Now that it’s officially the new year, it’s time to give our bodies a cleansing overhaul. Whether you want to shed those excess pounds gained indulging in comfort foods over the holidays, or simply put a little spring in your step, there’s a detox method that can work for you.
What should you eat?
It’s often as simple as making the right choices about what to eat and key to this is choosing seasonal fresh produce packed with natural nutrient goodness.
A top tip is to look for the season’s best asparagus, cherries, and artichokes from your local market, all of which help boost the bodies liver function to help you detox naturally. Similarly eliminating processed foods containing refined carbohydrates and sugars can let you feel energized and less bloated.
Why not try the popular Elimination Diet?
While it’s difficult to eliminate all foods, it’s proven that by cutting out allergy triggering foods such as sugar, alcohol, gluten, dairy and soy milk, caffeine, and factory-farmed meat for a few weeks, then slowly reintroducing them into your diet, can help you uncover any negative hidden effects.
If you suffer from common illnesses it is helpful to note down if changing your diet has elevated your symptoms of conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), fatigue, acid reflux or eczema which are all associated with excessive dairy, gluten and caffeine consumption.
What should you drink?New Years Detox Methods that Actually Work
Staying properly hydrated is essential to aiding concentration and maintaining healthy organ function. It also plays an important role in eliminating free-radical waste essential for a good detox.
More than half your body weight is made up of water, but we often don’t get enough, leading to headaches, water retention, fatigue or lightheadedness.
By swapping calorie rich coffees and fizzy drinks for water you can also cut out empty calories and help eliminate bloating.
To ensure you get your recommended two liters a day why not:
- Keep a bottle of water by your desk at work.
- If you find water too boring, try adding slices of fresh lemon or lime.
- Or swap plain water for herbal teas or vegetable juices which have the added benefit of being rich in anti-oxidants.
- Make sure to drink water before you eat, as thirst is often confused with hunger.
Do you have plans to detox in 2017? Tried detox methods before that have worked for you? We’d love to hear about them in our comment section below!