Take some time to indulge in a detox & feel good!
After the traditional Christmas over indulgence, it’s no surprise that our waistlines may be feeling the strain of one too many mince pies. However, even when the New Year good intentions are in mind, it’s the leftover boxes of sweets, biscuits and savoury nibbles which make it just that bit too difficult to drive out those festive-season toxins and embark on a healthy regime.
Instead of feeling guilty about over-indulgences, there are a variety of ways to revolutionise your wellbeing, without devoting yourself to a diet of raw fruit and vegetables. Instead of going to extremes, taking small but realistic steps to re-boost the system are key to the start of a healthier and more nutritionally balanced lifestyle. Penny Holland, Director of the 5-Bubble rated Country Spa Retreat, Moddershall Oaks in Staffordshire, explains further…
When you start a cleanse, it is important to ease your body in gradually! A slice of fresh lemon in a cup warm pre-boiled water is a great first step is to start each day. The antioxidants found in vitamin C do double duty in lemon water, as the natural acidity mimics digestive juices found in the stomach, tricking the liver into producing bile which keeps food moving through the body more smoothly. Getting enough vitamin C from your lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, which can instantly reduce symptoms of facial puffiness caused by excessive alcohol consumption, late nights, and a high sugar diet.
Aromatherapy assists the body’s innate ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself naturally, and Patchouli, lemon, juniper, grapefruit or geranium oils are all great for detox! If you’re feeling bloated Juniper oil is great for flushing out the digestive system whilst Grapefruit oil is renowned for helping to kill viruses within the body – perfect for beating off any lingering winter colds. Add 6-8 drops to a warm bath, letting the water completely immerse your skin and soak for about 45 minutes to reap the benefits.
Eat more, Snack Less
Toxins don’t gather in your eyes but they will hang below them in dark circles, caused by lack of sleep and a poor diet. Set yourself some rules and get back into the habit of eating three sensible meals a day. Eat protein with every meal – that means eggs or nuts with your breakfast, a salad with chicken at lunchtime, and fish or meat for supper to stay fuller, longer. If you need to snack on something, try eating a handful of pumpkin seeds each day. They are a great circulation booster and are also rich in vitamins C and E that will your blood pumping and eyes sparkling.
Brush it off
Invest in a body brush and dry brush your skin daily, using small circle motions starting from the feet upwards. The benefits of dry brushing go beyond skin deep, as it not only removes dead skin cells and revives tired looking skin, but also stimulates your lymphatic system; essential for carrying waste away from the cells and bloodstream. Without routine flushing of the lymph, debris can become trapped in the body, creating a toxic overload which contributes to the onset of that bloated, sluggish feeling we are all too familiar with.
If you’re not quite ready to deprive yourself of all the seasons indulgences then consider going for detox massage that is not only relaxing, but also aids your body in the removal of toxic waste. Fortunately, there are a huge number of different massage therapies available that are just as pampering as they are purging. One example is the ELEMIS Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap (Frangipani/Sweet Orchid) we offer here at Moddershall Oaks; Enriched with the purest of Somerset soil and packed with omega-rich Green Tea, flower and grass rich nutrients, Thousand Flower seed oil is massaged deep into the skin, gently cocooning the body whilst melting away toxins and impurities for the ultimate sense of renewal. Remember! Drink plenty of water after your treatments because they accelerate the release of toxins and you will want to help flush them out!
ELEMIS Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap is priced at £69 for 55 mins and is one of our many tailored body treatments.