The holiday season has come and gone, and with it came the holiday parties and the holiday feasts—and the post-holiday sluggishness. Indulged a bit too much over Christmas break? We’ve got you covered. Try these seven tips to detoxify and feel great for the new year.
1. Drink Tons of Water
Drinking water is a great way to flush out toxins and promote digestion. The problem is, you likely aren’t getting enough. If you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Try drinking more water (around 8 cups a day is recommended) to cleanse your system and get you back on track to living a healthier lifestyle.
2. Do More Exercise
So, your new year resolution was to work out more—have you started? Instead of complicating things by planning an elaborate workout routine, get started right now by signing up for a fitness class (most meet once a week, making them low-commitment), taking up a sport, or even just searching the web for some simple workouts that you can do at home.
3. Take Up Yoga
If your body is really feeling sluggish and strained from holiday stressors, try doing yoga. The great thing about yoga is that it is accessible to all (whether your a beginner or a pro) and can easily be done at home. Yoga helps with posture, flexibility, and even relaxes your mind through meditation.
4. Eat More Greens
After indulging in meats and gravies and those “bad” carbs like white rice and potatoes, treat your body to some leafy goodness by upping your veggie intake. Try to have at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. If you have to have carbohydrates, opt for complex carbohydrates (a.k.a. the “good” carbs), like whole grains (pasta, oatmeal) or lentils.
5. Make This Power Drink
To really bring your body back to life, try a turmeric-infused detox drink. Turmeric has been shown to be great for the body as a natural way to reduce inflammation and increase the body’s capacity for antioxidants (which protect our bodies from pollutants like free radicals). To make, combine a few slices of a fresh lemon, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a grating of fresh turmeric, some ginger, and a teaspoon of maple syrup (for some natural sweetness) in a large glass, and fill with just-boiled water. Drain and serve.
6. Drink More Tea
Tea is a powerful natural antioxidant, and drinking it can help cleanse the body and boost your metabolism. It also serves as a less potent option to coffee, for those trying to cut their caffeine intake.
7. Use a Detoxifying Mask
After taking care of your body, make sure you take care of your face! Indulging in too many sweets or too much dairy over the holidays might have made your skin more prone to breakouts. Holiday stress—like the stress you caused yourself by saving all your shopping until the last minute—can also cause problem areas on the skin. Try a detoxifying mask, like Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask, to remedy this.