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10 ways to squeeze more out of your winter cleanse

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Last week, Sol Cleanse was lucky enough to welcome Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Therapist, Jessica Hewett of Nuwa Natural Health, into the cleansing family. Jessica completed a 3 day Winter Warmer Cleanse with Sol and has ben kind enough to share her invaluable tips for squeezing every ounce of detoxing action from your winter cleanse! Over to Jess...

1. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine links the seasons with vital organs in the body, and winter is about the kidneys and bladder - we are working with the element of water! Water's natural state is to flow, so going with the flow in winter is the attitude we need. Learning not to stress about things or be fearful of obstacles during winter helps us to relax and let things naturally flow - all will fall into place!

2. Meditation, Self Reflection and goal setting. Winter is the ideal time for goal setting and what perfect time to do this than on your winter cleanse! Meditation is also brilliant in winter, it is time for us to work with deeper reflection as we tend to be inside a lot more and in hibernation mode. Sometimes a walk outside if the sun is shining or inside listening to the rain or ocean is a perfect way to watch the world go by and find acceptance.

3. Tongue scrapping is an old practice used to reduce bacteria and toxins, improve taste sensation and reduce tongue coating. Studies today have shown that this ancient oral hygiene technique has a number of detoxifying benefits such al eliminating bad breath, boosting immunity and digestive health plus experiencing greater flavour in your food!

4: Oil Pulling is another ancient technique used for oral hygiene and to help rid your body of toxins. The use of a good quality organic coconut oil is used to draw deeper toxins from the mouth, gums and throat. A great article to help you add this ritual into your daily routine can be found here.

5. Ditch deodorants and makeup during your cleanse to eliminate unnecessary nasties while your body is detoxing. Anti-perspirant deodorants prevent the glands under the arm from excreting waste and chemicals found in makeups may leach into the bloodstream causing havoc on the endocrine system. Have a couple of days off your favourite beauty products, possibly using your cleanse as an opportunity to switch to organic alternatives. Just don't forget to increase the frequency of your showers while the body adjusts ;)

6. Treat yourself! Get some acupuncture, cupping or massage to help encourage detoxification and to love yourself up in between your liquid meals! There are so many benefits to receive from body therapy and I think that in todays world we forget about the massive importance of self care and self love.

7. Use essential oils in the bath, in a diffuser, under your pillow or rub into your feet. Winter is about restoring the kidney energy ready for spring and the following oils are great to tonify the qi (energy) and calm the spirit:
Tonify Qi: Angelica, Caraway, Coriander, Cumin, Hyssop, Neroli, Oregano, Pine,
To calm and relax: Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.

8. Incorporate yoga poses to support your kidneys in winter. Gentle sun salutes to help move any stagnant qi (energy) and increase spinal flexibility. The kidneys correlate to the bones which makes our spinal integrity and health a key part in our winter lifestyle. Strong folds such as Uttanasana (forward facing fold) and Pachimottanasana (seated forward fold) stretch the bladder and kidney meridians to clear any blockages. Cat cow or spinal flexion and extension movements are also a great warm up in the morning to encourage spinal movement as well a child’s pose to open up your kidney meridian to allow qi to move freely throughout the body.

9. Sleep is vital and especially so during winter. Aim to go to bed earlier and get up later. Put your phone and laptop away when you are going to bed as interacting with these devices right up until you fall asleep will not allow your mind to switch off properly and get a quality deep sleep. This is the time when your body will relax and heal.

10. Lastly one of my favourites! A great way to keep warm in winter is a nice hot salt bath. Salt being the flavour of the kidneys and water being the element. It also a lovely way to relax yourself and listen to some music or meditate. Put on some candles and get out those essential oils to get that deeper state of relaxation. Personally I think this is one of the best ways to regenerate the kidney qi.

If you would like to learn more about Jessica and the work she does through Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can find her at her beautiful Currumbin Beach Acupuncture Clinic, Nuwa Natural Health. She's also spreading her light on Instagram and Facebook if you wish to get in touch!