With spring on our door step it’s a good time to consider a detox diet to feel re-freshed when summer arrives, but experimenting with fad juice cleansing and fasting techniques can sometimes do you more harm than good. This week Wellness Collective member, leading nutritionist and author of Eat Yourself Healthy, Sally Joseph, provided us with some advice on how to detox naturally with a few simple tips.
- Eliminate stimulant foods from your diet like caffeine and sugar.
Foods like these are so destructive to your digestive system, and drain your adrenals, feeding the perpetual fatigue cycle, not to mention they are highly addictive. By eating healthy foods your digestion and energy levels will start to naturally improve and crave natural whole foods instead of these addictive stimulants.
- Consume whole foods as close to their natural state as possible
You can support your body’s natural detox processes each day just by choosing organic, whole foods. Think organic fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, organic free-range chicken or turkey, wild-caught fish, cage-free and organic eggs, naturally gluten-free whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
- Drink plenty of water
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of filtered water, or herbal teas and warm lemon water upon waking. Your body is 80% water so staying hydrated is essential to enable you to process and eliminate toxins, boost metabolism and keep your complexion glowing.
- Get enough sleep
Enough quality sleep is crucial for good health. Remember no amount of good food, or coffee for that matter, can make up for not getting enough sleep. Avoid the computer and mobile phone devices within two hours or more of going to bed.
- Chew your food well and avoid distractions
Chewing your food properly is the start of the digestive process and eating on the run, or with distractions like talking on the phone, will impact your body’s ability to digest food and extract the nutrients. Don’t over eat or eat too late at night and stop when you’re about 80% full. Simple things like placing your knife and fork down between bites and avoiding water 20 minutes either side of a meal will help your digestion enormously.
Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time and ensure you get out and about each and every day. Moving is essential to prevent disease and stay healthy. You don’t always have to make time for intense workouts, just a 20 minute walk, or stretching and breathing each day – because sometimes less is more when it comes to exercise. Restorative forms or exercise, like yoga or Qigong, are better than pounding the pavements when your adrenals are struggling.
Stress is probably one of the body’s biggest enemy’s next to a bad diet. It triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response and releases stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. When your body is stressed, it will put everything else aside, including proper digestion and detoxification. Practicing daily meditation will work to balance your stress levels and diminish the impacts on your body. Even something as simple as 15 minutes of doing absolutely nothing each day – no tv, no phone, no computer, just you and empty space.