How to detox after Christmas

Detox your body and spring back to health after your indulgence over Christmas.

How to detox after Christmas

Christmas is often a time to cut loose with your diet and indulge, but all that excessive eating, drinking and partying comes with a cost. It can leave you feeling sluggish, tired (and often) a couple of kilos heavier. After the festive season is done and dusted and the oppurtunity for indulgence is over, it’s time to detox and spring back to health.

Drink lots of water
Drink plenty of water during and after Christmas partying. It hydrates your body and cleanses out the harmful toxins that linger after a massive Christmas feast. You’ll feel re-energised and healthy. Peppermint tea has been found to aid digestion, bloating and gas, and the antioxidants in green tea may help with fat-burning, so drinking both of these are a great idea.

Eat light and fresh foods
After a binge of heavy food and alcohol, the very best thing you can do for your body is to refuel it with nutrients. Eat foods that are small and light to resize your stomach after days of it being over-filled, and avoid rich foods such as meat and dairy. The great thing about fruit and vegetables is that they’re low in calories, high in nutrients and vitamins and you don’t need to eat a lot to get the benefits.

Eat fruits such berries, oranges and apples the morning after a binge day. Try some Greek yogurt with honey to boost your protein. The honey contains fructose, which will help your body burn away alcohol lingering in your system.

Sweat it out
When your body has become sluggish from too much rich, indulgent food, getting out into the fresh air and getting your blood pumping is a sure-fire way to cleanse it of that feeling. Exercising and sweating will help you burn off those extra calories that you’ve consumed and bring oxygen racing back into your bloodstream.

Right after a large feast it’s a great idea to get out and take a brisk walk around the block. Detoxing in the days following multiple Christmas indulgences means getting into a regular pattern of walking, running or playing a sport to work off the excess food and clear your mind.

Do you have any detoxing tips?


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    26th Dec 2014
    Does fructose really "help burn away alcohol lingering in your system" ? And what is "small food" ? And does your stomach really "resize" the day after a big day of eating, what are the benefits of any such resizing, and wouldnt your stomach just adjust naturally? Basically I found this article just repeated same old, same old, platitudes, was no better than what your grandmother might have told you, and certainly didnt live up to its headline. You need to be doing better than this please Your Choices or you will become redundant.
    26th Dec 2014
    It's a reminder article...We all should know that if we eat too much and are inactive the kilos pile on, yet people (me included) continue the bad habbits.

    We have constant reminders for lots of things...who cares, life us too short to worry about this or that.
    26th Dec 2014
    it doesn't hurt to be reminded

    we all say Oh I knew that, but will be do it? read, act, and benefit
    put away your grouch hat and be nice, to others and yourself
    chin chin!! oh dear what am I saying, here is to you!! Skol!!!
    26th Dec 2014
    Great article, reminds me to get up and moving so as to compensate for yesterday's sins.

    Just have done a vigorous 45 minute walk, took a large plastic bag and picked up plastic bottles and glass beer bottles litter...home, face super red (perhaps should have walked earlier in morning)...showered, big drink of water and now feel so much better.
    26th Dec 2014
    Its not just the honey that contains fructose (which does NOT burn fat anyway) but all those fruits also contain fructose. The difference being that the fruit also contains fibre and other vitamins and minerals that honey doesn't. Honey does NOT boost protein either. It is true that Greek yoghurt does contain higher amounts of protein than other types of yoghurt.

    Although I agree with the other contributors here that this is not new information, I cannot agree with the accuracy of some of the claims in the article.
    28th Dec 2014
    I agree with many of the comments of others. This is a very poor article. Fructose is becoming recognized as a bad sugar whether it comes from cane sugar (sucrose) or fruits. It contributes to fatty liver, more storage fat as adipose tissue, is boosts insulin resistance as well as leptin resistance. The first taxes our pancreas and is implicated in diabetes and the second stimulates our appetite. Honey is great food for bees in the same way as milk is good food for calves.

    Most fruits these days are low in fibre, low in antioxidants, particularly fat soluble ones and are high in sugars too. There is next to zero vitamin C in modern oranges and the only part of an apple worth eating is the well-washed skin.

    I agree about the water intake recommendation and partly with the exercise.

    All that Xmas indulgence needs a heightened intake of naturally sourced antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, enzyme regulators, micro-sugars and other functional ingredients from heirloom and wild crafted produce.

    And as for exercise, an after-dinner stroll might clear the head but if you want to reduce added fat then high intensity interval training on an empty stomach (on waking) will exhaust the glycogen stores in your liver and start to use stored fat.

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