4 Simple Detox Tips for a Healthy New Year

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Today’s post is all about natural detox tips for a healthy new year. And when I say detox, I don’t mean some crazy fad. Our bodies detox all the time. Detoxing is the process of eliminating and or neutralizing toxins through our major organs, including the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin.
Our bodies naturally cleanse and filter toxins every day as one of its most basic automatic functions. Sometimes, however, the need for a detox or cleanse can come along after the body has been overwhelmed. In the case of this blog, I’m talking one too many New Year drinks, a truckload of mince pies and a Christmas party-turned-all-nighter!

A cleanse or detox works by optimizing our natural cleansing system and taking the weight off the detoxifying organs for a while. This allows organs such as the liver, one of the main detoxifying organs to have a bit of a break.

In short, detoxing is the process of removing toxic substances and allowing your body to heal and regenerate itself.

Often the Christmas season means an onslaught of some of the naughtiest (and tastiest!) of things. These include an over-abundance of sugar, animal protein, desserts and even too much caffeine and alcohol. This onslaught can radically alter our internal ecosystem and put a much higher burden on our natural detoxification system that’s in place.

Here are 4 simple tips to add to your daily routine to give your body a gentle, helping hand towards a fresh and healthy New Year!!

drink more water to detx

1. Drink More Water

One thing that is often misinterpreted is thirst. Thirst is often confused for hunger as we frequently mistake the desire for thirst as hunger. We launch ourselves towards the nearest edible item to ease the hunger pains, only to wind up still feeling hungry and feeling more dehydrated. The cycle continues.
Dehydration is so common in our society. It’s often disregarded as the cause of some of the most common issues that we face daily. These include headaches, weight gain, constipation, tiredness, dull dry skin and wrinkles.

  • Try starting your day by drinking lots of clean water first thing. It might be easier to leave a glass of water by your bed so you can knock it back the moment you wake up. Water helps flush out toxins from the body and keeps you nice and hydrated –a necessity when trying to cleanse and detox the body.
  • If you’re looking to liven up or give an additional kick to your water, try adding lemon juice with a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar. This will really get your digestion raring and boost your detoxing abilities.
  • Try to make sure you drink at least 1.5-2 litres of water a day, and more if you’re exercising or training hard. Herbal teas also count towards your fluid intake. Try herbal teas such as:
  • nettle, a great blood cleanser
  • dandelion root, wonderful for the liver
  • cinnamon tea, great for balancing blood sugar levels and helping you steer clear of quick sugar fixes. 
add green juice or green smoothie to detox daily

2. Add a Green Juice or Smoothie To Your Day

Green smoothies and juices are incredibly easy to make and are fantastic for your health. They are a brilliant way to start the day, helping to alkalize, cleanse and detox the body. Plus, they’re great for your energy levels. They are masters at:

  • removing toxins from the body’s system
  • detoxifying heavy metals and pollutants
  • bringing the body towards an alkaline state and away from being too acidic
  • helping to bring down areas of inflammation within the body

Both green smoothies and juices are super easy on the digestion and great for hydration. Plus you can sneak in all kinds of things to get tonnes of additional health benefits and well-needed nutrients into the cells of your body as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Smoothies are also an excellent way of sneaking in those green powders and protein powders. Equally, they’re great to throw in some essential fatty acids like chia or flax seeds, or some MCT oil. Load them up with spinach, kale and chard in delicious flavour combinations!

Learn more about How to Get Greens Powders into Your Daily Routine During Winter [including recipes] here. Also, see my previous blog on Green Smoothies here!

lower coffee intake to aid detox

3. Cut Down on Coffee

For some people, coffee is the kick start they need to start their day. For many, that’s totally ok. It’s when you combine this daily habit with:

  • a poor diet of processed and refined foods
  • a lack of colourful nutritious fruits and veggies
  • daily stress
  • a lack of sleep
  • feeling anxious regularly, but especially after coffee

All you’re doing is kick-starting your way to an over-acidic and over-stimulated internal environment. This has to potential to lead to weight gain| adrenal burnout|dependence|caffeinated jitters| dehydration and depletion of valuable nutrients from your body.

If you’re somebody who drinks 3 cups of coffee of more, try bringing it down to just one. This should help curb any negative effects you may be experiencing. If that’s not in the cards, consider adding in some adaptogens to help your adrenals out. Maca and medicinal mushrooms are fantastic with coffee.
By increasing oxygen levels in the blood, maca helps with stamina and vitality. It also works as an adaptogen, helping you to cope with stress both physically and mentally. This is great if you’re somebody with a stressful job or commute and who relies on coffee to make it through.

If you want to remove coffee altogether, be aware that the first 3-7 days are more often than not the worst. Once you push through the withdrawal headaches and cravings, the end is in sight! Drink lots of water, add in some green juice and follow a healthy diet filled with plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Soon you’ll be bouncing off the walls with your own natural energy.

Or perhaps you want to try an alternative to coffee?

Instead of your usual brew, try making a cappuccino alternative with maca powder. Mix 1tsp maca powder with hot plant-based milk (almond/coconut/rice) using a whisk to froth it up. Add a spoon of coconut sugar or a dash of maple syrup to sweeten to your desire.

Alternatively, you can try Iswari Maccachino for a chocolate and maca-based beverage to get you up in the morning. It’ll boost your energy without dehydrating or depleting your body of nutrients. Winner!

And of course, there’s always green tea. Green tea is well worth adding to your diet as it provides you with a host of polyphenols, antioxidants and the amino acid L-Theanine. This is great for relaxing the mind and distributing the caffeine into the blood in a stable way so as not to cause the peaks that regular black tea or coffee does.

green salads

4. Enjoy a Green Salad Every Day

A great way to start introducing more enzyme-rich foods for healthy digestion and overall health is to add a bright, delicious nutrient exploding green salad. Aim to have one with at least one, if not two meals every day.

The options for a delicious flavour-filled salad are endless. Try recipes from Deliciously EllaGreen Kitchen StoriesHemsley and HemsleySusan Jane White and Donal Skehan for more inspiration.

Benefits of eating more greens…

  • If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll increase your fibre levels. This not only helps keep you fuller for longer, but can also help relieve constipation and open up the exit routes. This gives way for more efficient bowel movements and transportation of unwanted toxins out from the body.
  • You’ll also up your antioxidant intake levels. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. These include Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, plus vitamin K. Plus, you’ll be getting minerals like magnesium, calcium and iron to name just a couple. All of these help benefit a whole variety of health aspects, from boosted immunity to a healthy heart.
  • Dark leafy greens are also brilliant for digestion because the bitterness within these leaves stimulates enzyme production and therefore bile flow. Ultimately, this helps and promotes digestion. Bitters encourage the enzymes to break down the food that is consumed. When food is broken down correctly, the nutrients are much more easily absorbed and can therefore provide the body with the nutrients it needs to perform at its optimal level.
  • Try adding more green herbs to your salads, like parsley and coriander, plus bitter leaves such as rocket and dandelion. These are very powerful natural green plant foods known for their amazing abilities to detox heavy metals out of your body and are a great way to jazz up a salad and boost your nutrient intake.

Want to know more about natural cleansing and detoxing?

See my previous blogs:

Here’s to a healthy, happy and wonderfully abundant 2016!

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