Doing a whole body detox is all the rage these days, and it might be tempting to load up on a detox kit on your next trip to the health food store. After all, following the holiday indulgence at the table, who doesn't want to feel lighter? But the wintertime, and the months of January and February especially, are not the right time for a detox. Why? Read on to find out, plus what you should do instead.
What is a detox?
The main goal of a detox is to clear the body of accumulated toxins. You can accomplish this with a well-formulated detox kit that supports elimination of toxins from the skin, liver, intestines, and kidneys. A detox can last anywhere from a weekend to a month, and usually involves tweaks in your diet, too. But here's the thing: while there are optimal times in the year for a detox, winter isn't one of them.
Why you shouldn't detox in the winter
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fall and spring are considered the ideal times for a healthy detox. In the spring, for example, your detox efforts are enhanced by the return of more energy, sun-filled days, and bright bitter greens like fresh dandelion leaves and nettle. In the winter, on the other hand, your body is busy dealing with colder temperatures, shorter days, and richer foods.
What's more, the excesses of food and drink over the holidays make a winter detox even less beneficial, because your elimination pathways will be more taxed than usual. What this means is that you might experience harsher detox symptoms like increased elimination, sweating, and even headaches when you detox in the winter. So what to do instead?
What you should do instead
The right way to detox in the winter is to go the gentle, nourishing way. Start by upping your daily water intake to help flush out toxins naturally. Get sweating through exercise, or make saunas a part of your routine. Swap unhealthy fats in your diet with healthier choices (like our organic Ghee). Slowly add liver supporting foods (like peppery arugula and turmeric root) to your wintery meals, and go for a liver protecting herbal blend like HepatoDR®
To conclude, the winter is the perfect time to rejuvenate your body and detox the gentle way.
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