So we’re all guilty in some shape or form of letting ourselves go during the silly season! But now that it’s time to get back into the swing of things, we thought what better way to start the New Year then consider a natural detox to kick start a healthier lifestyle! This means you’ll still look and feel beach ready before Summer ends!
1. Exercise from head to toe
If you’re the type that likes a fast paced way to exercise to build up a sweat and de-stress then we recommend considering spin and boxing classes. These exercise’s work muscles all across the body and are great calorie burners. We can guarantee a sweaty workout from either of these, and encourage you to challenge yourself each session!
2. Yoga cleanse
Have you ever heard of Bikram Yoga? Bikram Yoga is certainly a HOTTER alternative to traditional Yoga. Bikram involves 26 sequenced postures and a couple of breathing exercises in a heated room (38 degrees). The philosophy of this type of Yoga is to allow you to stretch in a more comfortable and safer way. You are however, advised to drink at least 1.5 litres of water per session to ensure that you’re cleansing out your system and sweating out toxins.
3. Exfoliate your skin
Why not give some TLC to the largest organ of your body – your skin! Using exfoliating gloves such as The Laser Lounge Riffi Gloves and scrubbing the whole body (brushing upwards towards your heart before and/or during a shower) stimulates the skin and the lymph system. This assists the elimination process of toxins before strong detoxification. We also recommend our DMK Hydra Louffa liquid gel which gently removes excess skin.
4. Include antioxidants in your diet
Antioxidants are molecules that help protect your body against free radicals, which damage cells and have been linked to cancer and heart disease. Some popular menu items rich in antioxidants include Green tea along with ‘super foods’ such as blueberries.
5. Dandelion tea
Drinking a couple of cups of dandelion tea, widely available from health-food shops post a big night out is great for detoxifying the liver, which is the first main organ of the gastro-intestinal system and the spot where we store toxins, poisons and alcohols.
6. Good bacteria
Adding some friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus for the small intestine and Bifidobacterium for the large intestinal colon will reduce symptoms of poor digestion and gut discomfort. Eating certain foods can help these bacteria function. You can find these good bacteria’s in foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut and miso soup.
7. Go dairy and gluten free
Dairy products have been linked to a number of health problems and it can be said that cutting dairy from your diet may reveal an unsuspected intolerance and could even have health benefits. Rice milk is certainly easier for the body to digest than cows’ milk, and contains none of the animal hormones that we struggle to process. Going gluten-free means turning away wheat-heavy fried foods and desserts and opting for healthier alternatives such as rice and fruit. Thankfully there are now a wide range of dairy- and gluten-free products available.
8. Eat raw foods
Cooking and heating up vegetables may not be the best recipe for your body. By avoiding to heat up these foods, you retain the enzymes that help digestion. In addition, the fresher the fruit and vegetables you consume, the higher its natural vitamin content. Better, if you opt to go “organic”, you’ll avoid putting toxins into your body through pesticides. When considering raw think fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, pulses and seeds.
9. Al- natural
If all of this still seems like too much, then don’t forget that the liver and kidneys are a very efficient detoxifaction system themselves. That’s what they are there for! In order for these organs to perform at its best, it recommended to get plenty of sleep, exercise and consider a high-fibre diet. To detox al-natural you need to ensure the body is healthy.
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