What if I told you that keeping clean whilst being pregnant and rearing children doesn’t have to be complicated. There are some super easy things you can do in your daily life to gently restore our bodies whilst keeping safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding times.
You may even be doing them now.
Eat (and drink) Beetroot
Beetroots contain a group of phytonutrients rich in antioxidants called betalains that support detoxification in the liver. When your liver is able to detoxify chemicals and toxins more effectively, then your body is better able to balance hormones, cholesterol and energy levels. Try in juice or grate beetroot raw in a salad or roasted with olive oil and sea salt.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is alkalising, stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes, aids in healthy weight maintenance and safe to use in small does at all times. Mix apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper to 50-100ml warm water. Drink on rising or ten minutes before meals to increase digestive capabilities.
Use Natural Household Cleaners
It’s so important to reduce the ubiquitous presence of toxic chemicals in our natural environment, man-made environments and our personal environments. Seek out safe cleaning solutions, such as eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, citrus oil, bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar.
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Dry Body Brush
Our skin is the largest waste elimination organ in the body. Body brushing exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells that may be clogging up pores and interfering with toxin elimination. This process also assists with the prevention of dry skin, as it stimulates sebum secretion from the sebaceous glands, leading to softer, lustrous skin. I body brush before showering in the morning. As a general rule, stroke the brush in one upward movement towards the major lymph nodes in the body, such as the groin, armpits and base of neck.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Drinking lots of water is essential, especially alkaline water. Alkaline water, also known as antioxidant water, has a higher pH which helps to extract acidity from the body.
Use Fresh Herbs
Many every-day kitchen herbs are not only loaded with antioxidants, they also enhance flavours in food so you can easily give processed condiments a miss. What’s more is that herbs such as parsley and coriander are super-alkalising, and have the ability to harmlessly remove heavy metals from the body. Parsley for example, is loaded with Vitamin C and beta-carotene, it’s like the equivalent of eating a couple of oranges and a carrot juice to boot.