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Detox Remedy

Clean your body and recharge your mind after the festive season binge.

By Shannon Lim & Edmund Wee      11 November 2019

Sweat It Out At A Sauna

The health benefits of saunas have long been documented by doctors. Sweating is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body, which are then excreted through its largest organ: the skin. The efficacy of saunas is such that they are now a staple of the global wellness culture. Sweating it out at the sauna, however, should be practised with caution, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure.

Take A Cold Shower

Did you know that jumping into a cold shower can actually promote detoxification? As the cold water hits you, your blood circulates more quickly in the body so as to maintain a constant temperature. Such a shower also jump-starts the lymph system, stimulating lymphatic flow. The result is that the body detoxifies waste products and toxins, boosting one’s metabolism and immune system. Besides, there are also physiological benefits to a cold shower. The act opens up the lungs and enhances oxygen intake, releasing endorphins to lower stress while increasing mental alertness.

Unplug From Technology

Try a digital detox and get a good mental cleanse. Unplug from devices such as the TV or mobile phone, and take a clean break from social media. This timeout will not only provide you with some quietude but also “detoxes” your mind by letting it take a breather. Take a break from reading news that can negatively affect your mental well-being – a news fast over a couple of days also means you’re removing the stress and “anxiety toxins” from reading negative headlines. Instead, start afresh with a renewed perspective of the coming year. Take a deep breath and put a smile on your face.


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