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Unfortunately January is here meaning Christmas is over and it’s now the long slog until the summer starts. Many of us have overindulged during the Christmas period, eating too much and drinking too much and so may enter the New Year a few pounds heavier and feeling not quite at our best. This is where a New Year detox can be helpful. A detox to help flush our system, boost our immunity and get rid of the many toxins we have ingested over the Christmas period. Detoxing is a short term way to boost health and should be the start of the health journey for 2016 and it is unadvisable to repeat detoxing too regularly or for too long. Having said this however, they can be a great way to boost your immunity and drop a few pounds so here are some healthy tips to detox your body after the Christmas binge!
The Christmas Food Coma
We all know the feeling of having a food coma from eating too much over Christmas, washed down with a few glasses of wine or beer leaving to general feelings of being unfit and unhealthy. January is a time when the gyms reach maximum capacity as everyone wants to drop a few Christmas pounds and kick start the New Year in the right way. In a couple of weeks however, many will lose the incentive to go to the gym and slip back in to old habits and this is where detoxing can be advantageous. A quick boost in energy and health can then be carried on by a healthy and well balanced diet and exercise program after the initial detox is over.
Our body is constantly detoxing and flushing out our system on a daily basis but our body can be working a little overtime after Christmas when we usually eat more and drink more than we do at other periods of the year. As a result of this we can be left feeling run down, ill and just generally not as healthy as usual due to lowered immunity. This is where detoxing the body can be helpful in order to rid ourselves of the toxins that can make us feel run down after Christmas. It’s important to detox in a safe and healthy way however or the opposite effect will happen and our body will be put under strain, again leading to lowered immunity and feelings of illness.
How To Detox
Detoxing involves flushing out the toxins and so water and staying hydrated are crucial to an effective detox. Aiming to have a large drink at least every 90 minutes is a good rule to go by and will keep you hydrated, your system working at its best to flush out any toxins as well as keeping you from getting an empty stomach and feeling hungry. Increasing your levels of Vitamin C are also a great way to boost immunity and so starting the day with a drink of a fruit juice like orange juice can be a fantastic way to kick start your detoxing period. Food sources should come from fruits and vegetables as much as possible, as well as carbohydrates such as brown rice which contains B vitamins and has been linked to improved sleep, reduced stress and will leave you feeling fuller for longer. Certain supplements can also be helpful in an effective detox such as Spirulina and Milk Thistle which are known for their detoxifying properties as well as overall increased health.
To Sum Up
Detoxing can be a great way to flush your body of toxins after a heavy Christmas and get you started in the right way for 2016. Detoxing for too long or detoxing wrongly can lead to too much weight loss and reduced immunity however and so it’s important to follow a healthy diet containing plenty of fruits, vegetables and water to effectively detox your body and rid it of all the treats you consumed during the festive period. Introducing a gentle exercise program that can be built upon will also increase fitness levels giving you a great start to the year and the foundation to make 2016 your healthiest yet!