Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get back to routine, clean up the diet, get the exercise going again and fortify the body with nutrients to recharge the old batteries and focus on getting healthy.
Detox. Do a Healthy CLEANSE to purge your body and brain of holiday excess toxins: Get your diet back to healthy simple foods. Keep foods light; steamed vegetables, eat more gluten free grains, decrease meat proteins. Add in a daily Green Drink such as Green Defense (Jarrow Formulas) or Kyogreen (Kyolic) it’s pure nutrition, energy food, gentle detoxifier and great for your skin. As it is cold & flu season Bowel Detox (Vinco) kills off pathogens like virus, bacteria and yeast.
There are many detox products on the market. Detox Tea (Triple leaf) or Daily Detox capsules are great for gently removing toxins by flushing the kidneys and liver. There are more intense detox kits that also address the digestive tract, such as Whole Body Cleanse (Enzymatic Therapy).
Adjust your Nutrition. Eliminate dairy and white flour carbohydrates and don’t skip meals, just make them smaller or substitute 1 meal with a vegetable non-dairy (non-whey) non-soy protein drink. Then if you want to increase the detox intensity, get a cleanse kit like Whole Body Cleanse (Enzymatic Therapy) and follow the directions.
Skip sugar – and low-calorie sweeteners and processed foods. Use stevia or xylitol, I use Xylosweet (Xlear), in place of these products. Eat lots of green foods and other fresh vegetables. Don’t go crazy with the fruit as they have a lot of natural sugar in them particularly when juiced or added to smoothies.Try to limit gluten and keep starch carbohydrates to a minimum. Don’t let bread & pasta take you down the wrong path. This does not mean you have to eliminate them completely, just tone portions down.
Support your adrenal glands: Take an adrenal formula such as Herbal Adrenergize (Enzymatic Therapy) contains ginseng & shizandra which are helpful to improve your energy. They are known as adaptogenic in nature: it will help regulate energy towards either stimulating or calming depending on what your body needs.
Get Quality Sleep! Avoid caffeine after 10 am and alcohol in the hours just before bedtime, turn off the TV about 1 hour before bed, go to bed at the same time to reset your internal clock and, and keep your bedroom quiet and restful. If you tend to think or worry continuously about things as you lie there trying to sleep, taking the amino acid Theanine 200 mg 15 minutes before bed, will help calm your mind so you can fall asleep. If you tend to have muscle tension take Muscle Tranq (Vinco) or Relaxozyme (Enzymatic Therapy) as natural muscle relaxers just before you go to bed. There are many other alternative sleep aids like Sleep Optimizer ( Jarrow Formulas) or Happy Sleeper ( Natural Balance) which can help without that hang over feeling the next morning. For those who can't swallow pills Tranquil Sleep (Natural Factors) are chew-able tablets!
Stay hydrated with water. Water flushes out toxins and is part of every metabolic process in the body. To help your cells eliminate waste, improve nutrient absorption and increase energy & stamina without a caffeinated feeling add Willard Water Dark (Dr. Willard) to your daily water.
Exercise: Get your exercise routine back, just start slow. Experts say one of the best antidotes to beating fatigue and boosting energy is to exercise more, not less. In a study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2008, University of Georgia researchers found that inactive folks who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular, low-intensity exercise.
Sweat. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and sweating helps you eliminate excess body salts and other metabolites of body processes. Breaking a sweat every day is a good way to support your body’s healthy elimination of metabolic breakdown products. If you can, and your health allows, going to a sauna and steaming out the toxins through the skin can be very helpful too.
Whatever you choose to do, keep detoxing simple and easy, anything too complicated you generally won’t stick with. Also don’t try to detox too quickly or you will feel like you are getting the flu. If that happens just cut back on what you are doing. Before you know it, you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated, which is a great way to start a New Year! Together we can do it!
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center
Host Holistic Healthline Radio
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