With a brand New Year upon us, what better time to think about detoxing your mind, body and soul?
Detoxing is about more than losing weight. While dropping a few pounds is one of the attractions of detoxing for many people, the benefits don’t stop there.
Detoxing your body cleanses your body of any nasties which might be contributing to digestive issues, skin problems, lethargy, lack of energy and the general sense of not feeling 100%.
So today I have put together a list of ways that you can detoxify your body inside and out ready for the New Year.
9 Brilliant New Year Detox Tips For You Mind Body and Soul
The best way to flush your system of impurities is to drink plenty of water. Water cleanses your stomach, intestines, kidneys and liver, plus it hydrates your hair skin and nails giving you an overall glow of health.
Aim for eight glasses, or two litres every day.
All herbal teas have their own unique health benefits, but my favourite choice is always green tea.
Other than the high water content which is excellent for hydration, green tea also contains a bunch of essential antioxidants and nutrients which can aid the body’s brain function, digestion and reduce many cancers.
Homemade smoothies contain an array of nutrients and minerals which all support the body in different ways.
Everybody knows by now that fruits and vegetables are the healthiest thing on earth to eat. They contain vitamins, minerals and fibres that the body needs to stay healthy and keep an optimal metabolism.
Homemade smoothies are always a better choice as the store bought alternatives often contain added sugars and chemicals to preserve them, plus if you make your own recipe you can also add in additional ingredients such as turmeric, ginger etc which have additional benefits.
If you weren’t aware, intermittent fasting is the practice of restricting mealtimes to certain hours of the day and going for extended periods of time without eating. For example, you may decide not to eat anything until midday, or not to eat after 6pm.
Some of the many benefits of intermittent fasting include weight loss, increased concentration, promoting a healthy heart, reducing diabetes risk, managing inflammation and battling against some cancers.
Start slow if this one is new to you. If you would usually eat something one hour after you wake up, then push it to two hours and so on until you reach your goal.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
We all know by now that sleep deprivation damages our health, looks and productivity.
Lack of sleep not only makes you irritable and sloppy, it causes your skin, hair and nails to appear dull and brittle.
Regular lack of sleep can also cause irregularities in your hormones, which can lead to serious weight loss or weight gain.
To ensure you always look and feel your best, make sure you’re getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep every night in a cold, dark room.
SWEAT IT OUT
Exercise isn’t just beneficial for weight loss – while it’s obvious that burning additional calories is going to lead to losing weight, the benefits don’t stop there.
When we sweat our body is shedding impurities from within, that’s why if you had a heavy night on the beers the night before, a swim or a run will often make you feel better.
Working out is also great for our mental health. Exercising boosts our energy levels, endorphins and confidence. So whether its going for a run on the treadmill, or just taking the dog out for a walk, exercise yourself to detoxify yourself.
If you’re a heavy tea or coffee drinker, then it might be time to cut down if you want to detox your body.
High caffeine intake puts strain on our heart, and can also lead to increased appearance of aging.
A healthy dose of tea or coffee is actually good for you, as both beverages contain antioxidants and minerals which can’t be found anywhere else.
However, any more than two cups a day is excessive, so try switching to water or a herbal infusion instead.
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, weight gain and loss of energy.
Plus, high alcohol intake can cause a loss of concentration and poor judgement.
Limit alcoholic drinks for special occasions and socializing with friends from time to time. Generally speaking, choose water or juice if you want to maintain a cleansed body.
FIND HEALTHY SNACKS
Find healthy snacks that you can enjoy when you get peckish that aren’t going to undo all the hard work you have put into eating well and exercising.
Some of my favourites are avocado on wholemeal toast, natural or Greek yoghurt and hummus and veggie sticks.
Make sure to choose something low in saturated fat and sugars and that you are going to enjoy eating it rather than being tempted to go for biscuits and sweets.
For more ideas check out 17 Tasty Weight Loss Snacks You Will Love!
To Finish Off…
I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you’ll be able to take some of these tips on board to detoxify your body this New Year.
Let me know your favourite detox habits and I hope to see you around here again soon for more health and lifestyle related blog posts!