Hitting the beach, cooking out with friends, enjoying a pool party and/or just playing hooky from work for a couple days are all a MUST during the summer months. It is so important for our mindset, hormones and overall well being to take a few days to slow down, reset and de-stress from the every day hustle and bustle. During this time, splurge… drink the fancy drink, eat the bun, get the ice cream and thoroughly enjoy those experiences and who you share them with.
After the R & R is over and you are headed back into your normal routine, try these few tips to help your body get right back on track.
1Lemon Turmeric Water
During your first trip to the grocery store after a vacation, grab a bag of lemons and some turmeric from the spice aisle. Each day for 7 days (or more) drop 1/4 or 1/2 of a lemon into the bottom of your water bottle and 1/8 of a teaspoon of turmeric. The lemon will help to detoxify your liver and the turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that will help decrease inflammation.
2Kick the Sugar
For the first 7 days after a vacation or a few days of splurging, do your best to eliminate all added sugars from your diet. As we have mentioned, sugar is HIGHLY addictive so a few days of ice cream and brownies can be a slippery slope back into a diet riddled with added sugars and processed foods. To help avoid added sugars, read the ingredient labels and look for words such as corn syrup, dextrose, brown rice syrup, molasses and high fructose corn syrup.
3Brush Your Body
This might sound totally crazy, but there is some compelling evidence that by dry brushing your skin, not only do you improve the appearance of your skin but you also stimulate the lymphatic system which helps eliminate toxins from your body! You can snag a dry brush from Target or Walmart for $6.
4Eat More of These Foods
Consume foods such a broccoli, garlic, onion and eggs help to rid heavy metals from your system and increase your sulfur intake. Sulfur is imperative for glutathione function which is a major antioxidant (think cancer prevention) and it is heavily involved in detoxification.