Can you believe it’s February?! Now that most of us are back to work, the kids are back to school and our summer holiday seems all but a distant memory, it’s time to think about detoxing the body and kickstarting some healthy, happy habits for the year ahead.
The good news? Detoxing the body doesn’t have to be complicated or need to incorporate super-restrictive juice diets. Here are some simple lifestyle changes that will naturally detox your body, leaving you feeling cleansed, energised and ready to take on 2019 with confidence.
Up your water intake
About 60 percent of our body is made up of water, so it’s no surprise water is essential for the proper functioning of every organ and bodily system. Staying hydrated keeps our body in tip-top shape, helping to flush toxins more efficiently while boosting our metabolism and keeping our skin plump and clear.
Make a conscious effort to keep a drink bottle with you at all times so you can sip away throughout the day (aiming for at least two to three litres per day). If you’re exercising or spending time in the sun, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. Try adding lemon or cucumber slices to your water for a little added flavour.
Cut down on processed sugar
We all know too much sugar increases our risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health conditions, but the good news is we don’t have to cut it out completely – we can still enjoy the odd treat if we make an effort to reduce sugar throughout the day.
Try swapping breakfast cereals for sugar-free alternatives such as porridge, with bananas, dates or blueberries on top for added sweetness. Instead of reaching for a 3pm chocolate hit, try healthy nuts and seeds, and in the evening, try to cook your meals from scratch so you know exactly what you’re eating (many ready-made sauces and meals have crazy amounts of hidden sugar!).
Add more veges to your diet
Vegetables are nutritious, delicious and high in fibre (which helps your digestive system to work more efficiently). Here are some easy ways to add more vegetables to your diet:
- Make a green juice in the morning with spinach, kale, cucumber and apple.
- If you’re having scrambled eggs or an omelette, boost your vegetable intake by adding mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, onion and spinach.
- Go for lunch options that incorporate vegetables – you can’t go wrong with sandwiches, wraps or salads.
- Pile rice cakes with avocado, tomato and feta.
- Raw vegetable sticks are handy snacks to reach for when you’re feeling peckish - try green or red peppers, celery and carrots with a side of hummus.
- Raw nuts are easy to pop in your handbag or gym bag for a quick, healthy snack on the run.
- Eat the rainbow – throw chopped vegetables in a wok with a little garlic and a dash of soy sauce for a delicious, healthy dinner (tip: save leftovers for lunch the next day).
- Add extra veges to soups, stews, quiches and pasta dishes.
- Make the most of these warm summer evenings by cooking meat and corn on the BBQ and serving alongside a fresh summer salad (tip: incorporate fresh herbs like mint, and swap mayonnaise for a lemon juice and olive oil dressing).
Move your body
Start 2019 as you mean to go on with regular exercise. Moving your body each day is a great way to cleanse the body and mind, and offers a raft of other health benefits such as managing weight and promoting better quality sleep. Exercise also combats health issues, from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes to depression and anxiety.
If you’re not sure where to start, jump on the internet and see what options are in your area – you may be surprised by the amount of gyms, yoga studios, running clubs, swimming pools and bootcamps available! Exercising with a friend is a great way to stay accountable, and remember, exercise doesn’t have to cost a cent – simply lace up your shoes, go for a power walk and get those endorphins pumping!
Indulge in detox teas
Herbal teas are a powerful (and delicious) way to detox. While there are hundreds of varieties available, VOYA certified-organic teas step it up a notch with the inclusion of fucus serratus – a seaweed which has been hand-harvested from the purest waters off the Atlantic coast, rich in vitamins and minerals which possess extraordinary detoxifying properties that flush toxins (from both outside and inside the body) and encourage weight loss.
The absorption of ocean nutrients makes seaweed rich in protein, calcium, fibre, iron and more, as well as being low in fat and calories (win win!). Like our full skincare range, our teas contain high levels of seaweed, and when consumed, our bodies’ congested cells are able to release excess fluids, leaving you with a flat tummy and clear state of mind.
Our teas come in three delicious flavours – one to refresh yourself in the morning (Peppermint Pleasure), one to aid digestion after a meal (Fennel Fusion) and one to sooth and calm the body before bed (Camomile Calm).