Detox: Week 4

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“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”

~ Dr. Georgiana Donadio, founder of the National Institute of Whole Health

 

Yes! The final week.

If you’ve slowly slid off the wagon, now is the time to recommit.

Stay strong this week and get the most from your program.

 

If you’ve been faithful to the program, then this week will feel like a breeze.

Keep eating healthy, fresh, whole foods.

Keep the gluten, dairy and sugar at bay. No alcohol, coffee, strong teas or flavoured drinks.

 

We have 2 new practices to enjoy:

1. This week we drop the herbs.

For the remaining 7 days enjoy hot and warm water between meals. Keep the digestive agni strong by taking little water with meals, and allow any herbal ama to now leave the body by eliminating the herbal teas.

Before there was ayurveda, there was water. Water was medicine.

If you fancy a trip to the local spring, spring water gently heated on the stove is a wonderful way to flush the system and hydrate the body this week. Heat water in the morning, pour into a thermos and enjoy at work.

 

2. Dry brushing.

Dry brushing is an effective way to help the body’s largest organ, the skin, and tissues just beneath it release any remaining toxins. Dry brushing rids the skin of dead, dry cells and improves waste removal via the lymph nodes.

Your daily routine should now look something like this:

  • Start the bath.
  • Dry brush from feet to chest.

Use the same strokes as abhyanga massage (circular on the joints, straight upward strokes on the long bones). Be gentle with tender skin around breasts, belly, and chest/neck area.

  • Apply oil via abhyanga massage.
  • Add salt to the bath and step in.

Careful not to apply oils to the soles of feet until after bath. Enjoy a 15 -20 minute soak.

  • Towel dry and practice several minutes of alternate nostril breathing.

 

This entire practice should take between 30 and 40 minutes. A small amount of time to spend on self-care that provides a myriad of benefits.

The more you do this practice, the more you will enjoy the benefits.

Aim for daily this week.

Finish your detox strong, radiant, energized, balanced and calm.

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