Going cold turkey in January after the usual excesses of the festive season can sometimes be setting yourself up to fail and before you know it, your no-sugar, no-carb, no-fat, ‘dry January’ is raining doughnuts. But an accumulation of toxins in the body can make you feel sluggish and worn out and no one wants to start a new year off feeling like that. So, what can you do about it?
Why not take the pressure off and instead of aiming for a full month of trying to rid your body of toxins, try our quick and easy-to-follow 3 Day Detox Eating Guide? After that, slide straight into our 7 Day Low-GI Eating Plan to maintain the benefits of your detox and kick-start your healthy New Year habits.
Remember, detoxing isn’t about starving, it’s about nourishing your body back to good health so that you’re functioning at your best.
Before you embark on your detox, here are some guidelines to get you off to a flying start. These are general rules to bear in mind as the basics of a healthy diet.
Drink lots of water:
Aim for 2 litres a day and while detoxing 3 litres a day. Fill a large jug with water and add some fresh mint leaves or lemon slices. Keep it in your fridge and drink frequently for a refreshing treat.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables everyday:
Everyone knows that these foods are good for your health, but so many people fall short of the recommended intake of five to nine servings per day. This ensures that you will be topping up your vitamin intake and filling up on fibre. Use whole vegetables and fruits rather than juice.
Eat beans, peas and lentils regularly:
These foods are the ultimate health food, supplying fibre and protein. Legumes that do contain fat have healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. Eat one serving daily while you are detoxing, and then include them regularly in your eating plan for the weeks to come.
Improve the health of your gut:
A healthy intestine has active colonies of “good” bacteria that produce essential nutrients that keep the lining of the gut healthy. This promotes good absorption and healthy immune function. In addition, the “good” bacteria will crowd out the “bad” ones. During your detox and beyond, include a daily serving of low fat yoghurt, as all yoghurts contain probiotics which enhance the health of the digestive system.
Count your caffeine servings:
Caffeine is found in food and drinks like coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and chocolate. Caffeine is a stimulant, and should not be consumed in large quantities, if at all, when you are detoxing. When you have finished your detox, try to keep your coffee intake to a maximum of one cup a day.
Plan for some stretching:
Vigorous exercise is not recommended during a detox. Rather work on stretching and flexibility exercises such as yoga.
Go on, indulge yourself. Not only will a massage encourage the release of toxins, it will also enhance the “feel good” effect of your detox. A lymph drainage massage or aromatherapy back massage are two options you could consider.
To enhance the effects of your detox, why not add G.I. Lean 3-Day Detox Antioxidant Formula to your diet? Formulated with some of nature’s most effective cleansing ingredients including a blend of plant and fruit extracts and organic Sulphur, these effervescent tablets will take your healthy efforts to the next level.