Detoxing and Boosting Your Energy Levels in the New Year
Angela Loftus is a registered Nutritional Therapist and focuses on the links between good nutrition, lifestyle factors and overall wellbeing. Read her tips on how to detox and boost flagging energy levels in the New Year.
The festive season can be a fun yet exhausting time. The combination of late nights, overindulging in food and alcohol can really knock your health and energy levels right off course. It’s important to be aware of what we can do to boost your energy levels by ensuring optimal detoxification and this January is a great time to start!
Keeping detoxification at the forefront of your mind will help you be ready for everything that 2016 brings.
Signs of compromised detoxification include:
- flagging energy levels
- mood swings and irritability
- brain fog
- digestive and/or skin complaints
Optimising your health by choosing detoxifying foods and making healthy lifestyle choices may be just what you need after the indulgent festive season!
What Detox Foods Should I choose To Promote My Health and Energy Levels?
- Eat REAL FOOD, ORGANIC where possible to reduce toxins, including lots of seasonal vegetables including squashes, cabbage, parsnips, celeriac, beetroot and sprouts
- Opt for ORGANIC, GRASS FED MEAT again where possible to reduce the toxins that you are ingesting!
- Drink lots of VEGGIE JUICES to alkalise and hydrate your body and help sustain energy levels
- Buy raw dark chocolate (as dark as you can find/like) instead of the festive milk chocolate or truffle varieties on sale over the festive season. Dark chocolate is full of rich anti-oxidants and even better eat it with a few nuts to lower the blood sugar rise and help sustain energy levels the next day.
- Drink 2 litres of filtered/bottled water during a day (more when exercising and/or when you have enjoyed one too many alcoholic drinks at a New Year party). In fact drinking a pint glass of water before you go to bed after a “heavy” evening will help to rehydrate you and ensure you have energy
- Consider taking supplements such as omega 3 fish oils and glutathione which may help support energy levels as well as reduce the effects of overindulgence!
What Other Detox Methods Should I Employ To Promote Health And Energy?
Sleep, sleep, sleep….
Now that the majority of festive events have passed it’s the perfect time to catch up on your sleep, an essential component to allow your body to detoxify. Plan and stick to:
At least two early nights (bed at 10.00pm) each week. Promote a restful night’s sleep by enjoying a bath with 2/3 of a cup of Magnesium Epsom salts (available from your local chemist) as the magnesium will be absorbed through your skin. Magnesium is an anti-stress mineral which relaxes muscles, improves digestion and provides energy.
Exercise, exercise, exercise……
Ensure that you are getting some physical exercise every day, the more intense the better but even 10 minutes will help promote detoxification. Our bodies need to move, and ideally to sweat, in order to allow toxins to be eliminated through our skin, so even if it’s just a brisk walk, a blast on the treadmill/bicycle, go for it! As an added bonus this may help you to lose those few pounds gained over Christmas.
Sauna, Steam or Dry Skin Brushing
Saunas and steam rooms are an excellent way of promoting detoxification as sweating pushes toxins out via the skin (our second largest elimination organ). If your pockets are a bit empty after the expensive festive season instead try Dry Skin Brushing which can be done at home. Simply brush dry skin with brisk strokes from feet to hips, wrists to shoulders, and waist down with a skin brush, then moisturise. This stimulates circulation and eliminates toxins, plus may even reduce cellulite!
The information in our blog articles is for personal use only and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment plans. We are not medical health practitioners or mental health providers. If you’re worried about a potential medical condition, contact your GP or call an ambulance in an emergency situation.