4 Ways You Can Start the New Year Toxin-Free

by - January 01, 2018

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Happy New Year's Day, lovely Shiners! I hope you had the most amazing holiday and welcomed 2018 with lots of cheer. Some of you might like spending the first day of the new year going early to the gym to burn all those chocolate calories, others at the table with their family and some of you might enjoy a quiet time on the couch, snuggling with your loved one or a pet. Everyone has their own special way of celebrating and that's great, but if you are one of those who overindulged in the past two weeks and wish to get rid of the nasty toxins - follow our comprehensive guide explaining why it's important and how you can achieve it. Start the new year with a healthy outlook, but not in a negative way - don't hate yourself for a long night of drinking (it's okay, we get it!) and don't feel the need to say goodbye to everything tasty in the next month! Balance is an art you can master without having to completely deprive yourself from what you love the most. A healthy outlook doesn't mean physical health only, but mental and emotional as well.


Toxins are poisonous substances, produced or derived from microorganisms, which can act as antigens in the body. Frankly, toxins are everywhere around us, starting from the internal toxins our own bodies naturally produce. Then if you add the external toxins we ingest daily such as those found in air pollution and water, mold, antiperspirants and cosmetics to name a few. As you can see it's a bit trickier to fully detox -  we can't avoid the air outside. But what we can manage is the amount of toxic food we intake, because on top of all we often ingest additional toxins, part of some of the most popular foods - dry-processed coffee and cola, canned food, fermented milk products such as cheese and also processed meats. And let's not forget alcohol. When alcoholic drinks are broken down by the liver, a cellular damaging enzyme called acetaldehyde is metabolised, which is then attacked by other enzymes. Your liver and kidneys work hard to cleanse your body from the toxins, but what's best for you is to help them out in this process by following a few simple practices for detoxing (nothing outlandish, I promise you!). This way you can help getting rid of persistent problems such as skin-related issues, sluggishness and tiredness, digestion and even muscle pain as toxins find their way in to distort various systems of your body.

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First and foremost - hydrate. After a late night out, the first thing you should have in mind to help your body flush the toxins you've taken is hydration. I'd start with good old water with a dash of lemon or orange. Citrus fruits are not only rich in Vitamin C, which act as protection against external toxins, but are also full of fibres that aid digestion as well as citric acid and pectin that improve the food that's broken down. If you're fed up with drinking water, you can try citrus juices such as grapefruit as it's a great antioxidant source (a personal favorite of mine) that prevents the production of free radicals, molecules which can damage cells.

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Another way to hydrate while detoxifying is drinking herbal tea. I wouldn't advise you running towards the store for the first 'Detox' tea you find on the shelf, it's always better to read the ingredients first! You can even make your own herbal tea as you can be sure that it won't have anything you've never heard of before, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition. Traditionally known and used as detoxifying plants are the dandelion and milk thistle. They have unique properties that help the liver shield against damage and better cope with toxins.

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Help your body cleanse from the toxins by adding certain types of food to your daily diet. They are not very hard to find and honestly, they don't taste that bad either! Most of them you already know and love (or so I hope!). Glutathione participates in the body's detoxification process and helps you get rid of free radicals. Foods rich in glutathione are carrots, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, garlic, onions, avocados, walnuts and others. The cauliflower is quite healthy all thanks to its multiple properties (e.g. anti-inflammatory, a source of minerals and vitamins) along with its cleansing compounds such as glucosinolates, which help the enzyme-release that prevents damage. Other foods rich in glucosinolates you could try are kale, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. If you're also more of an herb and spice kind of person, then cilantro is the detox plant for you. It is the stem and leaves of the coriander plant, but not the seeds. It is widely famous for its heavy metal flushing properties. Leave it to nature, it know its stuff.

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Fluids and foods are helpful, there's no doubt, but you shouldn't leave the heavy lifting all to them. I've pointed out the importance to exercise before and I'm absolutely sure you already know the benefits of being active even if it's for thirty minutes a day. You don't have to spend an hour sweating on the treadmill unless you really want to, but if you want to maintain a healthy life you should try to incorporate a minimum of twenty minutes physical exercise. Walking, cycling, running or swimming are great aerobic options that will help your body move and improve circulation.

I hope you'll enjoy the new year toxin-free and don't forget to share with us your best detoxifying practices!

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