophisticated way of eliminating toxins that involve the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. Constant exposure to toxins puts our bodies under a tremendous amount of strain, and it requires our detoxification organs to work extra hard to expel them. This is why a spring detox is a perfect way to help them out.
A detox is a complete body toxin elimination by turning toxins into waste; this enhances the body's detoxification pathways. However, only when these organs are healthy, is when they can effectively eliminate unwanted substances. In this blog post, we are going to explore ways in where you can optimize your body's natural detoxification system.
You probably know that we are exposed to toxins all the time. From the water, we drink and the air we breathe to the food we eat. Even the products used on our skin and recreational habits such as smoking, alcohol and coffee fill our bodies with toxins. Environmental pollutants and cleaning chemicals toxify us too.
Signs of toxicity include fatigue, headaches, low mood, skin breakouts, digestive issues, dark circles under the eyes and low immune function.
There are many ways you can start your Detox, by changing little habits and setting yourself some goals will definitely help. If you need support and someone to keep you accountable, do not hesitate to reach out to hola@experienceraw.com.au or text me at 0491068006.
What to eat and drink: 
- Organic whole foods, including the following liver detox foods: kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, asparagus, artichoke, beetroot, lemons, grapefruit, increase your intake of onions and garlic. Leeks, rosemary, blueberries, pomegranate.
- Eliminate caffeine: A great idea is to replace coffee. A great way to do this is to incorporate Guayusa Herbal Tea (pronounced gwai-yoo-sa) into your diet. It has effects on the body that are often described as being more gentle than the caffeine effect from a cup of coffee, having 'no jitters'. This makes it a perfect replacement for your morning energy boost.
- Eliminate alcohol: A good idea is to drink Kombucha, or a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime, lemon, or a splash of cranberry juice is a great substitute.
- Avoid trans-fats and junk food.
- Start up your day with the juice of half a lemon or lime in a glass of warm water.
Remember that intestinal health and skin are intimately connected. So, if you have symptoms of itchy or irritated skin, frequent breakouts, you just might find that these problems come from your gut. 
Problems like digestive issues, constipation, inflammation and imbalances in beneficial intestinal bacteria frequently appear on your face. Studies link constipation with a significantly increased risk of eczema, and people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are considerably more likely to have skin disorders. This is why changing your diet, even just for a month, will give you great results in how you look and feel.
Another way to Detox your body and mind is to eliminate your cabinets of chemical-laden supplies and replace them with natural options. Throw out expired makeup and medication. You can get fresh organic, natural, plant-based skincare here.
Additionally, bear in mind that another fantastic way to detoxify is to break in sweat. Vigorous activities like cycling, dancing, hiking, jogging, or anything that gets your heart rate up promotes skin-detoxing perspiration. Regular exercise also boosts circulation, improve lymph flow and enhance the elimination of impurities. Work out burns fat, the body's primary storage unit for toxins.
Finally, remember to drink water, lots of it. Maximize your hydration by adding a small pinch of salt to your water bottle and drink it on an empty stomach. Hydrate with coconut water, too; it's rich in electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
The most effective way is to drink it in small amounts throughout the day, rather than heaps of it all at once. Keep in mind that your intestines can only process so much water at a time, and research shows sipping keeps you more hydrated.
Put your name down if you want to join us at the Spring Detox Challenge and if you have any questions, reach out. I'm so excited to experience this journey with you.

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