For many people, January is a month for fresh starts. It’s usually a time to consider your current health situation, and plan for where you want to be in the year—and years—ahead. One of the first steps on the path to good health and wellness is to get rid of the things that are having a negative effect on your health. Cleansing (or detoxing) will help you start eliminating the toxins in your environment and your body.
Here are some simple ways to cleanse your home, beauty routine and body, in ways that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
DETOX YOUR HOME
You spend a lot of time in your home, so it’s worth making the effort to cleanse it and keep it that way. After all, your home is meant to be a comfortable place that you can feel good in.
There are some key areas to focus on when detoxing your home. First, avoid using cleaning products that contain hazardous chemicals; opting for natural solutions is a better choice for you, as well as for the environment.
Items may also need a good cleanse before coming into your home. Most new furniture can off-gas dangerous chemicals, so look for products that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If that’s not an option, at the very least air out your new furniture on the lawn or in a garage for a few days before moving it indoors.
Think beyond your home as well: Detox your lawn and garden by avoiding pesticides and other lawn chemicals in favour of organic alternatives.
DETOX YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
The number of personal care products you use throughout the day can really add up. And that can be a problem because some of the ingredients in those face creams, toothpastes, deodorants, shampoos and makeup products can start to accumulate in your body. That’s why it’s important to take stock of everything you’re applying to your hair, teeth, face and body.
With so many products, it can be hard to know where to start. First, take a look at your cleansers, and ensure they’re free of harmful ingredients such as sulfates (many products state that they’re “sulfate-free” right on the label.) For many people, added fragrances can act as irritants, so watch for them in your personal care products; they’re added to a lot of items, everything from lotions to deodorant to makeup.
Antibacterial products should also be avoided, particularly those which contain triclosan. Triclosan is a germ-killing agent used in soaps and body washes; it’s added to makeup as a preservative and can even be found in some toothpastes. Studies show that triclosan has adverse health effects, and may lead to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, so steer clear.
DETOX YOUR BODY
Your body does an amazing job of detoxifying itself, and these cleansing processes are helped along by a balanced diet and regular exercise. But even if you eat right and work out, you can still benefit from daily cleansing support.
Some cleanses involve drastic diet changes that are really tough on your body, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Supporting your body’s natural detox processes can be as easy as enjoying a cup of tea, such as Flor•Essence®. Inspired by a traditional Ojibwa formula, and perfected through years of clinical studies, Flor•Essence® is a blend of 8 herbs that flush the body of toxins and waste. Available as a tea or as a dietary supplement, it’s a gentle cleanse that’s safe for daily use.
Starting 2018 off by cleansing will set the tone for the rest of the year—and set you on a path to your happiest, healthiest self.