Christmas is upon us and with all the festive goodies surrounding us, it is hard not to give into temptation and over indulge! Taking a little bit of something ‘naughty but nice’ in moderation may be OK - however - be careful not to fall into the trap of relying on your New Year’s weight loss resolution, to assuage your guilt trip and have ‘just one more’. It all adds up and may lead to toxic overload.
Toxins come in different guises and are harmful substances which pollute and irritate our bodies, putting a strain on the efficiency of our organs. Although our bodies are designed to eliminate these unwanted substances, the efficiency is dependent on age and health. When the system becomes overburdened and unable to cope, toxins can build up. Everyday activities such as walking in the park or eating a piece of fruit can actually subject us to toxins. It has been estimated that on average, we eat or drink 3.75 litres of pesticides found on fresh fruit, ingest 5kg of chemical food additives and breathe in 2g of solid pollution every year!
How to Reduce the Consumption of Toxins
- Buy organic foods where possible.
- Avoid drinking tap water which can contain high levels of heavy metals, nitrates and nitrites from fertilizers - opt for filtered or mineral water.
- Cut out smoking or being in a smoky environment.
- Reduce your intake of processed or packaged foods.
- Cut back on the amount of sweet, fatty and salty foods.
- Always wash and peel non-organic fruit and vegetables.
- Avoid eating dairy products and meat too often.
- Keep your intake of black tea, coffee and fizzy drinks to a minimum.
- Read labels carefully to avoid artificial additives and genetically modified ingredients.
- Reduce alcohol consumption
Are you feeling constantly tired, finding it difficult to sleep, suffer from headaches or indigestion? Do not despair… there is no need to go and live in a sterile bubble. A detox can help you to give your body a spring clean, boosting your energy levels. Even the healthiest among us can do with having a detox a least twice a year - and especially after periods of overindulgence such as Christmas.
Are You Suffering From Toxic Overload?
The more questions you answer yes, the more likely you will benefit from a detox.
A detox will cleanse and rejuvenate the body, improve the metabolism and circulation and strengthen the immune system. It can improve the condition of your skin, hair and nails and slow down the ageing process. As well as the physical benefits, a detox can improve your ability to cope with stress, de-clutter your mind and lift your mood, leaving you feeling relaxed and energised.
Detox Super Foods
Lemons: Vitamin C and cleansing
Oranges: Vitamin C and anti-oxidant
Grapefruits: Stimulate digestion
Apples: Liver cleansing
Pears: Diuretic and laxative
Papayas: Help digestion of protein
Tomatoes: Stimulate the liver
Grapes: Detoxifying, good for constipation
Cherries: Remove toxins from kidneys
Mangos: Cleanse the blood, high potassium
Melons: Diuretic and kidney cleanser
Pineapples: Contain antibacterial enzyme ‘bromelain’
Carrots: Stimulate the liver and kidneys
Beetroot: Liver cleanser, detoxifies
Onions & Garlic: Antiviral, antibacterial
Cabbage: Detoxifies the bowels
Broccoli: Vitamins B, C, calcium, folate,
Spinach: Antioxidant, Vitamin. C, thiamin, zinc
Fennel: Diuretic, calming on the stomach
Celery: Diuretic and laxative
Cucumber: Assists waste elimination
Watercress: Cleanses the blood
The Weekend Detox
Choose a weekend when you are not too busy and allow yourself plenty of time to rest and pamper yourself with a detoxifying spa treatment to assist in the elimination of toxins, stimulate the circulation and metabolism. Prepare your body two days before by reducing your intake of toxins as indicated above.
Morning: When you wake up, drink a cup of hot water, flavoured with the juice of half a lemon. This will give a kick start to the liver. Do some simple stretches to stimulate the lymphatic system and give yourself a dry skin brush, before showering. Prepare a fruit juice from any combination of the Fruit Super Foods, diluting with some water.
Late Morning: Have a detoxifying spa treatment such as the Winter Detox Wrap, Lift & Firm Hip & Thigh Treatment, Personalised Body Wrap or the super indulgent 2-hour Personalised Holistic Ritual. Drink some herbal tea and eat some fruit such as apple, pear or grapes.
Lunch: Make a vegetable juice from any of the Vegetable Super Foods and a large salad with tomatoes, cucumber, fennel, carrot and beetroot with a dressing of olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.
Afternoon: Relax after lunch and try some gentle exercise such as Pilates or Yoga. Drink plenty of water.
Late Afternoon: Choose a vegetable juice from any of the Vegetable Super Foods.
Evening: Between 6pm and 8pm, have an evening meal of lightly steamed vegetables, sprinkled with fresh herbs and lemon juice accompanied by organic brown rice. Alternatively make a vegetable stir fry or a large salad. Have a detoxifying bath with ESPA Detoxifying Seaweed Bath or ESPA Detoxifying Bath Salts and retire to bed early, drinking plenty of water before going to sleep.
Use a natural bristle brush, such as the ESPA Skin Brush; helps to eliminate toxins and improve the appearance of cellulite because it encourages lymphatic circulation. Starting from the feet, brush upwards towards the heart, over the buttocks. Brush up the arms and in circular, clockwise motions over your stomach to stimulate the colon.
Take it easy as you may feel tired. Repeat the same routine as day one, but choosing different fruit and vegetable juices. In the morning, brush your skin and take a cool shower. In the afternoon, have a sauna followed by an Aromatherapy Massage with the ESPA Detoxifying Body Oil containing lymphatic stimulants of Juniper Berry and Cypress.
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