Whether you've been naughty or nice this holiday season, if you are like most people, your list of New Year's resolutions probably includes some kind of health related resolution. Many people feel they have overindulged during the holidays, and the first target for most change is to eliminate or restrict eating, almost "punishing" yourself for the previous bad behavior.
However, if we want to develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits for the long term (not just January 2013), and improve our overall well being, we may be better served to look at including more good things into our nutrition and lifestyle as opposed to focusing on only taking things out.
When we approach change from a place of "I get to ..." versus "I have to ...," there is room for improvement and growth, as opposed to looking for a way out of self-imposed, confining rules.
A few simple additions can help you move in the right direction and enhance your body's natural detoxification processes rather than work against them. Drink more water: this one is a simple and inexpensive. When it's cold outside we may inadvertently reduce our water intake, but drinking at least 8 cups of water per day is essential for detoxifying organs like the kidneys, liver and intestines, so they function properly. Drinking warm water (with a little lemon) stimulates the lymphatic system to remove toxins and clear waste from the body (like a sewer system), so sipping on warm lemon water throughout the day is an excellent gentle detox option. For an extra boost, other items you can add to warm water include raw apple cider vinegar, cucumber slices or powdered magnesium.
Keeping the body warm during a detoxification or cleansing program is important.
Our mountain environment temperatures, low humidity and altitude place stressors on our body that we often don't think to factor into our decisions when choosing diet and detox programs that are highly advertised during the New Year. Juice fasts and restrictive detox programs incorporating mostly raw foods may be acceptable in the warmer climates of California and Florida for example, but may be too harsh to do our bodies any good at 20 degrees. Detoxifying herbal teas and soups are an excellent addition to many of the cleansing and purifying programs you participate in, or can be used by themselves to introduce anti-inflammatory herbs and botanicals,as well as nourishing greens, into your diet.
Joining a gym is another item often on the top of New Year's to-do lists. Check out facilities in your area to find out if they offer steam rooms or saunas. Heating the body, increasing circulation and producing sweat is an effective detoxifying process that supports the lungs, bowels, lymphatic and immune systems.
If you are new to detoxifying programs, would like to create a personalized protocol or participate in a group program including medical foods and botanical medicines, we can help you find something that's just right for you and your goals in 2013. You don't have to fast for a fortnight to atone for your festive indulgences; start 2013 off right with a sustainable and safe healthy eating or detox program. Contact Functional Wellness in Avon at 970-376-7779 for more information and details.
Chiropractor Jacqui Slavin of Functional Wellness in Avon provides personalized, comprehensive functional medicine services using laboratory analysis, medical foods and botanical medicine. Contact Functional Wellness at 970-376-7779.