By Maria Minakakis Khan
The holidays are over and you’re likely feeling less than stellar. How do you rebalance and cleanse your body, and recharge your batteries? Reverse the effects of indulging in things like large helpings of turkey, stuffing, beef roasts, yorkshire pudding, minced meat pies, holiday cookies, cakes, fruit pies and other sweets, wine, beer and other spirits.
No need to worry too much – there are some simple ways to start feeling great again. Start each day with hot water and the fresh-squeezed juice of half an organic lemon. Plant-based meals are best – switch temporarily to an all-vegetarian diet rich in green leafy vegetables, lots of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, as well as other colourful vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains, like organic brown rice. Adding nutrients like R-Alpha lipoic acid, selenium and NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) can also be helpful with encouraging and facilitating phase 1 and 2 liver detoxification processes. Increase your water intake between meals – nice pure water, like reverse osmosis water that’s been re-mineralized with a couple of drops of trace minerals, like ConcenTrace. Cut out red meat, pork, and lamb for a few weeks. Cut out white flour, dairy, sugar and other refined and processed foods. Add herbal teas to your daily regime – roasted dandelion root is best for liver and
gallbladder and organic nettle tea is an overall great herbal tonic for times of detox. To reset your digestive system try fresh organic ginger in hot water, with a tiny touch of raw honey. Add fresh-squeezed juices or superfoods smoothies to each morning for at least 7-10 days.
The other thing that is very helpful this time of year, especially after holiday indulging, is intermittent fasting. For example, eating your last meal at 7 p.m. and then not eating another meal again until lunch time the next day. For breakfast, try a bullet-proof coffee instead of a meal. The organic grass-fed butter and MCT oils will sustain you until lunch and they’ll be great at burning fat.
Remember, you don’t have to go to extremes to reset your body. Take care of yourself – mind, body and spirit – with the intention of mindfulness, nourishment and self-love.