Your Summer Detox Plan: 8 Small Changes That Make a BIG Difference



It's naive to think that reversing bad habits doesn't take some time and effort. But is it really so terrible to think that detoxing shouldn't have to be, well, terrible? Call us optimists, but we're thinking that maybe cleansing doesn't have to be so painful.

For starters, stop thinking about detoxing as a purely dietary pursuit. Just like there are plenty of other areas of our lifestyles that fall subject to excess and indulgence, there are countless ways to reboot your body and mind. A few small changes can go a long way toward helping your body do its daily job: detoxing. We are constantly detoxing, so to say you’re “cleansing” is always true. The goal should be to support your body’s natural processes with few additional tactics. Keep reading for a few of my favorite detox support tools to help you start fall on the right foot!



#1. Hydate, Hydrate Hydrate
Drinking water slowly throughout the entire day will allow your body to use nature’s elixir effectively, so drink it between meals, too. I recommend nine cups for women (72 ounces) and 11 cups for men (88 ounces); however, many factors affect hydration, so if you work out, drink lots of caffeine, or plan to spend your day in the sun, then up your intake. Water’s benefits are nearly endless—detoxification, weight loss, fatigue relief, headache prevention, and better skin health and digestion.

#2. Detox Supplements
Ensuring proper bowel function helps to cleanse the body internally. If your bowels are on the sluggish side, chances are that toxins accumulated will be absorbed from the large bowel back into the blood stream. Supplement your holiday diet with Sloane Inc Detox Tea – a sugar-free, anti-oxidant rich, low calorie, all-natural drink that help to flush out toxins from your systems and boost your metabolism to burn fats quicker

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#3. Limit Refined Sugar
Calories aren’t the enemy; processed junk is. Limit or cut out refined sugars found in baked goods, soft drinks, and other processed foods. First of all, these foods are almost entirely devoid of nutrients, so you’re not doing your body any favors by eating them. They also promise sugar binges later on. Simple sugars cause a spike in blood glucose levels, which makes you feel good for a short period of time until that wears away, causing a crashing effect later. This can lead to more diet-derailing sugar cravings and weight gain.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to cut out dessert for life. But think of it this way: If more than 20% of your diet comes from a package, that’s too much processed food. So day to day, try replacing prepackaged snacks with bananas and almond butter or almonds. Instead of soda, get your carbonation fix with sparkling water and lemon. You’ll wind up fueling your body more efficiently and cutting way down on sugar binges.



#4. Focus on Fibre
Fiber and weight loss go together like chai and almond milk lattes. “Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer,” says Taibe. Plus, fiber slides through your intestines nice and easy, so you always feel cleaned out. High-fiber foods include veggies and fruits like apples, strawberries, citrus, tomatoes, and kale as well as whole grains like oats, rice bran, and oat bran. Keep fiber at the forefront of your mind as you choose your meals, and weight loss is sure to follow.


#5. Sweat it all out
Why not rev your metabolism while you detox? Infrared saunas that are around 140 degrees burn an average of 250 calories per hour. Our body does this by increasing peripheral blood flow, sweating, and trying to maintain its core temperature. Infrared sauna sessions also help rid your body of cellulite and chemicals related to weight gain. Furthermore, toxic chemicals wreak havoc on thyroid and adrenal glands, causing adrenal fatigue, impaired carbohydrate tolerance, food cravings, allergies, obesity, and elevated cholesterol. Finding an infrared sauna studio near you to detox those metabolism-crashing toxins!


#6. Change your exercise routine
Jumping on the elliptical or jogging through your neighborhood only raises your metabolism during the time of the activity. On the other hand, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and weight training raise your metabolism hours after you sweat. Lifting weights is a sure way to achieve EPOC (excessive post-oxygen consumption), which keeps your body burning calories long after you leave the gym. So ditch the 300-calorie elliptical session, and spend those 30 minutes lifting, squatting, or lunging. Make your cardio count by alternating highly intense bursts of exercise for 30 seconds to a minute with slow recovery for one to two minutes. HIIT training is shown to raise metabolism for up to eight hours post training. Weight lifting has been shown to increase your burn for up to 39 hours, so don’t settle for a 30-minute spike.


#7. Don't forget about protein
Lean meat, fish, and eggs all provide your metabolism with a kick in the pants. Loaded with iron, vitamin D, omega-3s, and branch chain amino acids, these nutrients keep your metabolism stoked as you break them down. Not to mention, deficiencies in these macros have been shown to slow the metabolism. For the most effective results, eat 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. This increases leptin (an energy-regulating hormone) sensitivity, and has been shown to push your metabolism into overdrive.



#8. Get An Extra Hour Of Sleep
Skimping on beauty sleep kicks cortisol (the stress hormone linked to higher levels of belly fat) into high gear and increases your tendency to overeat. Aim for a full night’s rest to wake up energized and prepared to make smart food decisions all day.

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