As your house needs thorough cleaning in spring, so does your body. During winter, less physical activity, less sunlight and poor indoor air clutter our systems with toxins that, if not flushed out, cause damage to our cells. That toxic buildup can cause fatigue, mood swings and general lack of energy. Here are some ideas to get you feeling rejuvenated and fresh both physically and psychologically so you could step into spring with better confidence and health.
Drink it in great amounts. This should be your daily habit – to drink at least 8 cups of water every day. This may seem like an easy one for some of us, but others will roll their eyes at a mere thought of this task. But tighten your fists and punch the enemy, because your body needs water more than you think. Drinking lukewarm water with lemon will help digestion. Moreover, drinking water will keep your body hydrated and your skin looking healthier.
And not only junk food. Gluten, sugar, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes are your worst enemies so don’t mess with them. If you want to get your body in shape these will only pull you back.
As ‘junk’ above is your enemy, so herbs are your best friends. Many herbs have healing properties that are largely overlooked but shouldn’t be. Instead of drinking tons of coffee or artificial juice every day, try detox tea instead. Milk-thistle is good for the liver, flaxseeds help digestion and dandelion is good for the kidneys. Green tea is your antioxidant supplier, so make drinking it a habit.
A balanced diet.
Eating right is a big step towards a healthy attitude. It can be tricky, but also enjoyable when you start feeling the benefits. Get plenty of fruit and vegetables in order to get all the minerals and vitamins your body needs. For a balanced diet you should get enough Vitamin C, potassium, fiber and good fats. So eat kale, cauliflower, beans, apples, bananas, carrots, oranges, Brussels sprouts, spinach, olives, coconut.
Exercise is a must.
There isn’t a single healthy lifestyle scenario without this component. Whether you like it or not, whether you’re lazy or not, get yourself moving and take up some sport if you haven’t already. Do yoga, walk, dance or ride a bike. If you have a chance, go to long walks in nature so you can breathe clean air and clear out your thoughts.
Our bodies react to stress and since we cannot escape it we can at least do something to help ourselves relieve from it. Do something relaxing every day like breathing exercises or meditating. Maybe playing a game relaxes you or a nice hot bath. Choose anything that suits your needs and treat yourself with it daily.
When doing a detox it is important to get plenty of sleep. Your body and mind relax from stress and daily activities when you sleep. Don’t deprive yourself of this precious thing because you think you can’t afford to sleep more. Gain extra time for sleeping by organizing yourself well throughout the day and your immune system will thank you for the effort.