Now that we’re all stuck inside, it’s a great time to reset some habits and freshen up your mind, body and spirit! Here are some ideas on how to do an at-home cleanse
While it is shown that low to moderate alcohol consumption can be beneficial for heart health, excessive drinking can cause a wide variety of health problems. The liver recognizes alcohol as a toxin, and then works hard to convert and eliminate it from your body.
Drinking excessively can cause severe damage to your liver function by causing inflammation, fat buildup and scarring. These side effects can cause your liver to not function properly and perform its necessary tasks, such as removing other toxins from your body and filtering water. When you are looking to purify and detox your body, start with cutting out or limiting alcohol to keep your detoxification system running smoothly and at full strength.
Focus on sleep
Poor sleep has been linked to a variety of health issues, such as anxiety, high blood pressure and obesity, just to name a few. We all should be aiming for seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but because of our society’s habits, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. However, getting that good night of sleep is as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Sleeping allows your brain to recharge and reorganize, as well as work on removing toxic waste byproducts that have accumulated throughout the day in your body. Try setting a regular bedtime, avoiding screens a few hours before bed, and setting up your sleep space to be dark and quiet. By making your sleep a priority you will see and feel your body begin to detox and thrive.
Drink more water
You’ve probably heard this many times before – but drink more water! Hydration could be the best and easiest detox you’ll ever give your body. Not only does your body depend on water to survive, but it also helps regulate your body temperature, aid in digestion, help with nutrient absorption and detoxify your body by removing waste products. So drink up! Take into consideration how active you are, how much you have sweat that day and where you live as you may need to drink even more water than you think you do!
Reduce intake of sugar and processed foods
By consuming less junk food and high-sugar foods, you can keep your body’s detoxification system running properly. Consuming high amounts of sugary or processed foods has been linked to obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These diseases prevent your body’s natural detoxification and can harm your organs, such as your liver and kidneys.
When you are craving something sweet, reach for a piece of fruit or dark chocolate. Try to not keep junk food readily available in your home, and instead stock up on high fiber snacks and fresh produce.
Exercising regularly does so much more than make you feel good mentally and physically. It enhances digestion, lubricates joints and reduces tension. By moving your body, you are helping reduce the inflammation that builds up within our bodies. Some inflammation is needed for recovering from infections or wounds, but too much of it can weaken your body’s symptoms and promote disease. By getting active and reducing inflammation, you can help your body’s detoxification system function properly and protect against disease.
Now get out there, have an active day, fill up on low sugar foods, drink plenty of water and make a good night’s rest a priority! Happy Spring!