When your see the words New Year, what comes to mind? For many people it is a time to start BIG changes, new beginnings, and finding ways to improve your health. Above all, a good detox to kickstart your weight loss and/or healthy living goals for the new year.
After all the festive splurging – both financially and holiday food – this is a good indicator that a healthy detox is in order to help reboot your body and mind for the start of a new year.
A New Year’s detox can incorporate your whole lifestyle – from your body to your home. So, here are 9 ways to kickstart your New Year’s detox.
#1 — Lemon Water
Squeeze the juice of a half a fresh lemon into a cup of warm water. Alternatively, this detox drink is a great way to kick your body back into gear. When consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it can help make a world of difference to waking your body up and helping you feel closer to 100% again. Thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content, lemons make a great detoxifying food to incorporate into your daily routine.
#2 — Apple Cider Vinegar
A naturally fermented food, apple cider vinegar contains a wealth of beneficial probiotics and enzymes. This can be a saving grace if your digestive system is feeling a bit sluggish after overindulging from Halloween to NYE.
Dilluted with water and taken before a meal, it can help aid digestion and get things moving along a lot smoother.
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#3 — Toxaway Tea
For most people, they’ve gone from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, bouncing from one party to the next.
A few (or many) alcoholic beverages may have been consumed during this time. Alcohol consumption is extremely taxing on the liver which plays one of the most important detoxifying roles in your body. It’s time to consider giving your liver a chance to catch up.
This Toxaway Tea contains a whole host of liver-loving ingredients like dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, and tulsi (holy basil).
Avoid alcohol completely and drink two to four cups of this tea for the first few weeks of the New Year to give your liver a break and help facilitate full-body detoxification.
If you like drinking loose tea from a cup but like being able to easily clean it then you will love this ceramic mate gourd. It fits the hand nicely while the curve holds the loose tea much like a regular Mate gourd. This makes it easier to let it steep in the initial cooler water before adding in successive amounts of hot water.
#4 — Cut The Sugar.
If you’re embarking on a new diet plan to help you feel more energetic and vibrant, then you may want to consider doing a full sugar detox. After all the holiday treats, your body is likely desperate for some relief from the insulin rollercoaster ride.
Try cutting out all sweets, sugar, processed carbs, and high-glycemic fruits for three weeks. Empty your pantry of tempting, sugar-loaded packaged foods and restock your pantry with these 21-Day Sugar Detox Pantry Staples.
If this sounds too hard, then you can start by replacing highly processed sugars with more natural and less processed alternatives.
#5 — Ever Heard Of The Ketogenic Diet?
The keto diet was one of the most widely searched diet terms in 2017. It’s focus on high fat eating, while restricting carbs, may help the body switch from a sugar-dependent mode to fat-burning machine.
Toxins are stored in your body’s fat cells, so if you have a few pounds to lose, a keto restart may be just what your body needs. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure this is the right approach for you first. If you get the green light, then this Essential Guide for Beginners is a helpful place to start.
#6 — Deodorant Detox
It would be silly to go through all the trouble of detoxing your diet and kitchen without taking a look at what you’re putting on your body.
One very minor tweak to your daily body care regime could have a big impact on your body’s ability to detox itself. This involves switching out your commercial deodorant!
Many commercial deodorants contain a host of harmful ingredients. These are designed to clog your pores to stop your body from sweating. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, practically speaking, it’s doing your body a major disservice. Our body uses sweat as a natural process for detoxification. You excrete toxins from your body when you sweat! This is why after a night of drinking, you can not only smell alcohol on someone’s breath, but you can often smell it through their sweat.
Learn more about just how toxic deodorants can be, plus how to make and use a natural and healthier alternative.
#7 — Spirulina
Spirulina is one of those magical superfoods that seems to be able to do just about everything except the house cleaning. It’s green, and therefore, it must be good for you right?! Jokes aside, it’s nutrient-density is actually second to none. It’s useful in fighting free radicals due to its high antioxidant profile.
Incorporating spirulina into your daily routine can be as simple as adding half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie.
#8 — Detox Baths
What a better excuse to take a nice long, warm bath than to declare it’s for the sake of your health! After all the chaos of the festive season, some genuine TLC is in order.
Epsom salt baths are a wonderful addition to your bathing ritual. Epsom salts are high in magnesium which aids your body’s detoxification process. Furthermore, a few drops of essential oils in your bath or using a chamomile lotion bar afterward will induce a blissful state of relaxation. #selfcaregoals
#9 — Skin Detox
Some days our skin is extra dull or breaking out, especially after long holiday seasons, and women know it when they slept in their makeup, ate too much bad food, neglected their skin after cold days, or, god forbid, all of the above. If any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly, from your gut (too much junk food) to your brain (too much stress), it can show up on your skin because your pores get clogged up when trying to compensate for the other incorrectly functioning systems in your body.
At least for your detox days, while your skin is being cleaned from the inside out, swap your morning cup (or three) of coffee for hydrating and skin-clearing green tea. Avoid alcohol, sugary juices, and all other liquids except water/tea and try your best to get your daily recommendation.