So the festivities are over, and we’re not feeling all that great. Or maybe that’s just me… Weeks and weeks of food, alcohol and (in my case) desserts for days… leave you feeling bloating and grotty.
Often, people believe that this feeling is just something you have to deal with and so have an acceptance to just let it play out. But it’s not true! You can literally remove this post-Christmas bloat and grogginess in no time at all.
What would you say if I told you that the symptoms you’re experiencing could be eliminated with a good, old-fashioned detox? I’m starting mine as we speak.
What if I also told you that when I refer to detox, I don’t mean a smoothie or cucumber diet. I also don’t mean food limiting yourself either. When I refer to detox, I mean replacing processed and sugary foods with fruit, veg and whole foods.
“But isn’t that just for losing weight?” I hear you say… No. Detoxing is fantastic for giving back those essential nutrients and vitamins that your body is craving! They can have you skipping in joy for your returned, healthy and happy body.
Have you ever had a flare up of eczema, an out of the blue headache, PMS that feels uncontrollable, or unexplained aches and pains? While most of us nod our heads and say “yes” but don’t do anything about them, these issues and others all stem from imbalances with the gut! The Microbiome is a crazy place and should never be ignored.
Here are some signals from your body, telling you to detox:
Irrational sleep cycles
So many of the food and drink we digest contain sleep inhibitors. The obvious ones are things like alcohol or caffeine. Maybe try cutting these out for a while to give your body a chance to relax.
Some foods include elements and proteins that you might be sensitive to and thus can affect your sleep cycle. I suffer from a gluten intolerance so any sign of that in my body and I’m awake all night. If you’re unsure if this is the cause, a detox or elimination diet is excellent for highlighting any of these sensitivities. Then, you can target them with a functional food plan.
Bad breath can be a common symptom of dysbiosis. This is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut, as well as yeast or Candida in the gut. Having an awareness of what is going on in your gut is the first step to bringing it back into balance.
Inability to concentrate or regular brain fog
If you’re allergic to certain foods, this can present itself in strange ways.
Brain fog and lack of concentration can be caused by a sensitivity to gluten or other foods. It can also be caused by a high volume of alcohol, caffeine, and refined carb foods.
Some foods, like dairy, trigger sinus congestion, but there are many other inflammatory foods which can cause sinus issues. Removing these foods during detox can help you find your triggers. Research nightshades for your mind to be blown.
Dull skin and acne
A diet of processed foods, sugar, dairy, (which often trigger acne) and foods that you may be sensitive or intolerant to, can leave your skin not looking it’s best. You may also find dark circles forming around the eyes.
Aches and pains
The standard household diet leads to inflammation, and this can present itself as joint pain. Try taking out inflammatory foods from your diet, like refined flour and sugar. Instead, increase healthy fats, proteins, and veggies. These can help to reverse your symptoms or pain.
You’re always ill
Did you know that roughly 70 per cent of your immune system is found in your gut? On that basis, make sure it’s in tip top condition to help avoid those nasty colds, flu and infections.
Addiction to certain foods like coffee and cheese
Removing cravings while detoxing your body with whole foods can break the cycle of addition. My advice, keep them out of the house. I know I need too.
Bad temper and lacking energy
Your irritability and lack of energy could be connected to what your eating and when you’re eating it. If you’re eating processed or refined foods at funny times throughout the day, you’re likely to get grumpy and could be unpleasant company to friends and family.
A detox has so many benefits. It helps to remove food and drink that may be causing you some issues or that you might be sensitive too. It also helps to reset your body and can cure those cravings. I find after doing a detox, I’m only craving the healthy stuff.
My advice to you is: Listen to your body. It’s normally telling you something. A detox might be just what you need!