5 Easy Ways to “Detox” After Overindulging

  September 9, 2019  |    Blog

 As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we get asked many questions about “detoxing” –especially after someone has overindulged, and because of our science-backed approach to nutrition, they ask us if some of those strict fasting protocols are the only way to go. If you’ve been off your game, enjoying more decadent meals and convenience foods than usual and you’re beginning to feel the effects, you too, may wonder if some of those really intense detox diets that only allow you to sip some horrible tasting drink really work and if you really have to do them.  And if you feel bloated, heavy, puffy, even nauseous, we understand the temptation–you want to feel better and quickly. So you’ve decided to recover from this gluttony, and the great news is that you can do it with some clean, simple living and a gentler “detox”.  We’re talking about one that replenishes your body with what it needs to repair and recover (rather than starving your body and tissues from what they need) while helping your detoxification organs like your liver and kidney, to work efficiently to rid toxins and prevent damage from free radicals, while also lessening the burden on them.  So, where to begin?

Try out these 5 tips for a quick rebound to feeling your best:

 

1.  Pick Potassium. Maybe you’ve overdone it with too much salt, sugar, fried foods and alcohol. Any of these alone can lead to swollen hands and feet or just a general puffy body and fatigue. Potassium will come to your rescue to restore your normal fluid balance and flush out a bloated, tired system.

  • Best sources of potassium: Fruits and vegetables, beans, low and non-fat dairy products, nuts, seafood, poultry.

Try these recipes:

  1. Flush with Fluid. It’s true. Too much salt or sugar can actually cause your body to retain water; so. It may sound counterintuitive because your body is already holding on to excess fluid, but you actually need to drink more Once you consume enough water, your body can dilute the bloating culprit and flush that excess out of your body. Water also helps you to stay regular, prevent constipation, improves your skin and washes wastes and toxins out of your colon. It’s a quick way to a flatter, happier belly!

Try these recipes:

 

  1. Fill Up on Phytonutrients. Too many days filled with restaurant dining, parties and quick-fix processed snack foods have you feeling low. The last few days of Chinese, Thai, Mexican and Indian take-out are creating inflammation in your body thanks to the excess consumption of salt, sugar, saturated fat, and alcohol. While it’s your liver’s job to detoxify, it’s pretty much on overload and you can tell your liver is taking a serious time out. The good news is that phytonutrients, which are powerful and natural plant chemicals, will help mop up these destructive free radicals and repair damaged cells. Meanwhile, glutathione, a protein found in veggies, clings to toxins and drags them out of the body!

Top choices– asparagus, potatoes, peppers, carrots, onion, broccoli, avocados, squash, spinach, garlic and tomatoes.

 

Check out these phytonutrient powerhouses: they include fresh, not cooked veggie because cooking or processing makes the glutathione less effective at detoxing.

  1. Keep it Light.  You’ve had so much to eat these past few days and weeks, you don’t even feel like eating; still, don’t skip meals. You’ll end up feeling worse as your stomach starts to gnaw at the leftover bacteria in your stomach and the nausea rages on.  Plus, this can create a cycle of low blood sugars which can ultimately backfire, resulting in actually overeating again later in the day. The fix?  Keep meals small, light and simple.   NOTE: Time-restricted eating is different than skipping meals. Time-restricted eating can be quite beneficial for some people, but is not for everyone. If you’re interested in trying time-restricted eating/intermittent fasting, please check out our article on it. Schedule a call with us to find out if you’re a good candidate and how we can help you to benefit from it.

 

Try potassium, phytonutrient, fluid-rich foods:

 

  1. Move Those Toxins Out! Remember to exercise, even if it’s just going for a walk.  This will kick your endorphins into high gear. A natural release of feel-good chemicals will put you in a positive mood; while you flush out more sodium, sweat out leftover toxins, and even burn calories!

 

If you struggle with unwanted belly fat, or with digestive issues such as bloat, IBS, or SIBO,

you don’t need to suffer!

We can help!

 Contact us to learn about our 1:1 Nutrition coaching.

Interested in trying time-restricted eating/ intermittent fasting? Not sure if you’re a good candidate and want to be led through it by science-backed nutritionists?

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3 responses to “5 Easy Ways to “Detox” After Overindulging

  1. Thank you so much Lyssie and Tammy for being a voice of reason on this whole detox thing. I feel like the word has become toxic itself since so many people use it irresponsibly to peddle rip-off products. It’s a relief to read something from professional dietitians. Also, the recipes are fantastic and delicious.

    Anyway, I’m really interested in IF but you mentioned that it’s not for everybody. Is the reboot program a good place to get more information on this or is a one-to-one counseling-type session the better way to go? Sending love

    1. Hi Alice! Thank you so much for your sweet note, and for the compliments! We really appreciate it! Yes, we completely agree, you have to be really cautious with a lot of the products out there–and it’s great that you recognize that since many people don’t realize.
      Awesome about IF, the 21-Day Body Reboot isn’t an intermittent fasting plan, that’s more something we do with our private clients who are a fit for IF and who are interested! We’ll email you about that now. Sending you love! xoxo

    2. Thanks so much for your sweet note Alice–and for the compliments! We really appreciate it! We agree about the word “detox” and we use the word because it gets a lot of attention and try to clarify myths around it. It’s great that you realize this because so many people don’t and get sucked into scams –some of which are not healthy and some are even dangerous. That’s great about IF, we’ll send you an email now. Thank you Alice! xoxo

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