Detoxification — or Detox — is a popular buzzword.
It typically implies following a specific diet or using special products that claim to rid your body of toxins, thereby improving health and promoting weight loss.
I consistently hear clients and friends stressing about overindulging and eating unhealthy at Restaurants, holidays, festivals and on vacations.
Fortunately, your body is well-equipped to eliminate toxins and doesn’t require special diets or expensive supplements to do so. That said, you can enhance your body’s natural detoxification system.
This article explains evidence-based ways to rejuvenate your body’s detoxification system. The best strategy that I’ve found for my clients to turn things around quickly is simple lifestyle and food tips.
Why Fasting doesn’t work?
Starving yourself does just that — puts your body into starvation mode, which activates stress hormones, puts us in a state of inflammation, and disrupts your normal metabolism to minimize caloric spending.
In other words, minimizing calories spent equals more fat stored, which is a bad idea.
Spending some time focusing on detoxifying your body does wonders for mentally putting you back on track. Follow the simple routine plan below and you’ll be bloat-free in no time.
Here are some tried-and-true ways to bounce back quickly after over-indulging. Things To Eat And Drink After A Junk Food Binge.
Lemon Water: Drink 1 cup of warm water with 1⁄2 squeezed lemon. Aside from giving your body a boost of vitamin C, lemon water stimulates the digestive tract, revs up your metabolism, balance your pH levels and stimulate the elimination of toxins from your body.
This works wonders for your digestive system, especially if you ate some not-so-decent food the night before.
Throughout the Day
Hydration is Key: Hydrate all day long. Drink at least 8 glasses of water to flush your system of toxins and bloat. Check out my blog titled, “11 dehydration Symptoms” for drinking more water.
Eat A Bountiful Breakfast
Breakfast starts with plenty of vitamin C & Water-Rich Fruits, then take your choice of Non-Dairy Milk or Yogurts.
One of the most important vitamins to include when detoxing is Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body break down toxins, allowing them to be flushed out of the body.
Water-Rich Fruits like Melon, grapefruit, oranges, papaya, and berries. If water alone is hard to stomach, these fruits will help you hydrate and restore vitamins and minerals that can help you emerge from your sugar coma energized! They’re also packed with fibre and aid indigestion.
Yogurt contains beneficial lactobacillus bacteria that can help keep you regular and reduce gut inflammation triggered by sugary foods and alcohol.
Choose Protein & Fiber-Rich Meal
After days of binge eating, your body will want to eat as much as you have been eating. To keep yourself full and satisfied, allow yourself to fill up on fiber. Load up on fiber-rich veggies like spinach and tomatoes help you de-bloat and keep digestion chugging along.
Non-Starchy & cruciferous vegetables: Red and Green Chilli Peppers, Capsicums, Dark leafy Greens, Kale, Mustard Greens, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower & Tomatoes.
Protein: Protein-rich foods contain the amino acid cysteine, which breaks down the toxin from alcohol (acetaldehyde), allowing it to be eliminated through urine. Also slows digestion and keep insulin happy. Can include chicken, turkey, fish, lamb, shellfish, eggs, lentils, Nuts and Seeds.
Happy insulin = No cravings
Whole grains: If you’re feeling queasy after junk food then oatmeal is still packed with healthy fibre, but is extra gentle on the stomach.
Or you might choose a cup of brown rice with a few chopped vegetables mixed in. Brown rice gives your body plenty of B vitamins, which is a stress reducer. It’s very high fiber, will fill you up, will help you sleep and will flush you out in the morning.
Eat natural diuretic foods & drinks
These foods flush out bloat and provide you with a host of health benefits, such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. My favourites are celery, lemon, bell peppers, garlic, onions, watermelon, cucumber, grapes, ginger, berries, and asparagus. Green tea and dandelion root tea are also great de-bloaters.
This brew is rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage induced by too much junk. There’s also some research showing green tea helps stabilize blood sugar levels and dulls cravings, which is important if you’ve overdone it on sweets and alcohol.
Ginger or Peppermint Tea
If you’re feeling super bloated or crampy or are experiencing indigestion, ginger or peppermint tea may be your best liquid bet. These two soothing brews are both considered antispasmodic, meaning they help relax the muscles in your digestive tract and allow gas to pass through more easily, preventing those sharp, stabbing pains.
Eliminate common food allergens and trigger foods:
• Simple Carbs
• Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
• Processed Food and Junk Food
Cut out all sugar, and eat “clean” = less sugar, salt and fat
Exercise calms us down and suppresses the stress hormones that cause our cravings for junk food to go awry. Moving boosts your metabolism and speeds up weight loss. Strive for at least 30 minutes, whether it is cardio, weight training, dance, yoga, Pilates or taking a brisk walk over your evening hour.
Get Good Sleep
At least seven or eight hours per night. Adequate sleep ensures our leptin (the hormone that tells us we’re full) and ghrelin (the hormone that tells us we’re hungry) levels are maintained, which keeps our cravings for junk food in check.
If you’re feeling great, stay on the reset for a few days or the whole week! And remember, even committing to simple switches, such as limiting your alcohol intake to the weekends or giving up soda, can lead to big results over time.
As your body gets lighter and lighter through the weekend, you can feel what’s going on. You’re getting rid of toxins accumulated during the winter. Your body is starting to release fat, those extra pounds.
Try not to stress out if you overeat, especially if it’s a rare occurrence. You’re unlikely to gain weight or have any health issues just from one large meal.
Try to avoid any possible feelings of guilt after eating too much. Adding that feeling guilty about overeating can lead to unhealthy or disordered eating habits over time,
Let’s establish a healthy relationship with Food!