Do you feel like your system needs a cleanse?
Life is all about balance and there's nothing wrong with enjoying the festivities over the holiday season.
However, if you feel like you have feasted a little too much and have pulled up rather sluggish then there is something that you can do!
With a minefield of options though, where do you begin? There are diets, detoxes and challenges galore - some are good and some should not be touched with a ten foot pole!
Keeping in mind that there is not a "one size fits all" approach, here are some tips that may help you achieve a healthy cleanse that is balanced and achievable that will give your liver a much earned break.
- Drink more water - drinking enough water is the number 1 rule in detoxing so that your body is flushing out everything. Aiming for 2-3L of water per day. Buying a giant 2.2L water bottle and keeping it with you all day is really a fantastic tip that I live by. You will be surprised how much more water you drink when you have a constant supply next to you.
- Eat wholefoods and increase fruit and vegetables - removing processed food and increasing your fruits and vegetables is a important transition to make. Processed food contains artificial and harmful ingredients with no nutritional value and causes your digestive system to be overworked. On the otherhand, fruits and vegetables nourish the body and help your liver to remove toxic waste.
- Swap coffee, alcohol and soft drinks for alternatives that nourish your body - Give your liver a rest by swapping these for healthier options. Herbal teas, kombucha, water kefir, coconut kefir, superfood lattes are way more nourishing and gut friendly alternatives.
- Choose organic as much as possible - conventional produce contain harmful pesticide and chemical residues which are toxic to our system. Try and choose organic as much as possible to give your body the best source of nutrients and minimize ingestion of toxic pesticides.
- Drink bone broth! - Bone broth is a gut healing tonic loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are easily absorbable.
All of these products are available in-store (soon) or online.
If you would like to make your own bone broth using this recipe below:
- 4 pounds beef bones with marrow
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
- 4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5-6 sprigs parsley
- ¼ cup ACV
- 18-20 cups cold water
- Place all ingredients in a 10 quart capacity crock-pot.
- Add in water.
- Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce and simmer gently, skimming the fat that rises to the surface occasionally.
- Simmer for 24-48 hours.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander. Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
- Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.
This article has been adapted from Nutraorganics and Dr Axe.