We’ve said it before; summer is a time of sunshine, celebration and – of course – temptation. Being the silly season and summertime all at once, no one is going to blame you for indulging in a cold beer or wine around the BBQ, or some sweet treats from time to time. Some of us may even have over indulged at Christmas dinner, the Boxing Day races or on New Year’s Eve – and that’s OK, too! No, I’m not condoning binge drinking here; I’m simply saying it’s acceptable to let your hair down with friends and family once in a while!
With this in mind, I’ve got a few quick, simple and natural detoxing tools that you can use to bounce back from any over-indulging and keep yourself in healthy shape this summer. The more of these you can do, the better you’ll feel.
This is a summer staple for me. A few cubes of ice, one tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar then top the glass up with soda water. It’s terrific for your gut health and tastes great, too. Add a slice of lemon or some ginger for an added health and flavour kick.
Fruit & Vegetable with high water content
Delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables that are naturally high in water are a great way to give your body the help it needs to flush out toxins. Get stuck into some locally grown strawberries or raspberries, cucumber and lush green lettuce. Celery, tomatoes, pineapple and – of course – watermelon are all bursting with high quality H2O, as well.
Speaking of lettuce, leafy greens are superfoods for detoxing. Packed with the micronutrients that your liver lives for, greens like spinach, kale, rocket, cabbage and silverbeet are essentials for wellness. Make sure to serve them up with healthy fats to increase the nutrition your body can take from the greens. That means cooking them in butter or serving salads dressed with olive oil, for example.
There’s not much that beats the taste of an ice-cold coconut water on a hot summer day; in my opinion, anyway! As I’ve written about previously, natural coconut water is packed with electrolytes and minerals that will balance the body’s physiology. Perfect for any of those seedy mornings you might have had (quite possible New Years Day).
There’s not much you can’t do with the constituents of a coconut. Coconut pulling is a very old, tried and true detoxifying method applied by Indian Ayurvedic Medical practitioners. Simply take a spoonful of coconut oil and gently swirl it around your mouth (like mouthwash, but less vigorously) for 10-20 minutes then spit it out into the rubbish bin. It must be for at least 10 minutes for you to get any benefit. Brush your teeth, as normal, immediately afterwards. Personally, I find this to be a very effective method for negating any headaches “the day after”!
Try these methods out and leave us a comment below. If you need a little extra help with your nutrition, contact us for a free 15 minute consultation.