8 Lifestyle Changes to Detox Your Body

detox-lifestyle2-1Even the most careful and health-conscious of us are guilty of putting unhealthy items in our bodies in our daily lives. A cleansing of the body or as it is called, detoxification, helps us combat the problem by getting rid of all the toxins we subject our bodies to.

Detox refers to cleansing the body with organic, whole and fresh foods by abstaining from toxic or unhealthy substances. While it may not be possible to practice abstinence in our daily lives, some simple steps can be effective to the end. So instead of taking to occasional, short-lived measures, adopt these small changes in your daily life:

1. Increase fiber intake – The kidney and liver are crucial for the filtration of the toxins in the body and thus promote overall cleansing. Include plenty of fiber in your daily diet such as organically produced fresh vegetables and fruits to aid them in their function. Radishes, artichokes, broccoli, cabbage, parsley, grapefruit, beets etc. are all high on fiber and make for excellent detox foods. Avoid unhealthy items such as processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars.

2. Increase Vitamin C intake: Vitamin C is especially helpful for detox since it induces the production of glutathione, which is a compound that flushes toxins out. Include fruits and vegetables high on Vitamin C such as bell-pepper, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya etc. in your daily diet.

3. Drink herbal tea blends – Herbal infusions are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are high on health benefits. They offer an excellent alternative to black and green tea, not just in terms of flavor but also owing to their natural detoxifying and energy boosting properties. A tea detox consists of two parts: one being the morning ritual where you take teas to refresh and the second being the evening where you take tea to cleanse the colon. Look for ingredients such as ginseng, gotu kola, ginger, peppermint, licorice, spearmint, lemongrass and  cinnamon in your tea.

4. Do yoga – Yoga is one of the best detox techniques as it cleanses your body, mind and spirit when practiced daily. Choose from the hundreds of yoga asanas to strengthen and detox your body.

5. Hydrotherapy – Hydrotherapy consists of a wide range of methods. One simple yet effective way to do it daily is to alternate between hot and cold water during a shower. Exercise hydrotherapy by taking a hot shower for five minutes daily, allowing the water to run on your skin. Follow the same with cold water for about 3 seconds. Repeat this thrice and hit the bed for the next 30 minutes. While hot water relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, cold water stimulates them. This alternating between the two is useful in decreasing inflammation, removing toxins from tissues and naturally, stimulating blood circulation.

6. Exfoliate – Remove toxins present in your skin and induce greater circulation through daily oil massages and skin brushing. You can also dry-brush your skin or go for foot scrubs and baths to remove toxins from the pores. Before taking a shower, dry brush your full body. This will stimulate greater blood circulation and will augment the process of toxin elimination through the skin.

7. Sweat it out – Hit the local gym or sweat it out in the sauna to help your body eliminate waste through increased body temperature and perspiration. Sweating rids your body of a lot of toxins and is a great daily detox tool.

8. Drink lots of water –Water is a catalyst to all the above mentioned detox techniques. So stay hydrated all day and have adequate amounts of water to flush toxins out of your body.

7 Power Tips to Boost Your Energy Levels

wellnessWho doesn’t want to have a limitless store of energy to accomplish their daily tasks, even after a busy, long day? Especially given the hectic schedules modern life subjects us to, most of us strive to maintain adequate levels of energy to achieve all that we set out for ourselves. Here are 7 ways you can naturally boost your energy levels and make space for your favourite activities everyday:

1. Get Moving – Exercise is one of the most effective ways to keep yourself fit and positive throughout the day. Even a 15 minute jog early in the morning is bound to keep your energy levels up all day. Join a gym, go for morning runs, practise a personal exercise regime – the options are plenty. Choose a workout plan that works the best for you and stick to it to keep feeling positive and motivated all day.

2. Drink Lots of Water – The importance of drinking water frequently cannot be stressed enough. Not only does it keep you healthy and hydrated, water also flushes toxins out and thus gives a feel-good vibe as it improves bodily functions. If you forget to drink enough water during the day, always keep a bottle of water close and take small sips at regular intervals.

3. Get More Sleep – If you often find yourself lethargic through the day, you may be short on suffering from a lack of adequate sleep. At least 6-8 hours of sleep everyday is necessary to work at optimal levels. You can also take short afternoon naps (15-20 minutes) to restart your system.

4. Tap into Plant Power – One of the best natural sources of defeating fatigue are adaptogenic herbs, plants that are widely used for their medicinal and healing properties. They are known to reduce anxiety, stress and fatigue. An excellent way of building natural energy without resorting to artificial stimulators is Ginseng or Ashwagandha and Gotu Kola or Brahmi. These herbs boost both mental and physical energy, increase your threshold for taking stress, boost metabolism and enhance immunity in the body.

5. Switch to Tea – Most of us in 9 to 5 jobs fall into the habit of intaking large quantities of caffeine or energy drinks to keep ourselves going. This is an unhealthy habit and can be substituted with tea instead. Tea is natural, has a lot of health benefits and is the best substitute for artificial drinks and sodas that only harm the body in the long run.

6. Eat Clean – If you want your body to perform optimally throughout the day, you have to fuel it right. Include as much organic and raw produce in your daily diet as you can and cut out processed and junk food. Say goodbye to artificial foods, salty and sugary foods and embrace veggies, fruits, nuts and healthy meats. You’ll be amazed to see how energetic you feel by paying special attention to what you eat.

7. Relax – Above all, don’t forget to take a deep breath! Take time out during different parts of the day to just relax and free your mind of all troubles. Stress-induced feelings and emotions eat into a lot of your energy and must be carefully pushed away. During times of chaos, taking a deep breath becomes paramount and is an ideal approach to bringing your energy levels bank to normal when they are lagging. So take 5 minutes off when you feel fatigue, take deep, long breaths and you’ll experience an instant surge in your energy levels as oxygen travels to your brain. It is a quick yet effective way to give yourself a wake-up call in the middle of a busy day!

RECIPE – Rangsaa Unwind Kiwi Pineapple Detox Smoothie

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Kevi DetoxKiwi, with its bright color and succulent exotic taste, is also a fruit packed with nutrients. It is rich in actinidain, which helps in improving digestion. This kiwi pineapple mint smoothie is like a taste of the tropics with every sip and is a great addition to any detox program.

KEY INGREDIENTS
2 tsp Rangsaa Unwind
3 kiwi peeled
1 /2 cup pineapple
1 cup spinach
1 tsp flaxeed

PREPARATION
To make your rangsaa ice cubes, brew 2 tsp of tea in 300 ml pre-boiled water for 15 minutes. Once cool, freeze in ice cube tray. To make the detox smoothie, place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

BEST ENJOYED
Any time of the day.

Rangsaa’s Golden Box – Step Into Luxury Tea

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Rangsaa fashions tea as a healthy and delicious alternative in lifestyle and wellness segment. Our blends are specially handcrafted using a precise selection of evocative herbs, indigenous to each purpose and to reflect the healing and indulgent philosophy of the brand.

We are proud to share the first look of our golden box. Watch out for our launch. The countdown has begun.

Tea Inspired Jewellery by Ann Mierisch

Ann in conversation

We are mad tea lovers here and we were curious to learn about Ann’s inspiration behind using tea in her jewellery.

In an exclusive chat with Love for tea, Ann tells us how she has always had a love affair with tea and has an entire pantry full of teas. “I think of tea as a travel vessel for the mind and soul”, she adds. “As I sip a cup of tea, I like to think about where the tea comes from, what the climate was like there, the people who harvest the tea, the journey the tea made to shops where I buy it from”.  Her favorite section in any guide book is the local tea shop or the tea house.

Ann Mierisch is a German born photographer and an artisan jeweller based in Los Angeles. Her unique line of artisan jewellery is inspired by tea, nature, travel, Paris, animals and beautiful things found all around the world. Her wish to tell a story and inspire a conversation, is nurtured beautifully in her handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces.

“So it was inevitable that I would attempt to create jewellery out of tea. I was at my local tea shop when the purveyor spilled some tea on the counter and landed in this interesting pattern. Something sparked in me and I ran home to try to recreate what I saw on the counter at the tea shop. Through much trial and error Tea-Lace Jewellery was born.”

Ann uses finest premium loose leaf teas to create her pieces. Each piece is handcrafted with fine attention to detail. We adore her sincerity towards her form of expression, her selection of teas, her craftsmanship and imagination – which together create magic in every single piece.

Ann hopes to open a store in the coming year, but for now has an online shop, which we highly recommend you to check. We thank her for the kind gesture and considering our readers with a special discount. Use code LOVETEA on your first purchase to avail the offer.

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