Fall may not be the time of year you first think of when it comes to detoxing (spring and New Year’s usually win that spot), but if barbecues derailed your diet, social media clogged your clarity, and/or world issues have plagued your perspectives over the past few months, then a fall detox may be exactly what you need.
If you are feeling:
- sluggish (mentally or physically)
or have an overall sense of not feeling yourself, a conscious cleanse may help reset your body and mind.
Before starting, remember that a detox should be customized to your needs. This can mean:
- choosing how long it is (1 day, 5 days, a week, etc.)
- selecting what you will do exactly (it’s okay to personalize for what works for you)
- when you want to do it (for some, this can be difficult during the weekend or when certain plans have already been made)
Ready to refresh?!
Here are 10 ways to detox (depending on what areas of your life need a reset!):
- Cut Out Processed Foods. Eliminate anything in a box, jar, or can that is processed. This can include pre-made salad dressings, breads, deli meats, cheese, and milk.
- Say No to Sugar. Other than natural sugars that occur in whole foods (such as fruits), take a break from anything that contains sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, cane sugar, glucose, agave, and other sweeteners.
- Go Vegetarian. Ideally filled with plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains, a vegetarian cleanse can help nourish a current nutrient-deficient diet.
- Drink Detox Tea. Teas that support the liver and kidneys with herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle, ginger, and burdock can help facilitate a gentle cleanse.
- Fasting or Intermittent Fasting. Fasting can provide the digestive system a well-needed rest. Whether a water fast, juice fast, or intermittent fasting (restricted eating to 8 hours per day), this can be a helpful option for some.
- Consume Greens At Least 2 Times Daily. Give your body fiber, hydration, and nutrients with extra greens. Include them in at least 2 meals per day.
- Pause Alcohol Consumption. Give the liver a rest by cutting out alcohol.
- Create Distance in Toxic Relationships. Taking a step back from a challenging relationship can provide the time and space it may need for better perspective.
- Call a Time Out With Social Media. Instead, focus energy on yourself and other activities.
- Take Movement Outside. Embrace the change of season with hiking, walking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
These are just a few ways you can restore your mental and physical health as well as renew your overall lifestyle. The changing of seasons can be a helpful time to do this, so take advantage of fall to recharge!
Are you in need of a reset? Whether it’s chronic stress, sleep disruptions, hormone imbalance, pain, digestive upset, low immunity, or any other health issues, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves to discuss possible naturopathic options.
The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area. For those outside of these areas, virtual appointments are available.