Today, We Thrive: 3 Simple Ways To Detox Daily
My family loves a good schedule but also love adventure and “going with the flow” of life. Over the years, we have fallen into some natural rhythms that we hold onto, even while traveling, to keep things running smoothly in our home. I am sure many of you have your own bag of tricks that keeps you and your family cruising.These are some very simple practices that work well for our family and keep us thriving.
Daily Epsom Salt Baths
Magnesium is essential to over 200 critical body functions. As you add magnesium to your body, it helps the body to optimize itself in those critical functions. Look out for a future post dedicated solely to magnesium. An easy way that we work magnesium in daily is with epsom salt baths. They gently detoxify the body and also work to optimize your magnesium levels, ease muscle and joint pain, improve circulation, relieve headaches and other symptoms of stress on the body and more. Magnesium helps to keep my kids skin healthy, bowels regular and is a very relaxing before-bed-ritual. Add a few tablespoons of magnesium sulfate to your babies bath and for older children (and adults) you can work up to a few cups worth.
This simple technique can stimulate the lymphatic system, exfoliate, clean pores, and help reduce cellulite. I notice a change in my circulation and seem to have less arthritic pain when I dry brush regularly. Starting from your feet, brush in circular motions over your whole body toward your heart (where the lymph system drains). I use a softer brush for my kids (found in many stores near the loofahs/body soaps) but prefer a coarser brush for myself. I couldn't find an official “body” brush with bristles that I liked, so I have been using one meant for dishwashing for years. Find a brush that suits your preference. It shouldn't hurt but your skin will likely feel invigorated after. I dry brush my kids before a bath. I am prone to dry skin so prefer to dry brush after a shower and then use a moisturizing body oil.
Grounding, commonly called Earthing, is as simple as taking your shoes off and getting your feet (and hands) in the dirt. This simple practice helps your body to recharge at a cellular level, can help serotonin production (which means you may have more regulated moods, healthy bowels and sleep better), and can help boost the immune system. Luckily for me, I live in South Africa where it is not uncommon to see people cruising barefoot around town, in shops etc. so convincing my kids to wear shoes is never an issue. If you aren’t especially keen on going barefoot around town, just walk around barefoot in your own yard or a park for a little while each day. I touched on this a bit in this travel post as a top for helping your internal clock reset during jetlag.