Oh, the Fourth of July. The quintessential American holiday. Filled with sparkles, fireworks, friends & family, and copious amounts of booze, burgers, and hot dogs. Who's passin' the Jell-O shots, ay?
With these holiday gatherings typically comes the time where we let our guards down and allow ourselves to indulge in that extra hot dog, dessert, and brewski. And while I always advocate for a little bit of everything in moderation, sometimes we can go a little overboard and wake up paying for it the next day. (No I'm not talking from experience...)
Here are my top tips for inviting in some post-holiday detoxification.
1. Hot water with lemon first thing after you wake up. Then continue to drink water-- Plenty of it. I always start my day with drinking a glass of hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon. It's a great way to ignite the digestive fires and get your system working. The lemon juice actually turns alkaline once consumed, which neutralizes the acidity of all the booze and junk food from the day prior. The warmth of the water stimulates our GI tract, which is great for getting things on the move for exiting our system. As for the rest of the day: hydrate, hydrate hydrate. Our bodies are probably lagging from all the sugar and alcohol from the day before, so we need to aim for at least drinking 1/2 our body weight in ounces.
2. Make it a good breakfast. I know we all get tempted to head out to brunch following a late night out, but if you do-- make it a smart choice. Some tips: Choose a breakfast that's high in good quality protein (like local eggs, for example) to stabilize blood sugars. Try to also include some fruits and vegetables. One coffee is fine, but anything over will further promote dehydration.
3. Go outside. It can be as simple as going for a walk. The breath of fresh air, natural lighting of the outdoors, and environmental stimuli all work as positive mood boosters that will set the feel-good vibes for the rest of the day.
4. Sweat. Go for a run, bike-ride, yoga class, or some other form of physical activity. By sweating, we are able to eliminate some of the toxins from our pores that may still be lingering from the night before. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to rigorous activity.
5. Get your namaste on. (bonus if it's heated yoga to further remove toxins!). Yoga is the connection of the mind, the body, and the spirit. By tapping into our 'inner world' after a party, we are able to slow down, re-set, and invite in more ease to get us back on track. Within the class, see if you can focus on twisting postures. By twisting through our center, we are able to wring everything out, and invite in fresh blood supply to our organs. It's kind of like we're pressing the 're-set' button for our entire system every time we do this. *Tip: there are also a ton of 'detox' flow classes that you can find on you-tube if you don't have access to a yoga class, or don't quite feel like leaving your home!
After these following these, I'm certain you'll feel like you're on the road to recovery. I talk from experience ;).
NOTE: You can also refer to this post any time you may have indulged the day or night prior!