Spring is finally here! Are you feeling the effects of days spent cuddled up on the couch? You may have slacked on your healthy diet and exercise all winter and now are in dire need of a change. If you aren’t feeling well or gained some weight over the winter, you might need a detox. Spring is a great time to not only clear the clutter from your home, but from your body and mind as well. Not really into those 3-day juice cleanses or don’t know where to start when detoxing? Try some of these simple and inexpensive suggestions on starting a spring detox:
- Filtered water with lemon is the best detox buddy there is. Start every morning with a glass of slightly warm water with lemon. Drink lots of water throughout the day too. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll want to drink 75 ounces of water in a day. If this seems like a huge increase from the amount you are drinking now, feel free to ease into it.
- Focus on a clean eating diet which means clean proteins (chicken, fish, etc.), lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Avoid anything processed and try to do a diet free of gluten and sugar if you can.
- Stop snacking for a while. You don’t need heavy meals and snacks like you did during the cold winter months. Now is the time to start eating a little less and focus on healthy, smaller meals.
- Cut the caffeine (mainly coffee) and alcohol. Your body can’t detox properly if you are still consuming these substances. Same goes for smoking cigarettes.
- Focus on making dinner your smallest meal of the day and don’t eat past 7 pm. If you start getting hungry or craving snacks later at night, try drinking some decaf tea.
- Exercise! Bonus points if you get out in nature to sweat. Sweating is a great way to detox and get rid of toxins in the body. You can also try taking hot Epsom salt baths or going in a sauna.
- Deep breathing is actually the best way to detox your body completely. It helps to greatly detox the mind and your lungs. Try starting a meditation practice or reminding yourself to take deep breaths during the day. You can even set your phone alarm at random intervals during the day to reminder yourself to stop and take a deep breath.
- During a detox, you need lots of sleep! Aim to get 7-9 hours a night and try to go to bed before 10 pm for optimal rest and repair to your body.
- Set a timeline for your detox that works for you. Professionals recommend 10-21 days, but you can always start with 3-7 days! Remember that you might feel worse in the first few days of a detox because your body is getting rid of the toxins. Stick with it and you should feel much better within a week
Have you ever tried a detox? Did you know you could detox and still eat and maintain a normal schedule? Share your detox stories and/or struggles! Happy Spring!