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8 Tips To Help You Spring Into Summer

Spring is here and Summer is right on our doorstep. It’s time to spring clean your body ready for the beach and those summer shorts!

  1. Detox: spring cleaning for your body an internal cleanse will have your looking great and feeling better. A good detox plan involves a good intestinal cleanse, while helping the liver to eliminate toxins from your body. A good detox can be as simple as a weekend on restful, vegetarian food while cutting out the coffee and using some herbal teas to cleanse the liver. Detoxing can help to reduce or even eliminate symptoms such as fatigue, digestive problems, cellulite, bad breath, poor concentration, bloating, skin problems, weight gain, and much more.
  2. Moisterise, Moisturise and Moisturise some more: Keep your skin moist is not just for summer! Often the dryest weather is in fact in winter when the air is full of electricity and your lips chap. Apply moisteriser often, more than once a day if necessary especially if you are working in an airconditioned building. Apply directly after your warm shower to trap the water from your shower, under the skin for best effect. Use an light oil at night for luxuriously velvety skin in the morning.
  3. Drink Water: 8 – 10 glasses (1.5 to 2 litres) per day to keep your skin and body hydrated. many of those headache and fatigue symptoms are your body crying out for water. Our cells are about 72% water, we are virtually made of water and we need to keep replenishing it regularly. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! Tea, coffee, soft drink (soda) and cordial are NOT water (in fact they are dehydrating), and for every one of these you have you need to add another glass of water.
  4. Move: this means move your body, walk, go to a gym or fitness centre, dance, run up stairs, walk on the beach, a yoga session – whatever, but move. Work up a sweat, get your heart pumping and stretch that body, it will love you for it and you will not only live longer you might even enjjoy it.
  5. Boost your energy by kickstarting your day with a hot and cold shower. Shower and cleanse under a warm shower and then turn the hot water off for 20 seconds, on for 20 seconds repeat 2 or 3 times ending with cold. Towel briskly to rub the warmth back into your skin, you will notice the zing! Helps remove lactic acid from the muscles, and improves ciruclation.
  6. Change your eating habits: eat more raw food, now that it’s warmer get into salads and fruit, eating fresh, raw, alive food helps you feel fresh and alive.
  7. Defuzz: get rid of that unwanted hair, I get lazy in winter, I hide my legs under jeans and pants, so when it get’s to spring I go get my first summer waxing (I usually shave about 2 weeks before so they don’t think I am a total ape:). It feels so good and I feel like summer is on its way when my skin is smooth for the first time since May.
  8. Exfoliate: give your skin an all over sheen by giving it a good scrub with a facial and then a body exfoliation cream in your shower. Your skin will love you for it and you will feel summer ready with a new spring in your step.

live a balanced life….

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , | 1 Comment

Yoga, You and Detoxing

A sculpture of a Hindu yogi in the Birla Mandir, Delhi

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When was the last time you went to Yoga class? Didn’t you come away feeling great! I know when I am not doing my Yoga, I really miss it. But, did you know that Yoga can be used to detox your body and clear up your lymph system and organs for a fresher, clearer, more energetic you?

This little post from Gaiam, I found this morning reminded me to tell you all about this effect that regular Yoga sessions can give you. Go find a class and get going today!

“Most forms of vigorous exercise stimulate all three systems of elimination to some extent, thereby helping the body in its quest to detox. But yoga, with its focus on systematically stretching and compressing every part of the body, is particularly well-suited to keeping the waste-removal departments of the body functioning well. “In a well-rounded yoga practice, every part of the body is pushed, pulled, twisted, turned and upended. This facilitates the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide, lactic acid and lymphatic fluid from the deep tissues and extremities of the body that a jog or a bike ride just don’t reach,”

Gaiam

We all know we need to detox, and doing it regularly can make our lives work better, we will not wake with that feeling as if we are pushing our way through water instead of air, and we just might be able to take our occasional excesses with less kick back 🙂

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June 18, 2008 Posted by | Health, Wellness, Yoga | , , , | Leave a comment