New year, new you! With 2017 just days away (really, where does the time go?), there’s no better time to hit the ‘reset’ button for your body than now. But there’s no need to break out your credit card for a $500 juice cleanse – your body is a fine-tuned detox machine that just needs to be helped along to detoxify, naturally. With these six small lifestyle changes, you’ll nix the blahs while increasing your focus, energy and confidence. Here’s to a happy, healthy you in 2017!
- Supercharge your meals
Think “rainbow” on your plate by adding colorful superfoods like kale, sweet potatoes, blueberries, eggplant, tomatoes and other fresh (preferably organic) produce. These foods are not only super tasty, but can help you maintain a healthy weight while elbow-striking any harmful agent that may be trying to sneak-attack your system! You’ll also want small doses of healthy fats like avocado, salmon, tuna and olive oil for heart-healthy Omega-3’s. By adding these superfoods, you’ll get a turbocharged boost of antioxidants, phytonutrients and vitamins.
- Pop probiotics
Probiotics are becoming increasingly popular in health food markets, and with good reason. While you may think of bacteria as “bad,” your body actually depends on these microscopic little bugs to function at an optimal level. Probiotics work by balancing bacteria, especially in your gut, where harmful bugs can multiply. You can pop a probiotic pill each morning, or you can find them in naturally occurring fermented foods, like kefir, Greek yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi.
- Adios, alcohol, caffeine and (duh) cigarettes
Kicking bad habits is just as important as incorporating healthy ones. In fact, the very things that you turn to in order to relax can be contributing to your inability to cleanse. Definitely not the desired outcome! So, if you smoke, now is the time to quit. No exceptions. And while a bit of alcohol or caffeine is OK in moderation, for the purpose of your detox we’re going to omit them entirely to keep your body in fighting shape. Who knows, you may even like how you feel!
- Break a sweat
Detoxing isn’t just about what you put in your body (or don’t), it’s about how you use your body! Every time you exercise is a mini-detox session for your body, as you literally sweat out loads of toxins. While all that’s happening, you’re also helping along your digestion, boosting circulation and releasing feel-good endorphins. All in an hour! Kickboxing at ILKB is a fun, challenging way to keep the cleansing process going on a regular basis. Just click here to find an ILKB location near you and get on a fast-track to fitness.
- Make time for a massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Turns out, a massage is not only a luxurious way to treat yourself, but an outstanding way to rid your body of toxins and tension by focusing on pressure points within the body. A Swedish massage is good, but a more intense and focused Sports massage is even better! By pushing on pressure points, where toxins tend to build up, you give them a chance to release. This helps you to naturally detox the body and get rid of the things that may have been making you sick.
- Water, water everywhere
If there is one thing that can easily and naturally help you to detox your body, it’s good old H2O. Water flushes out your system naturally, giving you clearer skin, properly functioning organs, and a more effective circulatory, respiratory, and digestive system. Now that you’re nixing alcohol and caffeine (see tip #3!), water should become your drink of choice, whether you like it still, sparkling or fruit-infused. Bottoms up!