You are halfway there! Only 5 more days to go!
I wanted to talk briefly about STRESS. We all have this toxin in our lives, but it is what we do with it that counts.
A good way to reduce stress is to BREATHE.
When we take an in-breath, most of us use only the upper parts of our lungs. This is called shallow breathing. Breathing deeply, using the lower parts of the lungs, too, enables oxygen to circulate properly to your tissues, enriching them with nutrients and taking waste away. AND deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system, a key part to our immunity that helps to rid the body of toxins, and it induces a state of relaxation.
If you are unsure whether you breathe in a deep or shallow way, try this simple test. Stand or sit and place one hand on your solar plexus- which is found just below your ribcage- and the other on the lower abdomen. Breathe in and feel which hand moves. If it is your upper hand, you are shallow breathing; if the hand on your abdomen moves, you are deep breathing. Consciously breathe from the abdomen by taking in a deep breath so that your stomach rises and your lower hand moves; then breathe out. Do this for a few minutes until you get used to how it feels.
Try to adopt deep breathing in normal life- check yourself from time to time, and make your breaths deeper if need be. I tend to check myself during the day, especially when my babes come home from school. That seems to be a stressful time in the household…and breathing sure helps!
You are rockin’ this detox, ladies! How is Day 5 going for you? Would love to hear from you so please leave your comment below.
AND remember, BREATHE! xo