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How to Detox After the Holidays

January 8, 2018

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Getting back on track after the holidays doesn’t have to involve crash diets or extreme transformations. It isn’t about forcing yourself to work out for hours on end or depriving yourself with a restrictive diet. Instead, the best way to get back on track after the holidays is to implement small changes that lead to the reset we all desire this time of year.

Want to discover the secrets to creating balance after the holidays? Keep reading for my go-to post-holiday self-care tips.

Begin the Morning with Hot Lemon Water.
Hydration is of the utmost importance at this time and sipping on lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day off on the right track. Drinking adequate water can help reduce cravings and may even support a healthy weight. Some may find that a little lemon flavor can make staying hydrated easier and tastier. Additionally, the vitamin C found in lemon juice helps support the immune system and reduce inflammation.

Remember That What You Eat Matters.
Focus on wholesome, nourishing meals to help with the cleansing process; think colorful fruits and vegetables that are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. The antioxidants help reduce inflammation while the fiber helps the digestive track run smoothly. A few of my favorite whole foods are bok choy, broccoli, berries, chia seeds, and oats.

Experiment with Saunas.
Infrared saunas have become a go-to in the wellness community to promote detoxification. Like exercise, sauna sessions help promote sweating – one of the body’s most effective elimination and detoxification methods. This may help support clear skin and may even help facilitate recovery following an intense workout. This is a practice I have begun to implement multiple times a week, and it’s now one of my favorite activities to support detoxification!

Get Moving!
You don’t have to overwork yourself at the gym to feel a difference. Maybe all your body needs is gentle movement, such as yoga or walking. Getting your body moving burns calories while also giving you an endorphin rush, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. 

The past few weeks have been a time for indulging and spending time with loved ones – primary food at its best! With the festivities coming to an end, however, it’s common to feel out of balance. Use these tips to help support your immune system and kick off 2018 feeling refreshed, strong, and vibrant! 

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