Simple Tips To Detox Naturally & Cleanse Your Body

Being constantly exposed to a growing volume of pollutants, toxins and stressors, our body feels uncomfortable and overwhelmed. We experience exhaustion and fatigue. And we are unable to perform at our optimum. It’s time we take a step back and Cleanse.

There are an increasing number of chemicals in our food supply, in the air we breathe, in the environment and surrounds, in the cosmetics and creams we use, in the household cleaning products…in everything we encounter and touch. That is why a good detox requires that we take deeper more thorough action!

True detox requires a thorough cleanse of the mind, body and spirit. We must include and touch on all aspects of our health and wellbeing – the Physical, Emotional, Mental as well as the Spiritual, or PEMS. 

There are a number of natural ways to detox and flush out toxins from our system. Drinking ample water is a good start. So is exercising regularly and practising mindfulness and meditation. But we must do so constantly in order to beat the toxins from building up and affecting us irrevocably.

It is recommended that we detox at least once every six months to maintain good health.

Cleanse By Gurmayll

My 10-day Cleanse program, that starts next week, is a perfect opportunity to help ourselves. Here, we make a conscious and sustained effort to avoid harmful foods and take in only the good stuff. We engage in exercises that are beneficial. And we practice the art in a guided manner.

Participating as a group, we find support in each other. This brings in accountability and motivation. We learn from each other as we progress and emerge – Cleansed.

Here in this week’s blog post, I give you a few simple tips to detox naturally and effectively. I talk about my upcoming Cleanse program and the tools we will be using then. And I encourage you to take note.

1. Green Tea

Green tea (or, herbal tea) is a great detoxifying agent. It is brimming with antioxidants that help boost your immunity. Green tea also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Warm tea can ease bowel movement and aid in digestive function.

2. Water

Drink plenty of water. Water combines with toxins in the body and helps in flushing them out through urine. Water also replenishes and aids organ-function. Washing your face and body with water can have a lasting refreshing effect.

3. Exercise

Good physical exercise induces sweating. Sweat carries toxins from within the body through the pores and out. Even light exercises can be helpful in flushing out toxins. Exercising also activates and releases ‘endorphins’ or happy hormones. These hormones keep us feeling good from within.

4. Yoga

Yoga is as much physical exercise as it is exercise for the mind and spirit. Practice simple yoga movements daily. Spending 15-20 minutes practising yoga is sufficient. This will help strengthen you. Alternatively, you can also try dancing, aerobics, Zumba or any form of movement that captures your imagination.

5. Laughter

Smile often and laugh wholeheartedly. Laughing eases muscles and boosts immunity. It is a good idea to share a laugh with friends and family.

6. Gratitude

Gratitude can go a long way in strengthening you and flushing out ill-feelings and negativity. Maintain a gratitude journal. Share your gratitude and thankfulness through prayer or by talking to a friend.

7. Smoothies

We have a number of smoothie recipes that are tasty as well as healthy. Detox smoothies are effective in cleaning our systems and keeping us nourished. Try a smoothie for breakfast. Use natural, organic, and fresh ingredients.

8. Whole foods

Buy and eat a range of whole foods – fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Your local farmers markets are great places to shop for seasonal, fresh, organic and locally-grown produce.

9. Probiotics

The millions of tiny good bacteria that are housed in your gut help you with digestion and in boosting your immunity. Probiotics feed these bacteria. Include probiotic yogurt and milk in your diet. Fermented foods such as tempeh, sauerkraut, and kefir are equally effective.

10. Cooking

Avoid sugary, pre-packaged and pre-cooked meals. Avoid refined flours and breads. Cook your own food. Use quality ingredients and simple cooking techniques. Avoid overcooking. Always eat your meal at the dining table away from the distraction of your smartphone or telly. Savour what you eat.

4 Steps To A Fulfilling & Satisfying Life

When you are at peace with who you are and what you do, then happiness, fulfilment and success follow naturally. And this sense of happiness and fulfilment is permanent, not transient. It is continuous, not static.

What this means is that once you master the “4 steps” approach, you are able to experience life differently, redesign your lifestyle and lead a peaceful, happy and satisfied life. And you can do this forever.

In this week’s blog post I talk about the 4 steps I personally developed that I prescribe as well as follow. I hope reading this blog will help you lead a better more fulfilling and satisfying life.

So, what are these 4 steps?

  1. Focus on your health
  2. Build better habits
  3. Shush the inner critic
  4. Be thankful and grateful

These 4 steps are dependent on the idea that you accept and acknowledge yourself – your true aspirations and wishes, your qualities, your nature and your beautiful self; and, that you believe in what you do – your work, your passions, your hobbies, your skills and talents and your contributions. 

For instance, if you are a busy mom really trying hard to do right by your family and you have a feeling that you are failing, these 4 steps will help you re-centre. Similarly, if you are a professional woman and you feel you can’t dedicate sufficient time towards your health and wellness goals, then by focusing on these 4 steps you will gain greater clarity.

Another crucial principle to follow is that of continuous improvement. We don’t want to apply any rules that alter your life drastically. Rather, we want to do it slowly and in small iterative steps.

For example, when we are on step 1 and building your focus on health, we do it by incorporating things that you find easy to do first. Eat breakfast if you have been skipping it. Go for a walk if you don’t do any physical activity at all. If you eat packaged foods and can’t avoid them, add a side of salad to your order and buy foods with the least number of ingredients in them. Then build on from there, incorporating more and more healthy details to your routine.

1. Focus on your health

As I said above, try small steps and nothing big. Think of the things you can do right now and do them. Don’t build lofty goals that you will never reach.

By doing things that are within your grasp and reach, you enable your mind to think about what’s immediate. You consider yourself and what is important to you. You make little sacrifices for your own sake. And you go on to include what you do into your routine.

Consider if you’ve started eating dark cacao chocolate in place of regular chocolate. Make this transition a permanent one. Don’t go back to eating regular chocolate anymore. And move forward to more such improvements.

2. Build better habits

I understand that some habits are really hard to give up. For instance, drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes. Step 2 – Building better habits, is about creating a better life for yourself through habits that are beneficial.

Try organic coffee and reduce your intake to 2 cups a day if you are having more. Do not smoke indoors and keep increasing the distance between where you are and your designated smoking zone. Create better habits. And move forward with dedication and commitment to your goals. Remember to give yourself time to adjust to change before pushing forward.

3. Shush the inner critic

Your inner critic can make life difficult for you, especially if you are on a journey of change and improvement. You will experience failures and you may fall back on bad habits. Through all this you need to stay positive and focused. You need to be able to bring yourself out of the abyss and re-emerge on your path.

Don’t give in to despair or disappointment. Don’t worry about things that are outside your control. Give yourself love, patience and consideration. Be kind. Remember success comes with hard work and dedication, and after many many failed tries.

4. Be thankful and grateful

Carry this light in your heart as you transition and transform your life. Be eternally thankful and grateful. There are so many things to be grateful for – good health, loving family and friends, productive work, and a wonderful life.

Maintain a gratitude journal and make a note of all the good things you experience. Keep a lookout for the smallest act of kindness and pay it forward. Give generously and wholeheartedly. Share the joy of living!

Epsom Salt For Total Detox & Complete Pain Relief

We’ve known of the magical healing properties of Epsom Salt for hundreds of years! It is considered a salve – soothing and invigorating the body, mind, and soul. And a natural remedy for a number of ailments and dysfunctions.

The mineral gets its name from a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. And it is a naturally occurring compound of magnesium and sulphate.

Epsom Salt is truly versatile and powerful, as well as therapeutic. From flushing out toxins to stimulating muscle and nerve function, and even easing inflammation and migraine – the compound has countless benefits.

Research has shown that the body readily absorbs both magnesium and sulphate through the skin. This makes the ideal way to enjoy Epsom Salt through a salt bath, of course. Take a dip in a warm bath and enjoy the refreshing and uplifting sensation.

In this week’s blog post we discuss the benefits of Epsom Salt, particularly as a detoxifying agent, and how you can use it in your everyday life. If you are participating in the Cleanse later this month, you will find this article especially useful!

Eliminate toxins

Epsom Salt can help flush out toxins from the body – such as heavy metals, chemicals from medication and drugs, and other harmful substances. It acts as a natural cleansing agent, cleaning, softening and detoxifying your skin and body.

When you take a soak in a warm bath of Epsom Salt, it triggers something called reverse osmosis. The salt from the bath interacts with the salt in the body and quickly pulls it out through the skin. The toxins in the body attach themselves to the salt and are drawn out along with it.

Stimulate nerves

Epsom Salt can help you re-balance and re-centre by regulating the electrolyte levels in your body. This affects your muscle, nerve and enzyme function.

Enjoying a salt bath at least 1-2 times a week can help improve circulation and protect the elasticity of blood vessels. It also clears up any blood clots and reduces your risk of getting a sudden heart attack.

Relieve pain and aches

Epsom salt is potent and has a magical effect on aches, sores and cramps. It eases pain and inflammation – from pain in your muscles and joints after physical exercise, to severe pain from childbirth or during menstruation.

Mix a large quantity of Epsom Salt with water to create a thick paste. Apply this paste generously on the affected area to sooth away any discomfort. When you are done, you can wipe off the paste with a warm towel.

Reduce and ease stress

When we are under stress, we experience a range of changes in our body. For example, the adrenaline levels shoot up and the magnesium levels drop. This is true for everyday stress too and stress from our busy and active lives.

When you take a soak in a salt bath after a long day at work, the magnesium from the Epsom Salt enters the body through the skin’s pores. This magnesium then helps produce serotonin – a chemical that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation in the body. Magnesium also helps in reducing the effects of adrenalin significantly. This is why a salt bath is so effective in combating stress, fatigue, and dullness.

During Cleanse

Use the natural cleansing and detoxifying properties of Epsom Salt to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. Take a salt bath at least 1-2 times each week. Combined with the healthy Cleanse meal plan and exercises, this activity can really benefit you and bring a sense of calm into your life.

I Tried The New Grain-Free Meal Plan, And Here’s How Amazing It Felt!

For me, it was the digestive distress that did it and I decided to take a leap and go grain-free. But for the many others who suffer from constipation, gut-related ailments, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, celiac disease and more, going grain-free can prove to be life-changing!

Not just for the disorders and ailments, but if you’ve been unable to shed weight and are constantly struggling with weight-gain or weight-loss issues, try going grain-free for a month and feel the difference.

Our typical meals have grains in them. Heck, we can’t imagine food without grains – bread, pasta, rice, roti or cereal. Grains are a staple ingredient. So why change?

Because our composition has changed. Our habits have changed. And so has our diet itself. This makes us more sensitive to gluten and prone to all its vagaries. 

Our meals do not pack as much nutritional value as they used to. This means we are receiving less with every mouthful and we are compensating the bulk of our meal with grains and carbs.

We don’t eat as many whole raw foods – fruits and veggies as we used to either. We have a lot of processed and packaged foods. We have our meals on the go, not giving our body enough time to actually break down the food properly. And even then, we are distracted by the glare of our smartphones and televisions.

Some would argue – going gluten-free is enough! I would say it is the first step. But going grain-free is really the whole package.

In this week’s article, I talk to you about my experience of going grain-free and how truly amazing it felt. I will be adding some interesting grain-free recipes to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a DM and I can inbox them to you.

 

1. No Inflammation. No Digestive Trouble.

Gluten intolerance from grains is known to cause inflammation as well as trouble with digestion. It also hampers with immunity and general health.

Minus the grains, you will feel healthy and energized. Your digestive function will perform at its optimum. And you will have no bouts or troubles with inflammation.

Try adding probiotic and fermented foods to your diet such as yogurt and kefir. Also, fibre-rich foods such as lentils, green veggies, legumes and beans. These foods will strengthen your gut and improve your immunity further.

 

2. Beautiful Alternatives

Staying grain-free you can then concentrate on some beautiful alternatives such as toasted nuts and seeds – almonds, cashew, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds. Dried or fresh fruits and berries – cranberry, blackberry, strawberry and whole fruits – watermelon, peach and kiwi fruit. Always try and buy organic seasonal produce from your local farmers markets and avoid fertilizer laden fruits and veggies.

You can also have amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat in moderation since these are considered seeds and not grains.

You will uncover ingredients that you overlooked earlier in your bid to fulfil your grain quota. And it is an eye-opening experience.

 

3. Better Balance. More energy.

People usually feel like they are losing their energy quotient by not eating grains and carbs, this is not true. You refocus and include foods that give you energy without causing you harm.

Good carbs from cauliflower, potatoes, pumpkins and other whole fresh foods are actually good for you. And so are fats from avocados, bananas and mangoes. While you are not taking in grains do take in nutrient-dense foods such as these.

At the same time, I recommend that you reduce your consumption of meat and eggs, avoid intake of sugar and dairy, and be careful to not consume other such foods that may override the good you are doing by keeping the grains away.

 

Again, if you are interested in trying out grain-free meals for yourself, I have some interesting recipes for you. I will be posting them to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a message and I can inbox them to you straightaway!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Activated Charcoal

The word charcoal is a dead giveaway! Say “charcoal” and the image of the sooty black stuff from your BBQ or the tasteless charry stuff that sticks to burnt food immediately comes to mind. Activated Charcoal is just that, albeit activated, more porous and infinitely more potent!

Activated Charcoal is basically a toxin-sponge that soaks up the bad stuff and carries it out of the body – quickly and effectively. It is so wonderfully effective that the amazing black substance is used in emergency rooms across the world to treat overdoses and poisonings.

Beyond the inherent life-saving properties, its toxin clearing effects also make it a strong favourite with anyone who suffers from a stomach ailment or is in distress with their gut. Think gas, cholesterol, indigestion and more.

But, how does a simple black tablet/powder accomplish this much? What makes it so quick and effective? How can you use it? What are the potential benefits? And, what are the risks?

Let’s tackle these questions, one at a time, and uncover the secret healing powers of Activated Charcoal. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about this incredible substance and you’ll read all about it here in this week’s blog post!

 

What is Activated Charcoal?

To create Activated Charcoal, woodchips, peat, or coconut shells (or any other carbon-rich materials) are superheated inside a controlled environment. The high-intensity heat activates the charcoal by stripping it of previously absorbed molecules and widening and enhancing the pores.

One spoonful of Activated Charcoal has the surface area of a football field. Whoa!

This odourless tasteless black substance comes in many forms – from tablets and capsules to fine powder and paste. Depending on its use, it is sometimes mixed in with other medicinal, herbal or chemical ingredients as well.

 

How Does It Work?

Just like the sooty stuff from the burnt food, Activated Charcoal works perfectly.

It simply keeps the stomach from absorbing harmful toxins by binding them and trapping them inside those mega pores. Since the human body cannot absorb or interact with charcoal, it then carries the toxins out through the faeces.

Activated Charcoal is extremely absorbent. It can bind toxins that are dissolved inside stomach fluids and can even extract toxins that are tiny in size.

 

Some Common Uses

Activated Charcoal finds use in a range of medical, alternate and cosmetic treatments. Here are some common uses:

  • If you have oral health complaints, try Activated Charcoal. It can absorb plaque and help whiten the teeth. It even helps restore the PH balance in the mouth. This means fewer cavities and better oral health.
  • If you suffer from flatulence and gas, Activated Charcoal may be your answer. It binds well with the gas-causing stuff in food and helps ease discomfort.
  • A topical application can help clean the skin and reduce the effects of pollution, ageing and stress. It strips away toxins and soothes damaged skin. From insect bites to athlete’s foot, and acne, it can treat all types of skin ailments.
  • Activated Charcoal is a must-have if you suffer from a high cholesterol problem. It can reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body significantly.
  • Activated Charcoal’s ability to combat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections is significant. For this reason, it can be used as a safe and natural preventative and curative measure.

 

Buying and Storing Activated Charcoal

While buying Activated Charcoal look for a good quality, organic product. The product should have high density and low ash content. It should be packaged and sealed properly and the package must be unopened.

While storing Activated Charcoal, choose a cool dry place that is clean and dust-free. Ensure that the package is sealed properly when you store it.

 

Few Recommendations

Taking Activated Charcoal is relatively risk-free and there are no known side effects. However, it is recommended that you talk to your Health Coach before you start.

Activated Charcoal may inhibit and block the action of certain drugs if you are on medication. It can also impact outcomes if you are on a special diet.

I can help you purchase the right product and recommend a good dosage based on your needs. Activated Charcoal is a powerful detoxifying agent that will bring many benefits your way!

5 Ways To Bring Down Stress & Cope

Stress has a notorious capacity to build up and spill over into our lives even when we’re not paying attention. One late night a week, your child throwing a tantrum, an unruly situation, a high-pressure project, a demanding boss, a critical remark or comment and it all adds up.

Then it manifests into physical and emotional distress – unmanaged expectations, dysfunctional relationships, unfulfilled living, anger and disappointment, anxiety and depression.

Like a clogged drain, it is hard to detect unless something goes very wrong and putrid water fills up and floods our house. And like a clogged drain, we want to get it sorted as soon as possible!

Stress is fairly common in our lives and there is no way to avoid at least some of it. Some of us are born with a natural resilience and some of us are more tolerant to certain stressors. But on average, each one of us faces stress to a great extent, given our lifestyle, choices and circumstances.

So, it is about how stress can be managed better and reduced as far as possible. Managing stress is the only way to avoid a total break-down of the system and a state of crisis.

In this week’s blog post I give you 5 ways to manage stress and gently flush it out of your system. Practising these activities regularly will help you cope and recharge, and handle stress. Over time your resilience will increase and you will face fewer and fewer obstacles on your pathway to stress-free, happy and healthy living.

 

1. Meditation and mindfulness

Through meditation and mindfulness, you are driving out the chaos and uncertainty in your lives.

Meditation fortifies your mind even as you face stress. You feel less challenged. There is greater stability as you calm down and think clearly.

Practising mindfulness has its own rewards. You don’t take things for granted and make conscious decisions. This way you tend to make fewer mistakes.

 

2. Listen to music

Music is a great healer and it can significantly reduce stress. Listen to peppy tunes or soulful numbers.

Try listening to music in your spare time or while you are working on a routine chore. Music can lighten the mood, make you de-stress and calm. It can soften your emotional state and make you feel less rigid. It can help you unwind after a particularly tough day.

 

3. Talk to a friend

Talking things over with a friend or confidante can have a really positive impact on your mind.

Get into the habit of sharing. Stress builds up when you keep your heart closed. Sharing and opening up can help you vent clogged emotions.

Have a laugh. Take in constructive comments. And invest your emotions. There is far greater to be gained this way.

 

4. Sleep better

Getting complete and restful sleep is a must to revitalize your body, soul and mind.

Relax and wind down before you sleep. Switch off your devices and keep away from distractions. Don’t drink tea or coffee 2 hours before going to bed. Create a nightly routine that helps you prepare for sleep.

Exercising can help you get sound sleep. Engage in physical activity – a brisk walk, gardening and working on chores around the house.

 

5. Finish something

Pick up on an incomplete task that is long-pending and finish it.

Completing unfinished projects can motivate you and drive positive feelings. Sometimes these tasks take up mind-space and bog you down with negativity. Clearing them up helps you unclutter your mind and reduce stress this way.

 

These are just 5 ways, but there are limitless ways in which you can find your own de-stressing mantra. It could be as simple as taking a calming bath or something as big as taking an unplanned trip to Bali. Whatever you do, find peace and happiness doing it and you will reap its benefits manifold.

5 Reasons Why Taking A Cold Shower May Be Good For Your Health

The moniker committee is at it again – calling a regular cold shower a “James Bond Shower” or “Scottish Shower” and making it that much more enticing. Don’t get me wrong. This is definitely a good thing!

Research shows how taking a cold shower habitually can boost your immunity and make you healthy and strong. It is fascinating how something as simple as switching from hot to cold can have such an amazing effect on your wellbeing. From toning up your skin to building up your inner strength, there are some far-reaching benefits.

So, now that you know, enjoy that moment when your warm shower suddenly turns cold as someone walks in and flushes the toilet while you are mid-shower! But don’t stop at that. Take brisk cold showers and make taking them a routine.

Summertime is especially right for giving this new habit a go. Who doesn’t love the feel of cold water on their skin when the temperature skyrockets to the high 40s?

In this week’s blog post I discuss some benefits of taking a cold shower that will blow your mind and make you take the plunge into the “bath of bliss”. That’s what I call a cold shower anyway!

 

1.    Makes you resilient

Cold showers are great! They can work on your nervous system to make it more resilient in the face of stress, anxiety, depression and even panic. So, technically everything unmanageable we experience in our lives today.

Cold showers create an oxidative stress on your body. Repeated exposure to this stress makes your body adapt to it, build up a tolerance for it and stay cool. You will soon develop Zen-like focus and stay strong no matter what the situation.

 

2.    Helps you lose weight

Of the two types of fats we have in our body – white fat and brown fat – the brown fat is actually good. It helps keep your body warm and protected. Whereas white fat is bad.

Cold showers promote fat loss by acting on the dreaded white fat. At the same time, they enhance the amount of brown fat we have in our body by 15 times, helping in weight loss. People who enjoy cold showers have been known to lose anywhere between 4 to 5 kgs in a year.

 

3.    Keeps you alert

While the cold shower relaxes you, it also forces you to breathe hard and deep. This together with a stimulating jolt of cold water on the body can clear grogginess instantly and enhance alertness.

The deep breaths help you focus and centre in. They also provide you with a natural dose of energy as you cruise through your day. This makes taking cold showers one of the best ways to wake up and stay awake.

 

4.    Improves your circulation

As water from the cold shower falls on your body, it triggers circulation by sending blood to your organs in a ploy to keep them warm. This enhances organ health.

This stimulation of the circulatory system and overall improved circulation is good for your cardiovascular health and wellbeing.

 

5.    Speeds up recovery

Cold showers foster the amount of disease-fighting white blood cells (WBCs) we have in our body. This results in an increase in the metabolic rate and activation of the immune system.

They also help flush out lactic acid build-up after intense workout or exercise. This is why athletes often indulge in an ice bath after their training.

 

Apart from taking full-fledged cold showers, I also encourage you to splash your face with cold water frequently, wash your feet as you prepare to sleep and rinse away the residue when you clean up your makeup. All these are good practices that will enhance your skin, and keep you feeling refreshed.

Fermenting, or alternating between hot and cold water can help your lymphatic system. The hot and cold action produces a contraction and relaxation effect on the lymph vessels, massaging them gently. And an activated lymphatic system will boost your immunity further and keep you fighting fit for a long time!

Now, are you ready to take a cold shower?

Daily Skincare Tips For Healthy, Beautiful & Glowing Skin

Everyone wants healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. And we’ve all tried a ton of stuff – from facials, to face packs and stringent skincare regimens. But not everyone gets it right!

And, our skin is a mess. Dark circles after one late night, to dull and flaky skin that is growing lifeless because of stress and fatigue. Pimples, whiteheads, acne, blemishes – there are so many things to worry about. Added to this is the complication of managing your specific skin type – oily, dry, patchy, sensitive, normal or a combination.

What we don’t realise is that skin is the largest organ in the human body. Not to mention a vital organ that acts as the first line of defence protecting us from germs and disease. It is also a sensitive organ that reflects the state of our health, the level of stress in our lives and how happy and fulfilled we feel overall.

Take it from me, skincare is not difficult it is just a misunderstood art! That is why this week’s blog post is for you. Here I uncover skincare techniques that are simple and easy to follow.

I am also announcing my ‘Unpacking Your Skincare’ program that I will be running on the 25th of this month! It is free for whoever is interested to attend. Find more information here.

 

1. Hydrate regularly

Drink plenty of water and fluids, and keep yourself well-hydrated. It is recommended that you drink 2 litres or more of water every day. Smoothies can be hydrating as well as refreshing, especially during the summer months.

Water helps cleanse the skin from within, washing out effects of a late night and rinsing away worry lines caused by stress. Hydrating regularly will keep your skin supple and taut, as well as looking fresh and vitalized.

 

2. Mud face-packs

Using face packs on the skin has multiple good effects – they keep the skin looking youthful and lively, they have a nourishing effect on the skin, and they can keep the skin clean removing blemishes and marks.

Create your own face packs using natural ingredients such as berries, papaya, and/or cucumber. Mud packs can be soothing too. Wash off using rose water for that special effect. Try on new face-packs once every week and note the ingredients that work best for your skin type.

 

3. Good food for good skin

Good, healthy, gluten-free, organic, raw and nutritious food can go a long way in keeping your skin glowing. Choose foods high on the vitamins and avoid the sugary, packaged and processed foods.

Try water-rich fruits such as cucumber, orange, watermelon, and coconut; green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and rocket; and, dried seeds and nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts.

 

4. All-natural exfoliants

Gently scrubbing and exfoliating your skin is important. This helps remove the dead skin, reduces blemishes and acne and keeps pimples from appearing. Moisturizing your skin is equally essential.

Use all natural exfoliants such as crushed walnuts and berries. Lentils soaked overnight can be crushed into a fine paste and used as an excellent exfoliating agent. Use soft and natural moisturizing creams and cosmetics only.

 

5. Sweat it out

Exercising is a great way to flush those toxins out through sweat, open up your pores and clean your skin through sweat. Exercising regularly keeps the skin looking youthful, taut and supple. As skin truly mirrors the state of your health, a healthy well-toned body will have healthy glowing skin.

Remember to engage all aspects of your health while exercising – your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Combine exercises that work each aspect such as a brisk walk for your body, meditation for your mind and spirit, and dancing or aerobics with a partner or friend for your emotional wellbeing.

 

6. Beauty sleep

Remember to get a proper shut-eye. The body works on itself taking the time to regenerate and rejuvenate while you sleep. This means the right amount of sleep can help your skin.

A good night’s sleep is a must. Keep your phone switched off or on do not disturb mode as you rest. Ensure that your mattress is firm and comfortable, and you have good sleeping gear. And, if you do get a chance catching up on that afternoon siesta every once in a while, that will do you some good too.

 

7. Say no to toxins

And finally, say no to toxins – alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, caffeine and drugs. These toxic substances take away the lustre and sheen from your skin and affect your health and wellbeing in the most serious way.

Other substances such as fast food, sugary drinks and processed food may also have a similar deteriorating effect on your health. If you are addicted, talk to a specialist and consider slowly and actively changing your behaviour. I understand giving up a habit can be tough, but there are healthy alternatives, good remedies and helpful advice available that can make a difference.

7 Habits That Will Freshen Up Your Morning Routine!

Not all of us are morning people, but even those of us who dislike mornings love our morning routines. From the first cuppa to a calming bath, morning routines are simple pleasures that help us recharge, reconnect and pace ourselves for the big new day.

Benjamin Franklin says “The early morning has gold in its mouth”, a translation of the German proverb “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund”. And, I can’t agree more.

Mornings are brimming with promise, so full of potential. And we can use our morning routines to channel all this positivity and help it flourish in our lives.

We can cultivate it. And, it will nurture us.

There are many benefits to morning routines that loyalists will tell you. Even the most basic morning routine can go a long way in ensuring that you cruise through tough days. Happy and successful people often have powerful morning routines. Effective people have morning routines they fall back on.

Here are a few advantages you will discover:

  • Boosts your immunity and enhances positivity
  • Improves digestive function and health
  • Helps you maintain and manage your weight
  • Reduces insomnia and promotes better sleep
  • Improves stamina and sexual performance
  • Decreases stress levels and improves mood
  • Reduces fatigue, pain and inflammation
  • Enhances concentration, attention and retention
  • Boosts creativity, spontaneity and productivity
  • Has a positive effect on the health of your skin, hair and eyes

This is why in this week’s blog post I discuss 7 habits that can freshen up your mornings and keep you going in the face of all odds. Add these to your routine and experience the difference.

 

1. Start with a positive thought

Experts say that the best time to wake up is nice and early between 4 to 6 AM. Take a moment to orient yourself as you wake up. Think of a positive thought to guide you, and close your eyes to repeat it to yourself until it is fully absorbed. You are now ready to begin your day!

 

2. A glass of warm water or green tea

Select a tall glass for warm water and drink it on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you can also drink a cup of green tea. The antioxidants from green tea help boost your immunity. Warm water helps flush your digestive system and keep it strong and healthy.

 

3. Meditation and some exercise

Light exercise, a brisk walk and some breathing exercises can really uplift your mood. Morning meditation can help improve concentration and focus. When you exercise in the morning and do it consistently, it does wonders for your health – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

 

4. A cleansing bath with herbs

Handpick fresh herbs from your garden or from your local farmers market and incorporate it into your bath ritual. Leave bunches of fresh-smelling herbs like sage, neem, basil or lavender in your bathwater. Keep essential oils and bath salts handy.

 

5. On-time and nourishing breakfast

Pre-plan your breakfast in great detail and have it hot and on-time. Include an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. Use ingredients that are gluten-free, raw, unprocessed and organic as far as possible. And always sit at a table away from distractions and savour your meal.

 

6. Creating a mind map and to-do list

The morning routine can recharge and spark your creativity. Take this time to build on ideas that show some potential. Reflect deeply and create mind maps for your projects. Keep tools handy and be prepared to capture your thoughts. This is also a good time to prepare to-do lists and plan ahead for the day.

 

7. Positive affirmations

Write down a list of positive affirmations that hold the most meaning for you. Repeat these special anecdotes, quotes, phrases and verses. Reading affirmations out aloud while looking at yourself in the mirror can be an effective way of overcoming deep-seated issues and boosting your confidence.

Discovering Alternate Healing Modalities

The mystical, calming and healing world of alternate medicine carries many wonders with it. From energy healing and reiki to yoga and meditation, there are so many avenues to explore.

Some are widely popular and others are lesser known, but their impact on our health and wellbeing is significant. This is the reason we see a shift in our society today, with more and more people discovering, adopting and partaking from alternate healing over conventional methods.

At its very core alternate medicine focuses on holistic health. It takes into consideration all aspects of your health – from the physical, emotional and mental to the spiritual. This is unlike general medicine that focuses only on fighting sickness when it occurs and the symptoms of sickness with potent drugs.

Alternative medicine looks at sustained ways of healing. It uplifts your spirits and brings balance into your life. Harmlessly, without causing the slightest damage or triggering any adverse side effects.

Here in this week’s blog post, we delve into the wondrous world of alternate healing. We discover the different modalities. And understand how they can help us in our health journey.

 

1. Acupuncture

Pinning hundreds of tiny needles to your body – Acupuncture may seem drastic and uncomfortable to the onlooker, but the fact is that it relieves you of your pain and eases you of your distress almost instantaneously. This ancient Chinese therapy is quite effective.

During Acupuncture the practitioner applies needles along your body’s energy meridians. Needles are lightly and expertly inserted into specific spots on your body depending on your condition.

Acupuncture is known to relieve sinus-related problems that stem from seasonal allergies. It is also known to cure chronic pain – from backaches and headaches to nerve and menstrual pain.

 

2. Aromatherapy

Essential oils and salts can have a magical effect on the body. We have used them for thousands of years to improve mood, strengthen the body, treat pain and enhance immunity.

It is complicated to explain how it all works. In theory, our sense of smell is interrelated and intertwined with our brain function. Especially with how memories and emotions are stored and processed. The application of oil and salt can trigger an ideal emotional state.

Typically, the oils are applied topically or inhaled from a piece of cloth. In some cases, a vaporizer, spray or a dispenser may also be used.

 

3. Reiki

Your body is a powerhouse and it has innate mechanisms built in for healing and recuperating. Through gentle touch, the Reiki practitioner channels this healing energy and redirects it to where it is needed most. This way the natural healing processes of the body are engaged and activated.

Reiki is a Japanese technique that is used the world-over for relaxation and destressing. In principle, it deals with tapping into the life-force and using it to bring the body’s energy into balance.

Reiki can be calming especially after a major procedure or operation. This is why hospitals and clinics are incorporating it and similar therapies as a part of their post-surgery patient treatment plans.

 

4. Reflexology

Massaging, pressing and applying pressure on your body can have a long-lasting healing effect. This is the theory behind the practice of Reflexology.

The practitioner applies pressure on specific points on your body – such as your hands, feet, head or arms that correspond to different organs and organ systems. The application of gentle pressure stimulates the organs into action. It also decreases pain and increases their function.

For example, if you are suffering from a gut related ailment, the therapist will work on certain points in your body that can help heal the gut, stir it into the functioning and remove the pain associated with the problem.

 

5. Holistic Health & Nutritional Counselling

This practice entails ushering in sustained behavioural change through moderation, proper nutrition and exercise.

Food and mood are related. Gut and brain health are related. Good habits trigger more positivity. Holistic Health and Nutritional Coaching looks at understanding these interlinkages and connections.

From your own perspective, health and nutrition is about understanding your unique needs and fulfilling them. You may be suffering from an illness or looking to lose weight, in either case, you have to consider a way that is most suitable for you. Without damaging your health.

This means no crash diets. No 10-day rigorous exercise packs. No altering your routine drastically. But rather an incremental sustained effort towards health goals that you wish to accomplish.