Sometimes the junk just accumulates . . . inside your body . . . on your skin . . . and even in the larger scheme of life.
This extra garbage can drag you down in multiple ways.
That's why spring cleaning is so important. You can get rid of the stuff that's interfering with your health. And make room for all the good things that keep you vital.
To help you move forward in life with strength, energy and confidence, we've put together a list of 7 things you can do to clean up your act. Be forewarned, some of them may be a little surprising!
1. Clean Your Skin
There's a misperception out there that when your skin is troubled, it simply needs a good scrubbing.
The truth is, stubbornly troublesome skin is often crying out for some gentleness. The surprising solution?
Olive oil. Simply take some olive oil and gently rub it on your skin, leave it for a minute and then gently wipe it off with a warm washcloth.Olive oil has a long, proven history as a cleanser. The Romans regularly washed up with this powerful antifungal and antibacterial - yet gentle - cleansing oil.
Follow this up with a skin-nourishing cream, like the anti-aging Sun Chlorella cream.
2. Clean Your Insides With Bacteria and Algae
Got some extra sludge inside of you? It's hard not to accumulate some toxins along the way. Your food, air, water - evenyour shampoo- can put bad stuff inside of you. These toxins slow you down and put a damper on your health . . .
To help your body get rid of this garbage, strengthen your natural detox processes. To do this, nothing works better than a powerful algae-bacteria dynamic duo.
Multiple studies have shown the algae, chlorella, helps speed up your body's excretion of heavy metals and toxins like dioxin.
Chlorella also supports liver health. Your liver is one of your body's key detox organs. The liver produces enzymes key to neutralizing and eliminating toxic chemicals in your body.
Finally, chlorella also spurs healthy probiotic bacteria growth. These bacteria keep your intestines in shape furthering your body's ability to sort through food and move the unwanted waste out.
3. Clean Your Conscience
While extra waste in your bowels and blood can burden your body, psychological baggage can also drag you down. In turn, these emotional weights can eventually take a toll on your health. You can have a hard time sleeping . . . And an even harder time getting up.
Frustration and anger can set off your stress hormones and raise your blood pressure.
If something is tugging at your conscience, don't ignore it. Take some time and develop a strategy to take care of it. Consult a friend or professional advisor if you need some help on this. Put together a step-by-step plan and then put it into action day by day.
While it won't solve your problems, one of my favorite allies for taking on life's challenges is the herb, eleuthero:
-Eleuthero gives you sustained healthy energy while helping you to feel calm and alert.
-And eleuthero works with your body to moderate the effects of stress.
Of course some stubborn problems are simply outside of your control. In these cases, make sure you find time to nourish yourself and relax. Take a daily walk. Meditate. Fix yourself a good dinner. Or watch a funny movie with a friend.
4. Clean Your Office
You may not think of your office as a health hazard. But it can be.
If you've got stacks of papers, books piling up and deadlines that are gnawing at your peace of mind, you're working in a
Papers and books are dust and mildew magnets. If you're constantly clearing your throat and blowing your nose, these office pileups may be to blame. Your respiratory system may be getting overwhelmed with dust.
Add this to the stress of mounting deadlines and it's easy to see how your health can be put in jeopardy by your work.
To deal with the deadlines, see the strategy above for clearing your conscience.
To take care of the mountainous dust collectors, start organizing. Set aside time on a daily and weekly basis to go through accumulated papers. File what you need to keep and recycle the rest.
Then take a clean rag, dampen it with a little white distilled vinegar and
Finally, add an air purifier with a HEPA filter to office. By cleaning your air regularly, you'll take a burden off your mucus membranes and your lungs.You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to breathe.
5. Clean Your Schedule
Feeling overwhelmed . . . busy . . . stressed? Maybe your schedule is too full.
We all need empty space in our days to relax, let our mind drift and occasionally ponder the big things in life. When we schedule every minute of our day, our mind never gets this time. And we lose out on creativity, clarity and plain old peacefulness.
So take a good look at what you're packing into your week. Do you really need to do all these things? Decide what's non-negotiable and then start weeding out the rest. Learn to say "no” to requests and invitations. And
Funny enough, you'll be amazed at how this "non-productive” time makes you so much more productive!
6. Clean Your Fridge
Certainly get rid of that sticky mess in the back and the week-old leftovers. But that's not the main form of fridge-cleaning we're talking about here . . .
Clear out the junk food and bring in the good. Start shopping fresh. Instead of buying processed foods, learn to prepare food from scratch. Stop by the farmer's market and look for seasonal and organic fruits and vegetables. Add healthy green smoothies to your repertoire.
Make it easier to snack and eat good food. And harder to get lured in to munching on the bad stuff.
7. Clean Your Room
Your mother was right . . . Go clean your room!
But this isn't just a matter of appearances. This is a critical health issue.
Your bedroom is where you sleep. And sleep is perhaps one of the most important activities your body does each day. When you sleep, your body is busy repairing and renewing. Your brain is storing memories away. And your immune system is on high alert, attacking potential problems.
If you don't get a good night's rest, these important functions can be neglected or cut short.
So make your room a welcoming place to rest your body . . .
- Clear out any work-related materials to make it easier to relax and fall asleep. This includes banning your phone and other electronic devices.
- Clear out dust-collecting debris.
- Run an air purifier to make it easier on your lungs when you're resting.
- Banish light when it's bedtime. Invest in some good curtains or shades. And cover any glowing lights like your alarm clock. Any little light can make it harder for your body to relax and sleep.
Enjoy The Well-Being That Comes With Cleaning Up Your Act
Life is a process. It takes
For this reason, take the time to periodically take stock of your health - both mental and physical - and assess what you can do to improve things. Bring new healthy foods and activities into your life. And get rid of the old junk that can be getting in the way.
Take these 7 steps to clean up your act and enjoy the renewed feeling that comes with them.
About Dr. Michael E Rosenbaum, MD
Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative
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