Lots of us are just back from our summer holidays feeling relaxed and fit and feeling great about our glowing tans. However, the one downside from a relaxing break away is that understandable tendency to eat and drink a little too much. After all, it’s only once a year.
Well, if you have perhaps overindulged just a little, then maybe now would be a good time for a summer detox. We often hear of people embarking on a detox after the excesses of Christmas but it can be difficult to do when the weather is cold and there is a natural tendency to stay at home, watch the tv in front of the fire at night and eat comfort food.
Detoxing is a way of eliminating the toxins from your body that have built up from the extra drinks and naughty-buy-nice meals you have enjoyed while you were away. In addition to cleansing your system, detoxing also aids reduction in body fat, which means that you should expect to lose a few excess inches around your tummy and waist if you stick to the programme religiously.
You don’t need any fancy complicated diet plans or similar products. Detoxing properly involves a simple two step process.
As far as diet and hydration are concerned, it’s time to enjoy your meals witth plenty of fresh, healthy vegetables such as broccoli, red peppers and onions. Make sure you include lots of wholegrains as well, from your morning bowl of cereal to wholegrain rice with your dinner. Try to stay away from red meat completely during your detox. Raw oils such as olive oil or perhaps some home-produced rapeseed oil are great and will make a delicious salad dressing.
Caffeine is a no-no – try to replace your daily cup of coffee or tea with herbal tea or plain, unadulterated water.
The second thing you need to include when detoxing is exercise. Exercise is also essential to detoxing properly. It helps raise your heart rate, speed up circulation and get the blood surging through your kidneys and liver to help effectively remove waste from the body.
So there you have it – two simple steps to help you bounce back from holiday into the daily grind with a fresh new outlook.