5 New Year Detox Tips to Make You Feel Amazing
29 January 2020
The latter half of December is easily the most hedonistic time of year. Rivers of wine, beer, and spirits, mountains of chocolate, roast things, and heavy puds. It’s great.
But, after the partying of New Year is done, as the pale dawn of a new year breaks, we’ve eaten and drunk ourselves into a lethargy. It’s common, in the deepest darkest January, to feel washed out and over-indulged.
As we stare at our late-night owl eyes and the cheeky needle on the scales, we crave a biological refresh—a detox. Though it can be difficult to know where to start. To make your start to a new decade easier and healthier, here are five top detoxing tips.
Take a month off booze
Dry January is a popular thing to do. You might be doing it right now. If you’re not, don’t worry—you can do it in February. January has a habit of disappearing before we’ve had a chance to decide what we’re doing with ourselves.
After a busy, stressful day at work a glass of wine, a G&T, or ice-cold IPA is extremely seducing. It helps us take the edge off life, relax, and have fun. This is all very well, but it doesn’t stop alcohol having a negative impact on our health. It’s a case of (unless we’re drinking heavily) of not noticing the negatives. Until we’ve quit for a while.
Once you’ve swapped wine for water (see below), it’ll take couple of weeks, but you should experience some hard to ignore health benefits; including sleeping better, having more energy, reduced blood pressure, and better digestion.
You might feel so renewed you carry it on…
Drink more water
Even without exercise, we’re constantly losing water; in our breath, via biological processes, and in sweat. Yes, we sweat water without knowing it, to regulate our temperature. What we think of as sweat, is an oily substance with little water in it.
It’s critical we keep our water levels topped up. This means consciously drinking a few glasses a day and paying attention to our water intake. When we’re properly hydrated, it helps our bodies function well in pretty much every way. Two easily noticeable benefits you can look forward to are improved skin quality and clearer thinking.
Water is the true elixir of life and cannot be replaced.
Healthy plant-based eating
According to the BBC, there’s at least 600,000 vegans in the UK. Eating a predominantly plant-based diet is no longer fringe or alternative. It’s surged into the mainstream and is here to stay. Although popularity alone isn’t a strong enough reason to try veganism.
There are of course environmental problems caused by our consumption of meat and dairy, which is a strong motivator for veganism, and ethical issues too. Another reason is the health benefits of decreasing meat and dairy consumption and eating more plant-based foods.
Switching to a plant-based diet can have a series of surprising health benefits. By switching, we are lowering our intake of trans and saturated fats which contribute to heart disease. Plant-based diets are also low-calorie, which aids in weight loss. In addition, plants give us instant energy and chemicals which help alleviate anxiety and stress.
However, it’s not always easy swapping straight to a plant-based diet. It’s recommended that you ease yourself into, replacing meals over time.
Take up a form of exercise
Miracle cures so rarely exist. Exercise is one of these. Whichever form you decide to take up (or continue) know that you’ll be doing something unparalleled for yourself. Regardless of age, exercise is the key to a happier and healthier life.
Strong evidence tells us that exercise improves many physical and mental aspects of our lives. Those who exercise regularly have a reduced risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer amongst other things. It is also a well-known antidote for depression and anxiety, releasing natural feel-good hormones.
With all these wonder benefits, it’s impossible to deny the importance of exercise.
Properly relax with spa treatments
When was the last time you let go of all your stress? Visiting a spa on a regular basis is thought to do many good things for your health. The most obvious, is how relaxing it is. Not only is it a time out from your busy routine, but professional massages are blissful and totally melt any tension you have. Massages also promote better circulation in your body, which in turn reduces inflammation and your chances of becoming ill.
Plus, facial treatments are a great way of giving back to your skin what the heavy indulgence of the party season takes away.
The above combined, you’ll soon forget about feeling sluggish after Christmas, as you start to feel the best you’ve ever felt. Detoxed and totally rejuvenated. A new you.