Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there was been about a month of festive eating. Families get together and eat traditional cultural dishes that aren’t usually a part of their everyday diet. These foods tends to be heavier and richer than the normal day to cuisine. Then those foods get modified into leftovers and we still end up eating them. So you may be wondering how to get back on track. Here are a few quick tips on how to detox and get back on track after the holidays.
1. Drink Water
Drinking water has likely been pushed aside in favor of wine and boozy holiday drinks, but it is one of the easiest ways to start your detox. Water fuels us all the way down to the cellar level, and it also flushes out impurities. Think about it, while we are sleep, we are going hours without drinking water. Be sure to hydrate when you wake up and before bed. However, be sure to drink water as you are running around throughout the day.
2. Get Adequate Rest
Sleep gives your body time to recharge and replenish. With family and friends in town, finishing up last minute details at work, and staying up late wrapping gifts, sleep suffers. Getting back into your sleep routine keeps your immune system strong. Cytokines are proteins that are released when you are sleep. When you have an infection or inflammation, they are also released. Less sleep means less cytokines, and less cytokines means less defense against pathogens.
3. Work it Out
An walk after dinner or a good sweat session is good way to burn calories and release toxins.
4. Eat Fruits and Veggies
Eating dark green leafy vegetables and fruits high in antioxidants can help flush out your system. Lean towards fruits and vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, collards, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and grapes.