Not long after finishing the previous article it occurred to me there are 5 additional ways to detox that I should have recommended for my billions* of devoted followers here at LewisLovesYou. *Unofficial estimate.
Check out these other fab 5:
Detox your tongue, teeth and gums
Know what Colgate, Listerine and Crest all have in common?
1. Underwhelming commercials that over rely on actors abnormally enthused by the prospect of gargling.
2. Enough alcohol to kill healthy germs, dry out your mouth, contribute to the increased risk of developing oral cancer, and possibly give Lindsay Lohan a buzz.
3. A bunch of nasty chemicals like sodium benzoate, poloxamer 407, and food colors that you don't want anything to do with.
You: But, Lewis, shouldn't I and your 12* other followers be garling?
Me: Billions*. And, yes, you should. But the answer is gargling with himalayan salt.
Himalayan salt is the purest form of salt available and offers big benefits. Since it's naturally anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, if you have gingivitis, sensitive gums, consume sugary drinks, or have a sore throat there's nothing like it. Plus, it fortifies teeth and strengthens bones with the help of 84 trace minerals.
You: Can I gargle with himalayan salt while watching the Lions lose again and again?
Whipping up a gargle-worthy batch of himalayan salt mouthwash is quick and easy. Step one, buy a large quantity of himalayan salt from a health food store or online. I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs. A 5-lb bag lasts around six months and only costs about $25.
Step two, put five tablespoons of the salt into a 24-oz glass canning jar. Step three, heat up some water in a tea pot and, once boiling, pour in and stir.
Step four, let cool and - voilà! You've made a much healthier and cheaper mouthwash that should last at least two weeks.
Step five, reread The Four Agreements. Totally unrelated to gargling, but I just finished rereading it this morning and wanted to give it a shout out because it's bloody fantastic.
Detox your spleen
The liver and kidneys aren't the body's only detox power brokers; the spleen also does a lot of heavy lifting.
So, help that which wants to help you by drinking tea. No, I'm not talking about that sugar-riddled bottle of Snapple you pick up at 7-Eleven.
I'm talking about real tea with actual nutrients, antioxidants and polyphenols to boost your immune system and aid your body in fighting cancer, heart disease, stroke and loooooots more.
My brand of choice is Traditional Medicinals. Not only is the tea organic, gluten-free and sustainably sourced, the tea bags are compostable and do not contain plastics.
Try to drink two cups a day. But we can still be friends if you only have time for one ...
Detox your produce
Whether organic or not, all your produce needs to be thoroughly rinsed before being served.
A quick digression:
Yes, organic produce does contain some pesticides and costs more than its non-organic counterpart. But it is, generally speaking, healthier for you.
Moreover, there are certain fruits and vegetables that you should buy purely in organic form because they are far too loaded with herbicides and other chemicals to be considered safe for consumption.
They are: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, and sweet bell peppers. What do nutritionists call this collective ensemble? The dirty dozen.
Now back to our regularly scheduled broadcast:
What's a great way to quickly clean your produce to mitigate bacteria and rinse off residues and other harmful toxins?
Try the following:
Add a tablespoon of vinegar or a teaspoon of baking soda to a large bowl of cold water and then place in your fruits and vegetables. Let them soak for few minutes.
It's a good idea idea to use a gentle scrub brush to clean sturdier fruits and vegetables (like carrots and apples), otherwise simply rinse the produce and let air dry.
Detox your vibrations
Stay with me here ... this will make sense.
You know how you can't live without Wi-Fi? Well, there's good science that suggests you can't exactly live with it either.
Your beloved Wi-Fi can be linked to causing oxidative stress, testicular damage, neuropsychiatric effects including EEG changes, apoptosis, cellular DNA damage, endocrine changes and more.
So, should you migrate to the Sierras and Swiss Family Robinson your way to nirvana? Sure! But in case that fails, there's an easier game plan.
Shut off your Wi-Fi at night. Yup, you simply turn off that router before going to sleep.
If indeed Wi-Fi does cause health problems, at an absolute bare minimum you're reducing your exposure an average of 6-9 hours a day.
And keep your phone away from you at night as well. Put it in another room or at least on the other side of your bedroom to decrease your exposure to electromagnetic frequencies and increase your mindfulness.
Detox your need to think you need modern conveniences
OK, this one isn't exactly a detox, but just read on anyway.
A wonderful problem happened to me a while back ... my dishwasher broke. Naturally, I did what every person in western culture does when confronted with the possibility of manual labor. I called my mom.
Me: Mom, I have a crisis.
Mom: Why don't you just wash the dishes?
Me: What would you know? You're just a mom.
As is so often the case, I eventually realized my mother had a point. Faced with the certainty that the dishwasher was not going to fix itself, I chose to boldly embrace my dilemma like a millenial accepting a participation trophy. I ponied up to the sink and washed the dishes with my bare hands (and soap.)
And guess what? I actually enjoyed it.
I discovered the joy of using less water and connecting with the water. When it's cold outside, the warm water is a welcomed relief and, likewise, cold water is a plus during warm weather.
Two years later, I still haven't fixed my dishwasher. But I did thank my mom.