If you’ve been struggling to control your eating over the holidays, we have good news. There are solutions! Have you thought about detox?
Here are some tips for a successful detox and start the new year with healthy organs.
How a detox works
There are many misconceptions about detox cures. More often than not, it’s thought to be an extreme grass juice diet that promotes rapid weight loss. If this were the case, detox cures would be ineffective.
It is important to note that detox does not mean starving or “purging” your digestive system. A successful detox cure requires elimination of toxins, better assimilation of nutrients and special care for the intestinal microbiota.
Increase your magnesium intake
Magnesium is one of the essential minerals for relieving stress and supporting heart health. With all that food you can feel tired and overloaded. But magnesium, which intervenes to treat fatigue caused by a deficiency, can help you have more energy. Magnesium is also good for blood pressure. Most multivitamins provide interesting doses of magnesium, in addition to all the B vitamins, vitamin C and fat-soluble vitamins, ideal for helping the body eliminate toxins and get back into shape more quickly.
Try intermittent fasting
Although prolonged fasting is not recommended, rapid and controlled fasting can help you feel lighter and cleanse your body after several days of calorie profusion. A healthy fast will involve good hydrationnutrient-rich juices every two hours, and a single light meal full of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Hydration and drainage
Some studies have shown that dandelion has diuretic and detoxifying properties for the liver. Another study even showed that dandelion root extract reduced alcohol-related liver damage.
The skin is the largest of our organs.. It is not only the body’s primary shield against environmental contaminants, but it is also a major elimination pathway for impurities. The simple act of sweating helps the body eliminate unwanted waste. Intense muscular exercise, cardio and sauna are excellent ways to increase sweating and eliminate impurities from your body.
A healthy intestine is the guarantor of good digestion, a powerful immune system and greater vitality.
There are over 100 trillion microorganisms of around 400 different species that live in our intestines. Preserve them by providing them with an adequate environment helps the body effectively absorb all the good stuff and eliminate the bad stuff.
Probiotics are present in some fermented milk products, but supplementation remains the most effective route to obtain the right strains in the quantities needed. Essential for digestion and transit, they can also help with weight loss as confirmed by recent studies on Lactobacillus gasseri.
Basify your body
You can raise your pH by eating alkalizing foods like fruits and vegetables, reducing your intake of acidic foods like sugar and alcohol, and supplementing with minerals.
Replace sugars with good fats
No, it’s not a joke! There are healthy fats that can help you feel full and energized, so you can naturally reduce your sugar intake.
Look for healthy fats, like those found in protein-rich foods like nuts and fish rich in omega-3. Other fatty foods include avocados, peanut butter, and extra virgin olive oil. When you feel a sugar craving, try filling yourself up with these alternatives. This will significantly limit fat storage.
Protect and regenerate your liver
Choose a supplement combining essential and proven detoxifying ingredients such as milk thistle which has been used to protect the liver for millennia and NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) which is an important precursor to glutathione (the body’s greatest detoxifier).
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