Friday, 8 January 2016

January Health Boosting Tips

We know how you're feeling. The festivities are all over; you've eaten your body weight in chocolate and cheese; and it's now a brand new year. You're feeling sluggish, and want to do something to kick-start your metabolism and shed those unwanted extra pounds that crept on over December.

Not to worry! We have found the best fruits to include in your diet this January, to help you on your health journey.  This isn't a diet, but an easy way to get some vitamin-infused, health-boosting foods into your everyday life.

Avocados
This one will come as no surprise to most. A brunch staple, the avocado is undoubtedly the most popular fruit of 2015. But it's not just delicious - the avocado is full of fibre and antioxidents. Do not be scared of the fat content. They're full of good fats which are good for the heart and your physical (and even emotional!) health. Avocados are best consumed on their own to get the full benefit of their health content, so next time you want a junky snack, why not snack on half an avocado instead?


Grapefruit
Grapefruits are full of fibre, and nutrient-rich, and can really help your body in the detox process. There are some reports that as grapefruits get your liver fired up, it can help burn off fat. It's a staple in diets, and we can see why!


Lemons
Lemons are an essential fruit to have in your fridge when you are trying to add detoxifying fruits to your diet. It's super easy - you can either squeeze lemon juice into a glass of water, or slice it and drop a slice or two into hot water. Then drink! This lemon water can be drunk any time of the day, but it's especially beneficial in the morning when you've just woken up, to help flush the toxins from your body. It also helps boost your digestion, to prep it for the day's eating!


 If you are determined to get healthy this January, here are our top 4  things to avoid...

Alcohol

Alcohol is in itself a toxin, and therefore has a toxic effect on the liver. The liver is the organ in the body that gets rid of the bad things in our body, so give your liver an extra helping hand and lay off the booze, even if it's just for a month.

If you wanted to make it a challenge, you can join the Dryathlon here



Caffeinated Beverages
Beverages with caffeine in have a dehytrating effect on the body, which makes the liver work harder to process the coffeine. This means you have to drink more water to counteract the effects, so it's best to avoid them when trying to detox.


Sweets, Candies, Chocolates
Excess sugar will also cause excess stress to your liver, and will thwart your cleansing efforts. Try your best to cut out these foods you’re craving. You’ll find that as you release toxins from your body you’ll crave these kind of foods less and less, but you have to give them up in order for this to happen.
 



Are you trying to get healthy for January? Let us know how you're getting on @office_fruit

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