Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Bit Sluggish After the Holiday Weekend?

Ahhh ... the first day back to work after a long weekend. Sure the burgers, brats and beverages may have tasted great in the moment, but today you are left feeling sluggish, tired and drained as you sit at your desk. 

The good news? There are things you can do right now to start feeling better and to detox after the fun-filled weekend.

1. Head out to the nearest store on your lunch break, grab a large bottle of water and a lemon or two. Cut the lemon into halves or quarters, give it a good squeeze into the water and be on your way to feeling less bloated.








2. While out to lunch, order a large green salad with lots of veggies. Go light with the dressing, or better yet, just squeeze some of that lemon over the greens. Not only will you help detox, but you will also replenish the nutrients you may have forgot to consume this weekend.

3. On your way home, stop in the health food aisle of your local store and pick up some dandelion root tea. Dandelion root tea detoxes the liver and acts as a diuretic to help rid the body of toxins. It doesn't taste pleasant, but its benefits are great. 








Following these three simple suggestions will get you feeling like yourself again. If you are looking for something a bit more detoxing, Dr. Oz features a fantastic 48-hour detox. Here are some of his top detox foods:

Foods to Boost Your Body’s Detox Systems

The Liver
  • Dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries will make it easier for your liver to get rid of certain toxins.
  • Hot peppers have capsaicin, which boosts enzymes responsible for detoxifying the liver. As a rule, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin.

The Colon
  • Whole grains contain phosphorous, a natural laxative, and fiber to help bulk up your stools.
  • Fermented foods like kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage) and sour pickles are packed with probiotics, the good bacteria that help protect your colon.

The Kidneys
  • Soy products such as miso, tofu and edamame all act like diuretics, allowing you to urinate more often.
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli increase your kidney’s ability to transport toxins into the urine and help liver cells recover from detox.



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