We all need a break from time to time to rest, relax, rejuvenate and re-energize our mind, body and spirit. Maybe we think of that time as something we’ll do on our next vacation, when we are not overloaded with our day to day stresses. With a vacation, you return feeling refreshed, enthusiastic and ready to seize the day!
But what happens when you can’t take a vacation? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.
Just like we need a break from the daily grind, so does our digestive system. It’s constantly hard at work for us and can greatly benefits from a little “vacation” of its own; a rest from having to break down and digest our daily meals every single day. Fasting is an excellent way to give your system the rest it needs, but not all detoxes are created alike. This one is a tough one (not exactly for the beginners), but it’s also fairly easy once you commit and honor your body’s need to really rest, from the inside, out.
So, let’s get started.
I have struggled for years with IBS and food sensitivities. I would do my best to keep my tummy troubles under control by eating healthy, but now that I have been traveling in Europe for nine months and have been at the whim of eating what is provided to me by my hosts, my digestive system has been screaming, “HELP ME! HELP ME!”. Therefore, I started off the New Year with this 3 day detox and I can honestly tell you that I feel amazing!
My budget as a backpacker is pretty much non-existent, so I put together some cheap and easy detox techniques I’ve used in the past, that can pretty much be done anywhere!
4 lemons – $2.00
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt – approx. $.25 per tablespoon (you will need 4 = $1.00)
Grand total = $3.00
Note: No food or drinks (aside from water with lemon) will be consumed throughout the detox.
Tip: Start the 72 hour fast after dinner (7pm). Therefore, on Day 3 you will end your fast at 7pm.
Salt Water Flush:
Why? If you aren’t pooping daily (1-3 times), then you aren’t “regular”. The waste can get stuck in your colon causing you to gain weight, create a toxic burden and feel like crap (pun intended).
What? A Salt Water Flush is a natural, easy, and cheap way to cleanse your colon.
How? Do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Mix 2 tablespoons of unrefined sea salt (I like pink Himalayan sea salt) with 32 oz. of warm water. Shake it up. Drink it down (It can be a bit of a challenge. Pinch your nose if you have to).
Stay near a bathroom for at least a period of 2 hours. What happens is NOT pretty but it feels great to get rid of the gunk in your trunk. Place your feet on a small stool if available, as it helps open up the colon and ease the passing of your bowels.
Note: Many articles on the internet say to use 2 teaspoon of salt for the flush. I’ve found that this doesn’t work for me and that 2 tablespoons is far more effective. For your first time try out 2 teaspoons and take it from there.
Post salt water flush, drink warm water with a slice of lemon, as it help flush out toxins and is an excellent source of vitamin C (make sure to cut off the peel if not organic if it tastes bitter to you).
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