Ways to Detox After the Holidays

Let’s be honest, the holidays are a time for family, friends, a good food. Unfortunately the good food, isn’t always good for you. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it- the holidays are a perfect excuse to eat whatever you want! There are a few simple things to help detox you body after eating lots of junk so you won’t feel as guilty!


Detox Water:

Detox water will help your body flush out any toxins and is also a great substitute for sugary drinks.

To make detox water you will need a pitcher or bottle and you add you ingredients and allow to sit overnight to infuse the water. Some common ingredients include:

Water: H20 is the main ingredient in detox water… for a reason. Water is needed for healthy body function and glowing skin. Water helps flush toxins and waste through the body.

Watermelon: It contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that helps the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Cucumber is also a good substitute for watermelon.

Lemon (or lime): The acidic juices are great at regulating the body’s digestive tract. Lemon helps with heartburn, constipation, and digestion. 5318051400_d86560cafa_m

Mint:  Mint is great for digestion as well, and it also helps to break down dietary fats while adding flavor to the water.

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is to make some tea and add some of the ingredients listed above. It’s great for warming up and detoxing during the cold months.


Detox Bath:

During cold winter months, relaxing in a hot bath is one of my favorite things to do. By adding a few simple ingredients you can turn a regular bath into a detox bath that will help pull toxins from your body. There are many different detox bath recipes to achieve different things, but a salt detox bath is a great general recipe for overall detoxing.

You will need:

  • 1/4 Cup Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • You can also add your favorite essential oils if desired

You will want to boil a quart of water and dissolve the salts, then combine everything into the tub. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Often detox baths cause tiredness so it is best to detox before bed.


Diet:

One of the best things you can do for your body is eat organic, healthy fruits and veggies. Eating healthy and limiting toxins you put in your body is the best way to detox. It’s easy to get caught up in the swing of the holidays and lose your diet along the way but being conscious of what you put into your body is the best thing you can do for it. 9369949185_0846c27d6c_z

Vitamins You Should Be Taking Daily

Eating healthy is important for your health, but sometimes with the rapid pace of the world around us it’s hard to keep up. Vitamins are an additional way to get supplements you might have been missing out on. I keep a weekly pill container on my desk so everything is sorted out and ready to go. Putting the container is a spot you’re at everyday is also a great way to stay consistent and remind yourself to take vitamins.vitamins-26622_640

Biotin- 

Also known as the “Hair, Skin, Nails” vitamin obviously because it helps you grow and maintain strong hair and nails and healthy skin. Biotin is vitamin B7. It’s addition benefits include helping to maintain healthy metabolism, protects from cognitive decline, helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and supports thyroid function.

Biotin can be found in foods like organ meats, eggs, avocado, cauliflower, berries, fish, legumes and mushrooms.

Vitamin C- 

One of the most known benefits of Vitamin C is its power of fighting off colds and flus. It helps improve weak immune systems. That is just one of its many benefits. Vitamin C also promotes collagen production to improve skin. It reduces risk off stroke and improves physical performance by improving oxygen intake and reducing blood pressure.

Some food containing Vitamin C are guavas, red pepper, kiwi, broccoli, kale, pineapple, cauliflower, peas, and mango, along with oranges (obviously).

Daily Multivitamins- 

10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is the recommended amount. That can be a considerably high goal for the average person. If you do not have a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, a multivitamin may be beneficial as nutritional insurance. While improving your diet is key, multivitamins are good for filling the gaps of missing supplements in your diet.apples-428075_1280

Overall, while vitamins are great substitutes, good diet is key to living a healthy life. Vitamins should be taken as a back up, not a first resort.

Healthy Late Night Snacks

I know more than anybody that after a huge study sesh it’s typical to be super hungry. You really shouldn’t eat right before bed, but if you’re going to, make sure you’re making smart choices. Avoid fatty or acidic foods that will just be stored as fat.

High-fiber cereal and milk– Full of fiber and low in calories is guaranteed to fill you up without making876444020_50a4ee892c_z you feel bad about it after. Make sure to avoid sugary cereal,
choose high fiber cereal like Raisin Bran or Corn Flakes. It will be easy to digest and isn’ loaded with calories

Nonfat Greek Yogurt- for about 100 calories you can get a good source of protein, plus dairy products contain “tryptophan” which helps calm and relax you (perfect for right before bed!)

An apple with peanut butter– Apples are loaded with fiber and if you’re looing for a crunch it’s the perfect snack. The added protein in peanut butter will be perfect to fill you up. For a healthier option choose almond butter.

Carrots– Full of crunch, carrots are a perfect snack. They only contain 4 (fat-free) calories per baby carrot and are extremely healthy. You can snack ’til you fall asleep!4604796465_633591f39d_m


Bananas
– Bananas re loaded with fiber and tryptophan (the same chemical found in dairy products) to help you fill up and relax. The best part about bananas is the easy clean up, just6571454435_de16bfd860_m throw away the peel and you’re good to go.
Most of the time I get a craving for sweets and fruit just can’t cure it.

Nonfat chocolate pudding- is perfect to cure cravings. One pack is just under 100 calories and  is sure to not ruin your diet.