The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 9


On the ninth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

nine cleansing herbs,
Herbal cleanses
There are many herbal detox programs available. Purchasing a reputable herbal cleanse provides a prepared, easy to follow plan you can fit into your daily routine. If you choose to buy or follow an herbal program, do your research and make sure the product is top quality. Consult a herbalist or naturopath for professional recommendations. There are also a variety of herbal teas specifically blended for detox that you can incorporate into your day. Pukka makes a tasty blend called Cleanse. Bija Deep Cleanse is another detox herbal blend. Living Strong gives us 4 herbs that assist detox naturally.And 4 more popular cleansing plants you can investigate for your own personal program.

For an ayurvedic addition to the herbal detox, try Amalaki, Amla or Indian Gooseberry, 3 names for 1 vitamin C rich herb. I have added Amla powder to smoothies, made an Amla shot in a bit of water before bed, decocted the dried fruit for tea and infused it in oil for nourishing hair treatments. Very bitter, Amla is best added to a flavourful blend.

Consult a professional if pregnant, nursing or have existing medical conditions, before using herbs.

Bonus detox tip: Knock knock. Who’s there?  Doris. Doris who? Doris locked, that’s why I’m knocking. I borrowed that one from Ellen DeGenerous. A good belly laugh a day is reported to boost immune function, mood and your number of friends. See for yourself just how beneficial a good laugh is for your overall well-being. And it’s free. Find, or better yet, initiate laughter in your day today and every day. It’s contagious. If you’re struggling to get started, Ellen is always good for a dose of laughter medicine.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 8


On the eighth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

eight salt baths,
Salt baths 
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 essential minerals found in our bodies. Coincidence? I think not. It is praised for relieving a variety of conditions from acne to halitosis, eczema and psoriasis, and for drawing toxins from the body. The salts can be purchased from large crystals to fine grinds.

Dead Sea salt is another popular soak. The Dead Sea is long sought after for its purifying and rejuvenating qualities. Benefits reported include relief from pain due to osteoarthritis and tendinitis, as well as psoriasis and other skin issues.

Fill your tub first then add 1/2 to 1 cup of himalayan or dead sea salts and soak for 20 minutes or more. Enjoy this daily ritual for the remainder of your detox. A wonderful way to unwind at the end of your day. Follow with a self-massage or foot rub. Purifying perfection.

Choose a pure salt and use it on its own or add good quality herbs or essential oils for an herbal experience.

Mint – energizing, invigorating
Lavender – relaxing, calming
Rose – sensual, nurturing
Jasmine green tea – antioxidant-rich, balances yin and yang
Vanilla – relaxing, particularly pleasing scent for men
Orange – uplifting, joyful
Clove – warming, soothing
Eucalyptus – clearing, uplifting

Or make your own blend; orange and clove to awaken the senses, or vanilla and lavender for deep relaxation. Add the caviar of a vanilla bean to your jar of salts and keep tightly sealed. When ready, a few drops of lavender essential oil in the tub with your vanilla salt will lull you off to dreamland. Clove buds in the jar of salt will spice it up nicely. A few drops of sweet orange essential oil in the tub with the spiced salt provides a pleasant pick-me-up.

Keep essential oils away from children, do not take internally and consult a professional if pregnant, nursing or medical conditions exist.

Bonus Detox Tip: Enjoy this qigong break with Master Chunyi Lin. The Moving of Yin and Yang.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 4


On the fourth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

four foods that heal,

Food as medicine and medicine as food

That’s how ayurveda views eating. At least three times a day we have an opportunity to create vibrant health through our food choices. Foods that burn cleanly and completely, nourishing our bodies and assisting with the removal of ama, serve us well during detox. Simple whole food choices sustain us while cleaning out the pipes.

A whole foods detox, consuming fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts in their whole state offers the natural fibre of the food, while providing all the nutrients and health benefits. Juicing is also a popular option and there are many juice detoxes available on the market and sites offering recipes for the best detoxing blends.Do your homework and choose a juice plan that appeals to you and is reputable if you choose this route. Be mindful of your calorie intake and not restricting calories for a prolonged period of time unless under the guidance of a professional. Listen to your body and ensure you are feeling nourished by the foods you are consuming.

One of my favourite detox blends is one apple, a generous handful of dandelion greens, fresh grated ginger and pure apple juice or water to blend. The peppery greens, sweet apple and spicy ginger give me an invigorating morning boost. A detoxing addition to my day’s nourishment.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Simply make choices in your day that offer the highest nutritional value. Substitute the morning’s boxed cereal for a homemade fruit or veg smoothie. While detoxing, reduce your consumption of prepackaged, refined and processed foods. Replace breads, pastas and packaged sweets with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Choose organic, pesticide-free or locally grown when available. Decrease the dairy for detox. Elimination diets can present resistance. Consider lowering the quantity of foods that create inflammation and stagnation, and upping the foods that promote vitality and radiant well-being.

~Citrus. A detoxer’s good friend. After your morning visualization, breathing and meditation, greet your day with a tea of grated fresh ginger and squeezed lemon juice. If under the weather, add a touch of soothing honey. Enjoy oranges as a convenient snack during your day. Add limes and lemons to your water.

~Greens. Kale, swiss chard, dandelion greens, bok choy. Get creative. Kale is high in fibre, iron, vitamin k, calcium and vitamin c. It is anti-inflammatory and makes for an excellent detox choice. I watched Ina Garten make a ribollita on the Food Network several years ago and it became an immediate staple for me in the winter months. I alter the recipe to incorporate meat or not, according to my needs and the contents of my fridge, and usually leave out the bread. Water makes a perfectly acceptable substitution for chicken stock. I make a huge batch for leftovers. It is my favourite recipe for kale. Add swiss chard to smoothies, dice it up for pasta sauces, soups or stews. Swiss chard has a milder flavour than kale and is easily incorporated into recipes. Dandelion greens make a great addition to salads or smoothies.

~Fruit. Apples are excellent detox choices, pomegranates for heart, blueberries for an immune boost. Simmer apples, cinnamon, ginger and clove for a naturally sweet and flavourful treat. Toss in a handful of nuts, pumpkin and chia seeds, and a spoonful of coconut oil and you have a delicious breakfast. If you become fidgety or snacky in your day, slice up an apple or two and enjoy.

~Good fats. Nuts offer a whole food source of monounsaturated fats, with walnuts adding omega-3s. Choose from a variety of snacking options; walnuts for brain, almonds for heart health, pistachios for happy cells. Nuts also bring protein to the table, just make sure the nuts you buy don’t also bring the salt. Another choice oil for maximum health benefits is coconut. Choose a quality unrefined coconut oil. It will be solid at 76 degrees and less, above that it will begin to melt. Add coconut oil to your dishes like rice stirfry. Sautée carrots, onion, garlic, bok choy, swiss chard and ginger, tossing in cashews. Like apples, a spoonful of coconut oil a day is said to keep the doctor away.

Bonus detox tip: Water is important for flushing toxins from the body. Consume 1-2 litres of fresh water throughout your day. Try mountain spring water! Fill a 750ml or 1 litre reusable bottle to get an idea of your consumption. Drink 1 in the morning and 1 after lunch. Squeeze in fresh lemon juice or add a few drops of plant essences like Yarrow Environmental Solution, to aid detox.

Bon appétit!