Did the holiday season leave you feeling bloated and heavy? Did you have your cakes and eat them too? And drinks, cookies and turkey dinner too? Here are 10 detox tricks that can help you start the New Year right and restore your waistline.
1. Drink at least 8-10 cups of pure water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Excess food and drink during the holidays typically leads to dehydration, not to mention that dehydration is a chronic problem for most people. Add a high-quality oxygen supplement to the water. It helps to lessen the surface tension of the water, thereby more effectively re-hydrating your cells. At the same time it increases your oxygen intake since most people are deprived of adequate oxygen at the cellular level.
2. Take a high-quality B-complex and vitamin C supplement, both of which are depleted by alcohol consumption and the stress of the holidays.
3. Eat plenty of fruit—the best food to keep your colon and lymphatic system cleansed and moving properly.
4. Eat a large green salad for lunch and dinner. Add some lean protein like beans, chicken, nuts, or seeds to help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
5. Eat a small healthy snack every two hours to stabilize blood sugar. Wild blood sugar fluctuations can deplete your energy, cause your body to gain weight, and depress your immune system, making you more vulnerable to those cold and flu bugs found in droves at most parties.
6. Avoid eating sweets, synthetic sweeteners or foods sweetened with them. These unnatural ingredients deplete your body’s immunity, making you more vulnerable to colds and flu.
7. Be sure to fit some exercise into your day. A minimum of twenty minutes of vigorous activity will get your circulation going, improve lymph flow, and increase energy.
8. Avoid margarine and foods made with hydrogenated fats or trans fats. These toxic and unnatural “foods” make your body’s detox organs sluggish and require huge amounts of energy for digestion. They also lead to weight gain and many are known neurotoxins—that is, they attack the brain and nervous system, which may result in pain and inflammation.
9. Avoid foods that contain synthetic colours, preservatives, and other additives. The liver expends massive energy trying to process these artificial substances. By avoiding them, you are giving your liver a break so it can free up its energy.
10. Eat plenty of veggies, preferably raw, steamed, or lightly sauteed.
Adapted with permission from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook.
Michelle Schoffro Cook