The silly season is over and the ‘detox’ word is being bandied about once more. We all have the best intentions to undo the damage caused by excessive celebrations, but what does ‘detoxing’ actually mean? Apart from replacing the wine glass with a water bottle, how can we help our bodies be in the best possible shape for 2015?
Truth be told, 90% of the work will be done by what you take out. A clean, wholefoods diet is the way to go, with alcohol, caffeine, and sugars to be eliminated and water boosted. Two litres is the bare minimum, with an extra seven hundred millilitres required per hour of exercise.
But once you’ve ticked all those basics off, this is where a little kitchen pantry pharmacy can come in handy. You can speed up the cleansing process with a little knowledge of which household herbs aid the body’s natural detoxification pathways.
If you need a replacement for your daily coffee, roasted dandelion is the way to go. You can have as many as you want, because instead of putting a strain on the liver, it actually improves it’s function!
Health foodies have been singing the praises of turmeric for a while now because of its anti-inflammatory properties. However, turmeric also improves phase two liver detoxification. Sprinkle a little over your dinner with some black pepper to improve its absorption.
If getting all that water down is a struggle, pop a sprig or two of peppermint in your water bottle. Not only will it give you a bit of flavour, but it’s one of the best carminative herbs around. This means that it relaxes the tummy tissues to take the strain off the gut, making digestion easier. If you have an edible essential oil, like DoTerra, then why not add a drop to a cacao smoothie or raw mousse? Because the combo of chocolate and mint is seriously yum!
Ok, don’t lose me here. If picking your own is a little too much to ask, head down to your favourite health food store and you will undoubtedly find nettle leaf teas available. One of our best depurative herbs, this is the one for if acne or eczema are your tell-tale signs of overindulgence!