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When you hear the words New Year, what comes to mind?
For many people it means BIG changes, new beginnings, and finding ways to deal with the unruly New Year’s Eve hangover.
Above all these, a good detox to kickstart your weight loss and/or healthy living goals for the year would probably garner the most votes.
9 Ways To Kickstart Your New Year’s Detox
After all, the festive splurging — both financially and at the dinner table — is a good indicator that a healthy detox is in order to help reboot your body and mind for the start of a new year.
Don’t stop just at your diet though…
A New Year’s detox can incorporate your whole lifestyle — from you body to your home! So, here are 9 ways to kickstart your New Year’s detox.
#1 — Lemon Water
Squeeze the juice of a half a fresh lemon into a cup of warm water. Alternatively, this detox drink is a great way to kick your body back into gear.
When consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it can help make a world of difference to waking your body up and helping you feel closer to 100% again.
Thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content, lemons make a great detoxifying food to incorporate into your daily routine.
#2 — Apple Cider Vinegar
A naturally fermented food, apple cider vinegar contains a wealth of beneficial probiotics and enzymes. This can be a saving grace if your digestive system is feeling a bit sluggish after overindulging from Halloween to NYE.
Dilluted with water and taken before a meal, it can help aid digestion and get things moving along a lot smoother.
#3 — Love Your Liver Tea
For most people, they’ve gone from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, bouncing from one party to the next.
A few (or many) alcoholic beverages may have been consumed during this time. Alcohol consumption is extremely taxing on the liver which plays one of the most important detoxifying roles in your body. It’s time to consider giving your liver a chance to catch up.
This Love Your Liver Tea contains a whole host of liver-loving ingredients like dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, and tulsi (holy basil).
Avoid alcohol completely and drink two to four cups of this tea for the first few weeks of the new year to give your liver a break and help facilitate full-body detoxification.
#4 — Cut The Sugar.
If you’re embarking on a new diet plan to help you feel more energic and vibrant, then you may want to consider doing a full sugar detox. After all the holiday treats, your body is likely desperate for some relief from the insulin rollercoaster ride.
Try cutting out all sweets, sugar, processed carbs, and high-glycemic fruits for three weeks. Empty your pantry of tempting, sugar-loaded packaged foods and restock your pantry with these 21-Day Sugar Detox Pantry Staples.
If this sounds too hard, then you can start by replacing highly processed sugars with more natural and less processed alternatives.
#5 — Ever Heard Of The Ketogenic Diet?
The keto diet was one of the most widely searched diet terms in 2017. It’s focus on high fat eating, while restricting carbs, may help the body switch from a sugar-dependent mode to fat-burning machine.
Toxins are stored in your body’s fat cells, so if you have a few pounds to lose, a keto restart may be just what your body needs. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure this is the right approach for you first. If you get the green light, then this list of 15 Ketogenic Diet Pantry Staples is a helpful place to start.
#6 — Deodorant Detox
It would be silly to go through all the trouble of detoxing your diet and kitchen without taking a look at what you’re putting on your body.
One very minor tweak to your daily body care regime could have a big impact on your body’s ability to detox itself. This involves switching out your commercial deodorant!
Many commercial deodorants contain a host of harmful ingredients. These are designed to clog your pores to stop your body from sweating. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, practically speaking, it’s doing your body a major disservice. Our body uses sweat as a natural process for detoxification. You excrete toxins from your body when you sweat! This is why after a night of drinking, you can not only smell alcohol on someone’s breath, but you can often smell it through their sweat.
#7 — Spirulina
Spirulina is one of those magical superfoods that seems to be able to do just about everything except the house cleaning. It’s green, and therefore, it must be good for you right?! Jokes aside, it’s nutrient-density is actually second to none. It’s useful in fighting free radicals due to its high antioxidant profile.
Incorporating spirulina into your daily routine can be as simple as adding half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie. If you’re ready to jump on the spirulina bandwagon and go full steam ahead, then try these 7 Fun & Healthy Ways To Use Spirulina! You can go one step further and make a detoxifying spirulina face mask to give your face some of this nutrient goodness.
#8 — Detox Baths
What a better excuse to take a nice long, warm bath than to declare it’s for the sake of your health! After all the chaos of the festive season, some genuine TLC is in order.
Epsom salt baths are a wonderful addition to your bathing ritual. Epsom salts are high in magnesium which aids your body’s detoxification process. Furthermore, a few drops of essential oils in your bath or using a chamomile lotion bar afterward will induce a blissful state of relaxation. #selfcaregoals
#9 — Turmeric
Adding a touch of turmeric to your daily diet will go a long way in helping to reduce inflammation in your body. We aren’t just talking about swollen joints and sore muscles either. Low-level inflammation can be caused from eating inflammatory foods, consuming too much alcohol and caffeine, and not getting enough sleep. Does that sound like the holiday season or what?
These substances inhibit your body’s ability to do its job properly, including detoxing the endless amounts of environmental toxins it needs to process on a daily basis! Learn more about the amazing health benefits of turmeric! Then, incorporate it into your diet with recipes like this Anti-Inflammatory Indonesian Vegetable Curry, this Sweet Dreams Golden Milk, and this Kabocha Squash Soup.