5 Steps You Can Take to Rejuvenate Your Body
Most people nurture this notion that the beginning of the year marks a new beginning and it will magically give us a clean slate. However, deep down we all know that in order for change to happen, it is we who need to make it. That being said, the beginning of a new year is actually a great time to take charge and make things happen, precisely because we believe this time of year is a time of new starts.
Now, what better way to make a change in your life than to be healthier and treat your body better? After all, once the body feels rejuvenated, you will feel ready to conquer anything 2018 has to throw at you. So here are 5 steps you can take to rejuvenate yourself.
Start With A Clean Slate
While it’s true that the body has its own mechanisms for disposing of waste, according to Dr. Mark Hyman, there comes a time when a combination of factors such as unhealthy diet and environmental pollution ‘exceeds the threshold for what the body’s innate detoxification system can tolerate’. The body subsequently becomes toxic which can ultimately affect all of its systems. This is precisely why everyone should go through the detoxification process every so often.
That said, it is highly important to do this in the most natural way possible; this means no starvation or dangerous pills. After all, you are detoxing, so there is no room for toxins in disguise. Now, before jumping into the process, there are certain preparatory steps to take. First of all, you need to get rid of all the junk food – processed and canned goods, sugary foods and even alcohol. Your body will need about two weeks to ‘flush’ these out of its system, so be patient and consistent. Okay, now that the fridge and pantry are taken care of, let’s move on to the next step.
Try A Traditional Cleanse
If you’re truly serious, a two-week cleanse will greatly contribute to the rejuvenation and detoxification of the body. During this period you should consummate nothing but natural juices made from fruits and vegetables. This is also a great time to develop a healthy long-term habit – larger water intake.
You are probably aware of the importance of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, but most of us become oblivious to this fact. If you have to, install an app that will remind you to drink water, and hopefully, soon enough a permanent habit will be formed. Water is your kidney’s best friend, and in the beginning, you will be visiting the bathroom a lot, which is amazing, as this is one of the ways you get rid of all the toxins.
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Now that there’s plenty of room in the fridge, it’s time to stock it with some fine ingredients. Make it your goal to eat as many unprocessed, whole foods as possible. Parsley, kale, chard, endive, spinach, escarole, red or green mustard greens as well as watercress which all do wonders for liver and gallbladder cleansing should be in your daily rotation. Other foods that have earned the title ‘superfoods’ should be there too, and these include eggs, prunes, berries and many more. The best part is, there are so many versatile foods here that allow you to create delicious meals, so this rejuvenation process won’t feel like a sacrifice at all.
The reason all these foods are on this list is mainly due to the fact that they are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, which are essential to the body’s well-being. Therefore, aside from a balanced and versatile diet, choosing great supplements, such as Solgar vitamins, particularly those with Acai extract, is of utmost importance. The antioxidants present in Acai help fight oxidative stress which can pose a real danger to the immune system and your cardiovascular health.
The general rule of thumb is 70% nutrition, 30% physical activity. Breaking a good sweat is one of the most effective ways to get rid of toxins, so even though winter is a period of hibernation for most, don’t let it be the case for you.
If you don’t feel like heading out to the gym, there are numerous types of exercise you can do from your very own home, including yoga, which is perhaps the best type for detoxing thanks to the yoga twists which are poses that are virtually designed to stimulate digestion and foster elimination of impurities from the abdominal organs.
Catch Up On Some Zzz's
There is almost no need to emphasize the importance of a good night’s sleep, but we will do it anyway. As the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reports ‘our immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy, and you are already familiar with what happens when your immune system weakens. So, eight hours of good, uninterrupted sleep is a must. Once you’ve developed all these great habits, chances are you’ll never revert to the bad ones.
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Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in beauty, makeup, fashion, photography and graphic design. Sophia is also very passionate about DIY projects. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes in mostly beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles.
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