Six Simple Steps for a Successful “Post-Holiday” Cleanse/Detox

That the holidays can really take it out of you is no surprise. Eating and drinking to excess any particular night, much less a few in a row, will leave most feeling pretty drained. There’s also all the extra shopping, traveling, and unexpected commitments that come up.

No wonder so many lose a lot of needed time and sleep out of their schedule.

And exercise, too. Everybody tends to lose a few reps. But hey, isn’t there a resolution for that?

There is. And it starts with making the right cleanse/detox plan; then, sticking to it. The first step is re-hydrating yourself—naturally with water—roughly a daily amount in ounces equal to at least half your body weight in pounds. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you’re looking at a minimum of 100 ounces of water a day.

Here are a few other places to begin the “Post-Holiday” Cleanse/Detox:

1.Lemons aid. Warm water, infused with lemons, has been proven to improve hydration and digestion in people of all ages. It also helps the liver and kidneys function more efficiently, filtering out the very toxins that buildup in our systems during the holidays.

2.Tea for you. Green teas before and after meals keep the digestive fires burning—in a good way. Fennel tea is especially recommended for those dealing with post-party bloating, constipation, gas, heartburn, and other digestive problems.

3.Keep a diet firmly “rooted.” Fruits, vegetables and plant-based proteins are the backbones of getting back to a fully nourished normal. Just as importantly, the more you can avoid gluten- and dairy-based meals, the better it can be for the detox process.

4.Make “fasting” work of it. If you eat your last meal of the day by 7 pm and start the next morning with say, a basic healthy beverage, you’ll give your digestive system a total reset by lunchtime. That’s more than 16-hours of intermittent fasting and it can make all the difference.

5.Chop, chop! Research suggests that preparing your own food is a real winner for wellness. Restaurants typically go heavy on salt, butter, and oil, so taking matters into your own hands is not only reasonable, it’s economical, too. Prep your own carrot and celery bites, and snacks from plastic baggies to save calories and a few dollars at the same time!

6.Supplement with supplements. Given the right conditions, broad-spectrum digestive enzyme and selenium supplements may be just thing your body needs to get your metabolism up-and-running. The former helps break down protein, fat, carbs, and fiber; while the latter supports a healthy thyroid. Even better, a diet regimen that includes probiotics can increase bacteria levels enough to fight the good fight against bloating and beyond.

An old saying goes that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Yet, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. At Benzer Pharmacy, we can help guide you on the right path to a detox-friendly diet that includes everything from kale, quinoa, and sweet potatoes to wild-caught salmon, organic free-range chicken, and roasted veggies, among dozens of other healthy choices.

Your first step to your next step starts here.