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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, rejuvenate, 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 meditations that clear the mind or the whole body.