Spring Cleansing: Tips for a Rejuvenated Body
With the warmer months upon us, its time to kick your healthy clean lifestyle into full gear. The holiday eats are long gone, so get out and shape up for the beautiful spring and summer seasons. Your wardrobe and junk drawer are not the only things that need rejuvenation this time of year either. Besides the basic juice cleanse or DIY kitchen pantry ingredient face mask, here’s a few tips to catapult your body to a new level of healthiness.
Just like the name says, dry brushing is as easy as it sounds. Wondering how stroking your skin with a dry bristle brush for 3-5 minutes a day can help detoxify your body? Turns out that the motion of the brush and stimulation of the bristles promotes cell turnover and collagen production, helping to plumpify and exfoliate the largest organ in your body.
Standing in the shower or on a towel, start brushing from your feet, always maintaining an upwards motion. You will always want to brush toward your heart in order to maintain proper blood flow and circulation. See the chart below for a more detailed view on how to dry brush your body!
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of months, you might not know about the latest and greatest miracle liquid on the market. Now, although apple cider vinegar is nothing new, health enthusiasts are jumping on it’s bandwagon. The number of benefits that it has are endless: it is proven to help aid in cholesterol due to its acetic acid contents. It is also known to speed up metabolism, suppress appetite, whiten teeth and clarify blemishes! A serious quadruple threat. Drink is straight or mix it in with some water and a squeeze of lemon, apple cider vinegar is a great way to jumpstart your springtime cleanse!
Coffee Grounds Skin Scrub
Exfoliating scrubs are a no doubt a great way to cleanse your skin. Throughout your Pinterest seraches, you may have seen many popular DIY recipes circulating online. The basic oat + yogurt + honey + banana facial mask is fine for a face scrub, but if you’re trying to cleanse your body, go for a coffee grounds based mixture. Combine some freshly ground coffee with a scoop of coconut oil to create a tacky mixture to rub on the skin. Apply to your entire body and you’ll be amazed with the results.
Some of you might be familiar with the term intermittent fasting, but more often than not, individuals are scared of the word “fast” when it comes to your their diet. Intermittent fasting is a term that characterizes an eating pattern between areas of fasting and eating. If you choose to intermittently fast, you normally restrict your dietary eating to a 6-8 hour window without cutting the amount of calories that you consume. For example, a recommended schedule is to begin eating at around 11 am and stop eating by 6 pm, so that as you sleep and during the hours of downtime, your body can focus on burning fat instead of processing calories. Although it sounds difficult, intermittent fasting is a very sustainable way to keep weight off. Other benefits include reducing blood pressure and inflammation!
So there you have it! A few tips to help kickstart your body into gear with the arrival of the warm summer months. Have more tips that I left out? Feel free to leave a comment and share with us all.