Would Your Body Benefit From a Holistic Detox?

For many Americans, Thanksgiving marks a season of eating that continues through to Christmas, and often doesn’t stop until the New Year.

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Photo via BeadedBundles

With a huge abundance of new recipes to experiment with, and grocery stores laden with high fat, sweet, and sugary snacks packaged beautifully in festive wrappings, it’s easy to see how season’s greetings have turned into season’s eatings.

We are almost all guilty of a little over indulgence during the festive period, and eating more than you should of your favorite treat is a normal and natural part of the holidays that should be savored and enjoyed. But if you spend the next two months overindulging on a daily basis, and regularly feel tired and lethargic, lacking in energy and suffer repeated bouts of seasonal illness then it could be that your body is in need of a holistic detox before Christmas arrives.

What is a Holistic Detox?

A holistic detox is a form of detox that doesn’t rely on medicine or the use of artificial, chemical enhancements, instead helping you to rid your body of toxins in a natural and non-invasive way. We are exposed to toxins in a wide number of ways every day: many foods contain herbicides and pesticides, we are exposed to chemicals such as mercury and arsenic as a result of water and air pollution, and we also expose ourselves to toxins (particularly at this time of year) through the consumption of alcohol and high fat, high calorie processed foods. A holistic detox will reduce your internal toxin level, leaving you feeling refreshed, energized, and much more healthy, ready to party and dance the night away long into the new year. To achieve optimal results, experts recommend that you continue your detox for at least one week, but for no more than two weeks, making now the perfect time to start.

Tried and Tested Holistic Detox Techniques

There are many different ways you can detox, ridding your body of the toxins that may be negatively impacting it, but low level, non-invasive detoxification techniques should always be prioritized, particularly if you have never detoxed before. One of the first and most important holistic detox techniques that you can focus on is your consumption of water: most of us don’t drink enough water or choose to drink coffee or sodas instead. These are full of toxins, and their diuretic nature means they will actually leave you feeling dehydrated rather than hydrated and refreshed. When you are detoxing you should aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and you should begin each day with a glass of hot or warm water. This will open up your gut’s natural drainage system, making it much easier for the toxins within it to leave your body. For a more intensive holistic detox experience, drink your other glasses of water either warm or hot too, and continue to do this every day for two weeks. Avoiding drinking alcohol, coffee, soda, and try to only ingest clear liquids as part of your detox.

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Photo via SVGpool

How you can remove toxins from your body is a keen focus of holistic detoxification, and one of the best and least invasive ways of doing this is to sweat. You can work up a sweat by enjoying some cardiovascular exercise (which has the added benefit of being good for your heart health and general wellbeing) or if you prefer a more relaxed approach you could choose to spend 30 minutes each day in a sauna. Sweating opens up your pores, giving the toxins a natural passage out from under your skin, and as an added benefit this should also leave your skin looking more healthy and revitalized too.

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Photo via judyM

Finally, its important to remember you are what you eat, and during any detoxification process it is important to pay keen attention to what is going into your body, as well as what is coming out. Avoid meat, saturated fat, and any processed foods: instead focus on eating vegetables with a rich, dark color, such as spinach, broccoli and chard. Fresh fruits and legumes can also be added to your diet if you are feeling hungry. Eat these foods raw, steamed, or use them to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie in order to really give your body the boost to vitamins and vitality that it needs.
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