How To Detox Your Body Naturally in 4 Steps!
It’s the New Year and we all know what that means! We probably feel kind of crappy from the holidays and all of the eating, drinking, and lack of sleep. So what do we do? We go on a 3-day juice cleanse to try to ‘rid the body of toxins’ and hope that we wake up on Day 4 feeling refreshed. BUT – please read this blog before you decide to buy a $99.99 juice cleanse plan and maybe you can save yourself some money, and some sanity.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of detoxing the body, but unfortunately the promotions about these extreme detoxes and cleanses that are asking you to not eat a real meal, drink juice, don’t eat fat, or take one of these huge orange pills are actually harming your body, not helping it!
A detox should act as a ‘reset’ and support your body’s metabolism and help heal the inflammation that tends to build up in the body due to our lifestyles including the sugar, alcohol, and stress we go through during the holiday season (and at other points in our life too!).
So here are 4 ways that you can detox your body naturally and that will help heal the body, not hurt it! This can also help set better habits/routines in place to make the changes long-lasting!
1. Remove processed sugars and include some extra gut-healthy foods!
During the holidays, we tend to overdo it on the sugar. I mean, Christmas cookies are delicious…hello?? Although the gut, which is the hub of our immunity, our digestion, and our nutrient absorption gets a little stressed out with all of the sugar.
So instead of doing a juice cleanse or eating nothing – which can simply stress the gut even more, try including some ‘gut-healing’ foods like kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut!
2. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet and eating frequently throughout the day!
Do not. We repeat, do not starve yourself! I know we all feel we need to under-eat to compensate for the over-eating over the holidays, but this is not how the body works! If you under-eat by too much of an extreme, your body will start to slow down it’s metabolism, hold onto fat, and make it even harder to lose weight!
And please don’t remove an entire food group like take out all carbs, or completely remove protein or fats. Your body needs all three of these macronutrients! There have been lots of studies that show that carbohydrates nor fats cause weight gain or fat gain – only when they are eaten in excess of our daily needs. So keep those healthy vegetables, fruits, starches, fats, and proteins in the diet!
3. Increase anti-oxidants in the diet, but not through juices!
Antioxidants are great for the body because they serve as a protector from free radicals that can cause cellular damage. We can get these antioxidants from fruits and veggies, but in a ‘natural detox period’, when you want to make the extra effort, you can add in a bit extra! You can do this through a greens supplement (we love Amazing Grass Green Superfood brand) or foods like berries, pecans, and maybe even a small piece of 70% of higher dark chocolate!
When you sleep, your body is able to recover and ‘clean up’. When you are awake, your body must be aware. These, in general, are the two states that your brain functions within. Research has also shown that when you sleep, your brain goes through a detoxification process ran by the glymphatic system. With insufficient sleep, this system is impaired and toxic build-up happens. Sleep has also shown to be the number one thing, other than nutrition, that impacts your weight.