Toxins are all around us. They are in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the products we use every day. When these toxins accumulate in our bodies and make it more difficult for our organs to function properly, we start to feel run-down.
What’s worse, many everyday foods don’t exactly help with the body’s natural detoxification process. In fact, they can often make things much worse. Many processed foods lack healthy minerals, nutrients, and fibres, instead containing unhealthy sugars or starches that can lead to digestive problems. This makes it even more difficult for the body to perform its critical job of expelling toxins.
In cases like these, a detox plan can help restore the body to a state of homeostasis. A diet rich in beneficial nutrients will support liver detoxification and kidney function. When these organs get a well-deserved break, they can work at peak performance again, so the body is able to get rid of waste more effectively and efficiently.
Many people choose the start of a new year as the time to begin a weight loss or detox program. During the holidays, many of us binge on fancy foods, drinks, and snacks. This year, take charge of your health by starting off strong with a New Year’s detox.
A body cleanse or detox is more than simply removing toxins and restoring natural cleansing functions. It is also an opportunity to begin making significant changes regarding your health and dietary habits. Although detox regimens differ, they all involve avoiding certain foods, and focussing on others. While some choose to go back to their old eating habits after a cleanse or detox, many will implement the changes they made to their diet due to the positive effects they feel after detoxing. By sticking to the healthy habits initiated by a detox, you will be able to take on the new year with energy and fervour, increased mental clarity, and boosted mood.
Two weeks of detoxing can provide you with a running start into a healthier new year. But don’t sweat it! See these two weeks as an opportunity to gauge your ability to implement such dietary changes after the official detox program has ended. Everyone is different, so it will be up to you to find the right balance so you can stay healthy throughout the year, without depriving yourself. As with most things, moderation is key; just because you continue eating healthy after your detox doesn’t mean you can never have a slice of cake again. It’s all about finding something that you can sustain year after year.
There are many cleanses and detox plans you can choose from for your New Year’s detox. Some programs will advise that you take supplements, while others will make use of herbal teas, detox juices, and more. For the sake of starting out slow, let’s keep things simple.
Our liver is the largest organ in our body responsible for cleansing out toxins. This is why many programs are designed to support this organ in particular. Normally, a liver-friendly diet consists of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding artificial sugars.
Not only do these foods give your liver a holiday of its own, the vitamins and minerals held within can also help it recover from the work it has put in over the previous twelve months. In addition, fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of natural fibres, which are beneficial for digestion and bowel movements.
For this type of detox, organic fruits and veggies will be best since they are free from pesticides and other synthetic chemicals.
Along with plenty of fresh produce as a cornerstone of your New Year’s detox, you should avoid foods that are rich in fat, oils, and protein, as they need to be processed by the liver, the organ that we want to give a break. This means that you should stay away from beef, lamb, and duck, and avoid dairy, margarine, and most processed and baked foods.
Likewise, stay away from any artificial additives such as sweeteners, colourings, or preservatives. And finally, you should avoid drinking coffee and alcoholic drinks during your detox.
Almost all detox plans call for you to drink plenty of water. Drink at least five large glasses of plain water every day. And while we're at it, you should stick with this habit even after your New Year’s detox has finished!
Eliminating toxins and restoring your body’s natural cleansing ability is one thing; however, your New Year’s detox is also a good opportunity to think about making other healthy changes to your lifestyle.
Lack of exercise, stress, and lack of sleep can also negatively impact our health. Take this opportunity to start with some light exercises. Taking a walk every day can be all that’s needed to nudge some positive changes in your body and mind. Likewise, make sure you get plenty of sleep, aiming for 7-9 hours every night. If you think that stress is taking over, look into meditation and breathing exercises. All these changes, combined with your New Year’s detox, will make a big difference in making the new year the best it can possibly be.