I know, I know. It’s literally the day after Christmas, and already I’m talking about a detox. Well, yes, that’s true.
But the truth is, a detox is much needed. After partying, indulgence and maybe a little alcohol in between, you may be feeling less than tip top shape. Detoxing is one of the fastest ways to get your body back into shape, feeling good and ditching the toxins in your bloodstream left over from Christmas.
So, let’s get into it:
If you aren’t already convinced that you need a detox by how you feel, then here are a few reasons to consider a detox:
- Your metabolism is slow Post-Christmas due to alcohol consumption as well as indulgence. When your metabolism is slow you can feel sluggish and groggy, and if you plan on working anytime soon you don’t want to wake up feeling exhausted.
- As much as I think indulgence is a healthy part of life, it does come with its downsides. The foods you’ve eaten can send your blood sugar on a roller coaster, as well as inflame your intestines.
- The holidays can come with some stress. If you’re an introvert, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the social interaction that happened. As much as we love our families and friends, we can sometimes get overwhelmed by everything and it can leave us feeling burnt out.
- Along with your blood sugar, your hormones can also take a hit during this season. Nowadays, there are so many hormones in our food that it can mess up the balance in our bodies. If you have a hormonal imbalance like me, you may be feeling the effects of that.
The truth is, there are many reasons our bodies need to detox. You may be feeling crappy right now reading all of that about how your body has been affected. But that’s where the detox comes in.
If you’re eating the right diet, your body is likely already strong, so it’s easy to bounce back. With a detox, your body will be feeling better in no time.
How to Detox
Perhaps you’re expecting me to say something about a juice cleanse, but really, to detox the right way you need to support your liver. It means eating more, not less. It means more nutrients rather than starving yourself. Here are a few things I’m doing this year to help support my liver in detoxification:
You may have heard of the teatox trend that going around today, and much like the juice cleanse, it doesn’t actually support the liver. In fact, teas in teatox packages often harm the liver through the use of substances that act as colonics, which can be disruptive to the intestinal tract.
Instead or looking for these teas, focus on teas that add nutrients. For instance, a tea that I’ve been loving for PCOS is Rasberry Leaf. If you need an emery boost, go for green tea or matcha. If you want to focus on calming your mind, go for Chamomile. Listen to your body and respond to what it needs.
Eat Greens at Every Meal
As they say, vegetables are really good for you. Now, it can be easy to fit them into lunch and dinner, but having them at breakfast as well can help your liver flush out toxins.
There a few vegetables that have a high amount of a specific nutrient, glutathione, that is particularly beneficial for the liver. This includes avocado, spinach, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus. Leafy greens like spinach are also high in magnesium, which supports blood sugar and hormonal balance in the body.
If you've been watching the wellness scene lately, you've likely seen Chlorophyll all over the place. This green beverage is beneficial to your health for many reasons, but especially for detox as it can help boost your immune system and it is rich in antioxidants.
If you are skeptical about the taste, another great thing about Chlorophyll is that it is virtually tasteless, with the slightest mint flavor. It can blend with any drink, although my favorite way to drink it is by letting it dissolve in water. It's like watching paint being mixed together to form a beautiful concoction. Chlorophyll is also high in iron, great for women during their cycle.
One of the wellness rituals that instantly connects me to myself is intuitive journaling. It reminds me to listen to myself, listen to my body and listen to my intuition. Intuitive journaling is a spiritual practice for me, it's a life-giving ritual that keeps me afloat amongst all of the distractions in life.
If you're interested in learning more about this journaling practice, click here to read a post on it.
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you had an amazing Christmas-comment below with your favorite memory from the holidays. I hope that you have a great day! See you Friday!