How To Detox Your Body
Now that the holiday period is over, and all the left over cakes, sweets and chocolates have been finished off, it’s a good time to think about how to detox your body from all the indulgences over the past few weeks.
The good things is, with the detox diet tips I’m going to share, you don’t need any expensive body detox products, as most of these detox foods you’ll probably have in your cupboards already. And the ones that you don’t have aren’t expensive.
Getting the balance right is very important when you detox your body, simply because if you cut down too much and eliminate too many nutrients from your diet you’re risking your health by leaving your body susceptible to all the colds and viruses that are around during this time of year.
You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “you are what you eat” – what is more accurate is that “you are what you digest”. A lot of people have ineffective digestion system without knowing it. So what we need to do in learning how to detox your body is to boost our digestive organs – including the liver and kidneys.
A lemon detox diet is very popular way to detox your body – all you need to do to get started is drink a cup of ginger and lemon in hot water first thing in the morning. This is a very powerful liver detox drink and a great way to start your day. It’s refreshing and really hits the spot.
Your liver needs vitamin C (from the lemon) to help filter out the toxins from our bloodstream, and the ginger helps increase blood flow so your blood circulates quicker and is therefore detoxified quicker by the liver.
Other great detox foods that will help improve digestion are any that are rich in antioxidants – like fruits, vegetables, herbs and good quality dark chocolate (so chocolate is good for you after all!). One square of dark chocolate (so long as it is “bitter”) will help digestion.
Another free tip on how to detox your body is skin brushing. You need to brush your skin when it is dry – so ideally just before taking a shower. Always brush towards the heart which helps increase circulation and lymphatic flow.
As you start to detox your body, be aware that some people can experience headaches for a short while (could be over 1 or 2 days), so when learning how to detox it’s always best to start when the stresses in your week will be at their lowest – usually the beginning of the week. I’d also recommend not starting a body detox when you have some heavy social events planned – like a Friday night out for example.
Plan a relaxing bath on the first day you start your detox, and to really boost your body detox program, consider swapping your aromatic bubble bath with some bicarbonate of soda. Bicarb softens the water and works great as a gentle cleanser.