The Post-Party Recovery Plan: 8 Ways to Detox and De-Puff
Barbecues, beach days, weddings, picnics, and a whole lot of sunshine. These are just some of the things that make summer fun-ner (not a word, but you get the point). One thing summer also ushers in is a host of sweet libations—aka booze—that leave us puffy and swollen. To prevent these unsightly side effects, make hydration and circulation top priorities. Alcohol can also be the culprit for poor sleep, cellular mineral imbalance, and what we like to call “impaired food judgment.” Prepare your body by properly hydrating 24 hours before your event, limit caffeine and salt, and load up on leafy greens and water-rich vegetables. If all else fails, these tricks should help you de-puff after the party ends.
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It may be a too late for this one, but just remember it for next time. A little elevation goes a long way. Before going to sleep, use an extra pillow or roll up a towel under your neck. This will help ensure you have proper circulation and drainage. It’s also best to avoid sleeping on your side, which causes fluid to accumulate in your cheeks and under eyes.
Start the day with a cup of warm lemon water. Lemons are a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative. Adding a few slices to a cup of warm water will reduce the amount of salt retained in the body (which causes your body to hold on to excess water). This technique is also known to help induce a bowel movement, which is a healthy way to get the toxins out.
Cucumbers fight puffiness under your eyes and internally because they release quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps reduce swelling. Place cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 minutes, and snack on cucumber slices today.
As a natural anti-inflammatory and digestive aid, ginger soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the colon, breaking up gas and relieving bloating. In a cup, add a slice of peeled fresh ginger to boiling hot water, let it cool, and sip slowly.
Deep breathing will help enhance the digestive system through the process of resupplying the stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and the intestines with a fresh supply of blood that could eliminate or lessen gas or bloating. Yoga postures that demand you to twist your abdomen coming from a seated pose provide a method to constrict the stomach organs, wringing out all the trapped or excess gas.
Cryotherapy is localized or whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures to decrease inflammation, increase cellular survival, decrease pain and spasms, and promote overall health. It might be the longest two minutes of your life, but it’s worth the chill. It increases circulation and decreases inflammation faster than any other treatment. Cryohealthcare in Los Angeles actually offers a cryofacial if you need to be photo-shoot ready without the puff.
What are you doing today to recover from the holiday weekend? Share your tips below!
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