High hopes for our health and wellness goals are common as we enter the early days of the New Year. It’s easy to be enthusiastic in the beginning weeks while everyone around us has similar motivation. The key to reaching our personal, professional, and health goals is to create a small shift in our habits in order to detox our body and minds. This will give us the mental and physical strength to persevere through the later months to come. Here are my five favorite and easiest ways to detox to keep your body and mind functioning optimally for the New Year and in years to come. These tips might require you to wake up a little earlier in your day, but I promise, it’s worth it.
1. 60 Minute Daily Digital Detox
90% of American’s reach for their phone first thing in the morning. This immediately takes us out of our own thoughts and valuable energy for the day. By checking our phones and inboxes right away, we check out of ourselves and into the agendas of others. Set the tone for your day by allowing yourself to fully wake up in a relaxing way. I love thinking of three things I’m grateful for before I get out of bed. Resist the temptation to check in electronically by keeping your phone and laptop out of your room, and keep the television off during this time. By adapting this one habit, we increase our productivity throughout the week by 30%. This trick has been life changing for me.
2. Water, water, and more water
A non-active person should be drinking one half ounce of water per pound of body weight a day. Active people should be drinking a one-to-one ratio. This might seem like a big feat in itself but if you time it correctly, it’s easy. I like to fill up a liter water bottle at night so that it’s ready for me in the morning. If you caffeinate in the morning be sure to get lots of water in before. Our bodies are dehydrated upon waking, and caffeine only dehydrates us more, zapping us of energy.
Drink as much water as you can during this time period while you’re home. Use your 60 minutes of “me time” to get most of your water in for the day- this way you’re not on your morning commute when you have to use the bathroom. And since you’re not on your phone or computer, you’ll have the time! Sip water for the rest of your day to meet your quota and be sure to stop an hour before bedtime that way you’re not waking up in the middle of the night.
Add some unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar with fresh lemon juice to a glass of water to aid your body and liver in the detox process. This is great for your gut health and will give you nice sustainable energy.
3. Add fat to your coffee or tea
Caffeine stimulates our adrenal glands, which are responsible for adrenaline and cortisol, our stress hormones. Our bodies are designed biologically to have higher levels of these hormones in the morning as a survival mechanism to get us moving as we used to have to hunt for our food, and watch out for our safety. By adding fats like grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil we slow down the crash that caffeine gives us. This is why some report that too much caffeine can make them too jittery and quickly tired. By adding fat to your caffeinated beverage it makes the effects of caffeine easier on our adrenals and allows us to have more sustainable energy. I love blending the fats in to give the beverage froth!
The quality of coffee matters; most commercial brands have high amounts of toxins and molds- these rob the body of valuable energy. It might cost a little more but by upgrading your coffee quality you’ll keep your body functioning optimally.
4. Set an alarm every hour
Sitting in our car, office, and the couch is the most unnatural position for us as humans. We are meant to be walking and standing on our legs. When it is time to rest, our bodies love a good squat. In fact, this is the most natural position- look at babies and toddlers. Squatting isn’t exactly socially acceptable outside of yoga class but we can give our bodies some love by getting up every hour and moving. If you can get out of the office to take a five minute walk outside, great! If not, stand up and lightly move your heels up and down for 5 minutes. This stimulates your lymphatic system, which is responsible for aiding your body in the detox process and getting rid of toxins. This trick will refresh and energize your body and mind. To be respectful in certain surroundings, I sometimes head to a bathroom stall to do this, and since the movement is pretty silly it always brings a smile to my face!
5. Eat whole foods
The best way to keep your body functioning optimally is to feed it nutrient dense foods. Hippocrates was on to something when he said “’let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. We get to choose what foods we want to eat everyday and if we pay close attention to how we feel after eating we can learn a lot about how that food affected our body. We are all bio-individuals and foods that your family and friends eat and love may not work for you. The easiest way to get your body functioning at its highest vibration is to eat foods that don’t come in a package. Stick to the perimeters of the supermarket where you’ll find fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats. If you can afford organic, buy them. If not, try to buy the highest quality your budget will allow. If you must eat snacks in a package be sure to stick with the under five-ingredient rule; it’s important that you can understand and pronounce every ingredient. Stay away from highly processed vegetable oils like canola, corn, soybean, sunflower, and cottonseed oil- they are highly processed and toxic. Stick to cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, and coconut oil for cooking.
Adapt these five lifestyle detox tips and you can guarantee that you’ll feel amazing and have the energy to do anything you set your mind to. Here’s to a successful and happy year!