Evening Routine: Hydrotherapy

As an empath with workaholic tendencies, I oftentimes find myself feeling scattered and drained by the end of the day (anyone else?). Luckily, incorporating grounding self-care rituals in the evening has been a huge help in regaining and maintaining mental + emotional balance, even during the busiest of days + weeks. As of late, I’ve been totally vibing with this nighttime routine, so I thought I’d share.

This regime centers around hydrotherapy, which is essentially just the use of water in a therapeutic capacity.

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HOT BATH

I fill my tub with the hottest water I can stand and toss in an enormous amount of magnesium salt, aluminum-free baking powder, and a bit of Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath. This combination is ultra detoxifying, literally drawing out impurities through the skin and infusing the body with a dose of mineralizing magnesium. Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, and is key in maintaining balanced mental health - it stimulates the production of serotonin, mitigates the damage of chronic stress, and eases anxiety. This bath soak trio also offsets all the electromagnetic pollution we take in via our technology-driven lives and balances the body’s pH level. So basically, get into your bathtub, like now. 

Needless to say, this is a totally cell phone free situation so I either zen out in silence or bring a book. Within minutes I’m sweating (this is good!), so I usually have a large glass of water or herbal tea near by to keep from dehydrating. I allot myself a solid 25-30 minutes to sit, soak, and really drop into the calm evening energy.

COLD SHOWER

Then comes the cold shower. Trust me, it feels incredible after a super hot bath. I adopted this ritual from Guru Jaget’s book Invicible Living (which is a must read for anyone at all interested in the magic of Kundalini yoga). Cold showers are deeply nourishing and strengthening to the nervous system, which influences our mental + emotional health to a very large degree. It actually has an adaptogenic effect on our systems, helping to reduce the affects of stress and anxiety. Showering in cold water also boosts the metabolism, improves lymphatic detoxification, cleanses the circulatory system, decreases body-wide inflammation, increases immunity, and makes the skin seriously clear + glowy. 

I find repeating the mantra “If I can handle the chilliness of the water, I can handle the chilliness of life” (an adaptation of a Yogi Bhajan quote) helps to get me through it. 

I emerge from the whole situation a new person. Truly. Afterwards, my body always feels warm and filled with a really soft + comforting energy, and I’m totally blissed out. I drink another tall glass of water or two to rehydrate, and then usually float off to sleep in minutes. Hydrotherapy is the new red wine, for real.

Detoxification Tool - Verday Chlorophyll Water

If you have yet to hear, chlorophyll water is now very much a thing. As with most emerging health trends, I've received a lot of recent questions from clients, readers, and friends about whether chlorophyll is something worth incorporating. My answer: absolutely. 

Chlorophyll itself is a molecule found in plants that gives the leaves their bright green pigment and allows for the process of photosynthesis to occur. As humans, it's one of the most potently healing substances we can consume. You get a dose of chlorophyll every time you eat green vegetables, but I'm a fan of supplementing on top of that as well. 

I actually began supplementing with liquid chlorophyll years ago, prior to it's (or my) emergence in the wellness world. It was something my mother always did for better health, so I adopted the daily ritual myself. Aside from daily supplementation, it’s my go-to for periods when I feel I need more concentrated detoxification (i.e. during the cold I battled all last week). So when NYC-based chlorophyll water company Verday asked me to team up to share the amazing benefits of chlorophyll, I was beyond in. 

DEEP DETOXIFICATION | Chlorophyll is nature's most powerful detoxifier, supporting the process of detoxification in a number of ways. When consumed, it increases the production of beneficial enzymes within the liver, serving to boost the function and health of this vital detox organ. Chlorophyll also improves our digestion, speeds up waste removal, eliminates constipation, and elevates the metabolism. It even binds to toxic heavy metals and carcinogens for quick and safe removal. 

CANCER PREVENTION | As I noted above, chlorophyll is able to bind to carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and interfere with how they are absorbed within our digestive system. This inhibits the metabolization and circulation of these potentially cancer-causing substances within the body, helping to protect against the onset of many cancers. Studies have shown that individuals with diets high in carcinogens (namely, lots of red meat and very few greens) that supplemented with chlorophyll experienced a dramatic increase in their elimination and removal of these cancer- and disease-causing substances, and thus a decrease in their risk of actually developing cancer. 

SKIN + TISSUE HEALTH | Chlorophyll makes my skin glow. Anything that supports the liver and detoxification process will increase the clarity and glowy-ness of our skin. It’s also a potent anti-inflammatory with seriously healing properties to speed the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation and redness. 

Though I've been a longtime advocate of liquid chlorophyll, I’ve recently become head over heels obsessed with Verday's line of chlorophyll water products. Aside from encapsulating all the incredible benefits of liquid chlorophyll, Verday has managed to do it in a way that 1) tastes really damn good and 2) makes supplementation beyond easy for even the busiest on-the-go wellness babes. I’ve been keeping my refrigerator stocked for grab-and-go hydration and detoxification, and suggest you do the same. Cucumber, Ginger Lemongrass, and Coconut are tied for my current favs.

Verday was kind enough to offer all Solful Health readers + clients a 25% discount off their line (just use code SOLFUL at checkout) - get to sipping (and glowing) here.