About a year ago, if you had asked me about “detoxing” I would have looked at you like you’d grown a third head. Why on earth would I need to detox? I’m the Queen of Purity. I’m sober. I don’t smoke weed. Detoxing is for weirdos. I am NOT a weirdo. Okay – so wait…I am a weirdo. Scratch that.
Let me set the stage here for you – it’s birthday month in your family. About 6-10 family members all have birthdays close together. There are parties. There is cake. There is pizza. And you eat it all because after all, it IS a special occasion. I’m not sure when “special occasion” becomes not so special…but, anyway. I eat it too. I get it.
I wake up the next morning feeling like a bloated cow. I feel like I’ve gained about 10 pounds of salty water-weight. Right about then, that 5th piece of pizza and that cake looks pretty nasty. Blech. I think I’ll just stay in bed all day and drink water.
More Than Alive sent me a 1 pound package of their Bentonite Clay to try out (I do not earn a commission from More Than Alive’s sales). I knew immediately that I’d use it as a “baby powder” for Andy’s bottom…but then I got to thinking that I remembered that clay was also good for detoxing.
A 1 pound package of clay is only $6.60 and a little goes a long way. Clay does approximately 1 million different things: you can brush your teeth with it, bathe with it, and you can even eat it. If you get a bee sting, you can make a paste with clay and water and slap it on there. It’s a cure-all…kinda like white vinegar.
I’m feeling more weird with every word that I write. :-0
Why would you want to detox? First off, because you over-indulged. Detoxing will rid your body of the nasty toxins that you just put into it and it makes you feel so much better. Barry and I love detoxing after the holidays.
After reading around the internet, and trying a few of these methods myself, here are my favorite easy and cheap methods of detoxing.
This is our favorite. I do it after I’ve gorged myself on something that I shouldn’t have…although, with Trim Healthy Mama, I don’t do that very often anymore.
I use 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup bentonite clay, and ½ cup apple cider vinegar. Sometimes I add essential oils too because I like how they smell…way better than pickling yourself in the tub. You’ll soak for about 10-20 minutes or as long as your body can handle it. Warning: as the toxins flush out, you may become lightheaded.
I have used this method while nursing, but not while pregnant. I don’t detox while pregnant. And I don’t detox OFTEN when breastfeeding either.
Sea Salt Flush
I don’t like drinking salt water, and I haven’t tried this method personally, but I hear it works great! You only do this while at home, as it will flush out your whole system in about 1 hour…you’ll have to GO. A lot. A LOT I SAID! Don’t leave the house.
Dissolve two teaspoons of SEA SALT in a quart of warm water. Drink it all in the morning on an empty stomach. Do not leave the house. I repeat. Do not leave the house.
You can easily detox making your own ginger tea. It helps carry waste out of your body. Check out instructions on detoxing with ginger tea at Kitchen Stewardship.
Our family doesn’t like kombucha, but it’s an EXCELLENT detox method. It flushes your body out and fills you up with good, healthy bacteria – and no, that’s not an oxymoron.
Modern Alternative Mama has a great FREE eBook on kombucha when you subscribe to her blog.
I’d like to tell you that I’ll never detox using a coffee enema. But if I say that, I’ll end up doing it…because that always happens to me.
I’m not going to talk about it. Click that link if you want to read about the method. And don’t say “Stacy never told me I could detox with a coffee enema.” I got it covered. I’ll just keep my coffee for drinking though.
So, those are my favorite methods and the easiest ones…according to Stacy. Also, they’re not gonna cost you an arm-and-leg like a juice fast would.
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**NOTE: I was not paid for this post. I was sent a pound of clay to try out for myself, and all opinions are mine.*
**SECOND NOTE** I am not a doctor. I do not have a doctor degree. I only doctor boo-boos at home. So, please be smart about detoxing and ask your doctor if you have questions…because, I’m not a doctor. Did I already say that?