When people hear the word “detox,” they often think it means a cleanse or diet, but I think this word is applicable to life in general in order to achieve good health. Good health is not defined as just working out and dieting; mental health greatly impacts our health. If we feel good, we will want to do good and therefore will have positive outcomes 🙂
Detox Your Life
1. Cut all the negative people/things out your life.
If it is a bad habit like cursing or heavy drinking, learn to let go of that for this new and upcoming year. Just realizing that you have these bad habits mean you are on the right track to getting rid of it. I can go on and on about how negative things and people negatively impact your life but let’s just keep it simple by saying this: if it does not make you feel good, you can be without it except the exception of drugs and alcohol because we all know the negative consequences of this. This is important to have a positive mental health, which greatly impacts our overall health.
2. Clean up your life & stop hoarding.
Stop hoarding things in your room or house that you definitely do not need. Get rid of it or donate it. No need to wait until spring cleaning to do this and get a jumpstart on it now. You’ll feel better bringing in the new year with a clean and organized space.
Also, you know how you get all these subscriptions in your emails and then your inbox just piles up? Well it is time to clean them out. I use a website called unrollme.com and it is amazing. Just use the email you want and click delete to all the subscriptions that need to go. This will decrease the amount of junk emails you have and also helps you save money. I would also delete my junk email and then trash every other day. In addition, delete all the unused apps on the phone to have more storage.
3. Be aware of how social media affects you
I know this is hard coming from me, but I want to spend less time on social media. It is detrimental to my eyes and sometimes mental health. I constantly find myself comparing to others and thinking I need this and that like this blogger to be a successful blogger. I had to re-evaluate myself like nah, I am my own person and I don’t need to compare. This negatively impacted my mental health because I felt like I was not where I want to be. I am now going to schedule social media breaks and learn to support others and not compare. I know we are all guilty of comparing, but try not to! Social media is an amazing platform but sometimes it only shows the positives and not all the negatives in a person’s lives. You don’t know it but everyone has their own insecurities and struggles just like yourself. Don’t make social media your life and remember, it is a platform to express yourself in a positive way! Spread love & positivity always.
Detox Your Body
1. Get rid of all the junk food/preservatives.
This means fast food, sugar, chips, crackers, high carb/fat snacks. In order to really detox our body, we have to get rid of the toxins and these toxins are found in fast food and junk. We all know what is bad for us by now lol it is hard but trust me, it will be worth it. There are healthy alternatives to sugar so just be more mindful of what you are eating and the ingredients in it.
2. Eat Clean
Relating to #1, don’t eat too much sugar or junk. Try to opt for fresh leafy greens, fruits, lean meats, and organic products. Organic products are highly recommended since they are natural and free of preservatives. This will definitely help the body detox. Organic products are more expensive than regular but it does lots of good to your body. There is no point of detoxing and then introducing these toxins into your body again.
I love to cook and bake at home so it is easier to cook healthy and use alternatives. I just use Google for everything so I would search “healthy cookies” or “healthy fried chicken.” There is a recipe for everything out there and you can definitely switch up some ingredients in your favorite unhealthy meal to make it healthy. In addition, I do eat out often as well and a lot of restaurants are offering healthy alternatives so just speak to the waiter!
3. Drink a lot of water
This amount differs for everyone but they say about 8 cups of water a day. I used to be very lazy and just forget to drink water but when I made a more conscious effort to drink it, my body honestly feels better. During the first few days of going through a detox, you will need to drink more water to get rid of detox headaches and to rehydrate your body. Water really cures all! There are lots of apps out there for your phone that can remind you to drink water and track the amount. My sister uses a really big water bottle and carries it around so it reminds her to drink that much a whole day.
Furthermore, I like to wake up first thing in the morning and drink warm water with lemon. Lemon has a lot of detoxication effects for our body so this is a good way to wake up instead of coffee with lots of sugar aka toxins.
4. SLEEP MORE
It sounds really good right and yes it is! In addition to water, sleep really does help everything. It helps to reset our mind and body but only if we get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep. I know when I don’t get enough, I am just a cranky person and then it just affects everything else for the rest of the day. Nothing like a good night’s rest to rejuvenate us for the next day 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietician. These are things I have researched on my own and done in the past. To sum it up, detox means to get rid of toxins and as long as you know what is toxic in your life (things, foods, etc), you should make a more conscious effort to get rid of it. I would also do your own research because you know your body best and what works for you. I hope you guys succeed in your new year resolutions if you want to detox and don’t be discouraged if you cannot do it. Just try you best and try to make it a habit to adapt a healthy life!