Fall Detox For Happy Mind and Healthy Body

by Irina Wardas

Posted on Monday 20th of October 2008

A beautiful Fall season is officially here: a perfect time to find balance in our lifestyle and our body after stressful summer routine as well as to celebrate harmony and harvesting. It is the right time to detox our mind and body to feel healthier and happier.

* Prioritize certain areas of your life.

Because we, ladies, are full of emotions stress is always in the air for us. So we have to think and maybe rethink/take care of our relationship issues, career choices, physical activities levels, spirituality.

The answer to the following questions will help you focus on what you need the most right now to eliminate some unnecessary stress:

Which area of your life (relationship, career, finances, physical activities, spirituality, education, health, social life, home environment) you think needs the most attention right now and why is that?

Which area of your life you think keeps you in balance?

Where do you think you may need to spend more time and energy to create balance?

How satisfied we are in each areas of our life is very important for our overall balance. To find it, we have to start listening to our bodies and paying attention to areas we are dissatisfied the most.

* Take Yoga or Tai Chi class.

Yoga poses reduce stress levels, boost mood, and improve overall health. Studies show that your level of the stress hormone cortisol stays low even while you're doing basic beginner yoga.

Tai chi -moving meditation - consists of slow, focused, deliberate moves that awaken your chi and allows it to flow unblocked throughout your body, improving your healthy well-being.

To reach our body metabolic balance, we have to change our food and nutrition preferences, experimenting and making choices based on our bio-individuality.

As we know, processed foods contain chemically derived ingredients our bodies don’t know how to read. It creates metabolic disaster-imbalance. Coupled with chronic stress and low level of exercises this blank (no nutrients) food contributes to chronic inflammation which leads to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, women’s issues, etc., in other words it leads to imbalance in our body.

* Detox Your Body

Fall is the right time for an easy fall detox/cleanse with seasonal whole foods. We have to incorporate as many as possible seasonal, local and freshly harvested whole foods in our diet:

greens (kale, dandelion, beet greens, spinach, etc.),
vegetables (fall squashes, beets, carrots, cauliflower, onions, garlic, zucchini, pumpkin, etc)
fruits (avocado, apples, pears, kiwi, watermelon, etc.)
beans (mung beens, lentils, etc.)
nuts(walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds).

They all are full of fiber to help elimination which is one of the most important part for any gentle detox/ cleanse you can do yourself. Don’t forget to enjoy local harvest in juices and smoothes to drink in the morning and as snacks.

You can always use some fruits and vegetables for homemade cleansing or rejuvenating facials (tomatoes, avocado, grapes, watermelon, apples, pears, etc.).

* Use Exercise Shortcuts

As we move from Summer to Winter, the days will get shorter and shorter, however, there is no excuse for us to exercise less because we don’t have time. When we are very busy, these shortcuts might be helpful:

park your car as far as possible;
take stairs whenever you can;
get up every fifteen minutes to stretch and deep breathe which helps reduce stress and detox;
dance / move / jump / stretch in the kitchen while you preparing a meal;
use more bending and stretching any time you clean the house, do gardening or talk on the phone (you can do the whole working out routine while text massaging).

We have to learn how to prioritize our health, our relationships, our jobs, etc., to sort them out and start a wonderful journey to wellness - journey that will help us to get back our happy mind and healthy body.

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