Spring has rolled around again and it always reminds me of how I want to feel as the weather warms up – plenty of energy and comfortable in last year’s spring and summer outfits!
Getting your health back on track doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. All it takes is a few changes and some commitment.
If you’re feeling tired, sluggish and less than enthusiastic about your health, Spring is the perfect time to do something about it.
Making small simple changes can make all the difference to how you feel
Our bodies have inbuilt efficient detox systems already in place, but these systems can become a little clogged up and lazy.
If winter’s been long and you’ve been a bit naughty, your detoxification pathways could probably do with a little support to get things moving.
Here’s 8 simple tips to reboot your body:
Drink more water
If you want to flush toxins out faster, boost your metabolism, freshen up your skin and improve elimination, you MUST drink water.
If you struggle with drinking enough water, try adding a slice or two of fresh lemon or lime to your glass or water bottle. If lemon is not your thing, try a slice of fresh ginger root, some mint or cucumber, all of which are alkalising as well.
Get better quality sleep
Most of our body repair happens while we sleep and our liver does most of its catch up work then too. Give your body every chance and turn off the TV in the bedroom, make sure the room is dark to kick your natural biorhythms back in and leave your mobile in another room. You can read more about sleep and what might be keeping you awake here.
Give your body a break
Cut down on caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed food. And if you smoke, make quitting a priority.
Feeling bloated? Give yourself a 2 week break from grain products – guaranteed to make you feel AMAZING!
Eat whole foods
Having a rule that you wouldn’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise means you stay clear of processed foods. This will reduce your toxic load of preservatives, additives, colourings and flavourings.
Give your liver a boost
Your liver is the hardest working organ you have and sometimes it needs a little help to catch up. Increasing your vegetables, especially ones like broccoli and kale, can give your liver a helping hand and drinking more water is necessary for liver function. Simply eating only real food (not processed) will make a huge difference.
If you feel your liver needs more than a little boost, perhaps you should consider taking a liver herb like St Mary’s Thistle which will help your liver deal with the backlog of toxins and rejuvenate tired liver cells.
Support your kidneys
Your kidneys work 24 hours a day to eliminate waste. Alkalising your system will help your kidneys do a better job – they really struggle in an acidic environment. Eating more dark leafy green vegetables, having lemon in your water and even a spoonful of apple cider vinegar in water will help to alkalise you.
Move your body
You don’t have to take up high intensity sport or marathon running, but if you get your body moving like brisk daily walking, you will increase your metabolism and lose a little weight. With weight loss, toxins are released from fat cells where they are stored, to go through the liver to be eliminated.
Choose healthier snacks
It’s only normal when we feel tired to reach for what we think we need for a boost – sugar and caffeine. But did you know that protein and healthy fats will get your energy back on track faster?
Have healthy snacks on hand for when you get that tired feeling – try having rice crackers with hummus, nuts and seeds, yogurt with nuts or even crackers and cheese instead of sugar – you will be surprised at how much better you’ll feel.
If you need extra help with increasing your energy, healthy snack ideas or supplements, I can help.
With your health in mind,
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