Prep Your Body for the Holidays with 5 Easy Cleanses

By on November 8, 2015

By Roxanne Oliver−

Detoxification, or cleansing means eliminating toxic substances commonly found in the food and cleaning your kidneys, liver and colon. You can detoxify daily by not eating after sundown, weekly, monthly, or at the turn of each season.

On the other hand, detoxification before the holidays is also common. The holiday food is calorie-laden, fatty, sugary and fried. Everything we should avoid eating. However, we can be forgiven during the holiday season, right?

Pre- and post-cleansing is recommended. Firstly, we cleanse our body from additives, chemicals and pesticides to prepare it for the holidays and then we clean it again afterwards.

General advice on detoxification

You can start with pre-holiday detoxification 1-2 weeks before the holidays.

When it comes to food requirements (since you can detoxify in other ways apart from changing your diet), make sure you opt for organic food only. Do not eat sugary snacks during cleansing. Fruit is only you will need. Additionally, say goodbye to corn, soy and dairy products. Healthy nuts and seeds as well as raw food should be your guidelines.

Here is the list of five easy cleanses, with which you can be sure you will hit holidays with the smile on your face.

Chai gingerbread shake

Blend the following ingredients: 1 cup of warm brewed rooibos chai tea, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of allspice, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, ½ cup of almond, or coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of almond butter, coconut nectar, raw honey, or stevia to taste and 1 scoop of protein powder of your choice.

Drink it warm.

chai tea

While chai tea improves the immune system and digestion and fights inflammation, cinnamon balances the blood sugar and ginger improves circulation.

Spinach salad

In a bowl, add 2 cups of spinach leaves, ½ cup of shredded carrots and ½ cup of sliced red bell pepper. In another bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, ½ lemon, juiced, 2 cloves of minced garlic and mix it. Pour the mixture over the salad. Add ½ avocado and 5 slices of cucumber.

Spinach can help you detoxify colon since it contains vitamins A and K and magnesium.

 Ginger carrot soup

Add 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and 1 cup of chopped sweet onion in a pot. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and cook, with stirring for 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of minced peeled ginger and cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in 2 pounds of chopped carrots, 1 chopped russet potato, 6 cups of low-sodium chicken, or vegetable stock and let it simmer for 25 minutes. Blend the soup.

Serve with ¼ cup of toasted hazelnuts and the dressing containing 1½ cups of plain zero-fat Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme and ½ teaspoon of ground pepper.

carrots

The soup is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese.

Miso soup

Combine 2 cubed turnips, 4 ounces of sliced shiitake mushrooms, 1½ teaspoons of dried ground turmeric and 4 cups of water. When you bring it to boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of mellow yellow miso paste and continue to cook for 3 minutes.

Serve with buckwheat soba noodles.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which stimulates liver to eliminate toxins and it also benefits your colon.

Beet smoothie

Combine the following ingredients in the blender: 1 red beet (scrubbed, peeled and grated), ½ of small grated zucchini, 2 grated pears, ¼ grated cucumber, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of minced fresh ginger, stevia, or honey to sweeten.

beet holiday detoxification

Beet is high in iron, calcium, betaine, vitamins B and antioxidants. It improves liver function.

Apart from these cleanses, it is highly important to take care of your vitamin intake. If your diet is not rich in certain vitamins, you can find them in any vitamin shop online. With our busy lifestyles, sometimes is hard to manage having an optimum vitamin and antioxidant intake daily, so always be prepared for those days and have natural multivitamin supplements in your bag.

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Prep Your Body for the Holidays with 5 Easy Cleanses