Dec 4, 2019

Detoxing after the Holidays

     Hard to believe that it's not only December, but that we are about 4 weeks away from 2020. I don't know about anyone else but I'm trying to recover from all that food I ate on Thanksgiving and on Black Friday still. With Christmas around the corner (21 days away to be exact), that means a couple of things: family time, presents, and more food. One thing I'm going to start doing after holidays especially big food ones is a detox.

When I say detox, I mean a healthy, natural detox. I'm not talking about doing one of those crazy "you drink a jug of juice & water for two days" plans. Below are some suggestions on how to detoxify your body without all the crazy fads on the market:

Add veggies into you diet. For an easy way to add more into your diet, make a green smoothie or juice. This is a way to add extra nutrients in. 

  • Go to the gym and work up a sweat. Exercise (i.e. breaking a sweat) is a great way to get rid of toxins from your body. 
  • Make sure to stay hydrated. Try to drink at least half your body weight (in oz) a day. If you drink any other beverages outside of water (anything with caffeine or alcohol for examples), make sure to drink another 8oz of water as well.
  • Cut back on your sugar intake. Been on a sugar tailspin lately? Try taking sugar out of your diet for three to four weeks.
  • Reduce/eliminate caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration since it is a diuretic.  Eliminating/reducing coffee and alcohol intake will give the liver a break since it is the main organ that processes toxins from our body.
  • Make sure to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Turn off your technology at least one hour before bedtime. The blue light from your phone, computer, & television can throw off your sleep. Some ideas to help make your room better for sleep include blackout curtains & wearing an eye mask when sleeping.
  • Eat more frequently. Consider smaller meals spread out through the day. Larger meals are harder to digest. The body needs a couple of hours in between meals to digest food without interruption. Spacing out meals will help with any sluggish that may occur.
  • Drink lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water in the morning. This helps the stomach break down food (especially protein). 

If anyone has any other suggestion or ideas on how to recharge or detox during the holidays, I would love to see them.

Peace & blessing, all. Have a great Wednesday!!!

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