When the new year hits, the majority of people go on “diets”. If you read my post about dieting, you know that we’re all on a diet.
During the holidays, a lot of overeating and overindulgence occurs, often making us feel tired, lethargic, fatigue, sick, bloated, inflamed, and gain weight. These terrible feelings can put our bodies at stress, if not dealt with properly. All our body needs after overindulgence is a break/rest. Yes, a detox.
Our digestive system plays a very key and vital role to living a healthy, long life. Numerous of organs in our bodies make up the digestive function, such as the liver, kidneys and pancreas. Our livers are like a sponge; everything we eat and drink goes to our livers, absorbing it and impacting our health in a positive or negative way. These digestive organs work hard (sometimes too hard, depending on how much and what kind of foods you’re consuming) to break down, absorb and process the nutrients in the food we eat. Health begins in the gut; death starts in the colon. Having optimum digestion is key to living a healthy life, and without our digestion functioning properly, the body would become malnourished and build up toxins, causing degenerative diseases.
That’s why detoxing is so important and essential for our bodies, because it allows our digestive system time to rest and heal. If you’ve been feeling bloated, inflamed, weight gain, constipated, and not feeling so great, it’s time to give your body a detox/reset. Below are 7 simple ways/tips you can detox/reset your body to feel amazing!
First things first —
for best results, eliminate all processed, refined, carcinogenic foods from your diet, including wheat/gluten
, fish, and meat. I would eliminate the foods that caused these unpleasant feelings to occur to your body. You don’t have to do all these detoxing tips, but at least pick one (the more the better, of course) of these tips.
Detox Way #1: Fasting
Fasting gives your body and organs a rest and a great way to detox and cleanse your body. There are many great benefits about fasting. Fasting removes toxins from your body and rejuvenates your mind, body, soul, and cells, and a great way to cleanse, detoxify and reset your body, and gets rid of bloating and inflammation. Water fasting, juicing fasting and intermittent fasting are all great fasts that work and detoxify your body.
Detox Way #2: Eat Clean
Clean eating, to me, means no processed foods, no refined sugars, no junk foods, and no animal/byproducts. Eat fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. For more info about what is clean eating, check out my post on 0medz0 here
Detox Way #3: Eat Greens, Especially the Bitter Ones
Its the vegetables and the bitter foods that detoxify the body the most. Incorporate more greens in your diet, either in salads, juices and/or in smoothies. The power of greens are truly amazing, and you want to make sure your vegetables are organic. Bitter vegetables, such as dandelion, fennel, arugula, and more, are great for detoxifying.
Detox Way #4: Keep Your Meals Simple
Sometimes the most simplest meals are the most delicious! Monomeals are meals where you eat only one kind of fruit at one meal
. You can mono meal on any fruit, such as melons, oranges, bananas, mangoes, papaya, peaches, berries, and more. Mono meals makes it easier on your digestion, because it’s easier for your body to digest a meal that has only 1 ingredient, versus a meal that has 10-50 ingredients. I recommend eating at least 1-2 mono meals a day. This will give you more energy and improve your digestion. Your body will thank you.
Another way to keep your meal simple, is to keep the ingredients short. For instance, if you were eating a salad, keep it simple by adding greens (of choice), tomatoes, avocado, and mung beans. Simple, delicious and satisfying!
Detox Way #5: Drink Herbal Teas & Elixirs
Herbal teas are very healing and calming, and provide an array of benefits, such as boosting your metabolism (leading to weight loss!), increases mood, calms your nerves, muscles and mind; promotes better sleep, heals your mind, body and soul; improves bowel movements, detoxifies the liver, eliminates and reverses diseases/illnesses, and many more. Drinking warm, herbal teas are very detoxifying, soothing, healing to flush out toxins and waste from your body, and eliminates bloating and inflammation. Depending on your preference, drink 1-2 cups of tea; one cup in the morning and one cup in the afternoon/evening or before bed.
Beware with teas, though! Not all tea companies are great, as some tea bags may contain GMO cotton, which is something you want to avoid. Be sure to lok for organic and non-GMO verified on the label. One of my favorite herbal teas are from Traditional Medicinals
. They’re organic, non-GMO and caffeine-free (very important).
Detox Way #6: Drink 32 ounces of the Daily Morning Detox Elixir Upon Waking
Make it a habit to wake up and drink 32 ounces of the Daily Morning Detox Elixir
first thing upon waking on an empty stomach, before consuming anything. This will allow your body time to wake up, detoxify your body and flush toxins and waste from your body. Drinking lemon water is known and proven to have significant health benefits and results (as mentioned in my daily morning detox elixir recipe post).
Detox Way #7: Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar in your Diet
If you don’t already know, apple cider vinegar
has many healing and powerful benefits. Apple cider vinegar
is made from fermented apples, making it a probiotic (as fermented foods are considered probioics, as well). Apple cider vinegar is one of the only (second to coconut vinegar
) vinegar that’s alkalizing and super nutritious to the body – you can even drink it!
Apple cider vinegar improves digestion, eliminates bloating, inflammation, gases; clears up the skin, promotes healthy hair, skin and nails; flushes toxins and wastes from the body, and so much more! There are many ways you can incorporate apple cider vinegar in your diet. One way is to drink a shot of it, add it t your salads as a vinaigrette, add it to savory dishes, or even inside your juices, smoothies and/or water. This stuff is truly amazing, I love it and use it daily. This is a must-have ingredient in my pantry, and it should be for yours, as well.
Thats it! Those are my 7 tips for detoxing from overindulgence. If you have any tips, suggestions and/or advice you;d like to mention, please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear them 🙂
I’d like to know – how do you recover from overindulgence? What approach do you take and which ones your favorite? Tell me in the comments below.
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