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Detoxes are incredibly popular this time of year, but the idea of depriving yourself for some amount of time might have you running the other way. What if I told you it was entirely possible to detox without deprivation? Check out these seven tips to get a head start on healthier habits this year.
Focus on real, whole foods. It can be confusing with the latest and greatest diets and trends to decide what’s right for you. Whole30, the keto diet, juice cleanse… they are all so different. Unless you like the idea of ultimate restriction, focus on filling your body with real, minimal ingredient foods. Michael Pollen said it best, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Minimize added sugars. Minimize added sugars to help curb cravings, opting for naturally sweet foods such as winter squash, fruits and cinnamon.
Incorporate naturally detoxing foods. You’re already ahead of the game if your focus is on real, whole foods. To further encourage a natural detox, incorporate the following foods onto your plate: cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts), leafy greens, lemon, avocado, green tea, garlic, beets, blueberries, cilantro and ginger. These fruits and vegetables are full of fiber, detoxifying antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. What better way to flush out toxins than with ample amounts of water? A bonus perk: you’ll increase your steps in a day with trips to the bathroom. To encourage more water throughout the day, try tracking how many cups you drink or fill at least 8 glasses of water and set them on the counter to create a visual that you can’t ignore.
Practice the hot cold shuffle. Reduce inflammation, boost metabolism and immune function through alternating hot and cold water submersion. This process increases circulation and lymphatic flow in the body. Hydrotherapy can be done in the shower, or in a cold plunge and sauna. In fact, this process is so addicting that Tony Robbins has even made it a part of his regular morning routine.
Sweat it out. Hitting the gym provides more benefits than just getting a good workout in. It can also help aid in your body’s natural detoxification process by allowing toxins to be released through your pores. That is, as long as you’re sweating!
Create boundaries. Detoxing is a process that goes beyond your physical body. As we are now into a new year, identify a few key boundaries you might like to practice in order to detox your mental space, too. This could be no technology in the bedroom, relational boundaries, or creating boundaries around work.
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