Spring is the perfect time for a gentle detox

 

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Spring is the perfect time for a gentle detox

After a long cold Orange winter filled with comfort foods and cosy evenings, there’s no better time to refresh your diet.

This is a popular time for people to try “detox” products in the hope that the heaviness, bloating and tiredness will go away, but why not try a gentler detox that is easier on your body and much cheaper.

Starting the day with lemon juice in warm water is a great way to flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Replacing your normal breakfast of cereal or toast with a nutritious smoothie is a great way to include some extra vegetables in your diet and reduce your carbohydrate intake. There are so many ingredients you can add to your smoothie including protein powder, coconut water, almond milk, avocado, spinach, berries, almond butter, maca powder, yoghurt, kale and kefir.

Juicing can help flush your system of toxins and provides the body with plenty of nutrients and enzymes to optimise many different functions in the body. The key to juicing is to limit the sugar content by using mostly vegetables instead of fruit. Some great juice ingredients include cucumber, carrot, lemon, lime, kale, celery, ginger, parsley, spinach and turmeric.

Remember to drink lots of pure, filtered water to ensure your body is properly hydrated.  Lack of water can cause fatigue, short term memory problems and difficulty focusing.

Try to focus on lean protein such as salmon or chicken with salad or lightly steamed vegetables and snack on fruit, nuts or vegetable sticks with hummus.

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