The New Year is upon us and now is the time when we are supposed to be jumping on the resolution bandwagon. Getting into the healthy resolution spirit can be challenging when deep in the aftermath of holiday overindulgence. All of the social gatherings with festive cocktails and other high-sugar, high-fat indulgences may have you feeling sluggish as you kick off the new decade.
It can be helpful to take a few moments to reflect on the last decade and think about what you would like to change to help your overall well-being. So often New Year resolutions are all about weight loss, but oftentimes weight loss is a by-product of other conditions within the body like toxic overload, inflammation and stress. We asked functional medicine expert and author of The Inflammation Spectrum, Dr. Will Cole, for tips on how to recover from holiday overindulgence. His advice can help you get on the right track for feeling your best for the decade ahead.
Q&A with Dr. Will Cole
What can you tell us about the importance of detoxing your liver post-holiday season?
Dr. Cole: One of your liver’s main responsibilities is to filter out toxins from your food and environmental exposures. When your liver is overloaded with a constant onslaught of toxins, it can’t get rid of them fast enough which ultimately leads to a cascade of systemic inflammation. This inflammation continues to perpetuate your liver’s ability to rid itself of these toxins creating a vicious cycle.
Are infrared saunas good for holiday detoxing?
Dr. Cole: The holiday season can be extremely stressful. Since stress can contribute to inflammation and inflammation can inhibit your body’s ability to detox, Sunlighten infrared saunas are a great tool to destress and lower inflammation. Plus, they promote sweating which also helps rid your body of toxins through sweating. Sunlighten has a built-in detoxification program in its mPulse 3-in-1 saunas.
How can a Sunlighten sauna session help you feel better after a night (or several nights) of overindulging? For example, how does it mobilize fat?
Dr. Cole: Other than helping to lower inflammation and rid your body of toxins from the alcohol and not-so-healthy food, infrared saunas like Sunlighten work to mobilize fat by heating your core temperature to promote sweating. This increases your blood flow, heart rate, and metabolic rate – similar to moderate exercise without going to the gym!
By reducing your toxin exposure and supporting your liver’s natural ability to detox, you can break the cycle and lower inflammation. I love Sunlighten saunas because they help my body to detox by reducing my overall toxin load.
What are some other ways to detox from the holidays?
Dr. Cole: One of my favorite ways to detox is by upping my intake of detoxing foods like cilantro, blueberries, and spirulina. I also like upping my intake of dark leafy greens like spinach and kale since they help support my methylation pathways that are responsible for supporting detoxification.
Dr. Will Cole on Other Benefits of Infrared Saunas
We love Dr. Cole’s passion for wellness and hope you found his advice helpful as you develop your wellness goals for 2020. His Future Health Blog is an amazing resource for a variety of topics that can keep you feeling your best.
Happy New Year!