This weekend has been a bit crazy – from doing bits of work to throwing moving out party – and as a result, I’ve completely fallen off the health wagon. It happens every now and again, I have to just give in to it when it does and try not to beat myself up about it. But, it’s not the end of the world and I’m always really excited to do a mini detox come Monday morning. I know I’m a bit sad like that!
If you could do with a little cleanse without embarking on some crazy starvation diet, I’ve put together a few top tips to help you on your way
Dragging yourself to the gym seems impossible when you’ve had a heavy weekend but even just going on a walk at lunch or before work will get your digestive system moving and make you feel better. Not only will the fresh air make you feel more energised, the increased heart rate will also increase blood flow to your liver and allow toxins to escape through perspiration.
2. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK
…And I don’t mean whatever tipple you were sipping at the weekend! Water by the bucket load (Ok, 8 glasses is fine) will rehydrate your body, get your digestion moving, help your skin look more alive and get rid of that nasty fluid retention that makes us feel bloated and lethargic.
3. SUPPORT YOUR LIVER
We’ve all felt the liver-guilt post-party but nourishing it afterwards can give it a helping hand. Broccoli, watercress, rocket, garlic, onions, eggs and cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage are all perfect for this.
4. HELP YOUR GUT
As if feeling rubbish wasn’t bad enough, it’s not long after before you can’t get away from overindulging as it shows up on your face. Yep, there’s no getting away from it when an angry red spot appears. This is because your digestive system is going into overdrive to deal with all the naughty stuff you’ve consumed. Cram lots of fibre and wholegrains into you diet asap to help it on its way.
5. ANTI-AGE YOUR SKIN
Speaking of skin, there;s nothing more ageing than alcohol, caffeine and sugar so make sure you repair some of the damage with lots of delicious antioxidant-packed berries. Their high carotenoid and polyphenol content prevents potential damage to the skin from toxins
6. GO HERBAL
Although a cup of Joe would go down a treat after that heavy night, herbal teas that include dandelion and burdock stimulate liver detoxification and helps to purify the liver and gallbladder of toxins.