Every time the seasons change, so do our attitudes. As we go from the warm summer months to the cooler winter ones, we swap out our duvets for a thicker one and our wardrobes for warmer ones. The colder weather always brings festivities and merriment, loosely translated to mean mulled wine and calories!
It makes sense that after the New Year bells ring, we aim to detox and cleanse from the holiday season. The thing is, you don’t have to wait until AFTER the season to cleanse your body. We go through a lot on a daily basis and we are constantly pushing our bodies to the limit with exhaustion, meaning that our poor bodies are ravaged. If you’re not watching your food intake and alcohol consumption, you could find yourself feeling sluggish, exhausted and bloated. There are many articles online that show you how to detox your body, but we’ve got four of the best ways you can ensure your body is cleansed and ready to face the day ahead – whether you wait until after the holidays or not.
Cut Down On Sugar. Over-eating sugar can put your pancreas into distress, delivering more insulin than necessary and essentially wearing yourself out. Chocolate is delicious, don’t get me wrong, but by eating too much of the sugary stuff, you’re heading toward a road of exhaustion, diabetes and excess weight. Check out these ways of eating to lessen your sugar intake and give your body a chance to ramp up the metabolism.
Make Healthy Swaps. If you are a smoker – whether socially or all the time – you need to swap out your habit for something healthier, like e-cigarettes. While it is a better idea to stop smoking altogether, sometimes swapping from traditional cigarettes to the vape version can help you to cut down over time. Swapping alcoholic drinks full of sugar, like cocktails, for a small vodka and slimline tonic or a small glass of wine once a week can make a huge difference to your life.
Flush It Out. The body is made up of mostly water, so it makes sense to pay attention to your intake of water. It doesn’t count in your daily allowance to drink tea or coffee – as both of those are diuretics and can make you dehydrated. If you’re not a fan of the taste of plain water, steer clear of artificially flavoured ones and get an infused bottle to drink water flavoured with natural fruits.
Get Moving. Exercise gets your blood moving around your body, bringing oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. If you make a point of eating well and also exercising regularly, you can ensure your muscles are healthy and strong and that your brain is oxygenated enough to keep you alert.
Detoxing doesn’t have to be all juicing and smoothies; you can do so much more to repair the damage in your body and get you to the best health you can be!