If you’ve overindulged this Christmas, you’re not alone. In fact, statistics reveal that British people are collectively 19.5 million stone heavier after the festive season. To give an indication of size, this is equivalent to 9,874 London double-decker buses!
If you’ve consumed to excess this Christmas, getting back on track sooner rather than later is key. A post-Christmas detox can help to fight the festive flab and get you back on top form again.
Changing your diet is a vital component of any post-Christmas detox plan. Out goes the rich, fatty foods and in comes the healthy, wholesome alternatives that cleanse and purge toxins from your system.
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Start each morning off with a drink of hot water and lemon. This is a great beverage for kick-starting the immune system and detoxing the body.
Love your liver
One too many drinks over the festive season will mean your liver has had to work extra hard to function effectively, leaving it sluggish and overloaded with toxins. To get your liver firing on all cylinders again, try a milk thistle supplement. This is regarded as one of the best natural remedies for banishing toxins from the liver. Matcha green tea is also a good option. Whether taken as a drink or in powder format, it contains impressive levels of catechin polyphenols that protect liver cells and dispel toxins from the body.
Excess food and drink can cause havoc on your digestive system, resulting in bloating, wind, heartburn and constipation. Restore order to your guts by increasing your fluid intake – water is ideal, but herbal teas, such as peppermint, chamomile, ginger or lemon balm, are superb digestive tonics. Food wise, natural live yoghurt is a good choice to soothe unsettled tummies, as it’s loaded with gut-friendly probiotic bacteria. To get sluggish bowels moving and eliminate toxins, fill up on fibre-rich wholemeal bread, brown rice, vegetables and oatmeal.
Rich foods and excess alcohol can increase inflammation in the body. This may cause a number of symptoms, including tiredness, bad skin and aches and pains. Eating anti-inflammatory foods can get your body back on an even keel, improving your immune response and purging toxins from your lymphatic system. Foods rich in anti-inflammatory properties include those containing healthy fats, such as oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocados.
Lack of sleep and lots of lounging around watching TV can leave your circulation under par, resulting in a build-up of toxins, dark circles under the eyes and dry or pasty skin. Improve blood circulation by fuelling up on vitamin C rich foods, such as citrus fruits, as these are natural blood thinners that strengthen capillary walls. Cayenne pepper also strengthens blood vessels, while flavonoid-rich dark chocolate (in small amounts!) is also famed for improving blood circulation.
Aside from diet, boost circulation and banish toxins by exfoliating your skin using a loofah or bath mitt. A brisk walk can also do wonders to get the blood pumping around the body. In fact, exercise in any form is a worthy addition to a post-Christmas detox plan, so try to get active even if you don’t feel like moving from the sofa.
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