Spring is finally here! Time to houseclean and eliminate toxins! Warm weather brings the onset of more opportunities to be active. You don’t want to be weighed down by gunk in your trunk. Your winter workout may have kept you in tip top shape, but now is the time to think of rejuvenating and revitalizing your inward self with a spring detox that will leave you feeling great!
Detox. It’s an icky word that may bring thoughts of staying near the bathroom all day, or avoiding your favorite foods. Sometimes cleansing can be annoying and interfere with life. Despite this, whether you are opting for a master, colon, or liver cleanse, cleansing is important and will make you feel like new. Here are some tips to help your detox go smoothly (pun intended) and get you back on track.
There are many suggestions for detox and cleanse. It is a good idea to check with your health care professional before you begin. They can recommend which formula for detox will work best for your body type and your overall wellness. The variety of detox plans include liquid supplements, juice cleanses, smoothie cleanses, and more. Choose the one that works with your digestive system and keeps you happy.
1. Begin at Home
If you are new to cleansing, it is recommended that you stay close to home. No matter what detox program you choose, you don’t want to be in a precarious predicament and unable to find a bathroom. Be real; you need to expect the unexpected and be prepared. Put on comfortable clothes, take time to reflect on what is important to you, clear your mind and relax. Stay home.
2. Start In the Morning
A squeeze of fresh lemon in a cup of hot water before breakfast is a great way to begin your detox. Lemon juice will give your digestive system a serious boost. A squeeze of lemon will also curb your appetite and help to avoid eating foods that are not on your detox list.
3. Water. Water. Water.
We all know that drinking six to eight glasses of water daily maintains hydration while flushing out toxins. On detox day, drink at least eight glasses of water throughout the day to keep body fluid flowing. If you can, continue to drink eight glasses of water even after detox. Water makes you feel full and hydration is one of the keys that deter inflammation.
4. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
It may be a daunting task, but avoiding coffee, tea and soft drinks on detox day will optimize your cleanse. Caffeine can actually dehydrate the body, a counteractive approach to detox. Be careful, though. You may want to wean yourself off caffeine gradually so that you do not experience severe withdrawals (irritability, headaches, and low energy). Alcohol, like caffeine, dehydrates our bodies. Skip alcohol while in detox mode. You can forgo a glass of wine for at least one day and you will have a greater experience while removing toxins from your body.
5. No Processed Foods
Food products that are in a cardboard box or cellophane package usually are highly processed, containing additives, preservatives and fillers. Avoid processed foods while detoxing, including over-processed dairy, meat and sweets. Your body will thank you.
6. Pack On the Protein
Switch from eating animal protein to pulse. Pulse includes lentils, chickpeas, and soybeans. Eating more pulse during your detox (and afterward) will protect your colon from disease, keep the bowels moving, and guaranteed to make you feel great. If you are unable to give up animal protein for a day or so, opt for lean chicken or fresh fish.
7. Healthy Fats
We need a certain amount of healthy fat to keep our bodies healthy. Healthy fats include seeds, avocados and raw nuts. Walnuts and almonds are a good choice. They contain fat and fiber that will keep your bowels moving. Chia seeds are a great way to add healthy fats like Omega-3 to your diet.
Healthy elimination is an important part of life. Springtime is the perfect time to get rid of toxins that may be weighing us down. Whether you are cleansing for health or spiritual reasons; the results will leave you feeling great. Eating healthy throughout the year and avoiding foods that are detrimental to your overall wellbeing is advised. As with any change in your diet, consult with your health care professional before beginning any cleanse.