Does Your Body Need A Summer Detox?

Kickstart your journey into the summer with our tips for detoxing your body from unhealthy eating habits and excessive skin care products.

Overeating, eating the wrong type of foods, pollution, a lack of sleep, excessive alcohol consumption and an insufficient amount of exercise can take a toll on your body. A summer detox can help your body restart itself and restore your health to its full potential.

If you’re struggling with dull skin and blemishes, introducing foods rich in antioxidants can help balance and replenish skin by allowing it to receive essential nutrients.

Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at states, “Both carotenoids and polyphenols (commonly found in berries) act as antioxidants to help slow down ageing and prevent potential damage to the skin from toxins. Polyphenols may encourage a flow of blood to the surface of the skin to give a healthy warm ‘flushed’ appearance (instead of appearing dull)”

Another recommendation by Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns is, “Gently supporting skin cleansing {by using] concentrated blends of natural green foods such as algae, spirulina, barley grass, kale and nettle. They are not only full of antioxidants but also rich in chlorophyll. This green pigment is vital for photosynthesis in plants and it may help to support detoxification.”

The  “Au Naturel” Approach to Skincare

Adding more cleansers, toners and moisturisers to your skin routine in the quest for perfect skin can do more damage than good. Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar confirms this, asserting,” Your skin is the most absorbent organ of the body so be careful what you rub on it. It is estimated that a woman can end up putting over five hundred different chemicals on her skin each day! Reduce your ‘toxic load’ either by reducing the amount of toiletries you use or by buying natural or organic products. Make sure you do your research before choosing your skincare. You may be surprised to know that some products that claim to be natural are actually not always as pure as they seem.”

Making Detoxification Simpler

Your liver is responsible for detoxifying waste products, drugs and alcohol; however, too many toxins in your body can overburden your liver leading to poor skin, difficulty losing weight and a weakened immune system. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, milk thistle can work as an antioxidant to help protect liver cells against damage, alongside creating an ‘anti-fibrotic’ effect and therefore preventing fibrosis or hardening of the liver Moreover, adding more fibre into your diet can help cleanse your gut and kickstart the detoxification process. Examples of food high in fibre are almonds, flaxseed, wholegrains and high fibre fruits such as raspberries.

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