Detoxification after the Christmas holidays
Every day our body is exposed to thousands of chemicals , either from the environment (ultraviolet radiation, infection, passive smoking and sudden changes in temperature), or through our diet (alcohol, preservatives, sugar, hydrogenated fats and antibiotics in meat). fruits and vegetables).
In addition, smoking, stress and lack of sleep favor the synthesis of even more toxins .
What does a detox program include?
- Plenty of liquids (water, juices, herbs) to increase diuresis and perspiration. Hydration is the first step to "detoxifying" the body.
- Herbal teas , such as thyme, mountain tea, lime and nettle, enhance diuretics.
- In addition, chamomile and peppermint beverages relax the gut muscles and increase the secretion of digestive juices, thereby relieving the drumming and heartburn, which torment us after the festive tables!
- Diet low in animal fats and rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables , containing antioxidant vitamins, enhancing the function of the body.
In addition, the above foods in combination with liquids combat constipation .
The intestine is one of the key organs in the process of removing waste from the body and must function perfectly.
Three hours of aerobic exercise per week (walking, biking, swimming etc.).
Finally, in cases of indigestion, it is advisable to have small and frequent meals during the day and not to fast for many hours, as the secretion of gastric juice on an empty stomach aggravates the symptoms of indigestion and inflates you!
For a swollen stomach try a soothing Chios mastic.
What should we avoid?
- "Bad" fat
Saturated fats found in products of animal origin (eg butter) can damage the cardiovascular system and clog the pores of the skin.
Trans fats contained in processed foods such as chips, donuts, puff pastry and croissants are hydrogenated vegetable fats that raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, there are also "good" fats found in olive oil, nuts, avocados in olives, soft margarine and fish, which enhance the functioning of the body and should be included in our diet!
When we supply the body with large amounts of sugar, we trigger a chemical process that accelerates the aging process .
In addition, sugar is linked to overproduction of insulin , which can lead to weight gain and diabetes.
It is preferable to replace it with honey or herbal sweeteners (stevia).
It dehydrates the body.
It is a good idea to prefer a glass of wine or beer instead of a "hard" drink, as they are less alcohol.
- Standard foods
Preservatives , food additives and artificial colorants, although added to foods to maintain freshness or enhance flavor, ultimately harm the body (over-processing reduces the nutritional value of foods and reduces their nutrient content. ).