8 ways to detox this January
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After the Christmas binge January is a great time to give your body a clean and rest. Psychologically it's the start of a fresh new year, and physically it follows a period of over-indulgence and, probably, an amount of unhealthy eating and drinking. Detoxing has many benefits - it can enhance your energy levels, aid weight loss, clear the skin and improve digestion. Ilona Wesle is a nutritionist and co-founder of MyDetoxDiet.co.uk, and she suggests trying out these detox tips for seven days... you never know, it could just give you the boost you need. Ilona says: "We tend to go into hibernation mode over the winter months. Exercise regimes can fall by the wayside and it's all too easy to curl up with easy comfort food when the nights draw in. And often that means processed meals that are full of toxins which encourage the body to hold onto fat, making us feel sluggish and washed out. "This is also the time of year that we're more likely to suffer from colds and other bugs - and when we're ill sometimes the last thing we feel like doing is cooking a good meal from scratch. As the days get longer in January and the weather starts to thaw, this is a great month to detox." 1. Try to avoid black tea, coffee and alcohol. Instead drink herbal tea (nettle, if you can stomach it, is great at supporting the kidneys). 2. Drink at least 1 litre of water per day - ideally more. Keep a bottle by your desk and sip regularly - you'll be amazed how easy it is if you drink little and often. The benefits of hydration will be visible in your face.
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