May 05, 2017
The supermarket shelves are lined with chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns - and then there are the Easter specials on alcohol. Nobody wants to hold back on Easter celebrations, but we all feel the familiar slump by the time the sun is setting.
Here are 6 reasons you should consider a detox so you can bounce back in no time.
Your blood-sugar levels are the first to suffer from too many chocolates and hot-cross buns. Sugary junk food will give you a sharp spike in energy, but it won’t last long. Ever wondered why you’re so lethargic by the end of Easter Sunday? It’s because these sharp spikes are quickly followed by sharp dips. These dips also result in more hunger pangs; just a short time after you gorged yourself on yet another chocolate bunny.
This is the first line in our body’s natural detoxification process. It has a direct impact on fat regulation, hormone balance, digestion and circulation by filtering nutrients from your food and rejecting the junk. During Easter this ratio heavily favors the junk, meaning your poor liver is working extra hard. A buildup of too many toxins from alcohol and junk food means your liver could become blocked, fatty or bloated. The result? A wide range of health issues, including high cholesterol.
A healthy detox can help restore your liver to its best and let your natural detoxification process get back on top.
Find yourself developing extra zits or bad skin after Easter? Your body sweats as a way to get rid of toxins, so the more chocolate you’re eating the more toxins make their way to your skin. But you can reverse these effects by cutting out the bad stuff. Even a short detox can help clear up skin concerns.
While wholegrain carbs are actually an important part of a healthy diet, the highly refined carbs in hot-cross buns are not. Don’t forget to think about all the added sugar that make them taste so sweet and you’re doing your intestines a serious disservice.
There’s a reason you feel bloated after indulging your sweet tooth. Our bodies produce gases when eating and drinking, and even more so when you make unhealthy choices, plus they can start smelling particularly foul! These gases start in the colon and move around the body until they find an escape or are absorbed, leaving you feeling bloated.
Swapping junk for nourishing whole foods will help give your body’s good bacteria a chance to do their job and stop the bad bacteria from taking over and take the edge off bad smells!
Some sugars found in junk foods are fuel for the bacteria in your mouth. This not only results in bad breath, but it can end up building thick layers of plaque on your teeth and gums which means even worse breath and a range of oral diseases. Do yourself and those around you a favour by following your Easter chocolate binge with a few weeks of completely healthy eating to get your breath fresh again.
Alcohol might not be a traditional part of Easter indulgences, but they’re a common part of celebrations. This, along with extra sugar and refined carbs, puts enormous pressure on your kidneys making it much harder for them to do their job and remove the toxins from your blood.
On average, kidneys process about 200 litres of blood and produce about the same amount of urine each day. Give these hard-working organs a chance by feeding your body only healthy, nutritious foods. Fewer toxins entering your system means they can get rid of them much faster.
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