It’s the final countdown! The month of the ultimate detox and holistic healing, our beloved Ramadan, is just a month away! Now is the best time to start leaning into it, so that the transition to the challenging mode of fasting is as smooth as possible for your body and your spirit.
Here are some small steps you can take to get yourself fit for this amazing challenge.
First thing’s first – hydration.
- Water. Water. And more water. If possible filtered and energized/structured water. If you can invest in one thing this year, then let it be a water filter that not only cleans the water, but also rearranges the structure of its molecules. Your body’s vital energy needs to be matched by the energy of water and food that enter it. Where structure goes, energy flows! The more flow there is, the less hassle it is for the body and more energy is left for cell repair and regeneration. In order to calculate just how much water your body needs, read H2WOW! How much and how? (a reliable supplier of high-quality water system is http://www.leogant.de)
2. Another efficient way to hydrate and prep the body for fasting is to eat or drink more whole fruit and veggies. Green smoothies and cold-pressed juices are the best way to do this (recipe given below). Start by having one or two per day, for breakfast or dinner or as a snack. You will get an amazingly fresh, nutritious meal, that is easy to ingest and digest! Your body will thank you for it!
3. If you have the possibility to drink fresh coconut water, consider yourself extremely blessed. Make the best of this blessing. Every day. Read more about the health benefits of coconuts here.
4. Herbal teas. Fragrant and soothing. Great way to combine hydration and healing effects of herbs. Start by replacing a cup of coffee or tea with a cup of herbal tea. Increase the amount gradually to about 3-4 cups a day. Some of the best herbs for cleansing are mint, camomile, nettle, sage, lemon balm, fennel, thyme and rosemary.
5. Gradually decrease and hopefully wean yourself off of drinks that give you that immediate buzz, but actually dehydrate and deplete your body off of its vital energy long-term – fizzy drinks, coffee, black tea, store bought fruit juices, energy drinks or any other sweetened drink out there. If you need the buzz try organic green tea, Matcha latte or why not raw cacao drink (try Macao Potion).
Here is a recipe for a lush and relish green smoothie from my book Orient Expressed:
Soothing and nourishing.
2 C. frozen apple chunks
½ C. avocado chunks
½ -1 C. shredded kale
¼ C. lime juice
4 tsp. (wild) thyme leaves, fresh or dried
1 ½ C. water
1-2 tsp. unshelled hemp seeds (optional)
3 tsp. honey or to taste
Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Serve immediately. Serves 1-2.