Our post-party detox plan
Our organism naturally eliminates toxins, those waste elements produced by bodily functions. But any excesses, like those indulgences of the winter holidays, can mean a system overload. When toxins accumulate, certain functions are weakened. Why help our organism get rid of this waste? What’s the best way to go about it? Here are our tips for a New Year detox.
Identifying excess toxins
Toxins come from “toxic” products that we breath, absorb through our skin and ingest. Alcohol, saturated fat and sugar among the things that the body has trouble eliminating. The rich food of the holidays leads to toxic overload, and there are many consequences:
4 types of reactions to toxic overload:
- Skin problems and body odours caused by our bodies eliminating waste through the skin
- Bad breath, dull skin and dark circles under the eyes linked to the liver being saturated
- Digestive problems: constipation or diarrhea, bloating and flatulence caused by compromised intestines
- Tiredness, headaches, problems with memory and concentration caused by a weakened system
Try a “clean” diet
Certain foods can help your body handle an overload of toxins and encourage your system to flush them out. They support your system thanks to antioxidants, stimulate your liver or help you eliminate toxins and waste through urine.
4 good habits for eliminating toxins:
- Drink lots of water to get rid of these wastes through urine
- Increase the number of lemons in your diet to stimulate your liver, responsible for eliminating toxins
- Up your consumption of fruit and vegetables rich in polyphenols – antioxidants essential for fighting against toxins – and especially artichokes and black radishes
- Drink green tea, an antioxidant which helps flush out toxins
Avoiding toxic foods
Certain foods – that are difficult to digest, loaded with toxins or that discourage waste elimination – should be consumed in limited quantities, and avoided altogether if you’re aiming for a detox.
6 foods to avoid during a detox:
- Red meat: farmed animal fats can be loaded with toxins
- Refined sugars: stress liver function
- Pre-prepared industrial foods: they may contain toxic preservatives and colorants
- Dairy products like cheese: milk discourages the elimination of toxins
- Cereals rich in gluten (wheat, rye, barley, etc.): they are difficult to digest
- Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are also particularly harmful
Get a helping hand from plants
Certain plants are a boon for the system, enabling you to effectively eliminate toxins and wastes. They should be front and centre in your detox plan.
10 plants with detox power: