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Tips for Post-Holiday Detoxing

Tips for Post-Holiday Detoxing

How is everyone feeling after the festive holiday weekend, beauties? Not quite ready to jump back into the workweek full speed ahead? Could it have anything to do with those delicious holiday indulgences you treated yourself to over the weekend? 

It’s always nice to enjoy decadent goodies during special occasions, and there’s nothing wrong with having some fun and treating ourselves. But if you’re like me, your body needs a little extra TLC over the next few days to get you back into a productive and focused state. Here are a few tips for “detoxing” from your holiday indulgences and getting your body and mind back in balance so you can finish out this last week of the year strong!

—More water, less coffee.
We hear it all the time, but it bears repeating. Your body needs water to function well, especially if it’s trying to recover from a sugar and fat overload from some indulgent holiday dining and drinking. Make sure you’re drinking water frequently throughout the day. A common rule of thumb is to aim for about 64 ounces a day, but listen to your body as you drink - some people need more to be at their best, and some can function well with less. While upping your water intake, limit caffeine as much as is feasible. No one is asking you to give up your morning cup of joe (I wouldn’t have been able to function this morning without mine!), but do be conscious of how much you’re allowing yourself to have and what your average coffee or tea intake is. I’ve found that one innocent daily cup of coffee can slowly morph into two or even three a day around the holidays, since cozy mornings spent at home with family seem to invite us to linger near the coffeepot much longer than normal. Enjoy your morning cup, but don’t tax your body with too much caffeine-induced stress or invite dehydration by having too much.

--Support your body's natural “detox” machines by eating nourishing foods.
Your kidneys and liver are two of the most important systems in the body when it comes to the removal of stuff that shouldn’t be there and bringing your body back into balance after a binge. Whether it's one too many cocktails, excess sugar and fat, or toxins absorbed through environmental contact, it's up to these amazing systems to take charge and keep things running smoothly. You can do your part to help keep all cylinders firing in these departments by taking care to eat lots of foods rich in B-Vitamins, flavonoids, and Vitamins A, C and E. Translation: fruits and veggies galore, leafy greens, and healthy nuts and seeds. (Not cookies!)
 
—Brew some tea with milk thistle or dandelion.
According to recent studies like this one from the NIH, milk thistle can help to protect and bolster the detoxifying functions of the liver, fight against cell damage in the body, and can even aid in blocking toxins in the body from entering the cell membrane. Dandelion root tea has been lauded for its detoxifying properties as well, especially when it comes to restoring balance to a bloated, unhappy gut. Drink a cup whenever you need relief from indulging in a little too much rich food. (As is the case with any type of supplement or herb, be sure to consult your doctor if you have any conditions or take any medications that may potentially react with these herbs.)

—Prioritize sleep.
If you neglected sleep over the holidays due to merriment with friends and family, do your best to catch up and get back into a somewhat regular rhythm this week (especially if you have plans to stay out late for New Year’s Eve!) Our sleep patterns dominate so much of how we feel and function from day to day, and getting enough shut-eye is absolutely crucial not only to feeling your best and accomplishing your goals, but also to keeping colds and flu at bay in a season where they seem to be lurking around every corner. Make the effort to go to bed early a couple nights this week, and see what a difference it makes in your energy and mood the next day.

Beauties, we hope these tips have been helpful in providing you with a little “reset” to help get you ready for the new year! Do you have any tried and true tips for restoring balance after a season of indulgence? Share in the comments below!