We hear a lot about “detoxing” but what exactly is it? Well, first off, it’s not about literally ridding the body of “toxins” unless you’ve sepsis of course. Rather, it’s about reducing the amount of inflammation we have at the tissue and cellular level.
But why would we care about that? For a lot of reasons. Perhaps the most important is the fact that inflammation can lead to all sorts of diseases. Did you know, for instance, that one of the reasons why people become diabetic is because they have inflammation at a cellular level that blocks the action of insulin? Another reason is that being inflamed affects the way that we look. An overdose of sugar over the Christmas period can damage our skin and leave us looking pale and bloated.
Check out these ways to detox from the experts.
Drink Tea – Lots Of Tea
Christmas dinner and all the trimmings might taste good, but it has the capacity to wreak havoc on your body. All that meat, fat, and sugar is a nutrition disaster and can even cause damage to your DNA. Not to worry green tea to the rescue. Ashley Karr is a health researcher and wellness coach. She says that green tea is an excellent way to bolster your defenses, thanks to the fact that it’s full of antioxidants and because the caffeine it contains is gentler on your system. To experience all the advantages of green tea, it should be consumed as often as possible, alongside every meal.
Chad Sarno is the chief of research and development for a Whole Foods health initiative. He stresses the importance of eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables over the holidays. Eating lots of beans and legumes, along with dark green vegetables, will help you fill up and not want to eat so much cake, he says.
Get A Massage
The many benefits of massage are well documented in the scientific literature. But one of the things that isn’t talked about so much is the ability of massage to remove the buildup of harmful chemicals in the muscle, as well as improve blood flow. Massage helps muscles recover faster and get nutrients to areas of the body that have become oxygen starved. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, deep tissue massage can help alleviate painful knots and get muscles working properly again.
Reduce Exposure To Environmental Pollutants
Dr. Travis Stork is the host of the talk show The Doctors. He’s a big fan of people regularly cleaning out their nasal passages to prevent the buildup of allergens. He suggests using products, like Neti Pot, to regularly flush out material from your nose, eliminating allergens and air pollutants in the process.
Sweat In A Sauna
Forbes Riley is the creator of the SpinGym, an exercise product that once appeared on TV. She swears by the sauna treatment, saying that it’s how she managed to recover after gaining a lot of weight during her pregnancy. Nothing is better than sweating it out, she says.