5 Herbs For A Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Detox
Thanksgiving is only the beginning of a seemingly never-ending holiday hiatus. And each holiday season, my happy-go-lucky self chooses to live in the moment and indulge in all bliss at hand. Overeating, sampling all desserts (several times), and enjoying exquisite wine is just some of the yum I partake in. I'm sure I'm not alone.
The cold-turkey approach to the healthy holiday resolution is not really the healthiest answer either. Forcing yourself to say no and stressing about what you are doing can, in fact, elevate your cortisol levels, provoking serious hormonal imbalance, candida, and, essentially, chronic fatigue.
But every single Thanksgiving, I wake up with a guilt-ridden conscience, feeling unhealthy and in need of some serious cleansing. These are the beautifying herbs that help me detox naturally:
1. Hydrate with lemon water.
Drinking water is perhaps the simplest and most effective way to kick-start a brief detox, alkalize the body, nourish the kidneys, and harmonize the belly. Drink a large cup (or a few) of warm water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice once you wake up for the next few days. Drinking your water warm will rinse off all the gunk in the intestines.
2. Boost enzyme function with Chanca Piedra.
3. Boost your vitamin C with mangosteen.
4. Combat candida overgrowth with Pau D'Arco.
5. Stay stress-free and calm with adaptogens.
The digestion needed to break down holiday meals puts stress on the organs. Getting bloated and saturated is just the tip of the iceberg—high cortisol, candida, fatigue, stagnant bile, and an underfunctioning liver are just some of the common symptoms most of us experience after indulging. A favorite adaptogenic mix of mine is ashwagandha, suma, astragalus, and maca. It can be added to nearly everything (think smoothies, oatmeal, salad dressing, etc.) and helps recharge your system.
Share these with your loved ones and make it a high-vibe holiday season!
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