With the silly season fast approaching, now is a perfect time to cleanse your system and get those cogs oiled before the abuse your body is going to endure from all those Christmas work do champagnes and those delicious Christmas feasts and sweet treats!
Try out some of the ideas below from things ranging from a quick fix to a more dedicated regime to get that system squeaky clean and working well.
1. Lemon Water
Adding some freshly squeezed lemon to your water is one of the best cleansing remedies for your body. Despite being acidic, once it starts being digested lemon alkalizes your whole system aiding the cleansing process. Aim to drink 2-3 litres per day during your dedicated detoxing period.
2. Ban a Problem Food
The small act of removing only one kind of food that may be causing you issues can mean mega benefits for your whole body! Try living without one of your vices for the next week (or more, if you’re feeling tough!):
- Dairy (yep, that means saying ’til we meet again’ to your much beloved cheese!)
- Fast Food
- Sugar and/or chocolate
7 days may seem difficult. Instead, compartmentalize your week into single days and take it one day at a time.
3. Drink More Green/White Tea
Adding 5 cups of green or white tea to your diet will aid your body in it’s detoxifying processes, allowing you to recover from those naughty patches a bit quicker. Plus, they may even help stop cravings for things such as chocolate and fatty foods.
4. Replace ONE Meal with A Freshly Squeezed Juice
For those of you that haven’t jumped on the freshly squeezed juice wagon, it’s about time you do. These wonder beverages are one of the best things for your body. Packed with multiple servings of vegetables (some can even make up for you daily recommended servings of greens and fruit) they are one of the best things for detoxing. Opt for green juices packed with vegetables like kale, wheat grass and watercress to purify the blood and give your body back those natural vitamins.
For beginners, try to replace just one meal per day with a freshly squeezed green juice then work your way up to more when you feel comfortable. Your body will thank you for these new nutrients that you’re giving it.
For the seasoned juice fasters, it’s time to get in there and go for it with 3-5 juices per day alongside loads of filtered water.
5. Eat What Your Mamma (Nature) Gave Ya!
Set some hard goals to do with adding more fresh, organic fruit and vegetables to your diet. i.e. I will eat 3 servings of leafy greens per day or I will have 6 servings of fruit per day.
Ideally, for full detoxification you want to make your whole diet just this – Raw, organic fruits and vegetables. This will allow your digestive system to get back to normal and for your body to absorb all the delicious vitamins, amino acids and minerals that your body constantly craves. but is denied with today’s modern diet.
For the truly dedicated, try going fully raw for 2 weeks and see what happens. Aim to keep consumption of fruit to before midday but as far as vegetables are concerned, eat as much as your stomach desires.
So, why not give your system a bit of a break for a while. Pamper yourself! Take baths with essential oils, buy some pretty flowers for your home, go for a massage and breaaathe before the stress of Christmas takes its hold. Remember that this is a time to be surrounded by the one’s we love and remember what’s important to us in this world. Don’t let this time stress you out or burden you. Stay calm, stay happy and stay healthy.
Welcome to summer, everyone and good luck with your cleanses!