What we do in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. And if you’ve ever overslept, you know exactly how true this statement is. Mornings can be rough; it’s easy to rely on sugar and caffeine to energize you, which only wreaks havoc on your digestive system and exacerbates fluctuating energy levels and moods. If you’ve ever wanted a do-over before 9 a.m., start your day right—and keep it on the right track—with these 10 simple ways to detox your body naturally each and every day.
1. Get Up On Time
Are those nine extra minutes the snooze button gives you ever really worth it? Get out of bed when you first wake up and start your day already—especially since the two hours after we awake are potentially the most productive of our entire day. Running late or feeling rushed in the morning only adds to anxiety and fatigue, and can cause us to turn to coffee and sugary snacks to get through the rest of the day.
2. Drink Cleansing Lemon Water
Lemon Digestive Aid Water or Lemon Cleanse Water is a great way to stimulate digestion, release toxins from the liver, jumpstarts your digestive enzymes and give your body a vitamin C boost. Try adding a pinch of sea salt or raw, organic apple cider vinegar for even more detoxing effects.
NOTE: If you feel nauseous or experience tightness in the chest after drinking the morning lemon elixir, omit the raw apple cider vinegar. This reaction can occur from the body’s releasing of bacteria and toxins during detox. Continue to drink the lemon elixir, omitting the Bragg’s (or use the only ½ teaspoon) for at least three days, and then reintroduce it. If the reactions continue upon reintroduction, continue to drink only the lemon water.
3. Dry-brush your skin
Dry skin brushing improves lymphatic drainage, reduces cellulite, promotes digestion and supports detoxification. You can purchase a skin brush on Amazon, or simply use a dry towel. Gently brush in a circular motion, always moving from the extremities towards the heart, thereby improving blood flow to the heart. Use counter-clockwise strokes on your belly to improve detoxification.
4. Scrape Your Tongue
By tongue scraping every morning, you remove bacteria that can lead to poor digestion and liver stagnation. Brush your teeth before you tongue-scrape. Then use a tongue scraper or a spoon to reach as far back as possible and pull forward, scraping off the white film, which is candida and Streptococcus mutans.
5. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been a common detoxification practice for centuries and can be done with coconut, sesame or olive oil. Oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach to ensure maximum benefit. The best times are upon rising and before bed.
6. Detox your products
Detoxing isn’t all about what you eat and drink, it’s also the products you put on your skin. Make sure you’re using personal care products and makeup are free from harmful ingredients. Heck, you can even make your own dry shampoo.
7. Get Moving
Whether it’s walking the dog, a bike ride to work, stretches at your desk or a quick yoga session, commit to getting your heart rate up and your body moving in the morning. Regular exercise gets the blood moving and is essential for a healthy metabolism.
8. Take a probiotic
Probiotics (healthy bacteria) regulate and restore your intestines’ natural balance, and studies have shown they can help rid the body of heavy metals, free radicals and dangerous bacteria. Make sure to take any other supplements before you head out for the day, too. Just don’t do so on an empty stomach, which leads us to
9. Eat the Right Breakfast
It’s important to get protein and healthy fats early in the day, versus a bowl full of simple carbs and refined sugar—or relying on breakroom or coffee-shop snacks. Protein-packed Greek yogurt is a good choice if you want to get your probiotics and breakfast in one fell swoop. My naturopath encourages me to eat a small number of eggs, veggies or even dinner leftovers in the morning. (Garlic breath be damned: who says you can’t have chicken and Caesar salad for breakfast?) A smoothie with avocado, grain-free muesli or a make-ahead breakfast burrito is all good options. Here are 50 more healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes if you need inspiration.
10. Drink Green Tea
We know, giving up coffee is rough. Like, extremely rough. But at least try to make the switch, even if it’s a couple days a week. You’ll be getting beauty-boosting antioxidants and a metabolism boost, and there’s still caffeine in it. If you’re an iced tea fan, try a Green Tea Energy Drink with chia seeds that provide fiber and omega-3s.