It’s that time of the year just after the holidays where we often feel the effects of our indulgent choices over Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Many of us opt to take a do now think later approach to what we consume over this period and it is easy to go overboard and make our bodies work harder during this time. New Year’s resolutions are often kicking off now and it can make us want to hit the reset button to start the year feeling refreshed. Below are some simple ways to aid your body in its detoxification process.
Rethink Your Beverages
Cutting out things like alcohol and sugary beverages is one of the easiest ways we can help ourselves, with many increasing their consumption of alcohol and carbonated drinks over the holidays it can out extra strain on our organs to process these substances. Instead, opt for water or herbal tea, this simple change can have positive lasting impacts on your health, not to mention a decrease in calories.
Many of the holiday treats we consume during this period are low in fibre and can have us feeling bloated and sluggish. Incorporating high fibre foods such as chia seeds, dates and green leafy vegetables can aid our digestive system and encourage regular bowel movements.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body so when trying to detox it is important to consider its role. Opting for some time in an infrared sauna may assist the body with detoxification through an increase in circulation to organs and sweat that can help to eliminate heavy metals. Remember to hydrate thoroughly when using saunas to avoid dehydration.
Take Care of Your Liver
Our liver is the powerhouse organ that is responsible for over 500 functions, including processing blood of toxins like alcohol. So, when we are trying to recover from the holidays we need to incorporate things that assist with our livers function. Foremost, this can be including antioxidant-rich foods such as carrots, berries and green leafy vegetables.
It is important to seek medical advice when considering changing your diet, especially when pregnant, breastfeeding or experiencing medical conditions.