1. Drink the right amount of water for your body
Don’t know what that is? Simply take your body weight and divide it by 2. That number is the amount of ounces you need per day. If you are really lacking, don’t try to add it all at once, slow and steady wins the race.
2. Consume natural foods that contain liver detoxifying properties
Two of the best options are milk thistle and dandelion root. You can easily drink these in tea form.
3. Use Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar regularly
Both Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar detoxify the body gently by balancing our internal pH level and decreasing acid throughout the body.
4. Replace fragrances with essential oils
Synthetic fragrances are found in so many things like candles, cleaning products, lotions, shampoos, soaps, hair product, etc. Synthetic fragrances are man-made and can therefore cause inflammation and allergies, which drain the body’s energy. Essential oils on the other hand come from fruits, herbs, seeds, etc. They are very concentrated and distilled in a laboratory environment. They are a wonderful fragrance substitute. My favorite scents are Sweet Orange, Vanilla, Spearmint, Grapefruit, amongst others. Essential Oils are not just good for making things smell good. Many essential oils have medicinal properties. Some have very strong and even unpleasant smells, but are functionally excellent. Tea Tree Oil is great for acne and dandruff. It has strong anti-fungal properties. Rosemary Oil is great to alleviate sickness. Lavender Oil is great to improve sleep quality. Essential Oils are naturally anti-bacterial.
5. Replace plastic with glass
Glass is your better option for food and water storage. Unlike plastic, it will not leach harmful substances into your food and beverages. It can also be used for cooking (such as Pyrex bake ware). For pantry items, I am personally a fan of using large mason jars to store pantry items such as nuts, seeds, etc. It is also a lot prettier.
6. Take deep belly breaths daily
Taking deep belly breaths daily is a simple way to naturally lower cortisol (the stress hormone). Feeling overwhelmed? Take a few deep breaths and I guarantee you’ll feel better, inshaAllah (God willing)
7. Replace traditional aluminum and nonstick cookware/bakeware with ceramic, cast iron or glass
When you cook your food using traditional cookware/bakeware made of metals such as aluminum and nonstick coating, several heavy metals are leached into your food. Heavy metals such as aluminum have been clinically linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer, Infertility, etc. The best options are ceramic, cast iron, or glass. They also last a lot longer and clean a lot easier. It’s a win-win across the board.
8. Take it one step at a time
Don’t let this list of recommendations overwhelm you. Do one thing at a time. Take what works for you and leave what does not. Do you already do any of these things? If so, leave a comment below.
Written Exclusively for The Demureist by Yasmin Essa, HC, AADP is the Founder of Wellness with Yasmin where she coaches women to become the healthiest version of themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, with her expertise lying in all things Women's Health. She is a graduate of Montclair State University as well as the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.