New Year – Fresh Detox!
Overindulged a little over the jolly season? It’s that time of year that we enjoyed the festivities – ate, drank and were merry. Remind your self that it’s not the end of the world if you overindulged, now it’s time to get back on track with your healthy eating and exercise regime and here are a few tips to get kick started!
- Power of the Lemon.Warm water and lemon on waking is a simple and easy way to kick start your liver and start flushing toxins, as well as waking up the digestive system and alkalising the body.
- Time to Avoid. Whether you choose to do a week, a month or whatever you prefer, it is time to avoid some of the delicacy’s we may have overindulged in, such as; alcohol, processed foods, sugar and caffeine. These foods not only have a huge impact on our entire body and gastrointestinal, endocrine and nervous systems but also the functioning of our precious livers and their detoxification potential. Avoiding heavy, hard-to-digest foods such as red meat, wheat, processed grains, large amounts of dairy, sugar and anything out of a packet that is laden with a chemical cocktail.
- Clean & Green. Increasing fresh, clean and healthy foods back into the diet is crucial. Not only does fresh, wholesome food make our bodies function optimally, but it also makes us feel great, especially after the post-Christmas come down.
Foods that are excellent for supporting our detoxification pathways are; all your cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts and cabbage, as well as avocados, celery, spinach, turmeric, garlic and onions. Herbs like parsley, dandelion, coriander and fruits such as grapefruit, limes, lemons and pineapple help alkalise and cleanse the blood.
Your digestive system has been overloaded, therefore consuming easy-to-digest meals gives the digestive system a break that it requires. Vegetable juices, soups, white meats, ample amounts of fresh vegetables and small amounts of fruit should have your system jumping for joy in no time.
- Movement. Exercise is a valuable tool that should follow any period of over-indulgence and detox plan. It promotes excreting toxins and moving unwanted waste, as well as burning off those additional calories consumed.
- Flush. It is vital for your body to have optimal hydration in times of cleansing (essentially, all the time) to allow waste products to be excreted from, and essential nutrients to be transported tothe liver. If you are dehydrated it is difficult for your body to release the toxins it is trying to.
- That Extra Boost. Want to go that little step further in enhancing the detoxification process? How about a liver formula with herbs and nutrients to support the detoxification pathways, or a colonic to flush out the debris and toxins adhered to the colon wall, or even something as simple dry skin brushing followed by a relaxing bath with epsom salts and some meditation. All of these small implementations can contribute to your body flushing, eliminating and healing on a holistic level.
So there are a few pointers to help get yourself back into the swing of things after Christmas and essentially kick off a minor or major cleanse or even to initiate a healthier lifestyle.
Flannerys Miami Nutritionist
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