It’s true – going for changes in spring when the sap is rising, the nights are lighter, the temperature is warmer and the whole energy of nature is about movement and newness and change means that it is absolutely the best time to address big health changes, and detoxes.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make changes at this time of year – it is culturally part of our story after all. Think of it as a warm-up for the biggie in spring.
One of the biggest wasted spends I hear people make is in detox products at this time of the year. They range from small kits you can pick up in the supermarket to programmes for hundreds of pounds.
Most end up at the back of the cupboard. So, in my quest to stop you wasting money and being successful, here is my take on the perfect detox that, crucially, suits what your body needs at this time of year.
Follow these 4 steps for a season-appropriate detox that won’t break the bank and is designed to help you succeed.
If you’re going to detox, you need water to do it. Make sure you are drinking 2-3 litres a day. Cold water will hinder the process in winter, hot water with lemon will boost it. Use herbal teas wisely instead of cold water to support your detox process: fennel, mint, and ginger are all supportive to your cause!
We often forget our skin is a major detox organ but it has a major role to play. Moisturise every day with natural oils and butters – particularly if your skin is dry because of the central heating. Adding essential oils of rosemary or grapefruit will help aid detox and circulation.
If your bowel movements are not regular your body can’t detox itself properly. Improve digestive transit by drinking dandelion root coffee. Add dandelion leaf tea to your plans to support your kidneys in their detox work. Take probiotic capsules to replenish gut flora.
Fasting doesn’t suit everyone but a light diet is key. In winter, don’t go for cold juices, instead, a light diet of steamed veg and white rice will allow your digestion to rest without added stress. Too little food now will leave you cold, tired and your immune system weakened. Did I mention miserable?!
So there you have it – so simple and yet so effective. Leave the big juicing fest for the springtime – I’ll be there with plenty of tips. For now, easy does it in January to keep your body healthy and able to withstand the stresses of winter.