As we soak up the year-end festivities, more often than not we get a little more indulgent in food and partying. This also means that after the post-festive season binge, a detox is in order. We take a look at some of the ways to cleanse and nourish our bodies after the festive excesses.
Drink Lemon Water
Swap your coffee in the morning for a glass of lemon water, which is known to detox the body. A squeeze of lemon into a glass of lukewarm water is all it takes. This low-calorie concoction not only aids digestion but is also said to boost metabolism, kick-starting the detoxing. Drinking lemon water is also great for your body to recharge and rehydrate, especially after a late night out. For those who prefer a more flavourful drink, try adding a drizzle of honey.
Have A Hearty Salad
After all the high-calorie meals, your body needs a timeout. There’s no better way to do this than by having a powerhouse salad filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Such high-fibre foods promote bowel movement and can help rid the body of toxins. You can never underestimate the power of a hearty salad in detoxing the body and boosting it with essentials such as vitamins C and E, folic acid and lycopene, among others. Choose cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale, which are known for their cancer-fighting properties. A good detox salad would also include high-antioxidant fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and pomegranates.
This is part of the traditional Chinese medicine canon in which cups made of glass or silicone are applied onto the body, creating suction on the skin. The pressure then draws blood to the areas where the cups are placed, increasing overall circulation. Proponents believe that cupping can improve the flow of qi, or vital energy, that flows in the body. Having a smooth flow of qi and improved blood circulation are known to dispel toxins and relieve muscle tension and renenergise the body, promoting healing. There’s downtime, though: There’s usually bruising on areas where the cupping is done, so be prepared for it.