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Detox After December

December is the most wonderful month of the year. We focus more on family and look forward to the festive food and frosty frivolities. For many though, it’s a month of excess and the holiday season gives them uninhibited permission to eat, drink and be deliriously merry. They throw caution to the wind and self-indulge, gorging and binging on rich and sugary foods, drinks and desserts. As pleasing and comforting as these momentary choices are, there is always a price to pay. Weight gain, guilt, mood swings and feeling unwell are the results.

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January is the ideal month to clean up our diets, recalibrate our bodies, reduce the pudge and improve our health. But, we cannot heal or shed unwanted pounds if our body is overburdened with toxins, chemicals, and putrid sludge. A fresh start could include some simple detoxing. Detoxing nourishes your body as much as it removes that heavy load of toxins.

After a gluttonous month of sugar, you’re going to go through some temporary, but nasty withdrawal symptoms, headaches, restlessness, irritability and poor sleep. Here a few suggestions on transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.

Drink More Water! If you’ve consumed your fair share of booze during the holiday season, you’re most likely dehydrated. Alcohol acts as a diuretic which means you pee more. The best way to keep hydrated is to drink clean, filtered water. Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water, it aids in cleansing the liver and removes toxins. Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water daily and enjoy some herbal teas as well. Cut out caffeine and alcohol.

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Eat The Right Organic Foods! If we’re detoxing, then it makes sense to choose organic foods. They have higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and support your immune system. They’re free of toxins and they taste better. Eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, whole-grains, nuts, and seeds. Increase your fiber and cut out processed and junk food altogether.

Smoothies and Juices! Daily delicious drinks made with leafy greens, fruits, and some veggies are healthy, nutritious and contain alkalizing minerals that help your body detox.

Probiotics! If we have an unhealthy diet, our gut can be the breeding grounds for bad bacteria and yeast. Adding probiotics will increase the good bacteria in our GI tract and help detox the toxic chemicals in our bodies. They also help eliminate candida and help cleanse the liver.

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Walk or Yoga! Simple and gentle exercises like walking or doing yoga will help eliminate toxins. Sweating unclogs pores and assists the kidneys by releasing toxins through the skin. 

Dry Brush! If you haven’t heard of dry brushing, then lend an ear. Dry brushing exfoliates, unclogs pores, stimulates circulation and encourages lymph drainage. It may even reduce or eliminate cellulite!

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Meditate! Meditation has enormous benefits for our mind, body and spirit. It gives our bodies a chance to relax, rejuvinate and recharge. Meditation can also offer spiritual cleansing. As we align with and invite higher frequencies, we will experience more clarity, inner peace, harmony and wellbeing. There are several mediations that clear the mind or the whole body.

65 Comments

  • I definitely have to do some changes after December, I need to get my diabetes under control, and move more, and less sitting at the computer entering contests, I’m not winning anyways, so I might as well look after my health

  • I need to make some serious changes in my life , 55 years old and have extra weight and high blood pressure for the first time in my life . Need a detox and healthy eating plan for sure !

  • January is definitely detox month I try to watch what I eat but sometimes it gets out of hand cause everything is so good.

  • Great tips to help feel better with all the sweet stuff around during the holidays. I will have to give them a try with the holidays here.

  • I have never heard of dry brushing but will have to try that. As for stuffing myself, not this year. Hubby is being tube fed so there won’t be any turkey this year.

  • I drink a lot of water, maybe too much. All good tips for a regular routine, let alone getting back on track in January.

  • I feel so great in the summer when I’m eating lots of fruits and vegetables. This seems to taper off in December. Fresh, healthy smoothies every morning helps.

  • I was diagnosed with diabetes 7 months ago. I completely changed my lifestyle and eating habits, but I cheated on Thanksgiving by having a piece of pie after dinner. Christmas is soon approaching and chances are I’ll have a piece of pie after dinner. I’ve never detoxed before, but it’s something I plan to do after the holidays.

  • I has only heard a little about dry brush before but I fear it will be painful as I have very sensitive skin. The other suggestions are great. Thanks.

  • No Detox for me. My doctor wants me to eat as much as possible. Only weigh 90 pounds so I have some gaining to do which has become very hard for me.

  • My hubby is forever telling me to drink more water! I only drink if I feel thirsty, other then that I dont drink but If I started drinking more water I’d probably feel more thirsty more often.

  • These are all great tips, and I am definitely going to have to follow some of them myself after New Years Eve, I need to smarten up being diabetic and I have been eating to much junk

  • I always eat far too much at Christmas so this is a great post for me to read. I also feel quite proud of myself today for having refused wonderful cookies my daughter-in-law had baked. Thankfully after Christmas I’ll be at my daughter’s where her husband does most of the cooking and that’s Vietnamese style, which will no doubt help me lose a few of the extra pounds. 🙂

  • I detox about once a month to kind of clean and reset my system. Whether I’m on vacation or on holiday, I watch what I eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • I have never tried dry brushing but it sounds like a great idea. I try to clean up all the habits I picked up over the Christmas season at the beginning of the new year.

  • This is always a struggle and I have to push myself to be more active. I need to lose weight…and to walk and exercise more. Hoping for 2020 to be better and I am going to do better and think positive!!

  • Thx very much for the Detox info, will have to look into it because I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and need to make some life style changes to get it under control.

  • I did a pretty great job at this in October and November but then December hit and I decided to give myself some slack, make memories with my kids and enjoy the season. January will roll around and I can get back on track, definitely need to up my water again.

  • All great tips to help start off the new year right. I think sometimes we forget about spending time on ourselves after coming off a busy holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

  • I agree with some of these pointers. 8 glasses of water a day is excessive. The jury is still out on benefits of binging on probiotics. The reminder of meditation is great.

  • Great suggestions! I have a lot of changes that I would like to make in the New Year. Drinking lots of water is always beneficial. Dry brushing sounds interesting, I had not heard of it before but it is something I may try.

  • I am really going to try to get myself in a healthier place this New Year. My sugars are a bit high and I need to get them in check. I have heard about Dry Brushing but have never tried it. Happy New Year everyone!

  • The New Year is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and begin anew, which goes perfectly with a detox cleanse to kickstart a new regimen of healthy living.

  • I am always so glad when the holidays are over and we can get back to our normal routine once again I have never done a detox but might give it a try

  • I think drinking more water is one of my biggest challenges but soooo important! I try adding a wedge of lemon or lime to water to make it more appealing!

  • It is a good article for those wanting to make changes. My new years resolution was nothing. I’m not planning to make any changes.

  • I am borderline diabetic so I am trying to make changes in my diet. It is difficult because I’ve always loved sweets. Now I’m drinking healthy smoothies and much more water in my diet.

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