Detox-tips

8 Ways To Naturally Detox For Summer

Who else wants to get fit and healthy for summer? Get the body you’ve always wanted by trying some of these natural detox tips to start clean and healthy in August. Do you have your own detox tips? Mention them in the comments below – we would love to hear more!

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Take a bath

Did you know that epsom salts can actually help your body detox? Run a warm bath filled with baking soda, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils to relax and unwind. It will also have a positive influence on high stress levels.

Smoothies

Nourish your body from the inside by enjoying a green juice or smoothie. Lemon, cucumber, kale, and spinach are all natural ways to detox the body first thing in the morning. Add some sweet fruits to make the drink taste a little better!

Have a massage

Massages – particularly those such as foot reflexology – can have help to stabilise the entire body. Regular massages have also been proven to boost circulation, ease chronic pain and even detox the body.

Drink water

Fill up a large water bottle and keep it with you all day long to flush out those bad toxins. It really is as simple as that!

Exercise more

Sometimes sitting around waiting for your body to feel better just doesn’t work. Take a brisk walk in the park, go to a pilates class, or even run it out on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Your body will feel much better and the rush of endorphins is always a good thing.

Superfoods

Incorporate more superfoods into your daily diet since they are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Salmon, tuna, olive oil, flaxseed oil and avocado are just a few main superfoods that are beneficial for good health.

Avoid processed sugars

Get rid of those bad toxins in the body by cutting out processed sugars in your diet. Replace these foods with legumes, protein and lean meats to make your body feel fuller for longer.

Green tea

Or chamomile teas are a great alternative since they help to relax the body after a long, stressful day. If you find the taste a little sour, a few drops of honey or lemon juice can make it naturally sweeter.

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August 2, 2015

Detox Tips For Busy People

With the weather warming up, bikini season looms on us again. And if you’re anything like me, and tend to get a little extra cuddly over the winter period, a pre-summer detox is just the trick to get us out of our sweats and into the sun. Now I can’t stand the whole mentality that argues we need to become hungry and stressed to feel dignified in our summer clothes – no thanks.

But getting back into the exercise routine that may have been neglected for the couch, while enjoying all the gorgeous food that’s around is never a bad idea. The thing is, I don’t have time to spend four hours on yoga a day or grow my own organic celery for snacks.

So here are my simple pre-summer detox tips, for busy people.

Lemons
When you wake up, squeeze a wedge of lemon into hot water for a revitalising drink. Because it aids digestion, it’s great for beating the bloat and speeding up the release of toxins from your body. Beyond this, it’s an effective way of fitting more vitamin C into your day, which promotes healing and helps to maintain healthy bones, cartilage and tissue. Bottom line is it’s a fantastic, cheap way to get your body hot and healthy from the inside out.

Water
We all know how important water is to a healthy diet, but chugging away glass after glass is often unpleasant unless you’ve been mountain climbing that morning. Keep a bottle of water with you at your desk and in your handbag, that way it’ll always be on hand and you can get more into your system without the hassle.

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add cucumber or lemon slices – it adds taste and you’ll be packing in more vitamins. I’m a huge fan of glass water bottles as they have a reduced risk of chemical toxins being leeched into the water from the bottle itself. Drinking more water is great for flushing out all the nasties that make us bloated, tired and puffy looking and it’s one of the easiest ways of getting yourself feeling healthy and detoxed for summer. Plus it’s a super simple way to counter last night’s sangria.

Smoothies
I love a smoothie when I’m in a hurry. I literally just smash everything in the blender and drink it in the car on the way to work. It’s basically a quick, portable breakfast packed with nutrients, that you can tailor to suit your tastes. Being a big fan of super foods I throw in a heaped teaspoon of my favourites, which at the moment are maqua powder, gubinge powder, chia seeds and bee pollen. I stock up at www.peachyclean.com.au, which is a great spot for everything healthy.

A good breakfast needs carbs, protein and loads of vitamins and minerals to set you up for the day. Always add greens like spinach to the smoothie, you can’t taste it, but it’ll be doing you good. Try one of my favourite breakfast smoothie recipes:

1 cup of organic almond milk
A splosh of coconut water
1 banana
½ cup of frozen blueberries
A handful of spinach
A few spoonfuls of superfoods (add your favourites)

Blend until creamy. Enjoy!

Being high in fiber, sweet and chocked full of vitamin E, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium and more, this will have you feeling super virtuous, satiated and full of energy.

Juice
Juicing – we’ve heard all about it. It pumps your body full of micronutrients and is far easier to work into your day than eating a kilo of raw veggies at your desk. Always base your juices around veggies and add a dash of fruit to keep it sweet and palatable – that way you aren’t just pumping your system full of just fructose. Ideally keep your veggies cold before you juice them as it well help keep the juice from spoiling. If you want to make a big potion, bare in mind to keep it cold and drink it within a few hours to maintain optimum nutrient levels. If you’re on the go, make it first thing in the morning and keep it travel-handy in a thermos.

I love this earthy, citrus juice recipe for early morning juicing:

½ celery bunch
4 carrots (washed not peeled, most nutrients are just beneath the skin)
1 beetroot (raw not tinned)
2 green apples
2 oranges (peeled)

Or if you fancy a power cleanse, try ‘The Hulk’ juice recipe (because it’s bright green and super potent, yet delicious).

½ celery bunch
1 spinach bunch (roots removed)
1 kale bunch
2 pears
1 apple

Incorporating little, healthy changes into your everyday routine is the best way to kick-start your healthy self for summer, and small changes can make a big difference to how you feel and look. You don’t need to be miserable and hungry, just healthy and happy. And the healthier you are, the happier you’ll be.

Have you ever done a detox? Share your detox experience!

Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.

October 13, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals Her Slim Body Secrets

Gwyneth Paltrow shares her slim body secrets, healthy eating ideas and detox tips with the Telegraph in the UK.

Make exercise a habit 
Keep up consistent exercise. I am dedicated to the Tracy Anderson Method and it has completely changed my body. Still, when I first started working with Tracy, finding motivation was hard. She advised me to think of exercise as an automatic routine, no different from brushing your teeth, to avoid getting distracted. Now it is part of my life – I exercise Monday to Friday at 10am and always stick with it. I’d also recommend concentrating on moving more – we sit for so much of the day. Choose to walk or take the stairs, or briskly climb a hill in the evenings. It creates good muscle tone and boosts your metabolism.

Schedule in a detox 
A detox is a great place to start before a diet. My doctor, Alejandro Junger, recommends a detox once a year to rid organs of processed food and environmental toxins. His theory is that the gut (your system of digestive organs) is the root of good health. It contains about 80 per cent of your body’s serotonin – which regulates appetite – so you’re more likely to lose weight when it’s working properly. This year I chose the Elimination Diet, which meant no additives or processed foods for three weeks. I’ve done juice cleanses in the past, and in my twenties I did the Master Cleanse, which left me hallucinating after 10 days. Be aware: a juice detox can crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain.

Keep food at your fingertips 
It is easy to get distracted by junk food when you are hungry, so keep healthy snacks to hand. On a Sunday prepare a batch of salad dressings (I make my ‘Mexican green goddess’ dressing – goat’s yogurt, jalapeño, coriander and honey – or a carrot and ginger one) and store them in the fridge for the rest of the week. They make a quick and easy go-to for dipping vegetables or for drizzling over chicken. Also, keep your cupboards well stocked with fresh basics to stay inspired to eat healthily. I love cooking and always have sweet potatoes, shallots and various lettuces in my larder and keep garden-cut herbs wrapped in a moist kitchen towel in the fridge.

Measure in inches 
There is something punitive about weighing yourself. It can leave you vulnerable to shame and guilt, and it messes with you psychologically. Women naturally gain and lose weight during their monthly cycle anyway, so it can be more realistic to monitor your body shape with a measuring tape.

Believe in balance 
Stay away from processed foods, though cutting them out completely is no fun and can ultimately lead to a binge. Allow yourself programmed treats – I often have a glass of red wine in the evening and smoke a cigarette on a Saturday. I love those moments because they are just the right amount of naughty. That balance keeps you vibrant. You have to live your life, after all.

Try a beauty trick 
One of the best cheat products I have found for the body is a tinted moisturiser called Prtty Peaushun. It is shimmery, which gives the illusion of contour; you can see muscle definition. It is great for legs too, and leaves skin looking really hydrated. I wore it on my stomach when I was filming Iron Man 3.

What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow’s body secrets?

July 29, 2013