Confession: Before we became Holistic Health Coaches we would have thought anyone who voluntarily swished oil around their mouth was a total weirdo. Call us crazy, but years later we love these three cleanse tricks from our Clean Eating Cleanse and do them regularly.
Life is busy, hectic, and stressful. If we don’t take time to cleanse and in turn, decrease our stress levels our bodies start to show symptoms such as poor sleep, slow bowels, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, food cravings and so much more. These are just a few of the techniques you’ll learn in our Fall Clean Eating Cleanse (starting on October 20th click here to learn more).
#1 OIL PULLING
Oil pulling has been a common health-promoting practice for centuries. I went to the dentist this week and they asked me if I had been whitening my teeth. I told them that I prefer not to use toxic whiteners and instead have been oil pulling!
Using coconut oil or sesame oil:
Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth
Swish the oil for 5-20 minutes
Spit the oil in the trash can (to avoid it hardening and clogging up your sink)
Rinse your mouth with water and sea salt
Brush your teeth
Oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach to ensure maximum benefits. The best times are upon rising and before bed.
#2 EPSOM SALT BATH
Soaking for 20 minutes in an Epsom salt bath is a wonderful way to cleanse the body and restore vital minerals in the body. The Epsom salt draws toxins out of your body and allows magnesium and sulfates to be readily absorbed in the skin. Magnesium helps reduce inflammation and improves blood flow through the body while sulfates are necessary for health joints and skin. An Epsom salt bath leaves your skin, our largest organ, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Add 1/4 cup Epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar (optional), and a few drops of lavender to a warm bath.
Enjoy a nice cup of herbal tea, such as nettle, during or after your bath.
#3 TONGUE SCRAPING
By tongue scraping every morning, you remove bacteria, food debris, toxins and dead cells. If we do not remove this toxins from our tongue, they can get reabsorbed in the body and lead to poor digestion and liver stagnation. We suggest tongue scraping before brushing your teeth.
In addition, tongue scraping can help with bad breath, your immune system, oral hygiene, and help you taste your food better.
Use a tongue scraper or spoon to reach as far back as possible (don’t make yourself gag!), and pull forward, scraping off the white film. Repeat until white film is removed.