If you’ve indulged over Christmas and now want to spend the new year getting back into shape, then you may well be wondering how best to rid your body of harmful substances and get your body – and especially your liver – healthy again.
One option that’s definitely worth giving some consideration is a Moringa Detox, which involves using the leaves of the moringa tree to help your body clear away toxins. Consuming moringa is a simple as using the dried leaf powder to brew a hot cup of tea – although it can also be blended into a smoothie for an additional hit.
Best of all, you only need to use a small amount each day to feel the benefits, with a recommended serving of around 1 to 1.5 teaspoons per cup of water. From this, you receive vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12 and C, minerals such as potassium, iron, phosphorous and calcium, and a healthy amount of protein.
How Does a Moringa Detox Help Your Body?
Before you decide whether the moringa detox is right for you, you need to know which health benefits it will bring. There are an impressive number of different potential effects, including:
– Stabilising blood sugar levels.
– Slowing down physical signs of ageing.
– Providing your body with antioxidants.
– Encouraging normal blood pressure.
– Boosting energy
– Helping you to control cravings and lose weight.
– … and more!
Some Tips for Your Detox
If you’re ready to put a moringa detox on your New Year to-do list, here are a few key points to help you make the most of it. Firstly, set aside a 2-3 week period and commit to having several moringa capsules or moringa brewed mugs of tea each day.
Secondly, make sure the rest of your diet is healthy, moderate and clean – focus on foods such as vegetables, white meat and fish. Absolutely avoid putting any more alcohol, caffeine or processed food into your body! In particular, you’ll want to add foods that support your liver to your daily diet, which can include dark green vegetables, citrus fruit, beetroot and carrots.
All told, the small amount of preparation and effort that’s required is well worth it for such a long and diverse list of health benefits. And, if you are one of the many people who indulged just a little too much this Christmas, you’ll be able to turn over a new leaf come January and quickly feel the benefits.
A lot of thought – and column inches – goes into advising athletes on their dietary requirements leading up to events, competitions and games. Not so much emphasis is placed on recovery.
While complete rest and a good night’s sleep are key to letting the body recover after the exertions of exercise, consuming the right food is also vital to speeding up the process and ensuring your muscles get the nutrients they need for repair.
You’ve put in a shift, and felt the burn – here’s what you should be eating to get yourself back to peak condition:
- Water – it goes without saying that rehydration is absolutely vital in the lead-up to competing, during your performance and also, afterwards too. Drinking water helps with muscle soreness and replaces lost fluids. Soups are a great way to hydrate while cramming in nutrient-packed vegetables with some lean meat (or fish) to get your protein quota.
- Research suggests that you should be squeezing some sour cherries into your post-workout diet. These superfoods, sometimes called ‘tart cherries’ have anti-inflammatory properties that help with muscle fatigue; even better, sour cherries boost melatonin, the sleep hormone, meaning you’ll sleep better too.
- Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and cod contain OMEGA-3, which is also another food that helps with muscle strain and fatigue, and is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Eggs with everything – an essential source of protein, eggs also have amino acids that help muscle repair and building.
- Almonds are another good fat source, containing OMEGA-6 fats, and eaten as part of your dietary plan not only help to relieve muscle repair but also if regularly eaten help to stave off more chronic muscle soreness. Walnuts and Brazil nuts are also rich in magnesium and zinc, which need to be replaced in your post-performance in-take.
- Ginger and Turmeric – both are considered to be superfoods in that they are excellent for the blood and help counter muscle soreness, with their anti-inflammatory properties.
- Sweet potatoes – containing heaps of beta-carotene, which helps the body make vitamin A, sweet potatoes are versatile, tasty and go a long way to help keep your body’s immune system strong.
- Pineapple has anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing qualities – considered to be an essential food for those suffering from bruising, swelling and soreness.
- Bananas – high in potassium and with all the right kind of sugars to give you an energy boost after your performance, bananas are a must-have on your post-performance menu.
- Sunflower, Pumpkin and Chia seeds are all packed with magnesium, zinc and fibre to keep your blood healthy, fight muscle cramping and help your gut functioning. If you’re not incorporating these into your diet, now is the time to start.