Wednesday, December 19, 2012
a healthy holiday
Along with the fun the holidays bring, they also bring a lot of hard work for our bodies. As much as I love all the Christmas parties, treats from coworkers and everything else the holidays bring, I do not love feeling sluggish the rest of the time. All the rich food and those extra glasses of wine combined with stress and too little sleep are a definite equation for exhaustion!
I know I am not one to say no to a lovely Christmas dinner or to peppermint bark but I am always trying to find the balance so I don't start the new year in regret. This year I am especially focusing on strategies to help my body detox. Here are a few that could help you too.
1. Start off Right. Before you reach for that cup of coffee or your breakfast make a simple cup of hot water and lemon. I have been having this simple concoction first thing in the morning for a few years now and I love it. The lemon delivers antioxidants that help boost the liver and jump starts your body to release digestive enzymes. I also add honey for sweetness and if I am feeling under the weather, ginger and a pinch of cayenne can help boost immunity.
2. Fiber. Getting a steady amount of fiber helps keep your stomach strong and healthy. Some examples of healthy fiber are dark leafy greens, broccoli, millet, quinoa and brown rice. Taking enough fiber is crucial to cleansing and ensures you sweep out toxins on a regular basis. It also keeps you full longer to help you not snack on those sweets throughout the day.
3. Water. Drinking enough water helps every organ preform at optimal ability and most people don't realize our body needs around eight 8oz glasses a day. Not only does it matter how much water you drink, it matters when you drink it. When you drink a lot during meals it dilutes digestive enzymes and makes it difficult for your body to break down your food. Focusing on drinking enough water between meals is a wonderful habit to start now and maintain throughout the year.
4. Drink Tea. When you are tired from all that holiday shopping, instead of overloading on soda and coffee try some other options. Too much coffee dehydrates you so try green tea for a caffeine boost instead. It is gentler on your system and full of antioxidants.
5. Sleep. Most people don't know that their body detoxes every night. The problem is, it needs 12 hours to complete the detox. That means if you are eating a 7am breakfast you shouldn't eat after 7pm the night before. You body heals as it sleeps so trying to not eat late and going to bed early allows your body to focus on recovery instead of digestion.
source: whole living, kimbery snyder, clean