After weeks of holiday parties, getting stuffed with stuffing, crammed with cookies and saturated with hard cider, a cleansing day is a great idea. Celebrations call for indulgence, and sometimes, despite our best intentions, we overdo it. This holiday season, detoxify and recover naturally with four simple steps!
1. The Morning After: Get a Lift With Lemon Water
For centuries lemons have been used as a tonic, astringent, lotion and diuretic. Drinking the juice of one lemon with 12 ounces of warm water in the morning can help activate your liver to flush out toxins and cleanse your intestines. Lemons also contain almost half your daily value of vitamin C, which is one of nature’s most potent antioxidants. So for today, forget the morning cup of coffee and start your day with refreshing citrus instead!
2. The Midmorning After: Soothe Your Stomach With Herbal Tea
Start with a simple breakfast—think warm oatmeal or a slice of honey toast with an apple. Afterwards, take time for stomach-soothing herbal tea. Certain herbs contain natural digestive enzymes and have been used for centuries to help promote healthy digestion. In fact, in many healing traditions, herbal teas are taken on a daily basis as medicine. Dandelion, peppermint and chrysanthemum are herbs that help the body detoxify. Mint, chamomile, licorice, fennel and ginger will keep your digestive system running smoothly and help you get the most nutrients from your food. Sip on a warming cup of tea made from one of these herbs. You can find teabags in most grocery and health food stores or make your own.
3. Afternoon: Walk It Off
Aside from producing proven benefits for your heart, walking is the perfect gentle exercise for cleansing your lymphatic system, increasing your circulation and improving your digestion by helping food move along the digestive tract. While the body is naturally equipped with a self-cleaning process, too much sugar, caffeine, processed foods, stress, environmental toxins and too little exercise can slow the body’s natural detox function to a slow pace. Your body will process and eliminate many of the toxins that enter it, but overflow gets stored in your organs—which can result in chronic illnesses down the road. Physical activity unclogs your body’s systems, helping it to eliminate wastes more efficiently. So get out there in the brisk autumn fresh air and take a 30-minute walk or find another fun way to sweat it out!
4. Before Bed: Soak in an Infusion of Herbs
Soak for 20 minutes in a revitalizing herbal bath. Relax your party-hopping body and help draw out toxins by infusing your bathwater with cinnamon, Epsom salts, eucalyptus, fennel, peppermint or wintergreen. Put one teaspoon of each in a tea ball or a drawstring bag made of light fabric and place in the warm bathwater a few minutes before you get in. This is a great way to decompress after any stressful day, helping you recharge to embrace the next celebration with energy and joy.
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