There is nothing quite like the 4th of July: family, friends, fireworks, and let’s not forget my favorite part, the food! Typically, a 4th of July celebration is not complete without a little BBQ and other sinfully delicious treats like potato salad, creamed corn, deviled eggs and a myriad of desserts. If you are anything like me, then you don’t feel the repercussions of your actions until AFTER the fun… I call it “eater’s remorse” and it hits the day after partaking in the holiday’s gastronomical adventures – in this case, July 5th.
Before the fun, my bathroom scale and I were friends. After the festivities, however, I find myself avoiding the scale completely. This makes me feel even worse because the scale did nothing to deserve “the cold shoulder” from me. It is probably left wondering whether or not it did or said something to upset me, when the fact of the matter is that I am responsible for what goes into my body! A couple of days go by and after the effects of the sugar, salt and dairy has wore off, my scale and I are back together, happy again.
Seeing as the holidays cannot be avoided, as well as the food (unless you have super-human willpower), there are several things you can do to support your body in detoxifying the unnatural substances you ingested over the weekend. Sure, you can do some colon hydrotherapy, or perhaps a juice fast, but if your schedule looks anything like mine, then making time for these methods isn’t always feasible. Not to mention that a juice fast isn’t particularly one of my favorite ways to detox my body. What can I say? I love my food!
Natural Ways to Detox Your Body After the Holidays
- Drink plenty of water.
While this may seem remedial to you, it is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Keep in mind that your body is already a professional detox-machine: our job is to assist or help it along. We can do this by ingesting less synthetic or unnatural foods and by drinking plenty of water to help our body with its’ natural processes.
- Sweat it out!
Sweating is a great way to detoxify your body: whether that means going for a jog, doing some hot yoga or sitting in a Far-Infrared Sauna, the benefits of sweating are abundant. Some of the benefits of sweating include boosting endorphins (those feel-good hormones), kidney stone prevention, improving your skin aside from the toxins you are releasing from your body.
- Eat natural raw fruits and vegetables daily.
Raw fruits and vegetables carry many vitamins and minerals, but they also help move things along in your digestive tract. Foods like avocados, berries, broccoli and bananas contain fiber and magnesium which helps you do your business and push out all the stuff you ate the day before. Additionally, certain fruits and veggies, such as garlic and leafy green vegetables are known for cleansing the liver. This is fantastic especially if you had a couple beers or cocktails during the festivities.
- Get Plenty of Rest!
Sleep not only puts your body into rest mode, but it goes into regeneration mode as well. If you aren’t getting a solid seven to nine hours of sleep a night, your organs may not get that much-needed re-charge so they can function optimally. Again, your body is a detoxifying machine: our job is to simply help it along in doing what it does best!
In summary, there are many ways you can detoxify your body of unnatural substances. The point is that when the holidays come, whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or the 4th of July, yummy food usually comes along with it! Sure, you could have amazing willpower that keeps you away from the apple pie or cookies, or you can enjoy the sinfully delicious treats with your friends and family armed with the knowledge that you can do something about it. Your body has a great way of finding its’ own equilibrium, so live a little and do it guilt-free!
Wishing you all the best!