Whenever I’m feeling the need for a good cleanse that helps to not only detox my body but clear my mind, I head to the sauna for one of my favorite rituals: a 45-minute hot/cold experience that leaves me super-focused. I learned how to do this at a resort spa years ago, and it’s one of the best things I’ve applied to my lifestyle. Since I don’t have the time or money to visit a spa on a weekly basis, this is something I do at my fitness center on a weekly basis. First, I spend 15 minutes in the sauna, then rinse off under a cold shower and drink a glass of water. I do this as a circuit three times and end up feeling immensely refreshed and detoxified. Other good ways to sweat it out? Any form of exercise that you enjoy.
Did you know that infrared sauna treatments can help to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and aid in weight loss? Those are some of the health benefits reported by The Journal of American College of Cardiology. And, according to the experts at Sunlighten, makers of at-home infrared saunas, infrared sauna treatments have also been clinically shown to help detoxify the body and provide pain relief. (For those who love their gadgets, the Sunlighten Signature line features a Blaupunkt sound system with MP3 player compatibility and an ergonomic backrest.) These saunas are also energy-efficient and run on less electricity than your average hair dryer. Keep an eye out for their new mPulse Infrared Sauna Series debuting in March, which will be the world’s first biofeedback sauna—tracking heart rate, calories burned, and core body temperature data and sending this data wirelessly to a wellness website for personal use ( www.sunlighten.com/mpulse ).
Take time out and immerse yourself in a nice warm bath with a detoxifying bath blend. I’m a big fan of Dr. Singha’s Ayurvedic Mustard Bath ( www.drsingha.com ), which comes in handy packets that I don’t travel without. I also love the bath oils and Thermal Spring Salts from Kneipp, (try the balancing Lavender or energizing Spruce, www.kneippus.com ). Another favorite is the Detox Duo by Dr. Dennis Gross. The set includes botanical- and vitamin-rich Purifying Bath Salts and an Antioxidant Enzyme Buff that exfoliates nicely (www.mdskincare.com). After bathing, apply an organic oil to your entire body. Amrit Organic offers some excellent certified organic oils; try the Organic Sesame Oil that’s a topnotch conditioner for your skin and known for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. ( www.redcherrygroup.com )
Dr. Steve Arcuelo from ChicagoHealers.com created this detoxifying and immune-system-building Scallion and Ginger Tonic cocktail: First, combine 1 bunch of chopped scallions, 6 coin-size slivers of fresh ginger, a splash of Shoyu (a high-quality soy sauce), and 4 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and reduce by h...