When people start thinking about detox diets, they find that there are hundreds of crazy diets out there to choose from! But you don’t have to do anything radical to change and improve your wellbeing. Here are some simple things you can do to to help get your mind and body back in shape.
Support your liver Your liver is your body’s built-in detox tool. Keep it working on top form by increasing your intake of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Your liver needs the vitamins and minerals in these foods in order to detoxify your body. Try to get a rainbow of colours of fruit and vegetables every day, as each different colour tends to contain different vitamins and minerals, so eating a variety will increase the number of nutrients your body gets. During the detoxification process, your liver may produce free radicals, which are unstable particles that can damage your body’s cells. Make sure that you eat enough foods with antioxidant vitamins in them - vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants balance out the free radicals, making them harmless. You will find them in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and curly kale, berries, tomatoes and peppers.
Drink more water Your body needs help to flush out the toxins your liver has broken down, and this is where the kidneys come in. Make sure that you are drinking enough water during the day to keep your body hydrated and to help flush the toxins away. Aim for around 8 glasses per day.
Reduce alcohol intake This will not only give your liver a break, but also help you lose weight; alcohol also contains a lot of calories (almost twice as many as carbohydrates do!). Cutting back will help kill two birds with one stone.
Drink herbal/green teas If you drink a lot of caffeinated drinks, try slowly cutting them down and replacing them with herbal teas or green teas. They’re rich in the antioxidants that will support your liver as it detoxes your body. There are loads of different flavours and varieties out there, so give some a try and find one you like!
But it’s not just your body you need to think about - give your mind a detox too.
Get some exercise You don’t need to join the gym or spend a lot of money to get fit. A 30 minute walk 3 times a week will help improve your energy and fitness levels.
Have some me-time Give yourself a break, and book some time in your diary to spend doing something that will help you relax. It could be reading a book, taking a candle-lit bath, having a massage or meditating. Don’t have time for that? Try just sitting quietly for half an hour on the sofa with your eyes closed. It’s amazing how energized you can feel afterwards!