New year, new you. January detox. Dryathlon. Juice cleanses. Everyone’s at it. You cannot open the papers or scroll through your Facebook feed without seeing something related to dieting, cleansing or detoxing. It is January after all and, let’s face it, we all dug a little deeper into the bumper tin of Celebrations than we intended to this festive season.
I do firmly agree that giving your body a break from the constant onslaught of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods and refined carbohydrates and replacing these with altogether much more healthful alternatives is highly beneficial for your liver and digestive system. But I also appreciate that not everybody wants to go the whole hog and undergo a full detox for a month. Especially if you’re a busy mum.
So I’m sharing some achievable tips that will help to encourage your body to detox more efficiently, but which won’t leave you feeling starved or deprived in anyway.
- Start the day with a slice of fresh lemon in hot water – this is bedrock of every detox programme and really is an effective way to stimulate your liver in the morning and alkalise the body.
- Introduce apple cider vinegar into your daily routine – this should be raw, unprocessed and unfiltered such as this one, by Higher Nature. Add a teaspoon to a small glass of water and drink this before each meal. This helps with digestion and faster removal of toxins, it can also help with weight loss, immune support and treatment of candida. You can also add it to salad dressings.
- Include at least 2 portions of green leafy vegetables a day – these contain important nutrients and compounds which help the liver to detoxify more efficiently. It shouldn’t be too difficult to include the likes of spinach, watercress, rocket, kale, broccoli, chard, greens, lettuce or cabbage every day. Salads, soups, juices, omelettes and stir-fries all lend themselves perfectly to a bit of extra green.
- Swap all those teas and coffees for green and herbal teas – caffeine is a stimulant and a substance which the liver needs to detoxify. Having a break from caffeine will lighten the load on your liver and help it to clear out toxins more effectively. Green tea, white tea and herbal teas which contain ginger, fennel and peppermint aid digestion and provide antioxidants which support detoxification. Herbal teas will count towards your daily hydration quota as well.
- Soak in an Epsom salts bath twice a week – who needs an excuse to get into a nice, relaxing bath? Well, add a couple of scoops of Epsom salts into the water and you’ve got yourself a therapeutic, detoxifying, balancing, nourishing pool of goodness. The magnesium in the salts also helps to reduce joint pain and cramps, headaches, calm the nervous system and improve mood.
So, there you have a few things which you can start to do every day that will help your body to rid itself of toxins. Obviously if you can combine these steps with reducing the amount of sugar, alcohol and processed foods you consume in favour more whole foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of water then you will be doing your body an even bigger favour.