We’re all excited for the upcoming holidays and all the celebrations. There’s nothing quite like Christmas in the Philippines – lots of food, family reunions, time spent catching up with friends, more food, and of course, some alcohol in between.
With all that anticipation, however, we’d also like to remind you to be #WiserWealthier not only in terms of your finances but also with your health.
You don’t have to wait until the New Year to start working on wellness, but there’s no need to miss out on the Christmas festivities either. Go ahead and indulge in all the good food and drinks, we’ve got you covered with these natural detox tips you can squeeze in (at least just to avoid bloating,) to get a good head start for 2018 and beyond.
1. Drink plant-based juices
Carrot juice, and banana and kiwi are just some of my favorites, but there’s a lot of other fruits and vegetables you can mix and match to make juices, especially this Christmas. Make the most of your leftover fruits, blend and juice them, and you’ve got an all-natural detox drink on the cheap.
2. Brew and drink some ginger tea
Ayurvedic practitioners refer to ginger as the universal medicine. Ginger tea or salabat has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has long been known as a cure for or a preventive for a lot of illnesses. A little Google research is all it takes for you to see its scientifically proven health benefits and ways to prepare it.
Once you’ve tried making your own ginger tea, you’ll wish you’d gotten into the habit of drinking it early on, especially whenever you need an energy boost. And as far as taking care of your body during the holidays, it’s a good warm drink to detox or to get rid of bloating after a great night of heavy eating and/or drinking.
3. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Drinking a glass of water with one tablespoon raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar balances the pH in your stomach. You can take it right after waking up, or before your first meal. You can make it taste better by putting lemon squeeze and honey on your drink.
According to organicolivia.com, “Apple cider vinegar is a great remedy because the low pH matches what the stomach would be if you had adequate HCL levels. This acidic environment gives your body a chance to break down your protein, absorb your minerals, and build up the nutrient stores you need to naturally make HCL in the first place.”
HCL stands for hydrochloric acid, and it helps digest foods in your stomach.
Just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar will do. Don’t put so much of it in a glass of water as it can damage the enamel of your teeth over time, because of the acetic acid in the vinegar.
4. Try some herbal tea
Drinking herbal tea in between meals or before sleeping is the best ways to absorb its nutrients and antioxidants. Green tea and matcha have become more popular, but there are other varieties you can try. For example, chamomile tea is best to drink before bed because of its calming benefits, which helps give you a good night’s sleep.
Drink tea without sugars or any milk to get the most of its health benefits. If the taste is too strong for you, you can always add a bit of honey to sweeten your choice of tea. You’d feel less guilty to eat more the next day when you know you’ve gotten into this tea detox habit.
5. Have some lemon water
Drinking warm water with a splash of lemon juice right after waking up is one of the best and affordable ways to detoxify your body and get a dose of Vitamin C. You may also opt to take it after a heavy meal, whichever you feel is right for you. Lemon juice brings your body to produce more digestive juices, which aids in good digestion.
More people are even getting into the habit of just putting some freshly squeezed lemon juice into their water whenever they can, as it’s proven to be very nutritious from the many reliable research you can find online.
6. Don’t forget some physical activity
Running, jogging, or doing bodyweight exercises or yoga at home can help you sweat out all the unwanted toxins you’ve accumulated during the holiday binge fest. Start by downloading some workout apps on your phone, and maybe you’ll even get into the habit of fitness and a healthy lifestyle from here on out.
Source: Organicolivia, University of Washington