05 Jan Detox Naturally In The New Year: How To Jump Start A Healthy 2022
Now that 2021 is in the rearview mirror, many folks have taken a deep breath and committed to healthier lifestyle and dietary choices in 2022.
One of the best ways to accomplish that is by changing your eating habits and instituting a new approach to diet and exercise. After the indulgences that so often come during the holiday season, the time is perfect to pare down, cut back, and get more workouts in, at home or at the gym.
If you’re looking for ways to kickstart your 2022 dietary goals, doing an all-natural cleanse or detox can help enormously.
In this post, we offer suggestions for starting the new year with a natural detox that will help you sleep better, make you more alert and cheerier, and – oh yes – you just might shed a few pounds in the process. A cleansing detox can help you get launched onto a path to better eating and a healthier body, both of which are key ingredients to a wholesome life centered on wellness.
You can buy a prepackaged cleanse at a health food store, or start slowly with common spices and fruits. There are plenty of spices, herbs and fruits you may have at home already to get you started. Here are some all-natural ways of detoxing right now.
1. Fresh lemon juice in water several times a day.
Many dietitians suggest drinking a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice two or three times daily before meals is a great way to boost metabolism. Even without lemon juice, water is important for flushing toxins from the kidneys. It hydrates all your organs, and helps to keep skin looking smooth and young. Adding lemon helps quell hunger pangs, too. An eight-ounce glass of water and lemon in the morning before breakfast, and again in the early afternoon, helps you feel sated and that makes it easier to avoid cravings in the middle of the day.
2. Apple cider vinegar.
Many naturopaths suggest that a glass of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar can help control cravings and accelerate weight loss. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence on its benefits, but hard science is still limited. Using vinegar of any type for a long period can irritate the stomach lining and potentially interfere with prescription medications. So, if you do choose to begin a detox using apple cider vinegar, limit it to two weeks, maximum. To be extra careful, check with your physician or pharmacist about whether using this cleansing vinegar is okay if you’re taking medication of any kind.
3. Should you do a colon cleanse?
Many cleanses sold over the counterclaim to clean out the colon, thereby freeing your body of accumulated toxins. However, a word of caution here: the colon carries many beneficial bacteria, and cleaning it out too much, or too frequently, isn’t healthy. If you do opt to purchase a cleanse, read the package carefully and learn what organs it purports to detox. Proceed with caution, and if the results are uncomfortable or extreme, stop ingesting it immediately and check in with your physician.
4. Spices and herbs to consume on a cleanse.
Garlic, turmeric, and parsley are considered excellent cleanse ingredients. Make a hot drink with half a teaspoon of these dried spices, ignoring the taste and focusing on the health benefits! Once you’ve finished the two-week cleanse, find ways of regularly incorporating these spices into meals. Consuming them daily is excellent for heart health, and some studies suggest it’s a good way of keeping your metabolism elevated.
5. Cinnamon in green tea.
This is a great drink for encouraging kidney function. After the excesses of the holidays, giving your kidneys a “leg up” for all their hard work as the body’s filter is beneficial. And unlike some other cleanse ingredients, green tea with a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon actually tastes good.
Spending a week or two on a cleanse that promotes digestion and eliminates fluid retention can be very good for your body. The key is not going to extreme lengths to try to shed, for example, 10 pounds in 10 days. Such a restrictive plan is hard on the body’s organs, and sets you up for yo-yo cycles of loss and gain that can be quite harmful.
Slow and steady is the wisest mantra to keep in mind when you begin a cleanse in the new year as a way of beginning a healthier lifestyle. Lots of whole foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of water every day are all key elements of a robust and satisfying eating plan. Eating less red meat and ditching processed foods are also important components of a healthy diet. Fresh air and exercise are vital, as well.The new year is the perfect time to make changes in your eating habits. Kickstarting those changes with a short cleanse gets you started with a bang, and sets you on the path to wellness and good health for all of 2022. Good luck, and Happy New Year and all the best for 2022, from all of us at EliteNannies!