'Tis the season for over indulging! All that meat and sugar is good on the tongue, but hard on the body. Here are 10 ways you can detox, and the best part is: most of them aid weight loss as well. How very merry!
1. Lemon water
Lemon water is one of the absolute best and easiest ways to detox. Squeeze half a lemon into your water first thing in the morning to boost your metabolism, stock your body with Vitamin C, and help begin the daily detox.
2. Shots, shots, shots
A daily shot of Apple Cider Vinegar is more than just a detox agent. Not only does it clean your insides, it is helpful in killing bacteria, treating infections naturally, lowering blood sugar levels, and helping in weight loss. Studies have also been done on ACV shrinking cancer cells. Make sure you opt for an organic unfiltered option, such as Braggs. ACV is very acidic, so be sure to dilute in a juice, such as OJ or lemonade, to prevent burning on the way down, as well as help mask the strong taste.
3. Baking soda baths
Baking soda in your bath not only cleans the water you are soaking in for a healthier tub experience, but it also pulls toxins from your muscles and skin, as well as adding magnesium to your body for health.
Sweating is your bodies way of getting the bad stuff out. If your gym has a sauna, by all means go sit in it! If not, go for a brisk walk, work out, or get your dance on. Sweating is good! Get the toxins out and then soak in a detox bath. You will feel incredible.
5. Wheat grass
Wheat grass is one of God's gifts, seriously. Wheat grass soaks up more sun energy than any other thing on earth, and it has been said that you could live solely on it. It contains every single mineral known to man as well as vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, I, K, and is extremely rich in protein. If there is any one thing on this list you should do daily- this is it. Juicing fresh wheat grass is obviously your best course of detox, though impractical. Instead, mix one scoop of powdered wheat grass in a small glass of juice or lemonade, and drink. The powder settles, and some people aren't fond of the taste (I personally like it), so best to drink it quickly. I have tried nearly every type out there, and also grow my own. When I am not juicing it fresh, the only kind I have found to mix and taste best is:
Wheat grass is known to reverse grey hair, slow the aging process, purifies the liver, helps acne and skin problems, and improves digestion. Another benefit? 1 ounce of wheat grass equals 2 pounds of produce, so it naturally quells your appetite.
6. Epsom salt baths
Athletes have been soaking in epsom salt forever, and for good reason. Magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin, reducing inflammation, regulating 325 enzymes in your body, and helping to prevent arteries from hardening.
7. Dandelion Root
Dandelion root tea is one of my favorites just because it is so good, but did you know that it also cleanse the liver? After all of the holiday libations, settle in with a cup of this tea to clean out.
Flush your body the good old fashioned way by pounding the H20. It is recommended that you drink at least 2 quarts per day.
9. Foot soaks
Many toxins can be pulled from the body by a simple foot bath. Set a warm tub of essential oils and Epsom salt or baking soda and relax on the couch while your feet soak. Epsom salt will also soften your skin to make your tootsies soft and happy.
10. Breathe Deeply
Breathing deeply and slowly is calming. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of year, and all of that stress settles in your body causing dis-ease. Take a few minutes every day breathing deeply into your stomach, filling your lungs completely. The less stress you feel, the healthier you are.
I hope these tips help to keep you in tip top condition, so that you can fully enjoy all the parties and gatherings in the coming month! Be well and Merry Ho-Ho!!