The year is drawing to a close, which means that most of us will be making resolutions that we probably won’t be sticking to.
As January approaches, some will put themselves “on a detox’” in a bid to get healthier.
But will the mad indulgence of Christmas followed by a restrictive diet do more harm than good?
While giving your food habits an extreme re-vamp may may result in weight loss in the short-term, it isn’t very sustainable. And cutting back on essential nutrients will not give the rejuvenating affect you are looking for.
Thankfully, there are ways to detox without putting yourself on a crash diet.
With the help of Spabreaks.com, we reveal the top five ways to flush out the toxins without causing yourself any damage.
1. Drink more water
There’s no need for fancy diet plans or gruelling fitness regimes – drinking water could be all it takes to give you a boost.
As a guideline, aim for four pints of water a day.
This helps to keep your cells hydrated and it should give you more glowing skin too.
2. Make time for exercise
Instead of signing up for a pricey gym membership in the new year, you can get fit by scheduling short stints of exercise.
This can include walking or cycling to work or going for a run during your lunch break.
Physical activity releases mood-enhancing endorphins. As well as this, it detoxifies by increasing the circulation in the blood and lymph.
3. Incorporate anti-oxidants into your diet
Adding certain foods into your everyday meals can help to rejuvenate the body.
Citruses, including lemons and oranges, help to flush out toxins by speeding the enzymatic processes.
And green foods, such as kale and spinach, promote chlorophyll that aids detoxification.
Beans and lentils – Beans and lentils contain numerous phytochemical that have been shown in the laboratory to slow or prevent damage to the DNA, the basis of cancer. The added benefit comes with the fiber, associated with lower risk of digestive cancers
4. Sort out your sleep pattern
Never under-estimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
Getting some kip will help relieve that sluggish winter feeling and unsightly eye bags.
Not only that, when you’re resting, a mechanism that removes waste products in the brain is the most active.
5. Pamper yourself
Detoxing doesn’t all have to be hard work. Why not book a massage during the holiday season?
This treatment helps to remove toxins by improving lymphatic flow.
Sitting in a steam room or sauna is also advisable (or if you’re feeling brave, try out some hot yoga).
This is a great way to purge your body from any nasties that come out in your sweat.