SPRING CLEANING and RENEWAL

Warmer weather is finally here. The long winter days are over.  What are you doing to embrace the change in nature?  Are you paying attention to your body’s needs, or is cleaning your yard the only thing you’re focusing on?

We live in a toxic environment, so our bodies are frequently in toxic overload.  Detoxing in the spring is a great time to cleanse our livers and gallbladders.  If you are lifting your eyebrows to the word DETOX, don’t fret.  I will show you that detoxing is not really so hard.  You just eliminate the trigger foods (wheat, soy, diary and sugar) and eat clean (organic, grass fed), delicious food. Drink plenty of water and alkalinizing drinks.  You will also need a good dose of healthy, seven- to eight-hour sleep.  Just imagine for a moment the benefits: melting fat, calming inflammation, healing the gut, clearing the mind, and more.

Besides cleansing your body, you need to cleanse your emotions.  Are you harboring some toxic emotions, such as: anger, resentment, shame, guilt, regret, and bitterness?  They can easily become the “enemy within” if you don’t release them and will damage your health and relationships.

 

What about the environment? Minimizing toxic cleaning products will have long-term benefits. These cleaners contain way too many ingredients that you don’t want to expose yourself, or your family, to.

You can make your own cleaning products using an apple cider vinegar and baking soda mixture. It can be used in the kitchen, bathroom—you name it.

Here’s another simple bathroom cleaner: make a paste with ½ cup of baking soda and enough water to form a paste then add 8 drops of bergamot oil and use to clean your bathroom.

 

The warm weather is calling us to spend some time outdoors.  The clean air, the sun, the colors and sounds are healing and calming for the mind and body.  This is an ideal time to connect with your loved ones and enjoy each other’s presence without interruption. No texting, reading emails or Facebooking while outdoors, please! Do a “gadget” detox as well.

May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Did you know that walking outside for 30 minutes has almost the same effect as antidepressants (such as Prozac)?  That is a simple way you can improve your mood.

Heal your gut to heal your mood. Research has shown a direct correlation between gut health and mental health. After all, our gut is our second brain. Improve your mental health by:

  1. Eliminating processed food and food toxins
  2. Adding whole foods, healthy fats and healing foods to your diet
  3. Adding fermented food to support your gut microbiome

 

Be aware of toxic beauty products.  The skin is our largest organ; it has a large surface to absorb toxins. Read the ingredients on your skin care and beauty products.  As an alternative to store-bought moisturizers, a very simple and super healthy moisturizer is coconut oil. You can mix in a few drops of essential oils and some carrier oils like: jojoba oil, glycerin etc.

Empower yourself with knowledge.

 

One of my favorite cleansing elixirs is LEMON WATER. I like to start my day with this drink. It’s super easy to make it and so good for you. It cleanses the liver and alkalinizes the body.

Recipe: a glass of warm water, the juice of one lemon, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (Braggs is the best), and a dash of Cayenne pepper and/or ginger.

 

As we spend more time outdoors, don’t forget to protect yourself from insects, ticks, spiders and bugs.

You don’t have to use any toxic spray or lotion. Essential oils like lavender, bergamot, basil, and peppermint will do the job equally well.

 

EMBRACE THE BEAUTY AND HEALING POWERS OF NATURE. GIVE PERMISSION TO BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF AND CLEANSE YOUR BODY AND EMOTIONS.

To your radiant health.

Ilona

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