Your Autumn Detox Plan: 8 Small Changes That Make a BIG Difference
A few small changes can go a long way towards helping your body do its daily job: detoxing. We are constantly detoxing, so to say you’re “cleansing” is always true. The goal should be to support your body’s natural processes with few additional tactics. Keep reading for a few of my favourite detox support tools to help you start off fall on the right foot!
Drinking water slowly throughout the entire day will allow your body to use nature’s elixir effectively, so drink it between meals, too. The Mayo Clinic recommends nine cups for women (two litres); however, many factors affect hydration, so if you work out, drink lots of caffeine or plan to spend your day in the sun, up your intake. Water’s benefits are nearly endless—detoxification, weight loss, fatigue relief, headache prevention, and better skin health and digestion.
Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll with Natural Spearmint oil (£16)
Just adding a few drops of green pigment (the one that’s responsible for photosynthesis, if you happen to remember your middle school science classes) can help control hunger, cravings, and body odor (even that one we women don’t talk about). It’s a super-potent antioxidant that promotes healing and cleansing, including binding to heavy metals and helping kill off candida.
Nutriva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (£10)
Start or end your day with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Known to speed your metabolism and regulate yeast overgrowth (aka candida), coconut oil is great in coffee, tea or a smoothie. Many people don’t realize when they have a yeast overgrowth, and since it feeds on sugar, a big night out with wine or a sweet tooth could promote its growth. To maintain gut balance, incorporate coconut oil into cooking, or take a spoonful daily. And don’t forget a probiotic, too!
Between dinner and breakfast, get a complete 12 hours of fasting in. The first six to eight hours after eating dinner, your body is focused on digestion; however, the last four hours are dedicated to detox and are also the most effective fat-burning time. Eating too late can cause leptin to signal to the brain that no energy is required, and thus no fat burning will occur until early morning hours if at all.
Flight 001 Molded Eye Mask (£22)
Many of us aren’t aware of all the wonderful benefits of sleep, and unfortunately, we aren't actually getting the good stuff. Invest in blackout curtains and stop letting the morning light wake you up. In theory, it’s a great idea to stay on a circadian rhythm, but any light in your bedroom (including light from a street lamp, cell phone, or TV) could be preventing you from getting cleansing sleep. Benefits of sleep include (but aren’t limited to) regulating hormones, curbing appetite, lessening inflammation and stress, lowering depression, spurring creativity, and improving memory and overall outlook on life. Get those blackout curtains or pick up a light-blocking sleep mask.
If you can’t work out, consider thermogenesis training. Infrared saunas or cryotherapy is a great way to challenge your metabolism on an off day. Depending on what you choose, benefits can include weight loss, sweating, muscle pain and inflammation relief, improved immune system and complexion, and can reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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