It’s that time of year again: After indulging in more sugar, grains and alcohol than usual over the holidays, most of us are feeling the need for a little detoxification. All too often, people embark on a weeklong juice-cleanse or starvation diet in an attempt to press the reset button after the holidays. But their results are usually the same: the stress of not eating produces even more lethargy and exhaustion than they felt before they started. Regardless of what the other emails flooding your inbox might be telling you this week, you don’t need drastic measures to get your body (and habits) back on track. You don’t need to run five miles a day or subsist on steamed peas. The best way to safely detoxify your system and get back to a happy, healthy you is to return to these seven basic principles:
- eat only whole, unprocessed foods
- eat only high-quality foods
- eliminate gluten and avoid most other grains
- eliminate sugar
- drink ½ your body weight in ounces of clean water daily
In addition to these principles, here are four of my favorite detox elixirs for when I feel like my body needs a little additional support.
What it does: Fights infection, boosts digestion, heals leaky gut syndrome, reduces joint pain (it’s packed with the raw material necessary for healthy bones and joints), fights inflammation
How to use it: As a post-workout snack or an alternative to tea or coffee when you want something warm and nourishing to drink. I’m a big fan of the frozen chicken and beef stocks at BiRite, Prather Ranch and Five Dot Ranch. Additionally, both Belcampo and Prather Ranch now serve bone broth in to-go cups for sipping.
What it does: Dr. Perlmutter refers to turmeric as a "super supplement" for brain health: Protects mitochondira, improves glucose metabolism, supports memory and other cognitive functions, boosts immunity, highly anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants
How to use it: Fresh is best. One of the easiest ways to get a healthy dose of fresh turmeric is in Juice Shop’s Turmeric or Healthy Moose’s Liquid Luck shot. I’ve also been buying turmeric from BiRite, peeling and slicing it and simmering it with black pepper and coconut oil (both ingredients make the turmeric more bio-available).
Apple Cider Vinegar:
What it does: Lowers blood sugar, boosts energy, reduces inflammation, highly antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
How to use it: Look for cold-pressed brands that have sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Lately I’ve been getting my daily dose in Happy Moose’s Feel Mo' Betta shot with added lemon and ginger but you can also make your own elixir by adding two tablespoons to eight oz of water.
What it does: Impacts nearly every function of the body, eases stress, reduces inflammation, improves nerve function, aids in the formation of joint proteins, relaxes muscles and can even help with irregular heartbeats
How to use It: I’m a big fan of sipping the unflavored Natural Calm product in warm water before going to sleep at night, but you can also find magnesium in pill form. If you’re not into supplements, pumpkin seeds, spinach and swiss chard contain more magnesium than any other foods.
I hope you found these tips helpful and healthful! Here's to a happy new year.