Quick 5-Step Morning Detox Routine

So, this set of morning practices has been on my list of things “to-do” for a long time. But I put it off and put it off. I decided to make it a part of my 21-day detox because the point of all my programs is to take the really great stuff into your everyday life. Habits take a long time to form in order to really stick to them. Actually most habits take 21 days! Fancy that.

Okay so here is the routine I do, I probably get it all done in the morning in under 10 minutes while multitasking too.

1. Oil Pull

How to Do It

Keep a spoon and a jar of coconut oil near your bathroom sink. Take about one tablespoon of oil and place in mouth and allow to melt. Swish around in mouth just like any mouth rinse you’ve previously used. Build up the amount of time you do this. Starting with two minutes is fine, try and do 5-10. (I multitask in this phase: clean up the bathroom, get dressed, wash my face, whatever.) Do NOT swallow when you are done, spit it out. Your drain may be fine, but ideally a trashcan is best to avoid clogging the drain. Coconut oil is obviously a solid at room temperature and can build up.

Why Do It

Coconut oil has so many health benefits including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. In addition, the weight of the oil is amazing to swish in between teeth to get a good clean where floss and the tooth brush can’t get. The oil also helps collect fat-soluble toxins and candida that will get spit out when you are all done.

2.  Floss

How to Do It

You don’t need  a tutorial on this one I hope. HOWEVER, I did just learn from dentist to try and floss at different angles to get the crevices and clear out any stuck food.

Why Do It

Duh. No really though, it was my New Years Resolution. I heard the word “root canal” and freaked. Now I’m a frequent flosser for sure.

3. Scrape Tongue

How To Do It

Find a cheap little scrapper like this guy and quickly do just that–scrape the tongue clearing the surface of anything white. Tongue should be pink or red when you are all done.

Why Do It

This helps clear candida or other unwanted junk that built up in your mouth overnight. Getting rid of it can reduce sugar cravings and help the detox process!

4. Brush Teeth (Homemade and Fluoride-Free)

How To Do It

Homemade toothpaste is one part coconut oil and one part baking soda with enough peppermint oil (or oil of your choice) to flavor the paste.

Why Do It

I make my own toothpaste because it’s cheaper, non-toxic and it keeps my teeth nice and white! “But don’t you need fluoride?!” No you don’t. People who eat sugar and don’t take care of their teeth need fluoride. I avoid fluoride because it’s bad for your thyroid and we are already getting a lot of fluoride in public water.

5. Lemon Oil in Water

How to Do It

Keep a glass of water near the sink. Once your mouth is all clean, add 5 drops of lemon oil to a full glass of water and drink.

Why Do It

Lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the metabolism, support a bowel movement, alkalize the body, and get real hydrated before you but any food in your system to digest. It’s also a great source of antioxidants and a natural cleanser –both are perfect for a detox. Do this first thing and wait 30 minutes before eating.

The Results

My teeth and mouth are super clean, sugar cravings are reduced and I don’t have to turn to harsh whitening products everyday. (A whitening job every now and again does occur, like every 6 months maybe. But I’m talking about the everyday ‘super extreme whitening toothpaste/mouthwash whatever.’ The baking soda in the toothpaste and oil pulling takes care of most of this without harming the enamel! Also, you get SUPER regular reallll quick with the lemon water!

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