With alcohol out the window for who knows how long, consider a detox. Without your favourite alcoholic beverage tempting you at sunset you can work it like a boss.
Detoxification or detox is crucial to good health. Not only does it free the liver up to keep general harmful waste and byproducts out of your body, but it allows your organs to function more optimally and generally promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing and happiness.
Here are our 5 favourite ways to detox like a pro:
- Focus on your sleep
It is generally accepted that the brain flushes out its toxins while you sleep. Seems pretty useful. But also, sleep reduces inflammation. Now whilst a topic for another day, it’s inflammation that is central to the cause of most lifestyle diseases.
- Drink more water
Good water though. And herbal tea. Fresh pressed mint tea is a firm favourite of the author of this blog post.
Good hydration has been shown to do so much more than quench your thirst. It regulates your body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption, and detoxifies your body by removing waste products
- Reduce your sugar and salt intake
Regardless of what the sugar industry tries to tell you, refined sugar in more than tiny amounts is bad for your body. Period. If you absolutely have to have a treat here is a great date square recipe: https://sunkissedkitchen.com/gluten-free-date-bars-added-sugar/
And salt. Now there’s a bugger. If you want to detox, you need to tone down the salt intake. Yes even that pink himalayan salt deliciousness.
“Why?” you say. You see, too much salt in your diet can promote antidiuretic tendencies. Basically you end up not weeing enough and that means water retention. What you want is increased water intake and decreased salt. That leads to flushing and cleansing.
- Eat more antioxidant rich foods
Nice colourful fruit and veg. A decent daily helping of cruciferous vegetables (like kale, broccoli), berries, garlic and spices like turmeric.
We found a super interesting article on this here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/detox-food-plan/
Now it gets technical around the phase 1 and phase 2 part of the article. So think of it like this; phase 1 is setting the rugby ball in a kicking tee. Phase 2 is kicking the ball through the posts.
And unless you get to phase 2, your detox is ineffective. Which means you need to try and eat as much organic fruit and veg as possible. Check out our range of organic veg here: https://www.munchingmongoose.co.za/shop/shop
- Get active
Not everyone is down with crossfit. Or HIIT. Or spinning. Or even gym in general. But everyone should walk, a lot.
Walking. The simple rhythm of contra-lateral movement, right arm swings – left leg steps and so on has major functional movement and strength benefits.
Walk briskly every day for 45 to 60 minutes in the morning, breathing only through your nose. It will change your life, we guarantee it.