By Clara Barnett ND, LAc
One way to think about a dietary detox is the concept of “deep-cleaning.”
For example, most of us don’t deep-clean our refrigerator very often but once you do it looks like new again. A periodic deep-clean is a chance to be reminded of the good food you do have and to discard the old food that no longer serves you. Why would we keep spoiled food in our environment when all it does is occupy space for something more nutritious? Brassicas (broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cabbage), and alliums (onions, shallots, and leeks) contain sulfur compounds that activate liver enzymes for proper detoxification. There comes a point when it makes sense to do a dietary deep-cleanse.
While certain foods can help detox the liver and digestive system, sleep is detox for the brain. During sleep, the brain sweeps out harmful toxins. Optimal sleep hygiene can do wonders for the health of your mind and body. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep in a dark room and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. Make use of holiday time to get more sleep.
Once you take control of your body and mind, you will walk away feeling empowered with the new state you have created. It’s a great opportunity to break out of your routine and discover the habits that strengthen you as well as those that no longer serve you. Here’s to a better version of yourself in 2018.
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