After eating healthily all week long, sometimes you just want to treat yourself to a big plate of French fries and a glass of wine… or three. And you deserve it! Being too strict and not letting yourself eat what you want from time to time can lead to a diet crash. The key is to just get back on track and not make unhealthy eating and drinking an everyday routine.
A great way to get back on track is to do some detoxing (which can mean a bunch of things). Getting an adequate amount of sleep is a very easy way to let your body use its natural detoxifying system and recharge itself. Sleeping helps your body regulate its metabolism and removes toxic waste byproducts that accumulate in your day.
Detoxing can also be as simple as eating a lot of antioxidant-filled fruits and vegetables the next day. These foods, including blueberries, kale, goji berries, and beans, can protect your body from oxidative stress that comes from alcohol, tobacco smoke, and a poor diet. Eating these whole foods goes hand in hand with limiting processed, sugary, and/or sodium-filled foods. These types of foods have been linked to a higher risk of strokes, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancers. By avoiding these foods during your detox, you are helping your body be as healthy as possible. In addition, drinking a lot of water helps kidneys filter toxins and helps your body remove waste products.
Getting active and moving your body after an eventful weekend is also a great way to feel better. Exercising reduces inflammation, which helps your body’s detox system. When you move your muscles, your muscle cells release a protein that shows to have an important role in fighting inflammation.
These are some natural ways to detox your body after a day or two of indulging that will leave you feeling revitalized for the rest of the week and get you back to your healthy habits!
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