For many people, the start of the new year heralds the start of some kind of ‘detox’ designed to alleviate the panic of festive season overindulgence.
Full of positivity and best intentions, people start drinking green juices and cutting calories.
However, this restrictive (and highly unsatisfying) approach doesn’t work.
In fact, low calorie, low macro-nutrient diets (like juice diets) can cause long term damage to the metabolism and kidneys.
Instead, detoxing should be a slow, gentle and multidimensional process that gradually assists your liver, kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs to heal themselves (without leaving you hungry, tired or irritable).
So forget the crazy detox diets and try some of these top tips to heal your body after the party season:
· Drink plenty of water
· Take 10 slow, deep breaths each day (or if you’re into meditation, even better!)
· Do some form of movement or exercise each day (but don’t overdo it – this will only lead to fatigue or injury)
· Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and sugar
· Include liver-friendly foods in your diet (for example, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, rocket)
· Indulge in a massage (or several) – this will aid digestion and stimulate the lymphatic system
· Finish your morning shower with a one-minute burst of cold water (to bring blood circulation to the skin)
Finally, don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up and enjoy a few beers or slices of pizza.
Our bodies are designed to cleanse and detoxify themselves without human intervention (that’s the job of the kidney and liver).
Making just a couple of the tweaks above will simply assist your body in performing its natural functions.