We all did it: we over-indulged in all of the delicious goodies yesterday that were laid out before us like we were kings and queens of a distant kingdom. Unless you have the self-control of a monk and didn’t partake of all of the goodies (in which I applaud your miraculous self-resolve), you are probably feeling the effects of the super rich, super sweet, indulgent main dishes, side dishes, drinks, and desserts. So, I’m going to tell you how to detox after Thanksgiving.
But Why Should I Detox?
You don’t have to. No one is going to make you do anything that you don’t want to do. But hear me out before you rule out detoxing.
- All of the excess sugars you ingested yesterday (and possibly today) are wreaking havoc on you body even as you read this article. According to Prevention Magazine, sugar can actually cause wrinkles because it destroys the collagen that holds skin cells together. And according to Women’s Health Magazine, sugar causes inflammation in the body. So those pimples popping up everywhere, your insides feeling 5x bigger than normal (bloating), your muscles and joints aching? Yeah, that’s sugar at work.
- The rich foods (aka fatty foods) are also doing their dirty work. Do you feel gassy? Do you have heartburn after your feast? According to Livestrong, these fatty foods are to blame. And who wants to feel so yucky after such a delicious meal? It can also make you at risk for messed up cholesterol.
- Finally, overeating (I can’t be the only one determined to clean my plate of all the yumminess) just makes you feel gross and also has some negative effects on the body. Business Insider states that overeating can mess up your internal clock when you sleep, will make you want to keep eating, and can make you feel dizzy and lethargic (as well as other things).
So, after seeing three pretty good reasons on why you should detox, you want to hop on the bandwagon, right? Welcome to the feel-good train, my friend. Just detoxing even a little can make you go from blah to yeah!
How to Detox After Thanksgiving
First of all, I’m not talking the whole, only drinking juice detox. That’s something that I’m not a believer in. At all. I’m talking flushing out the baddies in several different ways.
- Water is your best friend! Put down the sugary drink and indulge yourself in fresh, cool water. Put some fruit in it if the idea of plain water makes you cringe. Lemon and mint is one of my favorite combinations to add to my water. Drinking water will replenish hydration lost after consuming salty foods, and it works to flush everything out of your system. Drinking enough water will help your liver and your kidneys clear up your bloodstream so you can start feeling better faster.
- Take a long hot bath with 2 cups of epsom salt. Now, this is what I’m a firm believer in. A lot of you guys know my absolute devotion to a good detox bath when I’m sick or when I’ve over indulged. For those of you who are skeptical, check out here, here, and here. I’ve found that if I exfoliate really well with a washcloth, the salts seem to work much better than if I don’t exfoliate. (Do not use an exfoliating wash; while soaking in the Epsom salts, you don’t want chemicals in the water. You will absorb those, too, so just do without. This includes soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, or anything else you add to your bath.) After the soak, the water may look icky, but you will feel amazing and all detoxed. *Be forewarned that you may feel lightheaded like I do after a good soak. Just have water on hand and a place to sit quietly until the dizziness passes*
- Also, feel free to eat non-processed foods for at least a day to help your body overcome all of the crazy (and delicious) foods and their not-so-fun after effects. Grab some apples for a snack. Munch on berries. I’m not saying to just avoid processed foods, but you’ll want to limit the amount that you eat until eating them won’t make you feel bad.
- If you want to go there, fiber up, baby! You want to go for an all-out internal detox? Reach for the bran, the prunes, the raspberries (big winner, right here!), the whole wheat, the beans, the broccoli – you get the picture. Nothin says a good, deep detox than a nice, good…yeah. Always makes me feel better, anyway. 🙂
So, there you go! Some nifty ways to get to feeling better after your filling and delicious Thanksgiving. And trust me – just even a little detox will go a long way in making you feel better after a full day of stuffing (literally and figuratively)! Here’s to detoxing and feeling better!