After a weekend trip with the girls or a tropical vacation, it's normal to feel like you need to detox your body after your indulgences. However these short-term "detox" diets rarely last and are not all that healthy. Making extreme changes in your diet can lead to more harm than good and are not a sustainable option to restore your health.
Read on to learn a few ways you can help your body detox without going on a liquid diet!
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Consuming low amounts of sugar, fats and alcohol are a great first step in aiding your body in is natural detoxification process.
Sugar isn't only horrible for your teeth, it's also bad for your liver. When we eat sugar our bodies turn it into glucose, which is used for energy. However, when our bodies don't use all the glucose right away the excess is stored as fat. Where does that extra fat go? You guessed it, right to your liver! Consuming foods and beverages with refined sugars, like cookies, sports drinks and sodas are known to cause a fatty build up which can lead to liver disease.
Fried foods are packed with saturated fats that absolutely destroy your liver. These types of foods don't only affect your waistline, but they have a negative impact on your insides too. A diet that is high in fried foods, contributes to more cholesterol in your body which in turn creates fat around your liver. Once that fat is on your liver, its is very hard to get rid of it. There are foods that have cholesterol in them that are good for you such as shellfish & eggs, however you need to watch out for the fried foods and fast food, for those are the one that will have a negative impact.
When we drink alcohol, our bodies immediately identify it as a toxin which means it has a large effect on our liver. Drinking large amounts of alcohol makes the cells of your liver work overtime which can be damaging to them in the long term. When your body is working to metabolize the alcohol, that is its main focus because it wants to get rid of the toxins asap. This means all the other calories from the food and drinks you are consuming are immediately stored instead of being broken down.
We have to live our lives and everything is fine in moderation. I love a glass of prosecco but I don't have one every day. If you indulge in these foods and drinks, that's OKAY, don't get down on yourself. It's the overconsumption that you have to be careful of. Are you ready to take the first step and focus on your nutrition? Check out my FREE 5 Day Better You Program to get started!
Drinking water throughout the day helps your body to remove waste. This waste is removed through sweating, breathing and using the bathroom. If the waste that is needs to be removed, builds up in our bodies, it can cause lots of harm. Water aids in transporting these waste products so proper hydration is crucial for detoxification. Staying hydrated keeps the liver running efficiently and plays a key role in our brain and heart function. It also helps to carry nutrients to our cells and boosts our muscle performance.
It is very important to drink water in the morning after you wake up. When asleep, your body goes 7 to 8 hours without any hydration. Being dehydrated will slow down the movement of lymph in your system which can take a negative effect on your immune system. So what is lymph? It is a fluid in your circulatory system that carries infection-fighting immune cells around your body. Since your body is mostly made up of water its crucial to give it what it needs.
You should be drinking about a gallon of water a day to keep your kidneys hydrated as well as keep that fat burning process flowing, though this amount varies depending on your level of physical activity.
I absolutely love my aloe water with lemon in the morning. It's a refreshing way to start the day and great for removing toxins. I also make sure to keep up on drinking water throughout the day with my BTES Water Bottle. It is 32 oz which I love because you don't have to refill it constantly.
Get More Sleep
As you sleep your body creates infection-fighting molecules to protect you and build your immune system. Even though it feels that sleep is not an active process it is actually a huge part in letting our bodies recover and repair. Making it actually pretty active! Those who do not get enough sleep are more prone to getting sick purely because their body is not getting the down time to restore itself.
Most researchers say that 7 hours is the magic number for most people, but your sleeping needs may vary. You might need more or less than 7 hours of sleep, but one thing is for sure: pulling all-nighters or staying up late is not good for your energy. An irregular sleep schedule throws your body out of whack and it can be hard to recover from that during the day.
Developing a night time routine is a great way to ensure you can unplug and get an adequate amount of sleep. For me I have a great evening routine that helps me wind down after a long day, turn off and allow me to have a great nights sleep.
Here is what I do:
- nighttime relax tea with added immunity boost (available on my nutrition plan, just ask yoru coach on the 5 Day Better You Program)
- warm shower
- 5-10 minutes of reading before bed
- set the temperature to 68 degrees
Not too many steps that you can do just to get yourself prepped for the best nights sleep.
You don't need to go on a diet or a detox to lose weight and get results. You simply get to feed your body the best in nutrition. When you do this your body work more efficiently, remove all the things that are not supporting you optimal health and you will have created a healthy lifestyle away from detoxing and diets!
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