Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Guest Post: New Years Detox

Christmas is a wonderful time for most people, filled with rich food and drink and plenty of Christmas spirit! However, after the holidays, once we start the New Year we begin to think how we should make health changes for the better and in some ways, there's no better time to do it and have a fresh start. There are plenty of different ways we can undergo a good body detox and get ourselves feeling healthier and hopefully happier for the year to come.

One of the more popular ways we choose to do this is to use natural health supplements to support the detoxification of our body and help us feel good again. There are many health supplements under a variety of brand names, but you should be looking for any item you choose to use to contain either a single one of the following natural detoxifiers, or a combination of several, to assist in that process:

 

Dandelion Root 

 This is used for bloating, flatulence and mild tummy upsets. It also acts as a diuretic and is used to flush out the urinary system and for water retention.

Milk Thistle

Used to relieve all of the problems related to over-indulgence of food including upset stomach, bloating and indigestion.

Wild Burdock Root

Aids urinary issues by flushing the system out and acting as a diuretic.

Roman Chamomile

Considered useful for bloating and upset stomachs.

Ginger

Used for all minor digestive complaints such as indigestion, sickness and flatulence.

Green Coffee Extract

Considered helpful in weight management and to release fatty acids from fat stored in the body.

Green Tea Extract

Considered to be a fantastic antioxidant supplement and useful for as a weight-loss supplement.

Passiflora or Passion Flower

Used to treat upset tummies and diarrhoea.

Valerian

For mild anxiety problems and sleep problems, stress and digestive complaints.

It’s really important to find the right supplements to support your detox and not take supplements you don’t need; for example, there is no point having Green Coffee Extract if weight management isn’t necessary for your detox. Also, consider the strength of the supplements.

If you don’t normally take natural supplements, then taking a medium to high dose initially can cause undesirable side effects such as diarrhoea (or constipation), bloating or sickness. Therefore it may be best to avoid this by starting on lower doses of single supplements and building up.


Vitamin and mineral supplements should be used alongside the supplements to put back into the body what is missing. Equally, probiotics will help restore the digestive balance which can be thrown out by detoxing.

Detoxing can be dangerous if undertaken for an extensive period, so stick to short bursts or as prescribed by a health professional. Finally, keep hydrated. This does not mean drink gallons of water, just when you feel thirsty have a drink – it is nature’s way of telling you that you need one.
Supplements come hand in hand with a healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, a routine of exercise and plenty of sleep. It’s part of a package that helps us feel fit in body and mind. Good luck with your natural New Year's detox.
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Dale is a long-time student of health, wellness and nutrition. He’s currently working with Well Beings Health and Nutrition Centre in Langley, Canada.

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