As a reflexologist, I often see an increase in foot sensitivity in the colon and kidney reflexes at this time of year - a response to the over-indulgance of the holiday season I expect. All these little party snacks and nibbles are packed full of trans-fats, sugar and salt that can take your body out of balance. And that's without factoring alcohol into the equation.
How would you know if your body's straining under the effects of the party season? Well, a drop in energy levels, poor skin condition, dull eyes, constipation, or poor sleep patterns may all indicate that your body's in need of some tender loving care.
Fortunately your body's a very efficient detox machine and will comfortably clear your system of toxins, but there's no harm in helping things along. Here are a few tips to boost your body's natural detox process:
- Drink lots of water (about 2 litres a day) this will assist your body in flushing out toxins naturally
- Reduce your alcohol consumption - for every day you consume alcohol, give yourself at least 2 alcohol-free days afterwards
- Eat lots of fruit and veg - foods that support your body's natural detox functions are: lemon, garlic, beetroot, ginger, brown rice, cabbage and watercress. Try to include them in your eating plan
- Gradually increase the amount of beans and pulses you eat (to much too quickly can overwhelm your digestive system)
- Get some gentle exercise - a brisk walk gets you out into the light, and fresh air and stimulates circulation without overtaxing your body
- Cut back on refined carbohydrates like white bread pasta and rice
- Reduce your tea, coffee and sugar intake
- Have a reflexology session. Reflexology gently supports the body and relaxes the mind. And for Detox January there's a special offer - 3 for the price of 2. Book before the end of January and you have until 28 February to fit in your sessions.