If you’re like me, you start thinking about the NEED to detox around this time of year. I personally ate more than I planned over the recent holiday. There was a pecan pie that brought tears to my eyes.
My husband and I first started dating during Christmas time and thoroughly enjoyed making cookies and having egg nog as we got to know each other. We enjoy indulging in some of the same goodies every year for nostalgia.
I don’t like feeling like my digestion is sluggish nor the feeling of my skin changing because of my diet. Plus, I tend to be extra bloated this time of year.
I’m conscious of balance and want to make sure I implement healthy practices so my body doesn’t go into shock with all the decadence ;)
I usually partake in greater wine consumption as well as rich foods that make my liver have to work a bit harder. There are several simple detox steps I use that tend to be a great help.
Here they are:
Drink lemon water. Lemon water is full of the antioxidant, vitamin C. It also helps stimulate the liver’s detoxification process and thins the bile which allows for better digestion of fats.
Give digestion a break with intermittent fasting. There are a few different ways to do intermittent fasting. You can fast for 24 hours a couple days a week or fast for 16 hours out of a 24 hour period. The extended break in eating will allow the body to divert energy away from digestion to healing and processing fatty acids that can help release old stored toxins.
Greens are your friend. Green veggies, particularly the leafy variety provide essential vitamins and minerals needs for liver detoxification. Some can also act as a chelator and attract and bind toxins such as heavy metals. You get the added plus of them being fibrous so they help to shorten the transit time of food moving through the digestive tract.
I’ll usually go for something a bit more extensive at the top of the new year.
I have a 21 and 28 day cleanse/detox that resets eating habits, reduces inflammation, supports weight loss and gives vital nutrition to the organs of elimination (liver, small intestine, colon and kidneys) so they can work their best.
Be on the look out for more information on my Wellbody Detox as we move into December.
I hope this has been helpful for you.