Holiday Hangover Detox

Party time is in full swing and we’re all guzzling back the booze like there’s no tomorrow (apart from those who are up the duff and therefore designated drivers). It might feel pretty good now, but how many of us will cry “detox” come January?

Alcohol changes the body’s chemistry and alcohol abuse can create a toxic liver, deplete nutrients and store poisons in the body. It’s these ‘leftovers’ that can cause cravings.

There are hundreds of detox products and kits on the market, but here are some natural ways we can cheaply and easily cleanse ourselves from the inside out.

  • Drink loads of water – at least 10 big glasses a day.
  • Try spirulina to get some extra nutrients into your body (Vitamin E and B12, iron, calcium, antioxidants minerals and enzymes).
  • Milk thistle is a great liver cleanser, as are liquorice root and dandelion.
  • B vitamins are often referred to as ‘detox vitamins’ – make sure you’re getting enough.
  • Exercising will increase the cleansing effect of a detox and a dry sauna after exercise will help you sweat those toxins out.
  • Dry massage (with a brush or loofah) to slough off dead skin cells and remove toxins.
  • Eat lots of fruit and veggies – try apple, celery, pineapple and berries juiced with a pinch of ginger and cinnamon. Dark green leafy veg is good too and fresh parsley is an antioxidant and good for digestion. Asparagus is a great blood cleanser and excellent for health bowel maintenance. Don’t overcook your vegetables.
  • Avoid caffeine, sugars, processed foods, drugs and, of course, alcohol when detoxing.
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