Sometimes it can just feel as though our bodies have become clogged up and congested. It doesn’t matter what you eat, when you drink, or how you sleep, you just seem to be running on half power the entire time.
That is usually when a detox comes in handy but so often the after effects of the detox are worse than you were feeling before! Celebrities try out detoxes all of the time, but they probably have full time nutritionists that can carefully tailor their diet to something perfect for them. For the rest of us, we find often that a detox can give you unwelcome side effects, such as constipation or headaches, and that is the last thing that you want. So how can you make sure that your next detox is going to be fun, easy, and what’s more, give you that refreshed feeling?
Well, it can certainly be difficult: which is why we have tracked down some of the best detox tips out there. Instead of merely starving yourself for twenty four hours and hoping that did the trick, did you have any idea that these were great for you?
1. Sort out your liquids first.
There is absolutely no point in even thinking about going through a detox if you are drinking irresponsibly and no, we don’t just mean alcohol. Of course, if you could cut out alcohol altogether, that would certainly help, but there are much better drinking habits that you should get into if your detox is going to be a success. First off, double the amount of water that you are already drinking. Try to drink very little tea or coffee, or any other caffeinated drinks. They just mess up your system, and cause you to become dehydrated. Drinking more water will help flush out any toxins, and keep you more alert throughout the day. If you are finding it difficult to drink that much water in a day, keep a one liter bottle of water with you at all times. Always pour your water from there, and then you have a visual representation of how much water you are drinking and how much more you need to the rest of the day.
2. Increase some dairy and lose others.
Believe it or not, it is definitely possible to eat dairy products whilst on a detox: you just need to be a little bit selective instead of just gorging yourself with cheese. Cottage cheese is naturally incredibly low in fat, and along with probiotic yoghurts and drinks are perfect for balancing the delicate balance of your digestive system. Your immune system will also thank you, as all of those probiotics will help you prevent a cold or any other nast bugs. Team cottage cheese with smoked salmon or cucumber for that perfect lunch. Unfortunately, you’ll have to say goodbye to butter, full fat milk, and the rest of the cheese family.
3. Replace red meat with better protein.
Protein is essential, but unfortunately it often comes with far too many strings attached. When going into a detox, make sure that you replace some of the more toxic protein that is in your diet with other sources of protein that are really beneficial for your body. Red meat is especially dangerous, and too much of it can lead to problems with your heart, and even cause strokes. Definitely something you want to avoid. But do not worry, because there are many great tasting and delicious foods out there that you can substitute red meat for. Some of my favorite, Lentils and chickpeas, are brilliant for using in a wide variety of recipes, and are much cheaper than meat too.
4. Enter exercise.
A good detox doesn’t just change what you eat, but also what you do. Now, not all of us love exercise, and it is often very difficult to introduce an exercise regime into your day when you are working hard, or a mother, or have a ridiculous schedule. However, without a gentle stroll every day, your body will not be able to revitalise itself through muscle growth. Even if it is only for twenty minutes over your lunch hour, then that is something. Of course, if you have a little more time that you can invest in your health, then you should look into something like a Pilates class, high intensity, low pain exercise that will give you better posture and balance, as well as toning.
5. Know when to treat yourself.
A detox should never be about punishing yourself, and it should never be about losing weight. That is a slippery slope that ends in an unhappy place, where you hate your body and the way that you look and feel. Instead, a detox is a short period of time which you allocate ahead of time to really treat your body well and that includes treats. A treat of dark chocolate or a hefty glass of red wine once a week will not mean the end of your detox, and is a great way to reward yourself for all of the hard work that you have put in for the last seven days. That doesn’t mean going mad: no late night takeaways, or nachos for elevenses! But there is no reason, unless you want an unbelievable strict detox regime, why you cannot have something that you love every once in a while.