5 Healthy Ways To Detox After The Holidays
It’s January. It’s a brand-new year. And many of us are feeling a little slow or stodgy after a holiday period of eating, drinking, and being merry. After a holiday period where you’ve eaten more rich foods (and perhaps drunk more alcohol) than you usually would, your first priority to improve your fitness and health should be finding ways to detox after the holidays.
The dawn of a new year is when most of us feel extra motivated to improve our health and fitness. We’ve enjoyed the holiday season (perhaps a little too much!) and now we’re eager to knuckle down and put in the effort to bring our physical and mental health up to the next level. To make the most of this motivation, let’s look at some healthy ways to detox after the holidays.
Below, we’ll give you some tips for a post-holiday detox and discuss how to detox after holiday drinking. How do you detox from sugar after the holidays? And how do you detox after Christmas in the healthiest way possible? Check out our post-holiday health tips to find out!
The Holidays Can Be Hard On Our Bodies
The holidays are a wonderful time when we can relax, take some time off work, meet up with family and friends, indulge in food, drink, and relaxation, and take stock of the year that’s coming to an end.
But the holiday period can be hard on our bodies. Many of us see a deterioration in our fitness and an increase in our waistline over the holiday period due to factors such as:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Lack of exercise
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Compromised sleep quality.
How Do You Detox After Christmas?
Detoxing after Christmas can be really beneficial to our health. There are several ways we can detox after the holidays. In general, moving our bodies more, eating healthy food, rehydrating, sweating, and getting high-quality rest all contribute to detoxing us and getting us back to optimal health after the end-of-year period.
How Do You Detox From Sugar After Holidays?
Many of us eat an increased amount of sugar over Christmas. Unsurprisingly, the best way to detox from sugar after the holidays is too… not eat any sugar for a while! Starting in January, cut back on the sweet treats. It’s also helpful to exercise, eat healthy whole foods, and drink plenty of water.
Tips For A Post-Holiday Detox
A January detox can be very motivating and exciting… in the beginning. But it’s often easy to lose motivation as the days and weeks pass by. To stick to your post-holiday detox, it’s important to employ some helpful mindsets.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. If you slip up, simply accept it, be kind to yourself, and jump back on the wagon.
- Don’t set unrealistic targets. Pick a few detoxing strategies and stick to them, allowing yourself to live freely and enjoy little treats and pleasures in other areas of life.
- Congratulate yourself for every small victory. Each day you succeed in living healthily is a huge win. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy every small victory!
How To Detox After Holiday Drinking
The best way to detox after holiday drinking is to aim for a “dry” January. Not drinking alcohol for even a one-month-long period has myriad health benefits.
January is a relatively easy month to stay “dry” because most people’s social calendars are quieter at this time of year. But remember, if you slip up and have a drink, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just move on and keep at it for the rest of the month.
Image by Ivan Samkov on Pexels: How do you detox from sugar after holidays? Cut it out for a while in favor of healthier foods.
Post-Holiday Health Tips
Here are our top five healthy ways to detox after the holidays.
1. Do More Exercise
Exercise is fantastic for physical and mental health in numerous ways. For example: when we exercise, we sweat, and studies suggest that sweating detoxes the body.
As well as this, exercise has the following benefits:
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved bone density
- Improved heart health
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved mental health
2. Drink Plenty Of Water
Water helps us to detox. Studies suggest that we excrete toxins in our urine. Drinking plenty of water helps us to stay optimally hydrated and causes us to urinate more frequently, thus helping with the excretion of toxins.
3. Try An Intermittent Fasting Regimen
Studies suggest that we ingest toxins in the food we eat and that by fasting we can reduce the number of toxins in our body. Fasting gives the body a chance to process the toxins that are already present without piling more toxins in from ingested food.
There are several fasting regimens you can try:
- Multiple-day fasts
- One-day-on, one-day-off fasts
- OMAD (one meal a day)
- 16/8 (16 hours fasting, eight hours feeding)
4. Sweat It Out In A Sauna
Studies indicate that sweating in a sauna can detox the body and also have myriad health benefits and improve longevity. Sauna effects appear to be dose-dependent, but you can work your way up to longer sauna sessions gradually.
Begin with a five-minute session and, as the days go by, try to increase the amount of time you spend sweating it out.
5. Have A “Dry” January
“Dry January” has become a popular concept among many health-aware people. Studies suggest that giving your body a break from alcohol (which is a toxin, remember!) for a month, especially after a boozy holiday period, has numerous health benefits.
There you have it: you’re now armed with five healthy strategies for detoxing after the holidays. You may be feeling a little lethargic now, but if you can take advantage of your new year motivation and implement even one or two of these detoxing strategies for a few weeks, you’ll soon feel more energetic, lighter, fitter, and happier. Good luck!