Get 2017 off to a healthy start with an easy cleanse. A few weeks of very clean eating is a great way to get back on track, reverse some of the damage done during the festive holiday merriment and perhaps shed a few unwanted pounds. There is no need to do anything extreme or severe to detox and get your system cleaned up.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is obviously optimal for overall health and longevity. Going really clean with your eating habits will enable your organs to work better which means your liver, kidneys and GI tract will naturally aid in cleansing your system when you cut out the junk and stick with whole food.
1) Eat Clean
Stock up on lots of antioxidant rich foods. Choose organic when possible.Nutritionist Kerri Glassman advises eating high water volume foods including grapefruit, oranges, cantaloupe and asparagus to help you feel full without taking in a lot of calories. Eat lean protein like eggs, fish and grilled chicken and good fiber like quinoa and brown rice. When preparing lunch and dinner, pile veggies on your plate. A couple of Glassman’s favorite snacks are celery with all natural almond butter (no added sugar or sodium and no trans fats), cucumber dipped in guacamole and sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon.
Water helps flush you out and green tea offers a good amount of antioxidants. Dr. Oz recommends drinking dandelion root tea because it aids in cleansing the liver.
3) Sleep. Sleep. Sleep
Our bodies rejuvenate and repair while we sleep and adequate amounts of sleep help the metabolism function properly. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothin’.
4) Ditch The Toxic Chemicals
Give your body a fighting chance by avoiding toxins. Switch to household cleaners and personal care products that do not contain harmful chemicals. The ingredients in most of these products have serious harmful effect on your health. Some cause cancer and many disrupt your endocrine system. Choose products like Tata Harper and Pure Haven Essentials.
5) Avoid the bad stuff
The fun part: When you’re trying to cleanse and rid your body of toxins it’s important to avoid salt, sugar, alcohol and all packaged foods. This may seem a little strict but it is easier than some of the drastic detox plans out there.If you have a friend who is considering doing one of those, forward this to them and suggest they try it for a few weeks and I bet they’ll see results.v
After a few weeks, you can introduce other foods but you’ll likely find that you feel so much better you won’t want to go back to your old patterns. You’ll also find that making healthier choices is not as difficult as you might think so you’ll want to make it a habit. That doesn’t meant you can’t indulge in your favorite pizza, treats and some vino occasionally. You gotta live a little! Simply aim to make healthy choices 80 – 90% of the time.
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