HJ: So you’ve stopped eating processed food, switched to organics, cut out GMO’s and you’re feeling pretty good. But now what? These 10 simple, but powerful health habits will help you take your health to the next level. A higher level of nutrition, a higher level of detoxification and a higher level of overall functioning.
Once your diet has been cleaned up significantly, it is time to detoxify the body from the various pollutants and chemicals that we have ingested either intentionally or unintentionally over the course of our lives. After that, we must restore full functioning to the body’s organs, and particularly digestion. Beyond that, we must learn about the properties and influences of foods on our unique body type through Ayurveda and how to maintain balance between Yin and Yang energies as taught by Macrobiotics and Chinese medicine. Once we learn how individual foods affect us and what their properties are, we can begin to eat more intuitively, understanding fully how we are fueling, influencing and interacting with our bodies. At this point, it is a process of honing our physical expression for optimal support of our mental state, allowing us to operate at higher levels of awareness.
In one way or another, the health habits below contribute to this powerful body of knowledge and are useful at all steps of the ‘ascending health pyramid’.
9 Habits Of A Hardcore Wellness Warrior
By Megan Telpner | Meghan Telpner
So you’ve started eating more veggies, swapped your toxic beauty products for organic ones, and cut the processed junk from your diet. What’s next on your journey to vibrant living? Try these tips on for size and take your health habits to the next level.
1. Brush your skin.
Beyond being a great way to wake yourself up in the morning, skin brushing has loads of health benefits: Dry brushing increases lymphatic drainage and boosts circulation. It also helps your body ditch dead skin. Daily dry brushing can reduce cellulite (no more dimple bum or cottage cheese thigh!)
2. Detox your shower.
You may have switched from tap to spring water, but have you thought about all the water you’re absorbing in the shower? According to an article in the American Journal of Public Health, up to two thirds of our harmful exposure to chlorine happens via absorption by the skin while showering. Protect yourself with a shower filter ASAP.
3. Do a coffee enema. (Yep, we’re going there.)
If you’ve been on this health journey for a while, you’ve probably long since given up your morning cup of joe. But while drinking coffee can send our bodies into an adrenaline frenzy, taking it via the, err, bottom end actually shifts us into a calm, relaxed state. Doing your first enema doesn’t have to be scary — learn how here.
4. Sip on lemon cayenne water.
It might not be the tastiest beverage, but starting your day with warm water, lemon juice and as much cayenne pepper as you can handle is a great way to alkalinize your body, flush your liver and boost your digestion.
5. Take digestive bitters.
One of the best ways to improve your digestion is to eat bitter foods, which enhances secretions of the liver, pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. Unfortunately, the bitter flavour that’s so beneficial for our health has been almost entirely bred out of our food. Taking herbal digestive bitters before or after a meal can help.
6. Make your own condiments.
You’ve tossed the package foods from your cupboards, but have you taken a look at the spooky ingredients in your condiments lately? Make your own so you can make sure they’re safe.
7. Forage for wild foods.
8. Eat goodness from the ocean.
Are you getting enough seaweed in your diet? Sea vegetables are alkalinizing and contain iodine, essential for thyroid health. Or take it to the next level with Ocean’s Alive marine phytoplankton. It can help with regulation of blood sugar, eyesight, recovery from illness and inflammation. Irish moss is another great choice which is incredibly healing for the digestive system.
9. Superpower your soup broth.
Making soup? Infuse the broth with superfoods like gogi berries, chaga mushroom, turmeric and maca. How have you been taking your health to the next level lately?
Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based nutritionista and her humorous, engaging and real approach to healthy living has garnered her a world-wide following and extensive media attention. Her online cooking courses and health programs are making this vibrant living lifestyle available across the globe. Meghan’s bestselling book UnDiet, Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health is creating a revolution in how people think about their health. Join Meghan’s community on twitter @MeghanTelpner. For more visit MeghanTelpner.com.