January detox ideas to start the new year with a bang

January detox ideas to start the new year with a bang

Give your body a cleanse with 5 of the easiest detox ideas

Christmas time is the season of indulgence. Over those festive fuelled days you probably eat more calories than you would in a month. Whilst the endless turkey sandwiches, Christmas pudding and bubbles tastes fabulous your body is not such a fan. Too much fats, sugars and other bad stuff can lead to us feeling bloated, tired, irritable and overweight.

With Christmas over you may be thinking you perhaps overindulged and it’s time to make a change. January is the perfect time to take stock of what you ate in the last few weeks and detox your body. Here’s the best January detox ideas to get you started.

Cut down on sugar (or cut it out completely if you’re really brave)

Sugar is found in literally everything – food and drink – so cutting it out completely is very difficult. If you don’t fancy losing the sweet stuff forever cutting down is a great place to start reducing your sugar intake. Here’s some tips on how to get started:

  • First skip having sugar in tea and coffee and ditch the fizzy drinks as they’re often packed full of sugar. You can use sweeteners in your cuppa if you really don’t want to lose that sweet taste.
  • Fruits are full of natural sugar and have a delightful sweet taste. Try incorporating more into your diet- you can eat them fresh, dried or tinned.
  • Try to make your food from scratch so you know how much sugar is going into it. If you do buy pre- packaged food opt for those with the lowest sugar contents.
  • Avoid the really sweet stuff like honey and treacle
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Quit caffeine

Whilst caffeine is great for making you feel more alert, focused and happier it has its downsides too. Too much caffeine can often leave you feeling jittery, anxious and on edge. If you coffee has taken over your life and you can’t focus without it, a detox is a great place to reduce your coffee consumption.

Top tips on cutting down on your caffeine intake

Caffeine is technically a drug so going cold turkey is not easy. To avoid feeling rubbish whilst caffeine withdrawal takes effect, try to gently wean yourself off how much caffeine you drink. If you drink 5 cups of joe a day, try to have 4 the next day and so on slowly reducing how much you drink. By the end of your withdrawal period you’ll find your reliance on caffeine is no more.

Revise your diet

Have a good long look at your diet and write down what you eat each week. Too many takeaways? Ditch them. Have a bag of crisps with your lunch every day? Swap it for a apple or banana. Take the same approach with each aspect of your diet and you’ll soon be eating a lot healthier.

  • Top tip – Make sure you don’t ditch the treats completely – allow yourself at least one treat day where you can eat something naughty. Try not to go too overboard though, a Big Mac meal will undo all your hard work.
  • Buy slimming treats like Weight Watchers chocolate bars as they let you enjoy the treats you love without the calories
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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

One of the best detox ideas is to keep your body hydrated. Your kidneys are the key to detoxing so it’s important that you keep them in tip top condition. Drinking lots of water helps to hydrate your body and flush out the toxins that you put into your body day after day. Often people only drink when they feel thirsty- by this point often it’s too late as you’re already dehydrated. Aim to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Drinking more water will make you feel more awake, energised and determined to tackle your day.

  • Top tip number one – if you’re not a fan of plain water why not try adding fruit into your water. Lemon adds a subtle taste to your water and is great for neutralising any excess acid
  • Buy a bottle with hourly markers on so you can aim to drink a certain amount of water throughout the day. This will allow you to meet your daily water intake.

Try detox food and drink

If you’re feeling brave and want to go the whole hog you could try food designed specifically for detoxing. As they’re designed to ‘flush’ you out you may want to stay close to a toilet. The end result is that you feel much healthier and your digestion is less sluggish.

  • Top tip – Holland and Barrett have lots of detox products you can buy. You can even ask the staff for more detox ideas.

If you just try one or two of these detox ideas, drinking more water and cutting down on caffeine are probably the most important. After a while you will start to feel better and more able to focus without relying on pick me ups like coffee.

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