Sinus infection, stuffy head, runny nose, chills, congestion, cough, congestion, sore throat, congestion…I’ve lost count of the number of folks I’ve come in contact with in the past several days with these post-holiday complaints.
Do you want to off-load some of your own over-indulgences from the holidays, but you’re wondering how best to do that? Here are five practical steps for a “Post Holiday Detox.”
- Push Hard on the Water: One of the best ways to flush toxins from the body is by drinking half of your body weight in ounces of purified water per day. If you weigh in at around 190 pounds, then your body needs 3 quarts (that’s 4, 24 ounce glasses) of water per day to adequately begin to detoxify. If you weigh around 130 pounds, your body needs 2 quarts of water per day.
- Soak in the Tub: Pour 4 cups of Epsom Salt and 2 cups of baking soda into the bathtub and fill it up with very warm water. A few drops of lavender essential oil can also be added. Soak in the tub for about 20 minutes. This helps to decrease inflammation and reduce muscle aches. It also helps the body to release toxins. You’ll feel relaxed and ready for bed once you do this.
- Fire Up the Juicer: If you have a juicer in the house and its primary function is a towel rack, then dust it off and get it going. Fresh vegetable juices are extremely beneficial in aiding the body in detoxification. Juice green vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale. Add cucumber, celery, parsley, a few carrots and a small beet for a nourishing and refreshing cellular clean-out.
- Down Your Supplements: This is no time to slack off on taking your vitamins. You need them now more than ever. At the bare minimum, make sure you’re taking a high-quality, food-matrix, multi-vitamin, a high quality, molecularly distilled omega 3, a plant-based anti-oxidant, a comprehensive probiotic, a high quality vitamin D, and extra vitamin C in a mixed ascorbate form. Don’t buy them from a drug store, discount store, or grocery store.
- Cut Out the Whites, Sugars, and Grains: When I asked a couple of “sick” friends if they’ve been eating holiday sweets, cookies, consuming lots of sugar, and grains, the answer was always affirmative. Sugar and grains (any product made from flour) wreaks havoc on the immune system. When overindulgence is employed the immune system is compromised. A compromised immune system equals “sick.” Avoid all grains, flour products and sugar. Use stevia as a sweetener.
The best foods to consume are freshly made vegetable juices, lots of fresh, raw salads made with organic spring mix and organic spinach and other fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, peppers, and onions, and small amounts of healthy protein such as organic eggs, poultry, venison, buffalo, and beef.
Other vegetables such as green beans, broccoli and sweet potatoes are encouraged as well. Raw nuts such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts and seeds such as sunflower, hemp, and flax are also healthful and recommended. A piece or two of fresh, raw fruit such as an organic apple, orange, or grapefruit can also be eaten each day.
Don’t look at what you can’t eat but look at all of the wonderful healthful foods that you can enjoy. Employ these simple disciplines and enjoy the benefits of ushering your body back to health.
Father, we thank You that You have given us the ability to make right choices for our health and our lives.
Sharon Graham worked in the traditional medical field as a Registered Nurse for a number of years. She has nearly thirty years of experience in the natural health field as well.
After being chemically poisoned in the mid-1980s, her immune system was nearly destroyed, resulting in a quest for answers apart from the traditional medical model. That search led her into an intensive study of several complementary forms of health care. She has studied with the National Institute of Nutritional Education, and has taken many self-study courses in herbal medicine, homeopathy, and nutrition. She works with several nutritional companies and is certified by the American Nutraceutical Association.
As a result of her personal experience and journey to recover her own health, she now has a desire and passion to educate and support others as they take responsibility for their own health. As a nutritional consultant and wellness coach she brings a wealth of proven, practical information and methods so that you can achieve your own personal health goals. She has worked with hundreds of individuals to educate and support them in making lifestyle and nutritional changes, using both her traditional medical background as well as her knowledge of nutrition.
Sharon has taught natural foods cooking classes and has given nutritional presentations to various groups of people. As a natural foods cook her clients say, “Sharon makes health food taste good.” She is also a blogger, is currently compiling a natural foods cookbook, and recently published an extensive e-book on wellness.
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