Last week we talked holiday strategies to keep from packing on the pounds. But one thing we didn’t cover? How to detox your body once you’ve indulged.
There are ways to lighten your body’s toxic burden without going full on detox diet. We are not talking Master Cleanse here. More, simple ways to flush away the bit of damage from those little excesses.
As with all things healthy, balance is key here. If you sample some extra goodies at a holiday fete, keep it super clean the next day. By adding in these easy steps you’ll not only help your body out, but feel better in the process.
How to Detox Your Body
Water // You probably aren’t surprised to see this one on the list. Water hydrated and keeps things flowing. It will also ensure you are (ahem) getting rid of whatever you ate the daily before.
Detox tea // An herbal concoction can help cleanse the liver of toxins. I like EveryDay Detox by Traditional Medicinals, which contains dandelion root. Try adding a splash of cranberry and lemon juices to enhance the effects.
Exercise // Sure, it can be easy to blow off your workout when you are running on empty, but even a short burst of exercise is beneficial. Gets your blood pumping, which is good for body and mood, and sweat eliminates toxins.
Caffeine free // Or at least less. It is tempting to drink an extra cup of coffee (or 2 or 3) when you are feeling sluggish. Too much caffeine can disrupt sleep. Keep a lid on it to get the most out of your restorative zzzs.
Fiber // Fresh organic fruits and veggies are filling and won’t add to your toxic burden. They are also great for cleansing the body. Grapefruit is my go to when I’m feeling the need to detox.
Vitamin C // It is said that this vitamin contains a compound said to rid the body of toxins. It is also good for boosting the immune system, something we can definitely use this time of year.
Living like a purist, to some degree, the day after indulging is pretty simple. It doesn’t take much to repair some of the damage to not only your waistline, but your skin, organs and peace of mind.
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