After spending the past month enjoying one-too-many biscuits,
chocolates, fruit mince pies or ham, starting a detox diet might
seem like the perfect start to the year.
Clear juice, pills, teabags and shakes are just a few of the
solutions that promise a new, detoxified body. But what exactly is
'detoxing' and does it actually work?
It is a common health myth that our bodies need detoxifying, to
achieve everything from dramatic weight loss, to better quality of
sleep, or soaring energy levels.
This simply isn't true.
More often than not, detox diets are nothing but a plan that may
involve things like fasting for a short period of time, just eating
fruits and vegetables, cutting out foods like dairy, gluten, and
grains or taking pills that can help 'flush the toxins' from our
But we need to remember that eliminating major nutrients, such
as carbohydrates, proteins and fats from our diet can really impede
our bodies from functioning
We often forget that our bodies are remarkable. They are
designed to clean themselves from the inside, by removing unwanted
substances such as alcohol, medication, bacteria and other
bi-products of our digestion through our kidneys, liver, lungs and
Fasting or using fad detox products doesn't support this natural
detox pathway that your body is already doing for you.
If you would like a health boost after a particularly heavy
Christmas and are motivated to start 2019 on the right foot, you
can hit the refresh button in a way that sets you up to feel way
better in the long-term by following these simple tips.
1. Eat a colourful diet
A diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts,
seeds and whole grains with minimal processed foods, additives or
other artificial substances. These foods are full of nutrients such
as phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre that
not only give your body the nutrients it needs, they also help your
body's natural detox pathway to function optimally.
2. Focus on fibre
A balanced diet includes whole, plant-based foods, which can be
high in soluble and insoluble fibre. They can help lower
cholesterol, improve glucose management and maintain regular and
healthy bowel function. Good sources of fibre include lentils and
legumes, fruits and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, nuts and
3. Keep yourself hydrated
Did you know 60 percent of our body is water? Our body uses
water in all its cells, organs and tissues to help maintain
function. Fluids also help flush out our system, aid digestion, and
maintain energy and focus. Try to aim for at least eight glasses of
water every day.
4. Get moving
Breaking a sweat naturally eliminates impurities through our
skin. Exercise stimulates blood circulation, which moves fluid
through our liver and kidneys for filtration. Aerobic exercise,
which gets your heart pumping and breathing going, is a great
start. To begin, aim for at least 30 minutes a few times a week.
This can include running, swimming, dancing, walking, yoga,
kickboxing and bicycling. Don't forget to drink plenty of water
before, during and after your exercise routine, as it will help the
body detox more efficiently.
Ultimately any short-term detox-style plan will offer no ongoing
health benefits. Eating well, drinking enough fluids, and getting
plenty of sleep is the best healthy lifestyle program. Let the
'detoxing' of the body take care of itself.