Now that spring’s officially here, it’s time to get your body and skin prepped for sunny days ahead…
This post comes to you from Jolene Hart.
This is the key moment to support your body’s detox processes, ensuring that your energy soars, your skin glows, and your body naturally lets go of any winter weight that you’ve been carrying.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll guide you through the most effective nutrition and lifestyle shifts that you can make this season, to ensure that you give your body the spring detox it craves. If you missed the first post in this series, you can go back and read it here. Spring detox can be an annual ritual that’s refreshing and delicious—no juice cleanse necessary. My clients are focusing on these very same spring strategies, so consider this your free health coach check-in, and be sure to revisit us in the weeks ahead! The goal, as always, is to get you looking and feeling your best this season, from the inside out.
Hot Water Hydration
Allow me to introduce the simplest spring detox ritual that you’re not practicing: hot water hydration. This time-honored Ayurvedic detox practice supports the body’s natural ability to usher toxins out of the body with lymph, the waste-removing fluid that runs just under your skin. When lymph flows well, you see big beauty benefits, including glowing skin, less cellulite, and fewer eye bags and puffiness in your face and body. During the winter, your lymph flow can slow down due to frigid temps, and reduced activity, so spring is the time to get it moving again.
One of the easiest ways to support lymph flow, while also encouraging your body to digest well and assimilate the most nutrition from your beauty foods, is to take a few sips of hot water frequently throughout the day. Just a sip or two, a few times an hour, is your goal. While herbal teas, warm lemon water, and ginger steeped in hot water are all fabulous beauty tonics in their own ways, to practice this particular detox ritual, you’ll want to primarily sip plain hot water (a squeeze of lemon from time to time is fine!).
This week, commit to one day when you’ll practice this ritual. Boil fresh filtered water (don’t just drink hot water from the tap), and carry it around in an insulated mug, refilling as needed throughout the day. The continual heat brings circulation and hydration to your core, and ensures that the lining of your digestive tract is well hydrated, a healthy skin essential. You can practice this as often as you like, though in a few weeks when the temperature rises, it may not be appealing. Early spring is your moment.
For extra support to get your lymph flowing, I also love dry brushing, massage, and ingesting extra chlorophyll from spring’s many green foods.
Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Philadelphia-based health coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness, a natural beauty and health coaching practice. Her coaching and Eat Pretty book series teach women to use nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best from the inside out.
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