Beauty Food Supper Club — Spring Beauty Renewal
Top 10 Instant Detox Tips for Mind, Body and Beauty
If you missed the spring meeting of the Beauty Food Supper Club at Sun In Bloom in Brooklyn, you can still apply some of the top detox tips that myself and experts Sara Jane Mercer, Rebecca Casciano and chef Aimee Follette shared with guests during the delicious first course (a yummy Kimchi Avocado Salad!). Feel free to contact me if you have questions about these tips, and happy detoxing!
1. Detox Your Pantry
Spring is a great time to give your pantry a through once over. Throw out anything that is expired, and weed out all of those gross processed foods. Your body will thank you!
2. Clean Up Your Cleaning Products
What you clean your house with is just as important as what you put in your body. Get ride of any toxic products hiding under your sink and replace them with natural, toxin free alternatives. Some of my favorite cleaning brands include Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, Method and The Honest Company.
3. De-Clutter Your Closet
Take an afternoon and go through your closet. Be ruthless. Anything you have not worn in a year or two should be given away or donated. An organized, streamlined closet filled with only items you love will make getting dressed each day much faster and easier!
4. Boost Glutathione, a Mega-Detoxifier
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body, and it’s a critical detox aid. While you can’t get it in supplement form, you can eat more foods that increase its production, like garlic, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, turmeric, and cinnamon.
5. Support Internal Detox Processes
When your digestive system and liver are functioning well, you detox naturally! Nourish healthy digestion with fermented foods (like kimchi and miso) and fresh greens, and support liver health with warm lemon water, dandelion root tea, and artichokes.
6. Shut Out Toxins
A big part of detoxing is getting rid of toxins—and keeping them away. Support your health by cutting back on the foods that stress out your beauty, like refined sugar, alcohol, processed foods, caffeine and produce sprayed with pesticides.
7. Get to Know What’s in Your Products
Educate yourself about the ingredients in your makeup and personal care products by visiting The Environmental Working Group's Database, Skin Deep (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep), where you’ll find out how safe your products rate on a scale of 0-10 (low-high).
8. Swap the Products You Use Most
First find greener options for the products you use most often and over the largest areas of skin, like shower gel, shampoo and skin care. The good news is, these are usually easy to replace, as natural options can be found in chains like Target, Duane Reade and many health food stores.
9. Clean Out and Refresh Your Makeup Kit
Let go of any products that you've had for longer than you remember (products that contain water- 9 months, those that don't- 12 months) and anything that's broken or smells funny. Spring is the perfect time to update your look with new colors or textures.
10. Add Green Juice to Your Day
Green juices are an amazing way to add nutrition to your diet while also detoxifying the body. The chlorophyll in greens oxygenates the body, which enables us to release stored toxins. Green juice also cleanses your digestive system, lungs, and liver.