January is a clean slate for most people who see it as a fresh start. It’s the perfect opportunity to set intentions for the year ahead and detox our bodies back to ultimate health. Our team at Ceylon Sliders are very much into wellness, so we decided upon the 7 best ways to detox in true Sri Lanka style.
- Drink a Yin Tonic Juice
Our yoga teacher Nik swears by a yin tonic juice most mornings after he’s stepped off of the mat. Very simple to make, but incredibly refreshing and a great way to start a detox. Slice half a watermelon and a handful of mint and whiz up in a blender. Add the water from one thambili coconut and the juice from one lime. Pour over a glass of ice. For extra flavour add two teaspoons of finely grated ginger.
2. Practise Yoga – Wide-Legged Forward Bend
By allowing your head to fall below your heart in Wide-Legged Forward Bend, it reverses the pull of gravity and encourages the circulation of blood flow throughout the body, as well as releasing fluid to your lymph nodes for filtering. The folding position also squeezes the stomach, which aids digestion and detox.
Stand with your feet about five feet apart, turn your heels out slightly and wider than your toes. Interlace your hands behind you whilst standing tall and press the heels of your palms together in a double fist. Breathe in deeply and slowly fold forward at the waist, then lower your hands as far as they will go. Be sure to keep your spine long and straight as you inhale and exhale for five deep breaths. Engage your legs so they’re active, then slowly rise up to stand.
3. Slow down and meditate
The power of mindfulness and staying present has become a hot topic over the last couple of years and is something more and more people are starting to practise. Although staying completely present at all times is hard to master, meditation is one of the simplest ways to help us do so. Nik recommends sitting in a crossed legged position somewhere quiet. Switch off all other distractions and start by counting your breaths. Inhale for five, exhales for five, then repeat. As soon as thoughts come into your mind, let them go. As Nik says, “Imagine your thoughts are like buses driving past you. Don’t get on the bus.”
4. Sip on infused water
Staying hydrated and drinking more water is an obvious part of detoxing, but by adding various fruits and natural juices is a great way to boost your metabolism, enhance your digestive system and flush out toxins from your system. Some of our favourite combinations include:
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, a handful of mint leaves and the juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup of passion fruit seeds, one lime squeezed and 4 small squares of pineapple
- 1 quarter of a frozen watermelon sliced, a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and the juice of 1 lime
5. Steaming with Sri Lankan oils
Most of us are familiar with the nasal feeling after a night out, where you wake up with blocked sinuses and struggle to inhale properly. One of the most effective ways is to steam all the bad stuff out. We recommend adding drops of various oils which you can buy from Spa Ceylon in Galle Fort. Ylang ylang, patchouli and jasmine are all known to prevent anxiety, stress and to help ease the mind.
6. A day at the beach
As simple as it sounds, a day at the beach is probably exactly what the doctor ordered. Jump in the sea, get your skin salty, lie back, pick up a book, soak in that beautiful Sri Lankan sun and top up your vitamin D levels.
7. Sip on Sri Lankan tea
It’s no secret that Sri Lanka is famed for its tea. They just can’t get enough of it (and neither can we!). Our Chef Diana recommends ginger or green tea, the loose leaves are better. We serve Organic Life Ceylon Tea at Ceylon Sliders cafe which goes down a treat.